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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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"Are all consultants alike?"
Ahern in Top 30 "Most Effective"
List spotlights the best of the best
The list: see for yourself. New Canadians like Jon Duschinsky (formerly of the UK and France; I've lunched with Jon in Paris) did quite well: #1. Brit transplant, Dr. Adrian Sargeant, was #3. Capital campaign superstar, Jerry Panas, was #5. I was #6. Simone Joyaux (ma femme) was #12. CFREs covered the list like spots on a leopard.
02/07/12
This just in from Interval House....
2011 Gratitude Report
An AR I actually look forward to....
An annual report devised by one of North America's finest, most donor-centred creative teams, Agents of Good. Judge the evidence for yourself.
02/02/12
Latest critique....
Case 4 support ... 2 perfection
The Fresh Start Recovery Centre in Calgary wanted a "brutal" appraisal. How's this for brutal? "What a wonderful case!"
01/15/12
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Donor Communications Best Practices
It's a PDF. It can sit on your computer desktop for easy reference. It's a compendium of best practices for your appeals, newsletters, cases, annual reports, as well as your all-important digital realm. And it's free. Get it!
01/14/12
Incoming testimonial
"...done the Tom Ahern style..."
Martie K. writes, "On another note, I am happy to tell you that I received one $1K gift and one $2K gift from my end-of-year appeal letter -- done the Tom Ahern style. That is AMAZING for Girl Scouts! Most gifts are between $25 to $100. So your influence has found its way to our donors. Thank you!"
01/10/12
How-To E-News Issue 9.17
The Domain Formula
...for donor newsletters: PURE GOLD
Once upon a time, in Seattle, a small rebel force of direct mail fundraisers set out to challenge accepted wisdom and find out exactly how donor newsletters worked best. Destination ahead? Breakthrough!.... Read it now.
12/15/11
How-To E-News Issue 9.16
"Planned giving" newsletters
Does anyone really need these things?
Pity the trees that died in the pursuit of lackluster results. Vendor-generated planned giving newsletters are well intentioned. But they are so wrong, it's hard not to laugh. Read it now.
12/02/11
How-To E-News Issue 9.15
In DM, all response is good
Even complaints
Hoping you'll offend no one in your direct mail? Wrong star to wish on. You know what? Complaints from donors are a good thing ... for all sorts of reasons. Read it now!
12/02/11
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