How to Write Emails That Get Opened

May 20, 2019

The world of email marketing has never been more competitive – and inboxes have never been more cluttered. It’s getting harder to just get emails opened, never mind clicked. Donors won’t take any action if they don’t open the email! So today, I’m going to talk you through 4 key elements of email marketing that […]

How to Get Potential Donors to Open That Envelope

May 10, 2019

People generally make split-second decisions about what’s worth keeping or tossing, when going through their mail. Here are five tips to create interest and keep your mail out of the recycle bin. Size #10 envelopes are everywhere. Change it up a size or two so it stands out a little more. Or go smaller for […]

Build Your Own Inspiration Wall or Swipe File

May 6, 2019

We’ve all been there. Staring at the flashing cursor on a white page, biting your nails and pacing the floor in an effort to summon all those creative juices from the depths of your soul. It could be letter copy, a teaser, a subject line or an innovative design for a lift note or newsletter. […]

Staff or Money? How to Accomplish Both

March 25, 2019

What comes first, fundraising staff or money? It is a conundrum faced by many charitable organizations. To raise money you need a team and a talented team raises more money, so where do you start? With a litany of needs and requests to raise dollars, organizations often feel pressure to grow their development teams. How […]

4 Helpful Hints For Better Direct Mail Packages

March 11, 2019

When the time comes to start planning and designing your next direct mail appeal, we all start with the lofty goal of coming up with the next stop-you-in-your-tracks, jaw-dropping, game-changing mailing package.  Back here in reality, it doesn’t take long for the rain cloud of ROI and budget constraints to wash out our award-winning package design parade.  […]

How To Build A Story Bank In 7 Easy Steps

January 28, 2019

Didn’t you love it when you were little and your mom or dad read you bedtime stories? Are there movies or novels that have carved a niche in your heart as deeply meaningful to you? Do you love carrying on your family’s storytelling tradition with your own kids or grandkids? We all know intuitively that […]

5 Easy Tips for Excellent Database Hygiene

December 17, 2018

Do you dread the point in your direct mail appeal production process where it comes time to review your variable proofs?  Would you rather call in sick than go through the maddening back and forth with your lettershop supplier as you work through all of the output oddities you find in those proofs?  Odds are […]

Which Monthly Giving Campaign is Right for You?

November 14, 2018

Several months ago, I wrote about building a better monthly donor file for your organization. If you missed it, you can check it out here. Since then, a number of questions have come up about the different types of channels and campaigns available for monthly donor acquisition. Monthly donors remain some of the most valuable and sought-after […]

The Best Tool in Your Legacy Giving Toolbox

September 10, 2018

My fellow Good Workers and I have been building legacy giving programs with Canadian and U.S. charities since 2003. Over those fifteen years, we’ve worked with more than a hundred organizations and communicated with about a million donors. We’ve written a gazillion words of letter, brochure, email, booklet and web copy. As you can imagine, […]