Direct Response

The Future of Donor Acquisition Is Digital
April 25, 2017 at 10:53 am

Monthly giving is seeing double-digit increases in year-over-year growth, and for good reason. Nonprofits depend on a continuously scalable base of donors and revenue to fund their important missions and services. Among the many options in an organization’s fundraising portfolio, monthly giving offers a more reliable, steady income stream that is resilient to economic ups and downs...

Random Fundraising Resources and Thoughts
April 19, 2017 at 2:30 pm

Learn from others. Measure what matters. Start out right. Live out thankfulness. This old dog knows that it takes more than these four things to be a successful and fulfilled fundraiser, but this isn’t a bad place to begin for anyone new to the profession or looking to hit the reset button on his or her career in the nonprofit sector...

40 Nonprofit Trends for 2017
February 3, 2017 at 12:06 pm

In last year’s installment of this annual nonprofit trends feature, we wrote that something felt different about all the change happening in the sector. We chalked it up to urgency. Acceleration. Things were changing fast. That was nothing compared to what’s in store for 2017. We collected insights, observations and predictions from some of the nonprofit sector’s smartest people, and we’re delivering them to you here. We hope the 40 ideas here paint a clearer picture of the sector as it is and as it will be...

5 Ways to Spice Up Your Direct Mail Marketing
January 27, 2017 at 8:49 am

Marketers continue to use direct mail in 2016 because it still leads in ROI. However, traditional direct mail marketing has changed dramatically. InfoTrends did a study on direct mail that found the following statistics: 66 percent of direct mail is opened, 82 percent of direct mail is read for a minute or more, 56 percent of…

2016 Gold Award Winners: Special Appeal
January 24, 2017 at 10:07 am

“A challenge has been made.” Those are the big, bold words written across the front of this Barnes Foundation upgrade appeal’s oversized envelope, practically daring donors to open the package. The mailing—inviting the foundation’s closest and most dedicated supporters to advance their memberships to a higher level—was designed inside and out to make recipients feel special...

2016 Gold Award Winners: Special Event
January 24, 2017 at 9:55 am

As endorsers go, the pope is about as good as it gets. So when Pope Francis visited Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington for a church service in 2015, the organization saw a major fundraising opportunity. The charity worked with DaVinci Direct on a follow-
up mailing that would turn residual momentum from the visit into donation dollars...

2016 Gold Award Winners: Sustainer/Monthly Giving
January 24, 2017 at 9:46 am

Monthly giving is the lifeblood of many nonprofit organizations, but it’s no easy task to pile up sustainers. It’s even tougher when you’re championing a less-than-sexy cause—say, drug policy. But that didn’t stop Drug Policy Alliance and Sanky Communications Inc. from combining for a remarkable monthly giving campaign...

2016 Gold Award Winners: Multichannel
January 24, 2017 at 9:40 am

The numbers listed for this multichannel effort reflect only the final calendar mailing, and they are certainly solid—especially the 6.39 percent response rate. But it was the way the interactive campaign engaged both online and offline audiences that made it the clear winner in this category...