How to Tell an Impactful Fundraising Story

Story is embedded into who we are. The best stories feature focus on a single character. This character could be a beneficiary, a donor, or any stakeholder. The best fundraising stories communicate how the reader can make an impact. When I first arrived at Food for the Hungry, our direct mail appeals used vivid stories

10 Email Fundraising Tips You Need Right Now

Email may be the best kept fundraising secret for your nonprofit! Not because you aren't already using it, but because there is so much opportunity to change and test different parts of a fundraising email to see the impact on results. Today, we're going to discuss some ideas of things you can put into practice right

By | 2018-06-02T19:47:17+00:00 June 2nd, 2018|Categories: Beginner, Email Marketing, Fundraising, Intermediate|Tags: , |0 Comments

Are You Bothering Your Donors?

Why are we afraid we're "bothering" donors? We ask questions like "how soon is too soon to ask for a second gift?" or "best practices say I should wait nine months for a second gift, what should I communicate before then?" Can you imagine a meeting at Amazon where executives debate like this, "We should

4 Essentials Required for Donor Thank You Communications

Whether you send a thank you video, a note of gratitude, a welcome gift, a thank you email, or other creative way to thank the donor for their donation, you need to communicate in a specific way to have the biggest impact on your donor. Sending your thanks is a key way to continue developing

Why Donors Give: Tax Deduction

Fundraising hinges on 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 giving is as diverse as your recipients, but research suggests most people fall into one of several categories. One of your primary goals as a fundraiser is to

By | 2018-02-16T20:19:34+00:00 February 24th, 2018|Categories: Beginner, Fundraising|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

The Story of the One

Nonprofit fundraising, at its core, is storytelling. Telling a story of how your organization has helped one beneficiary be transformed is the building block of telling the story of your organization. In nonprofit development, the story we use in fundraising is called the story of the one. It's called the story of the one because

Sample Phrases You Can Use to Thank Your Donors

Donors love it when you show appreciation for their support. So much so that 80% of donors say they would be motivated to make a second gift if the nonprofit thanked them. Unfortunately, many of us aren't properly thanking nonprofit donors and this is negatively affecting our fundraising. It's expensive to acquire a new donor.

3 Keys to Moving from Corporate America to a Nonprofit

In 2011, I was working as a social media consultant, primarily with nonprofits with Tim Smith approached me about joining him at Food for the Hungry. He had just accepted the role of Chief Development Officer and wanted to bring me along as his Digital Director. Though I had worked at a nonprofit and worked

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Secrets to Being a Successful Storyteller

Liko loved school. He had dreams of graduating, getting a good job, helping to lift his family out of generations of poverty. But one day, tragedy struck. The village borehole water pump broke. Clean water was no longer available. The school’s feeding program shut down. The school itself closed. Village residents suddenly had to travel 13

By | 2018-01-04T22:49:40+00:00 August 9th, 2017|Categories: Beginner, Featured Beginner, Fundraising|Tags: , |0 Comments