This exhibit shows great accountability and transparency but it’s also an object lesson in how not to communicate via the printed page.
How do you recognise your donors, produce a key communications tool on the cheap and still manage to turn in a handy profit – all in a ‘one-person fundraising shop’?
This is an annual report specifically designed to help India’s nonprofit organisations to communicate effectively and economically through their annual report. But you don’t have to be in India to benefit from this simple clear tutorial. Have a look now.
How to use the Internet to brilliantly present your flagship publication. In this piece you will see reporting to donors as it should be, easily accessible, transparent, exciting, informative, using all the potential for short, high-impact and memorable messages that makes the Internet such a versatile medium for fundraisers.
A prize-winning initiative from India. Akshaya Patra has, quite simply, set up the world’s largest school feeding programme, providing more than one million school dinners every school day. This vast undertaking clearly has appeal to corporate donors, for it attracted the attention of American Express when they were running a competition to find projects that have real impact.
Fundraisers all too often take their volunteers for granted so it’s good to see an organisation setting out specifically to be brilliant at saying thank you to them. Having raised $140 million thanks to the help of volunteers it was reasonable that the people at St Michael’s should invest time and resources in saying thank you properly.
Grassroots Interenational’s staff diligently take photos during field visits and now they have a wide choice of images to use in their annual report. They also use donor profiles to support their message, so GRI donors are interested and highly involved.
To send or not to send? If you ask your donors if they want to receive your annual report, why do you think they don’t reply? It could be inertia, ‘I’ll do it tomorrow’. Maybe they think they'll be saving you time and money, they’re nice, considerate people after all. By the same token intertia will stop them going to your website to view your report online – and you will never know. If you send a printed copy, you know they have it and might they not be more likely to look at it, if it’s there in their hands? The stories here from Tom Ahern and the Rhode Island Foundatio show the power of the printed word.
The St Michael’s Hospital Foundation view their hard-working and very appealing annual report as an opportunity to showcase the accomplishments of the past year and honour their generous donors. It shows them that their donations have been wisely spent and have made a real difference to the patients cared for at St. Michael’s.
St Michael’s Hospital worked hard to create an annual report that was open, transparent and inspiring. The response they received was extremely positive and succeeded in generating an increase in revenue of over 200 per cent.