A Direct Solution was started in 2003 by Erica Waasdorp, answering the need for an experienced agency at consultancy prices.

Since then, we’ve worked with non-profit organizations in a variety of ways, through a mixture of project rates, hourly rates, or retainers, depending upon the needs of the client and budgetary constraints.

A Direct Solution is registered as Fundraising Counsel with the Attorney General of Massachusetts, California and other states as they become applicable.

Our core services consist of providing fundraising planning and execution of direct mail campaigns from start to finish, email execution or support, monthly giving campaigns, grant writing, events and public relations.

We partner with reliable vendors and outsource design, production, and mail house services.  This allows us to devote a significant amount of time and resources in-house on copywriting, strategy, planning, data selection, analysis, and customer service.

Most notably, you will find that we do not charge a markup on production, and all vendor invoices are passed-through-billing thus providing optimal transparency and flexibility for our clients. We provide cost estimates (following the client’s guidelines) and reconcile all cost after each campaign to ensure that all campaign analysis uses final cost.

A Direct Solution is not like the typical agency with a large overhead and pre-assigned staff. Rather, our organization works with a curated pool of expert freelancers, many of whom have been working with us for as long as the agency exists.

Highly flexible, affordable services and wide knowledge base for non-profits

This allows us to create together a custom-made project team that will provide your organization the utmost support needed to accomplish your goals.

Our offices are located in Marston’s Mills in Barnstable County, Massachusetts. But, we regularly commit to on-site visits with our clients.

A Direct Solution does not typically submit our work to be recognized, but we pride ourselves in making sure our clients are happy and receive the results they deserve.

For example, we are extremely proud to have executed several acquisition and prospect solicitation campaigns at a more than break-even result – nearly unheard in this day and age.

Finally, as you can see in the biography, Erica Waasdorp, the principal of A Direct Solution has written one of the very few books on monthly giving in the industry, called Monthly Giving – The Sleeping Giant: How Small Gifts Can Become Powerful Tools to Support any Organization.”

Erica has since presented numerous webinars on the topic, and is currently hosting live workshops and in-person training to help more organizations integrate monthly giving in their campaigns or better execute direct mail and email campaigns.

For more information, just contact us right here.