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Donors

4 Tips to Optimize Your Giving Day

Giving days and donor challenges have become increasingly popular for organizations to implement into their fundraising strategy. It's vital to the success of your giving day or challenge that all of your communications stand out - whether that…
Calendar Year-End

Calendar Year-End Prep: The 4 C's of Direct Mail Appeals

You may be familiar with the 4 P's of Marketing (or in some cases, the 7 P's of Marketing), but have you heard of the 4 C's of Direct Mail Appeals? In this day in age, acronyms and slogans get created and tossed around everywhere, so let's break…
Strategic Plan

Your Strategic Annual Giving Plan: 3 Tips to Success

There are many intricacies and complexities when it comes to annual giving. Due to the strategic elements that go into annual giving, success often begins with having an organized annual giving plan. An annual giving plan helps compile short-…
Retain Donors Through Effective Stewardship

Retain Donors Through Effective Stewardship

Retaining donors is one of the most difficult initiatives for a fundraiser to do. With more organizations asking people to support their cause or mission, there has never been a more important time to optimize donor retention strategies. One…
Storytelling - What's Your Story?

Influence Donors through Consistent Storytelling

As development professionals, you aim to successfully influence how your audience thinks and feels to get their support for your organization. A key component of reaching and influencing your audience through direct marketing efforts is by storytelling. Once…
Stewardship

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! – The Importance of Stewardship

Did you know that Thanksgiving doesn’t only come in November? You might be thinking to yourself, “Huh? Everyone knows that it’s always in November...” Well, stop for a moment and think about Thanksgiving and the strong aura of gratitude…
Wheelock's Giving Day Case Study

Case Study Download: Wheelock College’s Successful Giving Day

As the end of the fiscal year for many institutions approaches, an integral step to future success is to evaluate what worked this year and what could be improved next year. Planning your annual fund marketing campaign is critical to the success…
Keep Your Donors

Keep Your Donors - You Earned Them

Welcome to July—a new fiscal year for many organizations, and with that comes new fundraising goals. Wait, what is that? You still need to close out last year? And you feel overwhelmed doing both at the same time? I get it! That’s a lot…
Fundraising Appeal Letter Hacks

Stand Out From The Crowd(ed Mailbox): 5 Fundraising Appeal Letter Hacks

Add some muscle to your next appeal letter to help it stand out in a crowded mailbox. During the holiday season, everything that comes into your mailbox, from bills to credit card offers, are adorned in festive colors and glitter. So, it helps…
Bentley University's Philanthropy Week

Spotlight: Bentley University's Philanthropy Week

#bentleygives Bentley created a week of on-campus activities, all centered on philanthropy. For 2015, this week of events was creatively branded with the slogan, "Bentley Runs on Philanthropy," a spinoff of the Dunkin’ Donuts "America…