If you're new to fundraising, writing an appeal to raise funds is different than you might expect. Once, I hired someone who had sales and marketing experience but no direct nonprofit experience. He tended to write appeals that were very fact based, "1 billion people live in poverty" or "You can help 10,855 people right
When I joined Food for the Hungry, I thought I was going to blow right by expectations in fundraising. I came in with a consulting background and an MBA ... I could figure out the secrets to fundraising quickly and knock a home run in our digital fundraising in no time. What I discovered is
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
It can be very frustrating not being able to get out a timely appeal. I remember a specific incident where we were sitting five days after a disaster, and we had not yet sent out our email appeal. At that time I made a decision that that wasn't going to happen again, that we weren't
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
Retargeting, also known as remarketing, is a technology to show ads to a warm audience. In this episode, Jeremy discusses what retargeting is, how it works, two different types of retargeting, and how your nonprofit organization can use retargeting to get more supporters and deepen your relationship with existing donors.
I've made a lot of mistakes. I've had to learn a lot of hard lessons. Nonprofit fundraising isn't always easy. There are many rules and guidelines that industry pros have learned through expensive testing over decades. When you learn these lessons, some come from your own expensive mistakes, you will learn how to best fundraise
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
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 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.