Todd Duncan, a well-known sales and leadership trainer has a saying: keep the main thing the main thing – and the main thing is selling. That philosophy holds true for direct mail fundraising as well. But the main thing there is raising money. You may be tempted to fill your mail package with several different […]
Donors make initial decisions to give based on emotion, not logic. Write your direct mail copy with the goal of engaging the donor’s emotional triggers to compel action. Donors validate their initial emotional decisions by backing them up with facts and logic, so make sure your letter blends the two for maximum impact.
Restructure your mail calendar so you can squeeze one additional mailing in at the end of the year. If you typically send 12 appeals each year, find a way to get a 13th appeal out around year-end. You can raise an entire additional month’s revenue at little additional cost by doing this.
Engaging major donors is a critical component to any nonprofit’s fundraising success. BUT, it’s even more critical in an election year. Why? Think about it this way. Regardless of party affiliation, your best donors are going to be receiving more than two dozen requests via e-mail, direct mail, telemarketing and personal visits in the next […]
Get in the mailbox early. Test your acquisition campaign to see how early you can be in homes without negatively impacting results. This does two things for you: 1) It gets you in the mailbox before the competition, and, 2) It allows you to build a frequency component into your strategy. If you’re in the […]
It’s August. Have you planned your year-end fundraising efforts yet? If not, what’s keeping you from it? This is the most crucial fundraising season, and now’s the time to start planning! If you wait until September or October to plan your year-end efforts, you’ll waste many precious opportunities for success. Check out these 18 Tips […]