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Part 2: How to Write an Appeal Letter 101

Wild Woman Fundraising

how to write your appeal letter. It talks about why direct mail is so important, and gives you some tips on what you need to do. Now we’re getting into Part 2, Which is ALL ABOUT writing the different parts of your direct mail letter. Write it now. .

Get Your Dream Job

Wild Woman Fundraising

Did you ever wish someone had taught you in high school how to interview, apply for jobs, and succeed in your first 90 days of a job? Mistakes that I cringe to think about now. And I want to keep you from making the mistakes I made. Consulting to gain experience.

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Write Your Way to Connection & Action

Getting Attention

Stuck on that membership renewal email series or the petition-signing campaign due to launch on Facebook last week? Ready to move from making mediocre messages to crafting content that connects quickly, and is repeated and acted on? Then learn and laugh as you gobble your way through Jeff Brooks’ new guide to writing great nonprofit content: How to Turn Your Words Into Money: The Master Fundraiser’s Guide to Persuasive Writing.

Part 3: How to Send an Appeal Letter

Wild Woman Fundraising

how to send appeal letters in bulk. If so, now you know why direct mail is important in fundraising, and how to write the parts of an appeal letter. Today we’re going to talk about how to SEND your appeal letter. How to Send Your Letter.

I am learning how to write. How about you?

Wild Woman Fundraising

I am always learning how to write. It does get easier, but there’s always another mountain to climb. For right now, for example, I feel like I’ve got appeal letters nailed, but I’m learning how to write a screenplay.

11 Tips On How to Write Original Appeal Letters

Wild Woman Fundraising

So how can you come right out and be more original with your appeal letters? How can you be brave and stand up and write something different than has been tried before? Take out the first three paragraphs you write. They need to be thrown into that story.

Want to learn what makes an incredible year end appeal?

Wild Woman Fundraising

Do you have trouble getting people to open your nonprofit appeals? . Do you want to learn the tactics of successful appeal copywriting that will help people tear open your envelope and write you a big check? . Whether you are an old pro and just want some new tips, or you’re writing your appeal letter for the first time, you’ll find killer strategies and tried-and-true tactics in this e-course to take your appeal letter to the next level.

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Free Webinar: How to Get Your Nonprofit Emails Opened

Wild Woman Fundraising

Enewsletters: how to write better ones. Ever been frustrated by writing your nonprofit e-newsletter? Ever wondered what to say, or how to get people to click donate? What kind of photos to use. Where to put the donate button.

How to Establish Thought Leadership within Your Nonprofit

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

If your nonprofit wants to gain notoriety, broaden awareness of your work, establish the credibility of your organization, and attract more supporters and donors, the secret sauce is right inside your organization. Here’s how we do it with clients, and how you can do it yourself.

How to write knockout proposals

Get Fully Funded

I read this book last week called “How to Write Knockout Proposals&# by Joseph Barbato. Don’t put together one proposal then send it to lots of different funders. Remember, you don’t want to give the proposal reviewer any reason to toss your proposal. And explain how it will benefit the people you serve. If you claim that your program is innovative, be prepared to explain how and share supporting data.

Writing a Donor-Centered Website [This Week]

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

You can’t just add a “Donate” button to your nonprofit’s website and expect it to be successful. Join us this week for Writing a Donor-Centered Website with Tom Ahern. Like all of your communications, your website needs to focus on your potential donor.

How to make the right fundraising decision every time

Wild Woman Fundraising

How can you make the right fundraising decision every time? It’s tied to it, intimately. The right fundraising decision comes from face to face connections with individuals. And individuals are driven to give by relationships. Fundraising is tied to your family.

The Inner Game of Writing Your Appeal Letter: Part 2

Wild Woman Fundraising

Now let’s get down to brass tacks. How should you write your appeal letter? “The easier it is for people to understand, the better it is, I think. So how can you write something simultaneously real, and lively, and on a level that most people can understand?

Do you have bad boundaries?

Wild Woman Fundraising

This is Mazarine Treyz of Wild Woman Fundraising, and I am very, very happy to introduce to you today Sheena Greer of Colludo. Well, I have a couple questions for you because this next year at the career conference, we’re going to dive deeper into boundaries.

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How to Ask for a Bequest…And Get It

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Fundraising expert Tom Ahern believes that the answer may be as simple as not having a marketing plan to ask for those bequests. A simple plan might include: Writing a vision statement that lets donors know how their bequest will help the organization for future generations.

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How to get tons more traffic for your nonprofit blog

Wild Woman Fundraising

Mazarine Treyz, with The Wild Woman’s Guide to Fundraising and The Wild Woman’s Guide to Social Media. When I first started blogging to build an audience for my book, I read Yaro Starak’s blog. You don’t want to make a spam comment.

A tale of two cities (in your appeal letter)

Wild Woman Fundraising

I’ve written about it before,(Check out my first post on how to write a story for your appeal letter here ) but today I want to ask you to think about another concept on how to write stories for your appeal letter. How could you do this?

How to Recognize and Manage Different Work Styles

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

During the webinar, Carson will discuss how to prioritize your work based on the way you think and process information. You and your staff should take the Productivity Style Assessment now to find your match then come back and read this post to learn more about working together.

7 Common Donation Form Mistakes (And How to Avoid Them!) – Part 1

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Last week, Abby Jarvis finished her two-part series on marketing strategies to drive donors to your donation pages. Today, she starts another two-part series on how to avoid common mistakes on your donation forms. We all slip up from time to time. Abby Jarvis.

How You Can Get More Money Through Direct Mail: Interview with Jules Brown of “Dear Joan”

Wild Woman Fundraising

I’m so excited to share this interview with you! His blog, Dear Joan , is dedicated to helping smaller nonprofits write truly donor focused appeals that get better results and raise more money for your cause. I came home determined to a). write for a living, and b).

How to prep for your next big ask

iMarketSmart

There’s a ton of information out there about how to ask for a donation. So I thought I’d help with what I believe is the simplest way to prep for your next big ask. Write your answers beside the questions.

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May 18th Webinar: How to get Mega-Sponsorships!

Wild Woman Fundraising

I’m going to be on National Radio this Saturday! How to get mega-sponsorships. A step-by-step guide to raising money via corporate sponsorships. Do you know how much corporations spend per year on sponsorships? How do you begin to get access to them?

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How to Write a Nonprofit Annual Report

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

I’ve just re-released my popular e-book on how to write a nonprofit annual report. If you are struggling with how to produce one, this guide will answer your questions. If you have an example you’d like to share, please add it to the wiki.

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Want to do political fundraising? Interview with Joe Garecht of The Fundraising Authority

Wild Woman Fundraising

Joe Garecht is a consultant, author and speaker that helps non-profits raise dramatically more money to fund their work. I chose to interview Joe because I was interested in his political fundraising background. However, when women do run, they win at equal rates to men.”

How to Get Retweeted

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

If you aren’t sure about the best way for your nonprofit to use Twitter , this webinar will clear that up for you. I asked John to share some of his favorite Twitter tips, and he replied with 13 ways to get retweeted. How would someone like Shel Silverstein tweet ?

Reader Questions! I want…. EVERYTHING FUNDRAISING! Okay then.

Wild Woman Fundraising

Recently I asked my most fantabulous enewsletter subscribers (if you want to be one, click here ) what they wanted to learn more about, because, let’s face it, Most people don’t plan to get into fundraising. Of course, you can’t ask questions if you don’t know who to ask or if you’re afraid of looking stupid. I started writing this blog and THEN! I would love to see blog posts about planned giving and major gifts.

How to get a bigger nonprofit salary? Read what I said in The Chronicle of Philanthropy!

Wild Woman Fundraising

Recently Little House Communications asked me to help them write an article about negotiating your nonprofit salary, for the Chronicle of Philanthropy. How much does the executive director make?”. Treyz encourages her clients to go a step further.

How to Create a Better Annual Report

Ann Green

Often it’s for worse since many of them are long, boring booklets that put your donors to sleep. You don’t have to do an annual report, but you do need to share accomplishments with your donors. Here are a few things to keep in mind to help you create a better annual report.

How to Get Your Story Told in the Nonprofit Trade Press

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

This is especially true for nonprofits that are looking to earn the attention of potential funders or brand their organizations as experts in fundraising, nonprofit management, talent management, or storytelling. Are you appealing to a specific type of donor and, if so, how?

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How To Tell a Powerful Fundraising Story

Fundraising Coach

But how do we actually tell powerful stories? Three simple steps to telling a powerful fundraising story. Since human beings are wired for story, you'd think it would be easy for us to tell our nonprofits' stories, don't you? Click here to tweet that. ).

How to Make Online Donations Simple for Potential Donors

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

It happens all the time, but have you done everything you can to prevent that? Abby Jarvis joins us today to share some tips on creating a simple online donation process.~Kivi. The decision to donate to a charity is an emotional one. Make your website easy to navigate.

How to Raise Your E-Newsletter Open Rate [Results from Our Experiment]

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Trying to improve the open rates for your email newsletters? We tried two of these tactics in the last six months with our weekly email newsletter here at Nonprofit Marketing Guide, and we’d like to share the results with you. The open rate slipped to about 15%.

A winning formula to write your appeal letter

Wild Woman Fundraising

For the last month I’ve been writing you posts and showing you examples and giving you free webinars all about what makes a good appeal letter. You’ve got How to get your appeal letter to eat its vegetables and take its vitamins. BUT HOW?

How to write effective fundraising letters

Fundraising Coach

In writing up a project for a client, I drafted this short reminder on how to write effective fundraising letters. What you’re asking people to give to. How much you’re asking them to give. Get to the ask as quickly as possible. Chances are they aren’t going to read it word for word. I’d experiment to see what works best for your donors. Resist the temptation to fit as much text on a page as possible.

Nonprofit Writing Prompts for September

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

and haven’t quite figured out your content calendar for next month, then use these prompts for your blog posts, social media updates or newsletter articles for next month taken from our Monthly Nonprofit Writing Prompts Email Newsletter : On the Calendar. ” and tell how you will.

How does an appeal letter edit work?

Wild Woman Fundraising

I decided to re-write the whole letter. We all think about it from time to time – when to retire, maybe moving to a warmer climate or downsizing to a condo, spending more time with grandchildren, enjoying a favorite hobby or pursing new interests. What happens when you are no longer able to drive, when jobs around the house become more difficult, when the ordinary tasks of daily living are just a little bit harder? He referred her to us.

Yeah, you know you need to learn how to delegate, how about right now?

Wild Woman Fundraising

So, I’m going to speak it out loud, this is the dirty little secret of our profession, as development staff, as fundraisers. We like to be in control of every little thing. We like to be in charge of grantwriting, events, appeals, graphic design, newsletters, everything.

How to Write Posts People Will Remember

Fundraising Coach

I’m honored to introduce you to Darren Rowse , uber-blogger. I’ve learned alot from Darren over the years and finally got to meet him last week at BlogWorld Expo in Los Angeles. Funnily enough, though, these often are not the posts that you want them to remember.

The Inner Game of Writing Your Appeal Letter: Part 1

Wild Woman Fundraising

Have you ever felt, “Geez, I work hard, but my writing muscles don’t want to flex today! Especially now, I’ve got to write this appeal letter, and it’s just not FLOWING man!&#. So, how do you get in the groove to write this thing?

7 Common Donation Form Mistakes (And How to Avoid Them!) – Part 2

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Not forcing donors to make an account. But nonprofits are trying to change that! According to the most recent Nonprofit Communications Trends Report , over half (53%) of nonprofits now say that donor retention is a top goal for their organization. Abby Jarvis.