Donor Thank You Down and Dirty

No doubt you know the donor thank you is important. You may not fully grasp how important. Gratitude kick starts the process of building relationships and establishes trust. And trust, of course, is the foundation of all lasting relationships. If you want more than one-time transactions, you absolutely must master the power of thank you. […]

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The science of influencing people: six ways to win an argument

Psychological studies show that people fail to notice the logical fallacies in an argument if the conclusion supports their viewpoint; if they are shown contrary evidence, however, they will be far more critical of the tiniest hole in the argument. This phenomenon is known as “motivated reasoning”. A high standard of education doesn’t necessarily protect […]

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Seven Principles of Proofreading Documents for Nonprofit Fundraisers

Competition means you cannot afford to send important emails with typos, upload documents with errors, or publish pages on your website that are sloppy. You want your organization’s reputation to be as clean as possible. Proofreading may seem straightforward, but in practice it often takes more discipline than we realize. You will need willpower to […]

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The lure of celebrity

Using celebrity endorsement in appeals can have a profound effect. A national treasure, someone who is trusted and loved by millions, can be responsible for attracting over half the responses to an appeal However, in tests comparing endorsements from celebrities against those of donors able to talk with authority about the work of the charity, […]

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