How to Ask for Monthly Gifts at Your Gala Event

Posted by on Feb 3, 2018 in Case Studies, General Interest, NonProfit Pro Today, Recurring giving |

A colleague consultant asked me this question last week, and I was discussing this very same thing with another organization myself. Great timing! A nonprofit in the process of launching its monthly donor program has its annual gala coming up this spring. It’s a fancy event—heavy hors d’oeuvres, silent and live auction, including a “fund-a-need” focused on something they need for their program. Donors typically pay $100 to $150 for a...

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What Would St. Nick Say?

Posted by on Dec 10, 2017 in NonProfit Pro Today, Recurring giving |

St. Nick (or Sinterklaas as we called him) was part of my tradition growing up in Holland. Dec. 5 was when we received our gifts as kids. The night before, we’d put our shoe with some straw and carrots for St. Nick’s white horse in the corner of our living room. And he and his little helper black Pete would come and drop our gifts near our shoes. Here are two links to the explanation of this tradition. here or here. As we got older, we’d draw...

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Nothing Is Impossible If You Just Believe

Posted by on Dec 2, 2017 in NonProfit Pro Today, Recurring giving |

  Every year, the military base theater near us (Joint Base Cape Cod) organizes the annual Christmas tree lighting. It’s a fun event, with hot cocoa, peppermint sticks and a short visit of Santa, of course! As a military spouse myself (married to a 32-year Airforce veteran), we love our little theater, and this event is always a lot of fun. It’s so wonderful to see the little kids and adults enjoy themselves. The tree lighting is followed...

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Asking for Sustainers for Gifts on Giving Days

Posted by on Nov 27, 2017 in NonProfit Pro Today, Recurring giving |

November is almost here. Many of you are probably working on your #GivingTuesday campaigns, or you may have other giving days you’re focused on. And of course everybody is on board with sending out several emails in the month of December. The question always comes up: Should we ask for monthly donors in our giving day emails and social media messaging? Well, if it were up to me, I’d say: Yes, absolutely! Try to get as many sustainers as you...

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Warning: Minimal Stress Involved

Posted by on Nov 26, 2017 in NonProfit Pro Today, Recurring giving |

Yes, it’s true! Prime giving season is here. Everybody is on high alert. Printers are buzzing. Letter shops are stuffing appeals in overtime. Email drafts for #GivingTuesday and December are flying left and right. You’re pushing board members to commit to calling at least a few donors to say “thank you.” Some have said they’d be willing to come in and write personal notes on some of your appeal letters. And it all has to drop by Thanksgiving!...

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The nuts and bolts of direct mail

Posted by on Mar 13, 2017 in Direct Mail, Speaking |

This post was first published on the Charity How To blog. Before I got ‘hooked’ on monthly giving, I was already a direct mail ‘aficionado’. Why? Because direct mail works. Because people respond to it. Because you can measure what you’re doing. You can see how many fundraising messages you mail out and how many donations you receive back. But yet, so many people are no longer ‘trained’ in direct mail. They think that all donations are...

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Why Segmenting Your Sustaining Donors Is Crucial for Growth

Posted by on Oct 17, 2016 in Annual appeals, Recurring giving |

This post was written for and published by Bloomerang  More and more organizations now have a sustaining donor (monthly, quarterly, etc. donor) program. That’s great! Unfortunately, there can be a tendency not to continue appealing to them. But should you continue asking them for money? Can you send an appeal to your recurring donors? The answer is a resounding: YES, YES, YES! If you don’t, you’re missing out. The typical small shop that I have...

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How can Nana Murphy make you a better fundraising professional?

Posted by on May 3, 2016 in Annual appeals, Case Studies, Direct Mail |

This post was prepared as a guest blog for Michael Rosen.  How can Nana Murphy make you a better fundraising professional? This is a post based upon the session I attended at the recent AFP International conference in Boston. Thank you, Michael, for sharing this post with your audience. The session I attended was called: From Ireland with Love, presented by Denisa Casement, CFRE, Head of Fundraising, Merchants Quay Ireland, Dublin,  Lisa...

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Can You Send Appeals to Monthly donors?

Posted by on Apr 25, 2015 in Annual appeals, Recurring giving |

A question fundraisers often ask me, is: “Can I send appeals to my monthly donors?” My answer is a resounding YES!! Sending annual appeals should be part of your ongoing cultivation and recognition process. Typically there’s this pause. Then they tell me: “But wait,  they’re already giving me a gift monthly. Wouldn’t these donors get upset and think we’ve become too greedy if we sent them an appeal with...

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7 big no-nos for monthly giving programs

Posted by on Jan 31, 2015 in Recurring giving |

This post was also published as a guest post on About.com  Fundraising, thanks Joanne Fritz! As you know, I’ve been writing about what to do when starting a monthly giving program. Recently, I’ve been talking to a lot of clients about their programs and helping them become more successful. What I found was that those organizations that were struggling to grow their program, undoubtedly were doing one or more of the following 7 no-no’s. The good...

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Myth debunked: You do not need a large staff to run a monthly giving program

Posted by on Aug 17, 2014 in Recurring giving |

Another Monthly giving myth debunked… You do not have to have a large staff to run a monthly giving program! You can certainly start small by just offering the program online.  But you must be committed and everybody must understand that everything you do is aimed at generating long term revenue growth. It’s less important what the size of your staff is, but rather the commitment that counts! I recently did a presentation for a group of...

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Sustainers are retainers

Posted by on Jul 18, 2014 in Recurring giving |

  I just came back from a conference, attended by some 1,700 people and I’m so excited! There were 4 (yes, four) sessions on monthly giving aka sustainers!! More and more organizations are finding that ‘sustainers are retainers’. Thank you Dan Allenby for this great word cloud. Many donor base systems are adding monthly giving options to make your life as a fundraiser easier. And research is growing. For example:...

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Direct Mail still works!

Posted by on Jul 26, 2013 in Annual appeals |

I’m a true Direct mail junky! And I’ve been one for many years! Once I started working at Reader’s Digest, I got totally hooked. There’s a lot more to it than we know. Psychology, who are you mailing to, checking how people read, where do we put the picture, what’s a good headline, what’s the best story? Who signs the letter? What are we doing with the ask amounts, and so much more… But what I...

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