Erica Waasdorp

Erica Waasdorp

Erica Waasdorp is one of the leading experts on monthly giving. She is author of the book “Monthly Giving. The Sleeping Giant.” She is the president of A Direct Solution, a company serving nonprofit organizations with fundraising and direct marketing needs, with a focus on monthly giving and appeals.

She just co-authored the “Monthly Giving Starter and Marketing Kit” with Donor Perfect, and she’s working on her next book called “Monthly Giving Made Easy.” She regularly blogs and presents on fundraising, appeals and monthly giving—in person and through webinars. She is happy to answer any questions you may have about this great way of improving retention rates for your donors.

Erica has over 30 years of experience in nonprofits and direct response. She helped the nonprofits she works with raise millions of dollars through monthly giving programs. She is also very actively supports organizations with annual fund planning and execution, ranging from copywriting, creative, lists, print and mail execution.

When she’s not working or writing, Erica can be found on the golf course (she’s a straight shooter) or quietly reading a book. And if there’s an event with a live band, she and her husband, Patrick, can be found on the dance floor. She also loves watching British drama on PBS. Erica and Patrick have two step sons and cat, Mientje.

You can reach Erica at erica@adirectsolution.com or by phone at (508) 776-1224.

What I Learned About Monthly Giving on My First Uber Ride

I have a confession to make: until this week, I had not yet used Uber. As a woman often traveling by myself, I always felt it a bit unnerving to get into some stranger’s unmarked car. But when I was in Dallas recently, I had to try Uber as that’s what the hotel offered as the shuttle from the airport...

It’s Time to Grow Your Monthly Donor Program

Growing a monthly donor program is a drip-by-drip, bit-by-bit approach. That’s why January is such a great month to go for it. But there are two important things to bear in mind. First, I recommend creating a monthly-only page. When you’re trying to drive donors to give monthly, it must be very easy to find...

1 Small Step Can Improve Your Monthly Donors’ Lifetime Value

Let me start off with wishing you and yours a happy and healthy new year! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season. I also hope you had some time to relax, in between working with donors and systems to try to optimize the donations coming in by the end of the year...

Many Little Steps Make Monthly Donor Progress

A few days ago, I received this wonderful email from an organization in Alaska. “Erica—we are up to 35 monthly donors, with an annualized income of $10,500!” It always makes me happy to hear from organizations that keep chipping away at their program...

Are You Prepared to Deliver to Donors at Any Level This Year-End?

The push is on. Its year-end, so one more month to bring in as much money as you can to support your cause. With or without #GivingTuesday campaigns, I bet you have at least a few messages going out in the next few weeks to ask your donors and those on your email list for money...

Show Your Monthly Donors How Grateful You Are

As you’re getting ready for Thanksgiving and your year-end campaigns, I hope you’ll make one resolution: include your monthly donors in your thank-you messaging...

You’ll Be Grateful Today, But Even More So in 2020

I just read this from Seth Godin’s blog: “…years from now, your future self is going to thank you for something you did today, for an asset you began to build, a habit you formed, a seed you planted. Even if you’re not sure of where it will lead, today’s the day to begin.”...

Time to Get Back to Basics

As I attend conferences and presentations lately, I find I’m starting to be one of the “older hats” when it comes to fundraising experience. Some of my colleagues are starting to retire or slow down. The same applies for leaders and colleagues in nonprofits. I’ve seen major changes over just the past few years, but it’s a good reminder to get back to basics...

3 Best Year-End Approaches for Monthly Donors

As you’re growing your number of monthly donors over time, it’s important to consider how you should include your monthly donors in your year-end giving. Of course, every organization is different, but it’s important to remember one thing...

GDPR: What’s in the Red Zone for Monthly Donors?

By now, you’ve all heard of the GDPR. It stands for: The General Data Protection Regulation. GDPR is a regulation law in the European Union on data protection and privacy for all individuals within the EU and the European Economic Area...

That Special Feeling That Follows Monthly Giving

By planning ahead and thinking which organizations donors would like to support with a small monthly gift now allows them to give themselves a little vacation at the year end when life gets busy. They’re feeling good now, and they’ll feel good when they receive their thank-you letters and subsequent warm/fuzzy communications from the organizations they support...

What’s the No. 1 Game Changer for Monthly Donor Retention?

I’m still on a sustainer “high.” I just came back from a fabulous “Sustainer Day,” organized by the Direct Marketing Association of Washington. In just four fast hours, nonprofits and service providers shared trends, best practices and ways they’re working to bring in new sustainers and improve monthly donor retention...