Category Archives: fundraising

How to keep your donors interested in your fundraising appeal

It’s the age-old problem: how to engage the readers of your direct-response fundraising appeal to, first, start reading and then to continue reading. Luckily, we have some tips from Clarification blog: These are all good tips. But there’s one additional … Continue reading

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Two ways to begin a fundraising appeal – from Jerry Huntsinger

In Jerry Huntsinger’s “86 Tutorials in Creating Fundraising Letters and Packages,” he makes a point about how to begin a fundraising appeal. He makes his point with an example. It’s an appeal for a cancer charity. It begins: “Children shouldn’t … Continue reading

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The envelope teaser

The burning question in direct mail fundraising? Should you use a teaser for the outside envelope of your next appeal, or not? Some say the plain, blank envelope is the best ‘teaser,’ a no-teaser kind of teaser. But if you … Continue reading

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What’s wrong with thanking donors?

I just got an email with the subject line “I’m so grateful.” Let’s see what this is all about. Turns out it’s from a rescue mission, an organization that I love and support. Here’s the text of the email: Dear … Continue reading

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Your fundraising appeals – too much emotion? Or not enough?

In your fundraising appeals, is it better to use facts or feelings? Logic or emotion? Before you answer, let’s take a look at an example, and you can judge based on your own reaction. It’s an appeal from a conservation … Continue reading

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Why a cup of tea means better fundraising

More than you probably realize, your fundraising has a lot to do with Japanese green tea. As they say in direct mail letters, let me explain. See, I’m a big fan of Japanese green tea. I drink it all the … Continue reading

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DON’T do this in fundraising appeals, and get better results

In fundraising appeals, you should always thank your donors for their support, right? Wrong! You can see why in this example. The direct mail appeal from a farm-advocacy nonprofit begins like this: “Let me express my personal thanks for your … Continue reading

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Try this to increase fundraising response

One of the best ways to boost the response of your direct mail fundraising appeal isn’t what you might think. It’s to send an email. Mail and email complement each other, creating better response than either would separately. That’s one … Continue reading

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Easy way to tell if your nonprofit will survive and succeed

Here’s an easy way to find out whether your nonprofit is operating in a way that’s helping to ensure your current and future success. Not only is it easy, it takes nothing more than a few minutes of your time. … Continue reading

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3 Reasons Why Your Non-Profit Should Add a Blog to Your Website

by guest blogger Joe Garecht, President of Garecht Fundraising Associates. Every non-profit wants to raise more money online.  But most non-profits struggle to get traction raising money on their websites.  One of the reasons why organizations struggle online is because … Continue reading

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