Direct Mail Fundraising Tip of the Week (#2)

Maximize the Return On Investment (ROI) in your direct mail cultivation (renewal) stream by segmenting your donors based on Recency (recent date of last gift), Frequency (total # of gifts given over the donor’s lifetime on your file), Monetary (largest single gift) and Acquisition Channel (direct mail, online, special event, radiothon, etc.).  This alows you to […]

10 Fundraising Best Practices

As you launch your 2012 fundraising program, I hope these 10 Fundraising Best Practices from 2011 add value to your efforts. 1. Direct Mail 2. E-mail 3. Online Donation Pages 4. Thank You Receipting 5. Social Media 6. Special Events 7. Upgrading Donors 8. Cultivating Major Donors 9. Planned Gift Prospecting 10. Donor Stewardship

Evaluating Fundraising Agencies and Consultants

Can I get a few direct mail samples and some pricing info from you? Ugh.  These questions, more than any others, frustrate me as a nonprofit fundraiser.  I got an e-mail this evening from a well-meaning nonprofit executive who is looking to launch a direct response fundraising program.  As I read the e-mail I was […]

Direct Mail Fundraising Tip of the Week (#1)

When building your direct mail acquisition list strategy, focus on behavior-based targeting instead of demographics.  You’ll get higher response rates and greater likelihood of long-term donor retention by targeting people who already behave like donors (i.e., they give to other nonprofits and they’re responsive to direct mail), than you will simply by targeting people who […]

10 New Year’s Resolutions for Fundraisers

As we embark on a new year I wish you all much joy and success in your fundraising efforts!  Here are 10 resolutions I’m committing to – and I hope you might as well. 1. I will say thank you more than I say please. 2. I will focus my time where it counts most […]

Fundraising Best Practice Series: Volume 7, Upgrading Donors

Upgrading donors is an essential part of your nonprofit’s fundraising program.  Or at least it should be.  But the upgrade process isn’t just about asking all your donors for more money.  Check out these tips for more strategically upgrading your donors: Upgrading begins at the point of acquisition.  This is important to understand.  Not all […]