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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...
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15.5: Why a 95-year-old woman suddenly sent... a $500 check
Sell HOPE. See where it gets you.
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6 good reasons why you don't need a newsletter
Just kidding: there's no excuse.
Donor communications follow a simple cyclical path: you ask, you thank, you report. Skip a step ... and your retention plummets. Let's deal once and for all with the phantoms that scare you away from doing a successful donor newsletter. Read.
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Confessions of a donor - PART 2!
Read. More intimate, even embarrassingly private, reasons why we've left most of our estate to our community foundation.
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Why do I give? Confessions of a donor.
A blizzard. A fire outdoors. A couple of beers. And a deep self-examination into one donor's motivations. In this issue....
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Bequests: The other white meat?
Simone and I ARE major donors. Just not yet. Is it time fundraisers in the US, a sluggish market for charitable bequests, took a harder look at why they're failing? Step one: KILL "planned giving." In this issue....
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Your "social information" about donors shows others what they should do
"Social information," a psychologist's term, says essentially, "If you feel this way, then act this way." Social information plays a unique and vital role in persuasion. Find out how in this issue.
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Your donor is your customer ... and in that simple truth fortunes reside.
What is the "Fatal Flaw Nonpareil" of donor communications? Answer in this issue. PLUS new ideas on direct mail frequency, capital campaign "quiet periods," and building a case for the ages!
Revised AFP Int'l PDF
The Case: Getting Your Story Right
If you were in San Diego....
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Wikipedia is very good at thanks
Read the full text of the wonderful (i.e., worth copying) thank you I received when I gave to the Wikipedia.
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