Planned Parenthood Rhode Island: donor newsletter
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Donors may not always like and welcome direct mail and other fundraising communications but they do like and welcome a good newsletter. This may not be the very best newsletter in the world but it’s certainly a very good example of how to get this important communications vehicle right.
Medium of communication:Direct mail.
Type of charity:Children, youth and family.
Target audience:Awareness, individuals, corporations, granting organisations.
Country of origin:USA.
Name of exhibitor:Tom Ahern
Date of first appearance:June, 2007.
PPRI had several goals:
PPRI used an already established newsletter formula since it has proved successful at bringing in extra revenue.
This is a standard two-colour four-page newsletter – a traditional format used widely by fundraisers.
In Tom Ahern’s view, it's hard to find a donor newsletter that's very strong. This attempt by PPRI has sought to be an example of best practice in newsletter design and content.
Other relevant information:
PPRI allowed and encouraged the newsletter’s producer, Tom Ahern, to follow his concept of best practice (as outlined in his book on donor newsletters, The Mercifully Brief, Real World Guide to Raising More Money With Newsletters Than You Ever Thought Possible (Emerson and Church 2005). Tom’s book is based on a critical examination of hundreds of nonprofit newsletters. It may have a lousy title, but it’s a good book!