Clarity Results in Better Fundraising

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

By |2018-06-23T07:35:42+00:00July 16th, 2018|Categories: Intermediate|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Fundraising Ideas – Dave the Development Director

"Dave, in our weekly staff meeting, our programs team came up with these 37 ideas for fundraising," Phil says. Dave reads the report, "Number 4, educate more and ask less. Number 13, use more facts and statistics." Phil remarks, "I think Number 27 is the best." "Ask the Gates Foundation for a grant."

By |2018-07-02T18:01:27+00:00July 2nd, 2018|Categories: Comics|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

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

Rewrite Fundraising Letter – Dave the Development Director

"Dave, I need you to rewrite this fundraising letter and remove all of the language that makes us look like we need the donor's money," said Wendy, the Executive Director. Dave replies, "We'll lose donations doing that." "I also need you to raise 10% more than your goal, thanks." Wendy responds.

By |2018-02-19T06:06:26+00:00March 5th, 2018|Categories: Comics|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments