2017 NonProfit PRO Gold Award Winner: On the Edge
On the Edge
2016 Mid-Level & Major Donor Handwritten Card Package Appeal
Riley Children’s Foundation
Submitted by DaVinci Direct
Response Rate: 3.76 percent
Total Cost: $8,417
Income Generated: $51,130
Average Gift: $405.79
Cost to Raise a Dollar: $0.16
Why It Won
Riley’s Children Foundation, the fundraising arm of Riley’s Hospital for Children, aimed to introduce an additional touchpoint to their target audiences, which comprised of current and one-year lapsed donors, supporters giving at least $1,000 annually and under $1,000 prospects. Until this appeal, their audiences were only receiving one direct mail campaign per year.
With the organization’s personalized handwritten card package appeal that featured an adorable Max, it was able to launch a second direct mail campaign successfully that generated about a 63 percent at calendar year end from the same audience, with no decrease in giving in that same calendar year end. Additionally, the cost to raise a dollar was significantly low at just $0.16.
Nhu Te is senior content manager at Fundraise Up, the AI-powered online donation platform for enterprise nonprofits. In her work, she focuses on helping nonprofits create more impact through personalized donor relations, digital fundraising and thoughtful use of technology.