How Often Should We Mail that Newsletter?

More than 1200 nonprofits have completed our 2015 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report Survey (please take it now if you are not one of those 1200, as we’ll close the survey down on Tuesday). I’ve just pulled some preliminary data about how often nonprofits say they will mail their newsletters, and of course, it depends on whether…

MAKE ME A MATCH: 48 Ways to Ask for a Matching Gift in an Email Fundraising Appeal

Stuck trying to find new ways to describe your matching gift campaign? Never fear! Use these matching gift phrases in all the right places: Subject line Preheader Header Calls-to-action (be sure to include at least 2 in each email) Sidebars P.S. Donation landing page Good luck fundraisers! Contribute today to make sure we can match…

So Excited About The Wordifier – And You Should Be Too

I am sure you are wondering just what The Wordifier is. Oh it’s no big deal really – it just might be one of the coolest communications tools out there. That’s all. A few months ago Erica Mills of Claxon Marketing joined us for one of our Feedback and Fine-Tuning Webinars and told me about this…

KICK IT UP A NOTCH: 4 Smart Ways to Boost Your Year-End Online Fundraising

Fundraising goal established. CHECK. Compelling stories selected. CHECK. Email arc created. CHECK. Donation landing page updated. CHECK. Sounds like your year-end online fundraising campaign is off to a solid start. Wanna kick it up a notch? Try one of these 4 tactics to boost your online fundraising this December. 1) Offer a Match and Promote…

Build Your Email List for Year-End Giving

Integrating email campaigns with your direct mail appeal letter is a great way to get your supporters’ attention during the busy year-end fundraising season. If you need more emails, then we have a great resource to help you build your email list. Download Get Started with Email Acquisition Campaigns: Tactics, Apps and Real-World Examples to…

My Year-End Advice? Use real words. Mostly verbs. Not too much.

OK, copywriters. Listen up. It’s year-end fundraising time. You’re probably planning to crank up your nonprofit’s email schedule with fundraising appeals in December. How many are you going to send? One, four, six? No matter how many you send, let’s all agree that you’ll send one e-appeal on Dec. 31. Promise! If you don’t, you’re…

Writer’s Block Giving You Nightmares? Fight Back With Our Monthly Prompts

We blog everyday. Then, we also have to write articles for our weekly e-newsletter. Plus write another newsletter to our All-Access Pass Holders, not to mention updating Facebook and Twitter. Then there is creating new content for webinars and e-books. I’m not going to lie – it’s tough sometimes to come up with ideas. I’ve been there, staring at…

5 Ways to Harness the Awesome Fundraising Potential of #GivingTuesday

On Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, the Internet exploded with giving. Millions of Tweets, Facebook posts and photos on Instagram celebrated giving back. Donations spiked – technology provider Blackbaud processed a whopping $19.2 million in online donations, up 90 percent from the previous year. What was this seismic philanthropic event? Giving Tuesday. Founded in 2012, Giving…