Does Your Newsletter Make These 4 Fatal Mistakes?

Newsletters can be a powerful tool both for your organization’s fundraising and stewardship efforts.  Often newsletters can raise just as much – if not more – than your solicitations.  And a well crafted newsletter can remind donors of the reasons they support you and help increase their passion for your cause on a regular basis. […]

Direct Mail Fundraising Tip of the Week (#6)

If you want to acquire donors at a higher average gift level, start testing catalog subscriber files.  You’ll get lower response rates (because these people aren’t necessarily qualified charitable donors), but they tend to give higher average gifts – in fact, sometimes fully double that of other list categories.  These donors also have good potential […]

Direct Mail Fundraising Tip of the Week (#4)

Write your direct mail letter like you’d write to a close friend.  Make it warm, personal and informal.  Adhering to the APA and MLA style guides might make the brand police happy, but it’ll kill your direct mail fundraising results. Direct mail fundraising copywriting is a style unto itself.  If you try to follow all […]

Direct Mail Fundraising Tip of the Week (#3)

In this multi-channel world, anywhere from 10% – 30% of the responses to your direct mail campaign will be captured online.  Make sure your website is optimized for giving.  And review your donation page to ensure easy navigation and transaction processing.

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