Getting Your 46 Cents Worth
For example, include a mini-newsletter that tells a few stories showing how donations to your organization changed a situation. The key word here is "mini." Quickly tell the story with two or three short stories and a few photos, and design it for maximum scannability.
You also can (gently) promote other programs or opportunities. A series of inserts that are each one-third of a page can promote your legacy society, features on your website, an exciting fact about your organization, an upcoming event and much more. Prepare enough inserts so you can rotate them every month for at least a quarter.
Receipts encourage more action
A well-designed receipt has a means for a donor to give another gift — maybe not immediately but at some point in the future. I am a big proponent of including a return coupon and a reply envelope. You don't have to be high-pressure; for example, you might say, "Your gift means so much to us, and is already making a difference for the men and women we help right in your community. We hope that, as you are able, you will continue to support XYZ Organization so together we can keep working to bring hope to people in need." You can also use inserts to promote gifts in memory or in honor of a loved one, or other opportunities to support your organization.
But all action isn't giving; your donors can help your organization in other ways, too. If you sell products, promote one or two of them. Invite donors to follow you on Twitter or like you on Facebook. And ask them for referrals; this is easily done on another of the one-third-of-a-page inserts you are preparing. On the front, invite them to send names of others who might be interested in your organization and explain how this helps you do more of your work. Tell them how you will use those names (i.e., we'll send them a letter about our program, but we will not add them to our mailing list unless they request it), and assure them that you won't mention their names in the letter. On the back, include space to write in three or four referral names and addresses.
Pamela consults with nonprofits, helping them develop their fundraising strategy and writing copy to achieve their goals. Additionally, she teaches fundraising at two universities, hoping to inspire the next generation of fundraisers to be passionate about the profession. Previously, Pamela led the fundraising programs for nonprofit organizations. Pamela is a member of the Advisory Panel for Rogare, the fundraising think tank at Plymouth University’s Hartsook Centre for Sustainable Philanthropy, a CFRE, a graduate of Wheaton College (IL) and Dominican University, and holds a Doctorate in Business Administration from California Southern University. Contact Pamela at email@example.com or follow her on Twitter at @pjbarden.