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Finding success with direct mail: How to refresh your annual fundraising letter

Written By: Susan Fish
August 11, 2016

Struggling to write another annual fundraising letter? Check out these tips from the experts.

Budget Friendly Ideas for Donor Stewardship (Recorded Webinar)

Written By: CharityVillage
May 7, 2015

Find out how you can better steward your donors in this recorded webinar fro Vanessa Chase of The Storytelling Nonprofit.

The single best thing nonprofits can do to raise money

Written By: Vanessa Chase
April 29, 2015

What's the best thing you can do to raise money at your nonprofit? Implement these easy and budget friendly donor stewardship strategies!

Giving thanks: How an exceptional thank you is critical for retaining your donors

Written By: Susan Fish
January 5, 2015

Make your donor thank you messages exceptional with these tips from Canadian fundraising experts.

The Raiser's Edge Revealed: Tips for new users

Written By: Kathleen Pollard
July 31, 2013

Starting a new job that requires you to use Raiser's Edge? These tips will help you to hit the ground running.

Hidden Heroes: Why it's time to focus on your everyday donors

Written By: Fraser Green
February 14, 2013

If you're not focusing on your organization's hidden heroes, you could be missing out on a chance to take your fundraising efforts to the next level.

Increasing donor loyalty through delight

Written By: John Paul de Silva
October 29, 2012

Take your donor experience from excellent to delightful with these tips.

Fundraising Q&A: Re-engaging monthly donors

Written By: Cynthia J. Armour
October 24, 2012

Follow these tips to keep your monthly donors engaged and committed to your organization.

Deconstructing Philanthropy: 7 ideas to help you create inspired donor thank yous

Written By: Holly Wagg
October 10, 2012

Take your donor stewardship from dull to dazzling with these seven tips.

Fundraising Q&A: Donor recognition and stewardship

Written By: Cynthia J. Armour
March 26, 2012

Each month, Cynthia J. Armour offers expert advice and feedback about the fundraising issues and challenges facing nonprofits. This month she discusses how to thank and steward your donors.

You can't mine what you don't have! Collecting and storing your donor data

Written By: Sharron Batsch
October 17, 2011

Many organizations, and many more than we would like to think, have not managed their donor information well or with an eye to the future. In fact, they have placed their organization at risk due to the loss of valuable data.

New research shows dos and don’ts of fundraising

Written By: Sumac Research
September 27, 2010

What will inspire Canadian donors to give more in 2010 and what’s making them stop giving.

Listen and learn: Marketing your planned giving program

Written By: Louise Chatterton Luchuk
March 31, 2008

At first glance, the idea of marketing planned giving programs might appear to require a certain degree of delicacy. After all, isn’t it about asking people to think about their own death? While it may appear that way at first, planned giving professionals explain it differently.

Technology and donor stewardship: Bringing the human touch into the 21st century

Written By: Andy Levy-Ajzenkopf
March 24, 2008

How technology has affected donor stewardship - and how it hasn't.

Boost direct mail donations without asking for them

Written By: Alan Sharpe
November 6, 2006

How well you steward your direct mail donors is key to whether they will keep giving.

Through donors' eyes: What donors would like nonprofit organizations to know

Written By: Louise Chatterton Luchuk
July 31, 2006

We check in with four donors from different parts of the country to find out what motivates them to give and what advice they can offer to help nonprofits be strategic in their ask.

Thanking donors right: Sample thank-you letter for gift or contribution

Written By: Alan Sharpe
June 5, 2006

The most important letter in direct mail fundraising never asks for a donation. Thank-you letters increase donor loyalty, strengthen relationships and increase your chances of receiving more gifts in the future, including major gifts and legacy gifts.

Donors Are People

Written By: Penelope Burk
January 22, 2001

The following article is an excerpt from Penelope Burk's new book "Thanks! A Guide to Donor-Centred Fundraising".

Startling Research: Donors want information, not recognition

Written By: CharityVillage
May 23, 2000

Throw away those pewter pins and plaques and get out your phone books. New research shows that donors don't want formal recognition, just information.

Smart stewardship in action

Written By: Canadian FundRaiser
May 8, 2000

Canadian Foodgrains Bank recently took eight Canadians from across the country to see first-hand the difference their support can make to hungry people overseas when they participated in a three-week food study tour to India and Bangladesh.