Now is the time to get your development house in order and start investing in mid-level, major and planned giving.
Writing a successful fundraising communication — be it an e-appeal, social media post, direct mail letter, personal letter, program copy or anything else — can feel daunting. Especially given the high rate of failure (since 100% response is rare), having to write the ask can seem like a pathway to failure.
Donor engagement can be complicated. Donors are engaged in multiple ways, frequently with different appeals and solicitation amounts. This fragmented donor communications experience is a pernicious problem in the nonprofit industry.
Successful direct response fundraising campaigns feature many finely tuned elements, including demographically appropriate appeals, images, materials, and keen insights about the best timing of solicitations. However, there remains one campaign rudiment that is still often left to rote standardization — the personalization of gift array values.
Direct response is not as sexy as taking donors to the golf course or hosting the annual major donor cruise, but I’m proud of what I do because I have seen the results of the money I have raised over the years. And if someone says to me, “Oh, you do junk mail?” that’s OK.
Due to continued strains on the supply chain regarding paper and supplies, the nonprofit industry is going to face an unprecedented series of challenges over the coming months.
I’m an avid scanner of mail samples. I’m particularly intrigued by how organizations approach the monthly gift option on their reply forms. If you’re at all interested in growing your number of monthly donors, planting the monthly giving seeds on your appeals has become a best practice...
It’s amazing to me the wild stories nonprofit leaders and fundraisers make up in their heads about why donors are not giving. It’s like you’re trying to develop excuses not to go out and fundraise — and you’re a fundraiser!...