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One sure way to make your fundraising better

The single best thing you can do to improve your fundraising? Come to terms with a hard truth: You are not your donors. They’re probably older than you, for one thing, which means they have a completely different frame of … Continue reading

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Want more of your regular donors to become monthly donors?

Nonprofits love monthly donors for obvious reasons. Monthly donors give consistently, require less frequent fundraising, and tend to be more loyal. But to get regular donors to opt into monthly donor status, you have to make this seem like something … Continue reading

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Why this trait is essential for your fundraising

Curiosity. It’s a trait that virtually all people share, and it’s one that we definitely want to tap into for fundraising. Arousing curiosity is a tried and true way to get donors to notice your direct mail or email appeal, … Continue reading

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When disaster fundraising works and when it doesn’t

If you haven’t already, you’ll probably soon receive a barrage of emails appealing to you for donations to help the victims of the horrible earthquake in Turkey and Syria. This is of course a worthy cause. The need is overwhelming. … Continue reading

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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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