During the Nonprofit Organization of the Year Award Luncheon at the 2011 New York Nonprofit Conference last Wednesday, the talk prior to the Human Rights Campaign accepting the honor centered around the measures to eliminate nonprofit mail discounts and restrict charitable deductions.
If you haven't heard, there's a new report available on multichannel fundraising from FundRaising Success sister brand DirectMarketingIQ. The report, "The Art & Science of Multichannel Fundraising," which I am honored to be a part of, is a guide of best practices, tips, techniques and case studies on multichannel fundraising campaigns compiled by some of the nonprofit industry's brightest minds and most successful organizations.
The Direct Marketing Fundraisers Association passed along the full list of winners and runners-up for its Package of the Year awards. Bringing home the highest honor, Package of the Year, was Fountain House for its Flying Cat Pads and Cards campaign.
There's a fine line between raising funds and raising donors' ire through direct mail. Make sure you toe the rope carefully and send your donors relevant, engaging direct-mail solicitaions.
Pardon me as I steal from Mail Enterprises' ever-gracious Scott Swedenburg today. As usual, his quarterly Direct Fundraising Tips e-letter brought a smile to my face, so I thought I would share some of it with you. Here, Scott offers tips on how to help donors get excited about writing that check.
I almost walked out. My first impression was, “This is the worst general session at any DMA conference I’ve ever attended.” And I’ve attended a few.
The guy seemed nice enough, but he was talking about dead cowboys buried on a hill in rural Texas. Guys who shot each other for no good reason. Texas terrain with the longest bluff in the nation and someone I never heard of by the name of Cal Farley. He played football but finally excelled at wrestling.
I was dumbfounded. Where was all this going? And did I possibly care?