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Recent Newsletters
14.14: "Dear Numbskull Robot...." My name's Tom, not Thomas
How MoveOn.org stupidly and avoidably lost me as a donor
14.13: Competent on purpose -- PART 3
What every fundraiser should know about donor comms, IMHO
14.12: Competent on purpose -- PART 2
What every fundraiser should know about donor comms, IMHO
14.11: Competent on purpose -- PART 1
What every fundraiser should know about donor comms, IMHO
14.10: The Ugly Truth
Is "prettiness" cost effective?
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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
How-To E-News Issue 9.14
The Verbatim Rule
You know, it just makes sense.
Jeff Brooks dropped me a line... "Is it true you have a clause in your contract that clients can't change copy? I had dinner with Kivi and she told me that. I find it a bit hard to believe, but it sure would be a blow for fundraising sanity!" Guilty as charged. Read it now!
12/02/11
How-To E-News Issue 9.13
Meet AIDA
The sales formula, not the opera
This oldie but goody makes writing a direct mail letter faster and far easier. When you're having a "stupid day" (I have lots), the AIDA sales formula can rescue you. Read it now!
12/02/11
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