As a copywriter, I hate jargon! Yet jargon crops up in fundraising appeals, direct mail, donor newsletters, websites… and just about anything else written for donors! So I’ve decided to start a regular spot on my blog called June’s Jargon Watch. The aim will be to highlight these atrocities of the English language. And also suggest how they could be rewritten so the donor – and the average person – can actually understand them.
Her copy for an acquisition pack not only doubled our database but also made a significant profit.
We had 20 gifts of $5000 or more when we usually average 1-3 gifts in this range for each appeal.
Our total income surpassed our target for this year’s campaign by 25%, and achieved an increase of more than 30% on the previous year’s appeal.