Clarity is the enemy of confusion. Bringing a clear message in your appeal will help the reader understand exactly what you're asking for and why they should give. You may have heard the phrase, "if you confuse, you lose." If the reader gets confused or mixed up in your messaging, the default option is to
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
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
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.
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
Karen's organization has a partner who offered them a list of 25,000 email addresses. Her boss wants to just add them to their email service provider, but Karen doesn't agree. In episode 5, Jeremy gives Karen advice as to how to answer her boss and what to do with the opportunity.
Creating a sense of urgency in your appeal messaging will help move readers to become donors. Think this is a trick that no longer applies? Consider the case of two nonprofits reaching the same potential donor. If the first nonprofit conveys a sense of urgency in the fundraising appeal and the second does not, in