Which approach raises the most funds: (1) a well-argued appeal that explains the problem and offers statistical proof; or (2) an emotional appeal that tells a sad story? In short, which is better: stories or statistics?
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The sky's the limit when you advertise...
Community foundation "bequest marketing" program soars in just 4 years
This particular community foundation began its bequest marketing program in 2010, once their board voted enough money to make a fair test using targeted advertising on public radio, arts program books, bar journals, and a few other pubs. I worked with them on their planning, then wrote the advertising and collateral. We built a basic sales lead funnel.
I just got the report from them, 4 years in.
Since 2010, with advertising, this community foundation has doubled the number of pledgers in its legacy society, to just about 150.
They've already realized bequests since 2010 worth $15.9 million, some of that from recent society members (RIP).
And "at least four people who requested our bequest brochure already have created permanent funds during their lifetimes."
Not a bad ROI on what I think was a $50K or so initial investment.
In distant second place, Kivi Leroux Miller
Ahern webinar crushes old Bloomerang record
Kivi had 580 sign-ups. It looks like mine's going over 1,000. [Ultimately, 1,114 sites registered.] Kivi brings 'em in. She's dangerously charismatic. But I'm about to double her record. And I was born charisma-deficient. What's the diff? I wonder.
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Is this the best United Way Annual Report in America?
One of Dr. Adrian Sargeant's 7 reasons why donors remain loyal to a charity is this: you take them on a journey. This particular UW AR, under the close stewardship of ED, Julie Capaldi, does an extraordinary job of deeply communicating with readers' emotions, using techniques like donor-centricity and a bold, storytelling style. [Here's the downloadable PDF. ] Jeff Brooks: "Ugly works. Tacky works. Corny, embarrassing, and messy all work. In print, or in digital."