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As a fundraiser, I’ve seen outrage of a different sort when it comes to the controversy over Israel Folau’s fundraising effort. Many people responded to the $1 million plus raised for Folau, saying this sum could fund any number of other worthwhile causes. This includes assistance for: children in detention on Manus, meals for the homeless, mosquito nets to prevent malaria, medical costs for a family who have lost a child, and numerous other needs deemed more urgent than the legal costs of an already wealthy rugby player. From a purely fundraising perspective, what is apparent to me is this:
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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 the donor had previously donated to anything specific. Then it would have rendered as...
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Okay, my husband and I are at that time of year. We’re in donation mode. We’ve made the list of charities we’re going to give to and how much we’re going to give. My husband (who is also my business colleague) has the job of going online to work through the list. Because we are online donation people. It’s a pretty extensive list although I will admit, it’s not all because we’re that altruistic but because we are fundraisers ourselves and we donate to some of the orgs on our list just to get your mail. But still, a lot of you on that list we’d give to even if we weren’t fundraisers. Now here’s a list of things he’s seen so far that he’s found either annoying or out of place...
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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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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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