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Published on October 30, 2019 by

Surgeons vs. fundraisers – let them do their jobs!

Surgeons vs. fundraisers – let them do their jobs!

Fundraising copywriting is one of those professions that everyone thinks they can do better than the person trained in fundraising copywriting.

I’ve been writing fundraising copy for long enough to now need training on how not to do eye rolls when I get ill-informed feedback on our work. (Note I said ill-informed feedback - I welcome feedback that corrects factual errors or makes the creative stronger.)

Seasoned fundraisers know the type of thing I mean. ...

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Published on June 19, 2019 by

When your fundraising personalisation fails

When your fundraising personalisation fails

It came in a cute, non-DLX envelope. Greeting card sized.It was printed on smaller than A4, stationery-sized paper.It started with a lovely thank you.Then it was RUINED by personalisation gone wrong. This sentence:Will you give a gift to the Where Most Needed Fund to help meet these needs?I couldn’t help laughing. Now there may well be some charities with an official “Where Most Needed Fund”. But I’m guessing that this non-profit tried to personalise this sweet, little letter by incorporating the name of the last project, item or appeal to which the donor gave.And it would have worked wonderfully if ...

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Published on November 16, 2018 by

Is your fundraising driven by corporate, academic, program or journalism communications?

Is your fundraising driven by corporate, academic, program or journalism communications?

Ask yourself this. What type of communications is really driving your fundraising? Because if you’re serious about raising funds – as opposed to raising awareness or educating people – then you need to be incorporating tried and tested direct response techniques into your appeals. ...

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Published on March 14, 2018 by

Fundraising envelopes that stand out

Fundraising envelopes that stand out

I am utterly swamped with tax appeal work currently but when the mail came in today, I took a quick look to see if anything stood out. The image above shows the pile of envelopes I received today... and at the bottom are the envelopes that caught my eye. Those are the ones I immediately opened. ...

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Published on July 18, 2016 by

Stupid fundraising copy changes that will cost you donations

Stupid fundraising copy changes that will cost you donations

I can’t tell you the number of times a new client feels uncomfortable with (or hates) my copy for a fundraising appeal… which then goes on to raise more money than they ever have before. ...

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Published on June 23, 2016 by

Will you make your tax appeal target?

Will you make your tax appeal target?

Will you make your tax appeal target?

One week out from 30 June and I’m checking in with the charities I work with to see where fundraising income is up to for their tax appeals. So where is YOUR non-profit up to? At this point, if you’re not up to at least 50% of your tax appeal target, I can pretty confidently say you won’t reach it. (Please see the disclaimer below though.) Personally, I prefer it if my fundraising clients are closer to 70% at this point. But yes, if you run a standard direct mail tax appeal ...

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Published on June 8, 2016 by

Fundraising when your cause is unsexy

Fundraising when your cause is unsexy

I’ve heard many a fundraiser bemoan the fact that they don’t do one of the three Cs. Cute animals. Children. Cancer. Let’s face it, it’s easier to raise funds for these kinds of causes. This post is about what to do when your cause is the worst kind of unsexy… ...

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