Why You Must Work with Network for Good and How to Follow Up with Donors

Yesterday in “10 Donations. 3 Thank-Yous. 7 Failures to Communicate,” I shared the results of my recent giving experiment, where only 3 out of 10 national nonprofits acknowledged my gift with a thank-you. These results mimic last year’s, and in the comments on last year’s post, a few people suggested that the fact that the…

10 Donations. 3 Thank-Yous. 7 Failures to Communicate.

It’s time to share the results of my 2009-2010 “What I Got When I Gave” Experiment. The point of this experiment is to see what kind of communications response I get in return for unsolicited donations to national charities. This does not include the automated email receipt that I get from the payment processor; I’m…

More Proof That Storytelling and Gratitude Pay Off

I’ve been working as a volunteer board member with Positive Wellness Alliance (PWA), a small nonprofit that serves low-income people with HIV/AIDS, to incorporate more storytelling and more gratitude into their donor communications. If you’ve been reading this blog for long, you know how strongly I believe in both storytelling and thank-yous as powerful nonprofit…

Share Your Newsletter Success or Horror Stories

I’ve been asked to contribute a chapter to an upcoming book called “Nonprofit Management 101: A Field Guide for Social Sector Professionals” that Jossey-Bass will be publishing in early 2011. My chapter will be on crafting an effective newsletter strategy. I want to include lots of real-world anecdotes and lessons learned in the chapter. Do…

5 Spots Left in Online Fundraising Bootcamp E-Clinic Weds.

There are five spots left in this Wednesday’s Online Fundraising Bootcamp – a special e-clinic limited to just 20 nonprofits. Want to join us? End-of-year fundraising season is upon us. Are you ready to raise as much as you can online? If not, don’t worry. That’s what the Online Fundraising Bootcamp E-Clinic is for. During this…

How to Make Your Print Marketing More Affordable

Print newsletters have been the default communications tactic for nonprofits forever.  Even though I now believe the default should be an e-newsletter, and we are seeing more and more nonprofits drop their print newsletters in favor of email,  print still remains an important tactic for many organizations. If you decide that sending a print newsletter…

The First 100 Hours – Turning Media Spikes into Fundraising Leads

On Tuesday, August 4, Alia McKee of Sea Change Strategies and Kevin Gottesman of Gott Advertising will present a webinar for us called Beyond Viral: Building Your Email List through Paid Marketing. If you are wondering how the leading nonprofits in U.S. expand to their email prospect lists to hundreds of thousands of people, Alia and…