Creating a sense of urgency in your appeal messaging will help move readers to become donors.
Story is embedded into who we are. The best stories feature focus on a single character. This character could be a beneficiary, a donor, or any stakeholder. The best fundraising stories communicate how the reader can make an impact. When I first arrived at Food for the Hungry, our direct mail appeals used vivid stories
Why are we afraid we're "bothering" donors? We ask questions like "how soon is too soon to ask for a second gift?" or "best practices say I should wait nine months for a second gift, what should I communicate before then?" Can you imagine a meeting at Amazon where executives debate like this, "We should
Nonprofit fundraising, at its core, is storytelling. Telling a story of how your organization has helped one beneficiary be transformed is the building block of telling the story of your organization. In nonprofit development, the story we use in fundraising is called the story of the one. It's called the story of the one because
Liko loved school. He had dreams of graduating, getting a good job, helping to lift his family out of generations of poverty. But one day, tragedy struck. The village borehole water pump broke. Clean water was no longer available. The school’s feeding program shut down. The school itself closed. Village residents suddenly had to travel 13
Fundraising has been one of the most fulfilling aspects of any job I've ever had. It's not hard to be motivated to come to work every day knowing that what I'm doing is making a different in literally millions of people's lives. I am motivated knowing that Nadine, a 9 year old, received deworming medication and