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Are you letting important donors slip through the cracks?

August 24, 2015 
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Last summer, Whoopi Goldberg said something unexpected at the Association of Fundraising Professionals International Fundraising Conference. She had been invited to speak because she’s well known for her long and impressive record as an advocate and philanthropist. Part of her talk was a call to young people to become more involved in causes they care about. So a …Read more

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How to Write a Fundraising Drip Campaign

June 15, 2015 
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A drip campaign is a series of communications, usually emails, about a single topic that are sent, or “dripped,” in a specific order on a predetermined schedule. Drip campaigns are better known in commercial marketing than they are among nonprofits. They are seen as a way to deal with the “Rule of 7,” another term …Read more

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Common Mistakes Writers Make

June 1, 2015 
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Over time, every copywriter accumulates questions from clients, colleagues, and others about word choice, usage, spelling, and things like that. Here are some that come up most often:     Affect, Effect—When describing the impact of one thing upon another, affect is a verb, and effect is a noun: “Smoking will affect your health in devastating ways.” …Read more

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Microsoft Word: The Copywriter’s Frienemy

April 6, 2015 
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We copywriters have powerful tools at our disposal. Microsoft Word probably leads the pack. It makes our jobs faster and easier. But in today’s business-centric world, Word has evolved into an implement for corporate use. As writers who specialize in fundraising, this presents a challenge. Fundraising is not exactly a business, but fundraising organizations are …Read more

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Are You Engaging Donors or Disengaging Them?

March 23, 2015 
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Donor engagement has become a critical part of most organizations’ fundraising strategies. And it is important. Donors have come to expect more communication and information from the groups they support. But all engagement is not created equal. As with most things, the potential rewards come with some risks. For example: To keep in touch with …Read more

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The Final Serial Comma and Other Necessities

March 9, 2015 
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Ever notice how, when you learn a new word, you suddenly begin to see it everywhere you turn? I’m like that with grammar errors. I run across one someplace, and then it seems to pop up again and again. Maybe it’s because good fundraising copy needs to sound more like a conversation than a formal …Read more

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The Oldest Fundraising Trick in the Book Still Works

March 2, 2015 
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Fundraising techniques come and go. One year it might be the six-page letter; another, the e-mail video. One year might be the latest social-media platform; another it’s the back-end tote bag. All of them matter. All are important. Today, though, I come to sing the praises of an old standby that has quietly and consistently …Read more

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Great Writers on Great Writing

February 23, 2015 
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There’s an insidious notion floating around that copywriting is not “real” writing. Unfortunately this notion is most often propagated by copywriters themselves. Because writing copy is not considered exactly “literary,” some of us somehow feel they must apologize for not writing more seriously. Former copywriters F. Scott Fitzgerald, Salman Rushdie, Dorothy Sayers, Don DeLillo, Joseph …Read more

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Ready for the New Era of Insight?

February 16, 2015 
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Did you hear about the “enclothed cognition” study that says how you dress can affect whether you make smart or dumb decisions? Or the one that says women who touch men’s boxer shorts are more likely to take financial risks with money than those who do not? Or the one that says posting a Facebook …Read more

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 Why Context Matters More Than You Think

December 3, 2014 
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On July 23, 2009, a hard rain was falling in Long Branch, N.J. Police Officer Kristie Buble answered a call regarding a suspicious person wandering around in a nice neighborhood, peeking in the windows of a house with a “For Sale” sign in the yard. When she arrived on the scene, she found an old …Read more

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