[VIDEO] Sample Fundraising Cover Letters and Resumes

Wild Woman Fundraising

I just got back from AFP ICON and presented on all about fundraising resumes and cover letters at my session. Here are 4 videos to help you write a better fundraising resume and cover letter today. Sample Fundraising Cover Letters.

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Rewriting an appeal letter: Making it better

Wild Woman Fundraising

Here’s another appeal letter for us to take a look at. ——————————————– How can we make this letter feel better? This can really heighten the urgency of your letter.

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3 Brutally Honest Appeal Letter Critiques Part 1

Wild Woman Fundraising

Sooooo I was cleaning out my files the other day and I found the first appeal letter I ever wrote. Join me in 3 brutally honest appeal letter critiques, starting with my very first appeal letter! Appeal Letter 1: 2006 domestic violence appeal letter that I wrote.

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Case Study: How can you make your letter appeal better?

Wild Woman Fundraising

Draft 1 of the letter, page 1. If you’re like most people right now, you’re either sending your appeal letter or writing it furiously, to get it sent out ASAP. Inc, Kenita Pierce-Lewis , asked me to have a look at her appeal letter, to see what I could do with it.

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Announcing 3 New Useful Leadership, Careers and Appeal Letter Pages

Wild Woman Fundraising

We go beyond just resumes and cover letters on this page. Suffice to say, this comprehensive page includes videos, fundraising manager interview questions, pdfs, resumes, cover letters, and MORE. 44+ Appeal Letter Writing Resources! Let me at your appeal letter right now!

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Literary Arts Appeal Letter Critique

Wild Woman Fundraising

So, Literary Arts, you sent an appeal letter to me. This particular appeal letter is from Literary Arts. Literary Arts Appeal Letter 2017. ” My critique of the Literary Arts 2017 appeal letter: First sentence is actually good, because it’s a QUESTION!

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Part 2: How to Write an Appeal Letter 101

Wild Woman Fundraising

how to write your appeal letter. Now we’re getting into Part 2, Which is ALL ABOUT writing the different parts of your direct mail letter. If you can repeat their name several times in the letter, it will grab their attention even more. Body of your letter.

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Should you be worried about your appeal letter?

Wild Woman Fundraising

how to send appeal letters in bulk. Well, if you haven’t done the background work to make your letter successful, then YES. What is that background work that makes your letter successful? Kim Klein recommends sending 6 letters per year. What’s in your letter?

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Part 1: What is an Appeal Letter?

Wild Woman Fundraising

Do you like writing email or letters? Do you remember the joy of receiving a beautiful letter, and sending one in return? If so, this post is all about spreading your joy, and helping turn your writing skills to letters asking people to support your nonprofit.

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Part 3: How to Send an Appeal Letter

Wild Woman Fundraising

how to send appeal letters in bulk. Are you sending appeal letters for your nonprofit? 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.

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How does an appeal letter edit work?

Wild Woman Fundraising

I recently did a series of webinars for National Meals on Wheels, and the latest one was on appeal letters. Here’s a sample letter that someone sent me, asking me for feedback. I decided to re-write the whole letter. Draft 1 of their letter, before I did anything: Dear Friend of <our nonprofit>, Aging is inevitable. Draft 2 of their letter, after the preliminary round of edits: <Date> First name, last name.

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Rewriting an Appeal Letter : Cut out the Gangrene

Wild Woman Fundraising

Today we’re going to do a little medical clinic on this appeal letter. So that’s the letter. There is no urgency in this letter. the letter is all over the place. This appeal letter is pointless.

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Losing Donors Because of Bad Thank You Letters?

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Did you know that the quality of your thank you letters can determine whether your donor gives again? Thank-you letters are incredibly important in turning a first-time donor into a life-long giver. Sending a thank you letter to your donors is not just the polite thing to do.

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Turning Lame Letters into Donor Delight

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Fundraising Guest Bloggers Nonprofit Communications Thank-You LettersWe've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: [link] Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us. We've Moved! Update your Reader Now.

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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. But what does this have to do with your nonprofit appeal letter?

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Guest post: Mary Cahalane on Thank You Letters!

Wild Woman Fundraising

Thank you letters were scary. How do you stretch “thank you for your gift” into a whole letter? But… thank you letters were still tough. So we wrote a brief, but heartfelt letter to these amazing people.

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4 More Clever Ways to Improve Your Thank You Letters

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

They write the letter, but you send it. Or ask board members to send a separate hand-written thank you note or even an email, as a follow-up to your “official” thank you letter. Fill out the form below to get 20 Dos and Don’ts of Nonprofit Thank You Letters.

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5 Clever Ways to Improve Your Thank Your Letters

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Donors want something quite simple: a prompt, meaningful thank you letter and additional communication that explains how the donation was used. Write a Greeting Card, Not a Business Letter. What other edits have you made to your thank you letters to improve them?

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Tips for Better Nonprofit Thank You Letters

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

I received a very business-like form letter, really just slightly better than a receipt, in response to a recent charitable donation. What I should have received instead is a warm, welcoming thank you letter. Nonprofit Thank You Letters – 3 I Love. It happened again this week.

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A winning formula to write your appeal letter

Wild Woman Fundraising

What makes a good appeal letter? 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.

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3 Brutally Honest Appeal Letter Critiques Part 2

Wild Woman Fundraising

Did you read my first terrible appeal letter? This second brutally honest appeal letter critique is brought to you by the VNSNY. This appeal letter was sent to my great aunt from the Visiting Nurse Service of New York. What’s right with this appeal letter?

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Why should you tell a story in your cover letter?

Wild Woman Fundraising

And Vanessa will be talking about telling your story in your cover letter. I think so often we see statistics, or at least when I read direct mail letters, a lot of times or even emails will throw four or five or maybe even more statistics in one sentence or in a paragraph.

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King Arthur and Nonprofit Appeal Letter Stories

Wild Woman Fundraising

I would like to see more appeal letters experiment with Irony-in a story, irony looks like this: Pushed further and further from her goal-only to discover she’s been led right to it. Want more appeal letter advice? 3 Brutally Honest Appeal Letter Critiques.

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The Inner Game of Writing Your Appeal Letter: Part 2

Wild Woman Fundraising

How should you write your appeal letter? How can you, in short, create the appeal letter version of a hit song? Do you have special techniques that you use to write your appeal letter? Now let’s get down to brass tacks. Why not take a page from Paul Simon?

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Dos and Don’ts for Nonprofit Thank You Letters [FREE Download]

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Sending a thank you letter to your donors is not just the polite thing to do. Nonprofit thank you letters need to be thought of as a very important, highly strategic piece of communication. Fundraising Nonprofit Communications Thank-You Letters

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Barth Syndrome Foundation Thank You Letter: Before and After

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Nonprofit Communications Thank-You LettersWe've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: [link] Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us. We've Moved! Update your Reader Now.

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Nonprofit Thank You Letters – 3 I Love

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

The standard, boring, impersonal form letter or email receipt doesn’t cut it. P.S. Here are some more posts on writing thank you letters. The standard, boring, impersonal form letter or email receipt doesn’t cut it. Nonprofit Communications Thank-You Letters

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Appeal Letter Do’s and Don’ts

Ann Green

We’ll start with some examples of what not to do and end with a couple of letters that got it right. You can use the term annual fund drive around the office, but keep it out of your appeal letter. I receive many appeal letters from organizations I don’t support.

FREE Webinar: 5 Tips to Write the Ultimate Fundraising Cover Letter

Wild Woman Fundraising

Webinar Title: Free Webinar: 5 Tips to Write the Ultimate Fundraising Cover Letter. What if the problem is your cover letter? Are you wondering how to make your cover letter stand out? How can you show your connection to this cause in your cover letter?

Letter 130

Appeal Letter Writing 101

Ann Green

While your donors will be receiving a multitude of appeal letters, many organizations seem to go on autopilot and send a generic, boring appeal. Let’s get back to basics with a little appeal letter writing 101. First, you need to get your donors to open your letter. Start your letter with a compelling story. Include an engaging color photo in your letter or on your pledge form. Don’t make your letter all about your organization.

9 mistakes to avoid in your appeal letter this fall

Wild Woman Fundraising

It’s that time of year again, when I talk about appeal letters and how they can be better! If you want to make your appeal letter better, just click here and let’s chat! Here’s the appeal letter I got from a nonprofit where I used to be a monthly donor.

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11 Tips On How to Write Original Appeal Letters

Wild Woman Fundraising

If your appeal letter isn’t pulling in enough money in the last few years, it might be the downturn. It might also be because your appeal letter reads like a grant proposal. So how can you come right out and be more original with your appeal letters?

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Reader Questions: How to Personalize Thank you Letters?

Wild Woman Fundraising

During busy fundraising months we send out a lot of thank you letters but they are form letters that everyone gets the same one. How do you personalize all the thank you letters when you have 30 or more a day? Here’s one way to personalize your thank you letters without going insane. Parse your thank you letters out into 3 types. People who give under $20, get a form letter. Want new ideas for your thank you letters? Appeal letter swipe file.

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Week of Freebies! Dos and Don’ts for Nonprofit Thank You Letters

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Our free download, 20 Dos and Don’ts for Nonprofit Thank You Letters , will tell you what you should (and shouldn’t) do when creating your thank yous for your donors. Nonprofit Communications Thank-You Letters Happy Holidays!

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What makes a good appeal letter?

Wild Woman Fundraising

In this 15 minute interview we go into detail on what makes a good appeal letter. Joseph’s Indian School, and a breakdown of the techniques they use with typographics and content that make their appeal letters effective. Want to write a better appeal letter? More Appeal letter advice-Check out Your Ultimate Guide to Successful Year End Appeals ! 11 ways to liven up your appeal letter.

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How NOT to write a letter to your supporter community

iMarketSmart

Here’s an old letter from my alma mater. Although this letter is meant for the “community” (non-donors and donors), this is NOT how you should ever address people. What a dud of a letter! Learn how to write appeal letters to major donors that raise money.

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How to Create an A+ Appeal Letter

Ann Green

One of the most important components is your letter. You want to create a letter that captures your donors’ attention right away and convinces them to donate. Here are some ways to ensure an A+ appeal letter. First, you need to get your donor to open your letter.

The Inner Game of Writing Your Appeal Letter: Part 1

Wild Woman Fundraising

Especially now, I’ve got to write this appeal letter, and it’s just not FLOWING man!&#. The back of your letter could be pictures of community leaders, and quotes from them saying nice things about you. So you’re having a hard time starting your appeal letter.

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How to Write an Appeal Letter that Stands Out

Ann Green

Your donors will receive a multitude of appeal letters this fall and many of them will be the same old generic, boring appeal. First, you need to get your donors to open your letter. Start your letter with a compelling story. Don’t make your letter all about your organization.

What makes a good annual report letter from a director?

Wild Woman Fundraising

Do you want to know how to write a better letter from your director? What makes a good letter from a director in your annual report? Well, here’s a letter from the board chair in the first annual report I made, in 2007. How could this letter be improved?

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A Tool from the Vault – Simple Solicitation Letters

A Small Change

How long was your last solicitation letter? If you are like many non-profits today you probably said, “my letter was a page and a half, I told the donor all about my administrative rate, why they should give, how it will help them, what the program they are giving to is, what the program does, where their money went, where there money will go, how many people we serve, etc.” You cannot say everything in one solicitation or thank you letter.

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Your fundraising letters helped by zombies

Fundraising Coach

Have you ever struggled with the active voice vs. passive voice in your fundraising letters ? While it's best to have two or three others read the fundraising letter before you send it, sometimes those people miss things too.

5 Types of Matching Gift Letters Every Nonprofit Should Be Sending

Wild Woman Fundraising

One of the easiest, most effective ways to raise awareness for matching gifts is through letters. Both online and offline, letters can provide detailed information about matching gifts that helps donors understand how easy and how important it is to submit matching gift requests.

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