This month, Frances Hurst, co-founder of Birdsong Charity Consulting, has chosen her top adverts…all from the 1980’s.
This article by Richard McPherson, questions how well fundraisers have transferred the power of storytelling and communication to direct mail, phone calls and emails. What do you think?
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We’re very pleased to be adding Steve Thomas to our showcase of great and good fundraisers. He's been described as both the ‘Guru’ and the ‘Godfather’ of Canadian fundraising.
The problem with nonprofit mail is that often letters ask for a donation, but fail to make an offer.
For the attention of those who are responsible for approving fundraising letters: this tutorial is for you.
Three buttons, or one? Or two, four or more? How should we use website giving to engage donors?
In this article, innovation manager, Lucy Gower shares her practical tips and lessons on how to increase your inspiration and widen your connections. Why not take note and break some of your established patterns in the new year?
Jeff Brooks identifies not just a bad advert but, in his view, an evil one. He argues that this aberration has done lasting damage to the charity’s cause and reputation. Agree or disagree – what do you think?
A number of people have asked if I planned to feature this short film produced for climate change charity 10:10 in this bad nonprofit ad showcase.
In her fourth post for SOFII, Lucy reflects on the coolest developments of 2010: apps, interactions and gaming and their impact on the fundraising sector. Could you use them in your next campaign?
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New thank-you letter clinic to champion a renaissance in
charity thank-you letters, starting with Lee Saunders –
It all started when veteran fundraiser and SOFII user Lee Saunders kindly sent SOFII a packet of charity thank-you letters he’d written for charities in Western Australia.
Authors Steven Dodds and Claire Jones from the DMS agency argue that charities need to change their approach and transform their offerings in order to survive. Thought provoking, we think.
After the earthquake in Haiti, it didn’t take long for the bad fundraising messages to crawl out of the woodwork. Here's an example of run-amok abstractionism, from the People of The United Methodist Church. I’m guessing that they had some help from an ad agency on this one. Who else could have screwed up such a simple and compelling message?
‘A comprehensive selection of knowledge that is both readable and well structured’. See if you agree with Roewen Wishart’s thorough review of this book. Be sure to let us know.
In this showcase, you will find adverts that have inspired, amused and engaged the public… which is something we should all be doing to our donors on a regular basis. Take a look and see what fundraising lessons you could learn.
In our third post from the world of innophoria, Lucy tells us about the latest craze to hit the fundraising sector, augmented reality. Take a look to find out exactly what it is, where it’s being used and how it can help to improve your fundraising.
In this article, Lucy explains how you can come up with fresh ideas and creative thinking. Whoever would have thought that putting yourself in the shoes of Homer Simpson could be so rewarding!
Is there a better way to get off to a good start when writing a form letter? Here are some alternatives you may wish to consider. I’ll leave it to you to decide whether any or all of them are good, bad, or just plain ridiculous.
I’m assuming that you are already familiar with the basic mechanical techniques for creating a fundraising letter. On the other hand, if you don’t know the first thing about writing a fundraising letter, read on anyway. I’ll show you how easy it is and how much fun you can have doing it.