Charity: Water Progress Email – Learn from It!

Charity: Water has done it again  – they’ve sent another incredibly effective progress report email. (See past examples I loved here and here.) Here’s what I love about this . . . It reminds me that I gave money and they say where that money is going, plainly and simply. It gives me perspective on…

Wonderful Response from the American Heart Association

A couple of weeks ago, I shared with you what kind of communications I received from twenty different national nonprofits after giving year-end gifts in the last days of 2011. The results were very mixed, with about a 1/3 of the organizations doing what I would consider good online donor retention, 1/3 doing it inconsistently,…

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…

Saying Thanks Even When It’s Inconvenient or Time-Consuming

Wow – yesterday’s post about thank you notes and the lack thereof got the conversation started! Thanks to everyone who took the time to add some thoughts to the debate. Several people mentioned that the practical realities of nonprofit management mean that getting thank-you notes out promptly, especially when donations come through non-traditional channels for…

The Dismal Results of My Online Giving Experiment

Or, Can a Girl Get a Thank-You Note, Please? Back on November 24, 2008, I cashed in a bunch of credit card miles through Capital One’s No Hassle Giving Site, converting them into cash gifts to charities. Capital One partnered with Network for Good to deliver the donations to the charities. I specifically selected 12…