Fundraising Campaign of the Year: Leader Dogs for the Blind
Submitted by Huntsinger & Jeffer
Response Rate: 10.25 percent
Total Cost: $14,770
Income Generated: $124,200
Average Gift: $45.81
Cost to Raise a Dollar: $0.12
The Campaign of the Year award winner is a perfect example of a point Gold Awards judge Dane Grams made in his introduction. It's a fairly simple package, especially considering that last year's winner included a thin balsa wood airplane! In this year's winner, all you'll find is a letter, reply device and poster.
But judge Pamela Grow summed up our feelings about this package in four simple words: "It has it all!" It sure does — from the darling outer with the cut-out photo of a happy pup, to the charmingly simple letter, to the package's crowning glory … a huge, folded poster with headshots of the organization's graduating class of 2011. And on the back, there's a diary-style Leader Dog's story written, of course, from the dog's point of view.
"From start to finish, this appeal relied on the admirable and adorable Leader Dogs themselves to engage donor interest and stimulate response," wrote Huntsinger & Jeffer's Kelly Woodward. "The centerpiece was a full-sized poster that presented, in yearbook style, the faces of all 170 canine graduates from the past year — the Leader Dogs for the Blind graduating class of 2011. On the poster back, the extensive process and work involved in becoming a Leader Dog was described, diary style, in text and photos."
Our judges liked that the poster served as both a premium that any dog lover would appreciate and, at the same time, as an informative piece that explained the work of the organization and presented its case for continued support.
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