Category Archives: donor psychology

Why informing donors doesn’t work in fundraising

It’s all too easy to think that if donors had enough information about a nonprofit’s work that they would donate in droves. But, unfortunately, that’s not the case. Truth is, as fundraisers we run into a roadblock called confirmation bias. … Continue reading

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Rage donating — what does it mean for our fundraising?

Donations to progressive charities took off after President Trump was elected. And since then, this kind of ‘backlash’ giving has come to be known as rage donating. It’s been called a lazy, middle-class citizen’s form of protest as well as a … Continue reading

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What’s wrong with using emotion in fundraising?

When we use strong emotions in our donor appeals, is it poverty porn or just good fundraising? See my guest post on the topic here. One of the conclusions of a recent article in SOFI is that negative emotions can … Continue reading

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What political speeches can teach us about fundraising

When they’re speechifying, politicians want their audiences to respond, and they love it when a line in a speech sets off thunderous applause. But they don’t leave this to chance. They use specific techniques to get a response, and getting … Continue reading

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Trouble cultivating younger donors? This might be why

For many of us, caring about others just isn’t that important. That’s one of the shocking findings of a new study conducted by a researcher at Harvard University. http://sites.gse.harvard.edu/sites/default/files/making-caring-common/files/executive_summary.pdf First, let’s take a look at the subject of the study, high-school … Continue reading

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Afraid of missing out? You’re not alone

Social proof is a powerful motivator in fundraising. We might, for example, localize an appeal with the donor’s city name to imply that others in the neighborhood are giving, or we might add “Many donors give this amount” on a … Continue reading

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Tell me a story — but make it fast

Storytelling. It’s an essential part of persuasion for fundraising and marketing. But your story can’t be a rambling, meandering yarn that goes on without a point. Not in the hyper-paced, information-now world we live in. No, stories have to be … Continue reading

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