Improve your hospital fundraising with 71 FREE education sessions!

The schedule for the upcoming Hospital Fundraising Summit has just been finalized. This exciting and FREE event is packed with 71 presentations from 48 expert speakers over an 7 day period. This is a great learning opportunity for anyone involved in healthcare philanthropy, or anyone looking to get into the business. If you’re unable to attend […]

Using Data To Drive Donor Insights

What data points does your nonprofit use to develop insights and new strategies to better engage your constituents? If you’re like most nonprofits, it probably depends which department head you ask. Development maintains the donor database that houses biographical data (i.e., name, address, etc.) and transaction data (i.e., date and amount of most recent, last […]

5 Things Nonprofits Get Wrong About Donors

Jonathan Lewis and Mya Abi-Khalil co-authored a great post, 5 Things Clients Get Wrong About Consumers over at DigiDay. This post was written for the commercial world, but the model is equally valuable for nonprofits. The 5 incorrect assumptions are listed below along with what I believe are the equivalent incorrect assumptions that nonprofits make. Consumers are rational […]

Rainmaking: The Fundraiser’s Guide to Landing Big Gifts

Two years ago my good friend Roy C. Jones and I had the bright idea to write a book designed to help fundraisers build better donor relationships and raise more money. It’s been a long road. We’ve learned a lot in the process, and had the opportunity to talk with dozens of great leaders in […]

Analyzing Your Direct Mail Campaigns (Tip #52)

There are many ways to evaluate your fundraising performance.  Response rate.  Average gift.  Cost per dollar raised.  Cost per donor.  Those are all important metrics to track.  But the one you should focus on more than any other is Long-Term Donor Value (LTDV). LTDV takes into account the cost of acquisition and cultivation, and the […]

To Tease or Not To Tease (in your direct mail)? (Tip #51)

Blank outer envelopes tend to outperform envelopes with teaser copy or images.  You don’t have to clutter your appeal envelopes with all sorts of teaser copy.  Sure, test teasers.  But you’ll do just as well – if not better – by simply mailing your appeal in a blank envelope.