Category Archives: donor psychology

Is this the exception to the ‘no statistics in fundraising appeals’ rule?

Tell an emotional story about one person. That’s the guideline for creating donor-focused fundraising that connects with donors and motivates them to give. An example from Claire Axelrad at Clarification blog drives this point home. One headline says “24,000 children … Continue reading

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The best reason to ask your donors more often to give

Lots of charities are shy about asking for donations. They don’t want to mail or email too often out of fear of seeming too pushy. And even in their appeals themselves, it seems like they’re trying to work up the … Continue reading

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Here’s the point if you want to raise funds

Generalities are okay in fundraising. But that’s the problem – they’re just okay. They don’t work as well as specifics to get donors inspired and motivated to give. Specifics – that’s the point in this post at Future Fundraising Now. … Continue reading

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The right offer for your year-end appeal

Like all appeals, your year-end appeal should start with a solid offer. The fundraising offer is a statement of what the donor receives in return for giving. It’s the deal, the transaction, the quid pro quo. It’s how the donor … Continue reading

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Donor retention keeps falling – what to do about it

Donor retention was down again last year. It’s part of a steady downward trend that’s been going on for the past decade. What’s going on? There are four possible reasons for donors’ increasing lack of loyalty: Completing the story in … Continue reading

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5 ways to build rapport with donors

If we want to engage donors, it’s important to reach out to them on their terms and in ways that avoid being seen as too pushy or too salesy. So, we want to build a friendly rapport with donors and … Continue reading

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When “Donor as Hero” is wrong for fundraising

Lots of charities are telling their donors, “You’re a hero!” It’s become the go-to theme for fundraising of all kinds in a variety of sectors. But simply telling donors that they’re heroes falls way short of the goals of donor-centric … Continue reading

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