10 Tips For Thanking Your Donors With Video

Warming a donor’s heart is a logical goal when thanking them for their support, and the most powerful way to do that is with thank you videos. Sending acknowledgement letters and making phone calls to thank their donors is a great first step.  These are simple and effective ways of thanking your donors. But

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Ideas You Can Use To Thank Donors During the Holidays

The season of gratitude is upon us and there is nothing more important you can do than thank donors for their support this year. After all, the season of giving is also almost here and before you start asking and asking, do some thanking first. Here’s why: go back to basics for a minute.

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Pick Up the Phone & Call a Donor Today

You’ve heard the advice, “Do one thing every day that scares you.” What if today your one thing is to pick up the phone to call a donor – simply thanking them for their support? I can now hear the loud thunder of answers you are shouting as you read…

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Practical, Creative Ideas to Thank Monthly Donors

We all know we need to thank monthly donors. After all, it’s important to show our gratitude to ALL of our donors — especially those who give on a regular basis. Monthly donors are your BEST donors – NO MATTER HOW MUCH THEY GIVE PER MONTH. Their regular financial commitment is actually a bigger

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Don’t Disappoint. Properly Thank Your Donors.

Teaching nonprofit staff how to communicate to cause donors to be inspired to give again is my work and passion. So, please remember, inspiring donors starts with the quality of donor thanking.

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7 MUST DOS when thanking donors

Thanking donors is not the end – it’s the beginning. And you need to get it right if you want donors to give again.   You see, thanking donors is THE most important step in fundraising.   It lets the donor know you received their gift and have set it to work. It completes the Cycle of Giving.

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Excellent Example: Meaningful and Personal Donor Thanking

How much time do you spend thinking about donor thanking? Even the simple task of thanking can make a difference in keeping donors connected. Why? When donors feeling special they stick around longer and give more.

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Increase Donor Retention This Summer with these 10 Actions

With vacations and long weekends upon us, take this as your reminder to schedule some “donor retention” activities for the summer. The fact is, when donors have a high level of trust about what you DO with THEIR financial support, they are much more likely to give again and again.

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Giving is Up. Donor Retention is Down. What to Do?

Donations to charitable organizations grew 1.4% to $390 billion in 2016, according to Giving USA and this post from The Chronicle of Philanthropy. The average donor retention rate in 2016 was .5% below what it was in 2015 – 45%, according to this post from Bloomerang about the Fundraising Effectiveness Project new report.

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How to Effectively Use Storytelling in Nonprofit Marketing

It’s no secret I have a passion for using storytelling to raise awareness and fundraising dollars for nonprofit organizations.
When my Twitter colleague @DennisFishman asked me: How would you adapt Pam Neely’s storytelling advice for nonprofit use? I jumped at the chance to take her post [5 Simple Ways to Use Storytelling in your Marketing] and provide a nonprofit lens.

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