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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."
14.15: Online giving soars to almost nothing
There was a massive amount of little to report for another year; why print won't die
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
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Sorry, Chief, being literate is not enough.
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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