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Recent Newsletters
14.20: "Gift of joy" + Dr. Frankl's pursuit of purpose: "Reciprocity" goes both ways
They gave you their hard-earned money. What can you give them back, to fulfill the psychological dictates of "reciprocity"?
14.19: Name the #1 distraction in fundraising? Bosses, bless their hearts
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?
14.18: The Evil Robot Haunting Your Donor Communications and Making Good Things Turn Out Bad
How Splash.org, a fast-growing international charity with a great reputation, lost my eager monthly gift
14.17: Could the Feds be any clearer, folks? "If your nonprofit does not aggressively promote charitable bequests, then your nonprofit is by definition an irresponsible loser."
High-ranking agency official: "I can't believe people are still on the sidelines about this. It's like being on the sidelines about cigarette smoking."
14.16: "You know what a newsletter is really great for?" Measuring your donors' true mood
Not trying to raise money with your newsletter? Think again: it's a "donor happiness meter."
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Dear Boss: You're killing me
Second-guessing EDs stunt the growth of donor communications
But for a thin crust of work, mostly written by expensive hired guns, donor communications are typically...well, clueless? Literally, they do not know what they are doing, a humble opinion based on evaluating thousands of comms from hundreds of organizations, of all types and sizes. Luckily, a little staff training can fix the problem. But a new problem frequently then joins the fray: a second-guessing executive director. The staff now knows what to do. But the ED won't permit it. Counter-productive? Obviously. Frustrating? Amazingly so. Demoralizing? You betcha. In my latest e-news, I give you a message you can show your boss. Let reason prevail? Click.
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