You know what happens when someone tells you not to think about a pink elephant? Suddenly you can’t get that creature out of your mind, right? Something similar seems to be happening to me as I think and write about writing. My jargon-o-meter is on high alert these days. So, for a little fun, here [...]
Click here for the transcript from this chat! We all can’t be Ellen. If you caught the Oscars this past weekend, then you were witness to the incredible communication power of social media, specifically, Twitter. In what seemed like an impromptu moment, Ellen Degeneres, the host of this year’s awards ceremony, gathered a group of [...]
Join the #fundchat community on Wednesday, Feb. 26, from 12-1 p.m. EST for, “Lybunts & Sybunts: Segmenting Your Way To Direct Mail Success.” We’ll delve into the issue, share ideas, tips, and experiences that might help inform your efforts. Here is this week’s question line-up (we post a question every 10 mins. during a chat): [...]
I wrote (ok, ranted) a few weeks ago about the things I wish we fundraisers wouldn’t do. A commenter asked a question I’ve asked myself over the years. I thought I’d explore it a little further today. The question boiled down to, “How can you say thank you to donors, over and over again, without [...]
A thank you letter to a donor can certainly contain an ask for another gift along with a response envelope. However, should it? NO!! This is not just my opinion. Penelope Burk, author of Donor-Centered Fundraising, also feels that a thank-you letter should be a demonstration of appreciation and not another solicitation.
Since we celebrate Valentines Day in February, I thought I’d have this edition of the Nonprofit Blog Carnival focus on long-term donor relationships. I like to think of it as showing them “love.” A few weeks ago, I posted this question to nonprofit bloggers: How do you keep your donors wanting to come back? We [...]
February is a time to think more about how you show your #DonorLove! I back this effort 100%! You may know from previous posts, I’m a big fan of appreciation. (I’ve made it my 2014 Resolution and I’ve written about Giving Thanks.) And I’m a big fan of sharing experiences and expertise in our profession [...]
I’ve been writing and thinking a lot about storytelling lately. Partially because of my upcoming storytelling workshop in Vancouver and also because of The Storytelling Challenge survey that’s happening. But I thought that I would take a slightly different angle this week and consider the relationship building capacity of storytelling.
Click here for the transcript! This week, it’s all about #DonorLove at #fundchat, and we’re celebrating #DonorLove Day with a special edition of #fundchat that is all about making your donors feel appreciated and valued. Join the #fundchat community on Wednesday, Feb. 12 from 12-1 pm EST for, “Being Authentic: How To Make Every Donor [...]