A nonprofit founded by a former president uses his powerful voice in this direct mail campaign.
Mailer Name: The Carter Center
Date Mailed: September 2012 to April 2016
This direct mail appeal has been around since at least 2012 and leverages the former president’s commitment to take action.
First, the front of the outer envelope is blank except for the intriguing teaser: “No matter what anyone says, I won’t stop …”
In the letter, Carter repeats the line from the outer in the first sentence of the letter and underlines it here. “As long as people live in unacceptable conditions,” he declares, “I will continue to wage peace, fight disease and build hope.”
Next, he lays out the principles upon which the center was founded by using a set of bullet points. Each begins with a “we” to persuade the recipient that the center’s work is not all about him: “We pursue results,” “We try to resolve,” etc.
He also recounts some of the successes the center. Guinea worm cases, for example, have been dramatically reduced.
This mail package also includes two components.
The first is a simple, two-sentence handwritten note from the former president, offering inspiration.
Tenacity and personal leadership go hand-in-hand in inspiring donors.