4 More Clever Ways to Improve Your Thank You Letters

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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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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.

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.

Turning Lame Letters into Donor Delight

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

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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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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.

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?

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

8 Great Ways to End Emails or Letters


The post 8 Great Ways to End Emails or Letters appeared first on MarketSmart | . Cultivation starts and ends with great communication. Goodbyes are just as important as hellos. So here are some great ways to end emails you send to donors: 1. First name], I’m really counting on you!

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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.

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.

The 6 most read parts of any major gift solicitation letter


I’m always a bit baffled when I see fundraising letters that fail to take into consideration the following. Here are the 6 most read parts of any major gift solicitation letter: The sender (firstly, the donor wants to see who sent the letter).

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?

One Big Myth about Direct Mail Appeal Letters

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Each time we hold our Direct Mail for Small Nonprofits E-clinic , Tom Ahern and I have to help the participants overcome their pre-conceived ideas of what makes a great direct mail appeal letter. They ASSUME that a 1-page letter is the BEST. That a 2-page letter does worse.

9 simple pointers for writing better emails and letters to your donors


Recommendations: >> How to write letters that raise money. >> How NOT to write a letter to your supporter community. The post 9 simple pointers for writing better emails and letters to your donors appeared first on MarketSmart | . I failed to get into business school. I hoped to be a business major at the University of Maryland in the 80’s. But my ability to read, comprehend and recapitulate the institution’s business lessons was not so good.

The 4 Key Qualities of Amazing Thank You Letters

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Put your donors – and your thank you process – first this year by including these four key components for effective and memorable donor thank you letters. Take the time to customize your thank you letters. Don’t look at sending out thank you letters as drudgery – use it as an opportunity to be creative and connect with your donors. As you write your thank you letters, imagine all of the good you do with the donor in the center.

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.

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.

Is your fundraising letter as effective as this bag of coffee?

Fundraising Coach

Is your fundraising letter as good? Are you writing your fundraising letters this persuasively? Do donors say "wow" after reading your letter or your nonprofit's thank you? The post Is your fundraising letter as effective as this bag of coffee?

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.

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.

How to ensure that your letter signer will sign your fundraising letter even if he/she doesn’t like it


I’ll skip to the end and tell you how: Set some ground rules with whoever you ask to sign your fundraising letter. Usually, a letter signer won’t sign a fundraising letter for the following reasons: a. >> How to write letters that raise money.

Throw statistics out of your fundraising letters!

Fundraising Coach

Often our fundraising letters or newsletters look like this: We shook 2031 hands and fed 62 children and fixed 423 sashes with a 97.3% This week, review the rest of this year’s fundraising letters and see about removing analytical words.

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!

What to Do When Someone Messes With Your Appeal letter

Wild Woman Fundraising

Have you ever tried to write your appeal letter by committee? You make sure that you take an appeal letter webinar , you interview that international and famous copywriter, you read books on how to write more persuasively. You even go so far as to download new fonts to make sure your letter is more trusted because of these fonts. And they respond, and say, no, no, wrong voice, too long, we threw out your whole letter, here’s another one we wrote last night!

Barth Syndrome Foundation Thank You Letter: Before and After

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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?

An Open Letter to My Conservative Readers

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

In the last 24 hours, two of my favorite nonprofit marketing bloggers who I admire as colleagues and love as friends had the same experience: a reader admonished them for using examples from pro-choice organizations in their blogs and e-newsletters.

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.

A 2-step fundraising letter audit

Fundraising Coach

Pull out your most recent fundraising letter. ” If the green is more prominent than the red, you’re writing your fundraising letters correctly. Other Possibly Related posts: Start your year-end fundraising letter strategy today! Love (Stewardship) fundraising letter

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?

Writing Your Own Direct Mail Appeal Letter This Year? You Got This!

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

You don’t need to hire a firm in order to have a successful appeal letter. Next week Tom Ahern joins us for his direct mail appeal e-clinic where he will show you how you can create a successful year-end direct mail appeal letter in-house.

The Annotated Thank You Letter Template

Social Media Bird Brain

You all have what you need for a great letter, but the organization of the information is sometimes hard to nail down. This week I've put together a template for a thank you letter and commented on what I think each of the sections is meant to accomplish. donation thank you gratitude e-letter Small nonprofit writingThe Template Dear [name] Believe or not, the salutation can be a thorny subject. I worked for a Development Director who insisted that we.

How to Write a Letter to the Editor that Gets Published and Read (Case Study)

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Mila Rosenthal, Executive Director of HealthRight International , is a Letter to the Editor (LOE) expert with a significant record of success. Here are Rosenthal’s tips for your Letters to the Editor: Identify which type of Letter to the Editor you are writing.

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An anonymous letter that all fundaisers should read

Nonprofit Marketing Blog

A blog reader sent me the following letter this week. He seemed quite surprised, as he remembered writing me an immediate and enthusiastic thank you letter. He called me back the next day to tell me that he’d looked into it, and discovered that someone in the mailroom had been holding all his letters until there were enough to do a bulk mailing! This letter is important! I agreed to protect the source, so I’m not sharing names.

Want to learn what makes an incredible year end appeal?

Wild Woman Fundraising

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. Have fun writing your letter and creating your package! This means that your year-end appeal letter is a critical element of your fundraising success. Key elements of your compelling appeal letter. Who’s the Letter From?

Write Your Own Appeal Letter and Raise More [Starts Next Week]

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

If you want to write a direct mail appeal letter that will blow your supporters away (and raise more money), join us next week for: Writing Successful Direct Mail Appeal Letters In-House. If you want to write your best appeal letter ever in 2016, join us next week!

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. The letter is personalized. Not having those increases the chances the letter will be tossed without being read. It’s a fundraising letter so don’t put lots of “the weather here is such & such.” Don’t overdo it, but help your reader skim the letter. The good thing is, the letters don’t need to be radically different.