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, […]

Want to raise more money and awareness?

August 13, 2018

“If only more people knew about us and the great work we do, we could raise so much more money.” As a fundraiser, how many times have you heard this? And be honest, you may have even uttered those words yourself in a moment of weakness. Wanting to raise awareness, educate and share the story […]

3 Things I Learned at the 2018 Bridge Conference

August 7, 2018

Last week, I had the wonderful opportunity to join over 2,000 fundraisers in Washington, D.C. for the 2018 Bridge Conference. It’s a conference I have wanted to attend for a long time. I’m happy to say it managed to meet my lofty expectations! Coming out of a whirlwind three days, I can honestly say that […]

3 Helpful Tips for Super Awesome Emails

July 30, 2018

If you’ve not yet jumped into the amazing world of digital fundraising, there’s no time like the present! Digital channels offer so many ways to connect with donors and drive revenue, and email is undoubtedly the biggest player in the digital realm. Whether you’re writing standalone appeals, stewardship pieces to show your donors some love, […]