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On the delicate topic of approvals

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If you’re an ambitious fundraiser, advice for your next job interview…   ¶ What is the Mt. Everest-sized obstacle which prevents many nonprofits (yours?) from taking advantage of “donor-centricity”? Surprise! It could very well be your charity’s reely stoopid approval process. Said another way: IGNORANCE in positions of authority. I’ve seen it over (2001) and […]

For the love of OFFERS

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Offers win new donors. Offers help you keep the donors you have. How high is your “offer IQ”? Recently, one of my all-time favorite clients (open to new ideas, fun to work with, relaxed, smart, talented) sent me a sketch of an ad cooked up by senior fundraisers at her hospital. This proposed ad URGES […]

Fundraising communications are the work of specialists, not generalists

Why profitable fundraising communications are the work of specialists, not generalists … and why a standard-issue, untrained university marcomms department will almost certainly fail to deliver strong results when given a fundraising assignment which depends on an effective call to action Thank you for subscribing … and for getting in touch with all sorts of […]

Can You Pass the 20 Questions Quiz? MORE IMPORTANT: Can Your Boss?

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It’s free. It’s downloadable as a PDF. It can be used for party games at staff and board meetings! It’s exclusively about donor communications … and today’s best practices. It’s world-sourced and recent. Top experts from Europe, North America and Australasia contributed their latest data and wisdom. And, as you check your answers, you’ll learn […]

Going From Red Ink to Black

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With its new emphases on donor-centricity and “let’s get real” authenticity, the donor newsletter at Arkansas Children’s now produces far better results Donor newsletters at many (most?) hospitals are no better than public relations. The core message: “Look how great our medicine is.” Which is predictable. Boring. Self-aggrandizing. Obvious PR. And pays no due tribute […]