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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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What makes a good offer for a fundraising appeal and what makes a bad one

Why does the offer matter so much in direct mail fundraising? Let’s take a look at an appeal to find out. This is a fundraising appeal from a military nonprofit, and in the body of the letter, the first ask … Continue reading

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What’s AI got to do with copywriting? Not much …

All the talk about AI for copywriting serves to highlight a basic misunderstanding of what copywriting is and what it isn’t. What AI bots do is produce content. That’s not copywriting. Copywriting – whether for commercial marketing or fundraising – … 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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How to begin a fundraising appeal

What should come first in a fundraising appeal? It’s an important question. Maybe even the most important question. Because if you fail to capture your donor’s attention at the start, there’s not much chance she’s going read the rest of … 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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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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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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