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MAY 2016
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15.9: Creativity can be decoded and taught.
Dr. Jen Shang, "the world's first philanthropic psychologist," as the New York Times ungrammatically dubbed her back in 2012, is absolutely right.
15.8: Steal the studs off these XDC examples...
The perfect donor newsletter? How likely is it that one of the world's most donor-centered newsletters comes out of a small, local charity in the Berkshires? And a literacy charity in Milwaukee blows the doors off the envelope teaser?
15.7: You're fired until you have a solid monthly giving program launched
Do the easy math. Then get to work. Cash gifts are a drink of water. Monthly giving is a forever spring flowing 5 times faster.
15.6: How to write a healthy direct mail appeal...
Things you think about
15.5: Why a 95-year-old woman suddenly sent... a $500 check
Sell HOPE. See where it gets you.
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Bunch of newsletter back issues added...
For those of you searching for specific, recent back issues of my e-newsletter, here you go. This one answers a few good questions about marketing and donor newsletters. This one reveals why we're leaving our estate to charity. This one inquires "Are thanks really necessary?"The "Thanks Wars" continue in the next issue. Asking me how I'd prefer to be addressed (Tom or Thomas) is the profitable thing to do.
"Billions and billions sold" boasts Mickey D
For us: 3,218 net units sold
Our book from Wiley & Sons
Wiley_cover.jpgKeep Your Donors makes it small dent in the universe. Published 2008. The latest royalty statement arrived today. Simone and I each got a check for about $500, for 6 months worth of sales. Ah, the luxe life of the author.
"I am a solar system!"
You are, too?!?
Look at the Age of Social Media this way
I am || you are a solar system. Orbiting: Planet Facebook, Planet YouTube, Planet LinkedIn, Planet Pininterest.
New to the "critiques" section....
Annual appeal rakes in average gift of $153
The Gamm gets emotional triggers right
The Gamm Theatre is a small operation with an outsized reputation for extraordinary art. It's annual fund appeal is a nicely crafted piece of work you can learn from.
Want to.....?
Check my LinkedIn profile
Apparently, a lot of people do
True-life, front-line, trenches testimonial
From Alisa Smallwood, CFRE
She wanted to connect via LinkedIn
"Hello, Tom - my hero. When my clients get rowdy, I smack them over the head with a copy of Keep Your Donors. Works every time." Know Alisa Smallwood.
While AFP Int'l conference plays Vancouver...
I gave Greenpeace a special presentation on donor-centricity
...from our house in France
Greenpeace has declared an interest in pursuing increased donor-centricity. In honor of their outstanding work through the years, I delivered a complimentary workshop for an hour. We Skyped a group from a bunch of different time zones. It was a bit rough. The village church bells went off. School kids came home for lunch. The phone rang. It was a blast!
CASE-NAIS national conference
"Stellar Speaker" again!
4.93 out of 5, cowboy
For a 3-hour training session called Love Thy Reader: The Science & Secrets Behind Highly Effective Donor Communications, presented in San Francisco recently at the 2012 CASE-NAIS conference for independent schools, I received a 4.93 rating (out of 5) overall. Ratings above 4.5 receive the coveted Stellar Speaker designation from CASE. This is the 3rd straight time I've received ratings at this level at CASE-NAIS.
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