Take major donors out of your mail program at your own risk (Tip #12)

Don’t take your major donors out of the direct mail stream.  This is one of the worst things you can do for your organization.  Typically this happens for one of two reasons.  You’re in a board meeting or prospect management meeting and someone says, “major donors hate getting direct mail.  We shouldn’t solicit major donors […]

Direct Mail Fundraising Tip of the Week (#11)

One page.  Two pages.  Eight pages.  There is no right or wrong length for direct mail fundraising letters.  Don’t believe what anyone tells you about this.  Those are personal biases and likely not relevant to anything. Take as many pages as you need in order to say what needs to be said.  As long as […]

Do you know what it takes to get major gifts?

Your board might think it takes a cocktail party or gala event to get major donors to give.  Sometimes that’s true.  Others in the organization probably think you spend your days on the golf course schmoozing with rich people.  And let’s be honest – that happens too (we probably all wish it would happen more […]

How do your prospects rank on the 3 C’s?

All indications are major gift revenue will rebound throughout 2012 (compared to 2010/2011).  This is great news! Are you ready to take advantage of this impending increase in major gifts?  Are you prepared with a solid understanding of how your prospects rank on the 3 C’s? Commitment: Do they have a history of supporting your […]

Direct Mail Fundraising Tip of the Week (#9)

Increase your response rates by including mission-relevant involvement devices in your direct mail.  These aren’t premiums like address labels.  Instead, I’m talking about items that require the donor to interact with your mail package and do something.  These are things like holiday cards, get well cards, meal tickets and table tent cards that you ask […]