Do you have a lot of email addresses on your file that aren't responding? Speaking from personal experience, Jeremy explains to Grant the steps to re-engage email subscribers and what to do if they continue to be unresponsive.
Dave asks, "Why do you want to work at a nonprofit?" Hunter replies, "I have extensive experience raising funds." "What experience?" Dave asks. "I did a Go Fund Me for a missions trip to Africa." Hunter replies. Dave asks, "What did you do in Africa?" Hunter says, "I changed a kid's life by giving
Creating a sense of urgency in your appeal messaging will help move readers to become donors. What if you have a difficult time creating a sense of urgency? In episode 8 of Nonprofit Answers, Rob asks a question about how to create urgency in his appeals for a women's shelter.
"Looks like we have an accounting error snd we will be $250,000 short," said Frank, the CFO. Julie, a board member, replies, "That's ok, we will just ask Dave to raise the money." "Fundraising is so easy." Gerrish, the Board Chairman, responds.
A great subject line can be the difference between catching the recipient's attention to open your email or to be unceremoniously tossed into the trash or simply ignored. What makes a subject line stand out? It needs to be concise. The best subject lines are between 3 and 6 words in length. You don't have to
Do you have people on your email list who haven't interacted with your organization in some time? Do you want to learn how you can save these people and reactivate them to continue wanting to receive your emails? Let's explore 8 steps the organization can take to reactivate these people, or decide what to do
Do you have someone who edits out fundraising best practice from your appeals? Someone who doesn't like the urgency, postscripts, hyphens, folksy language, or handwritten notes? Is your fundraising suffering because of it? In episode 7, Jeremy answers a question from Julia about how to handle an Executive Director who doesn't understand fundraising and is undermining her efforts.
"Hey Dave, we had one complaint about your telemarketing campaign. Can you cancel that?" said Nixon, the Customer Service Manager. Dave replies, "That's $200,000 of our annual revenue." "It's bothering our donors, Dave. Just ask a major donor to give $200,000." Nixon responds. Nixon walks away thinking "I'm good at this fundraising thing."
Different donors give for different reasons. Successful fundraising is driven by your nonprofit organization appealing to the recipient’s reasons for giving. Consider all the ways you can leverage storytelling, imagery, and emotion in your emails. The motivation for donating is as diverse as your recipients, but research suggests most people fall into one of several
Direct mail is not dead. Far from it, direct mail still performs well if you have a good strategy behind it. Many nonprofits are transitioning more investment into digital but aren't seeing the return in email that they've seen in direct mail. Today, we're going to talk through the five Cs of successful email appeals, then we have a question from Marcy about why her emails don't perform as well as her direct mail does.