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Are you at a loss for words and don’t know where to start your fundraising letter – including political fundraising? How do you best get across how much passion you have for your work? How do you ask for money without sounding shy or rude? Make it easy on yourself and get focused instruction, inspiration […]

Direct Mail and Free Gifts to Boost your Fundraising on a Budget

Despite the virtual Smartphone and email era we are in, direct mail is still the best way to attract new donors, both young and old, to your organization. While most might assume seniors prefer snail mail, Forbes reported that even 18-34 year olds respond better to paper in hand. And young and old alike want […]

Sample Wording for 5 Components of a Successful Fundraising Letter

With 1.5 million nonprofits now registered in the United States, your fundraising letter needs to be perfect for your nonprofit to compete with the rest. Do not stress, however! While you do need to put a good amount of thought into writing a fundraising letter, you do not need to rigidly stick to a set […]

Who to Ask for Donations

The trend is clear: if you want to raise money for your organization in today’s economy, you need to know what individuals to ask for donations. While philanthropy as a whole is on the rise in the US, the majority of funding, and nearly all of the fundraising increase, is coming from rich American philanthropists.  […]

7 Reasons Personal Appeal Letters Are Still the Best Way to Fundraise

A globally connected, Facebook-friending, website form-filling society now mostly gives to charity after watching YouTube video testimonials and surfing crowdfunding pages, right? Wrong! Only 7% of giving is online, but 80% of philanthropy is from individuals. (Source: NPEngage.com) People may be giving more online, but they do not give the majority of their charitable donations […]

Fundraising with Confidence and without Fear

It’s unfortunate that in a world desperately in need of so much for so many, nonprofits struggle with fundraising. In a 2013 report by CompassPoint, key areas were identified where nonprofits – particularly smaller nonprofits – fell vulnerable to fundraising failures. The upshot was that nonprofits don’t generate the circumstances basic to fundraising success. Many […]

When Did You Last Tell Your Donors that You Love Them?

Is donor attrition the dirty secret in your nonprofit world? Why do some nonprofits retain their loyal donors, building lifelong, mutually rewarding relationships, while others never get further than the first gift? Unfortunately, some nonprofits have a tendency to view their supporters as a collective whole; the donors – a vast, faceless, pool of potential […]

Got the Donor Blues? Stewardship and Donor Relations

There’s a phenomenon, a wave of charity and compassion that greets cataclysmic events and earth shattering tragedies. The torrent of giving that follows a crisis or disaster fills the databanks of nonprofits with new benefactors. But all too often this groundswell of emotional response is lost soon thereafter. Could this brief moment of enthusiastic generosity […]

Sample Letter: Adapting your Proposal Cover Letter for Email

More and more, funders – including government agencies, corporations, foundations, and individuals – are asking non profits to save the paper and email their proposals or submit them online. They can then take highlights out of your pitch, if they review it, to present to their board, or only electronically distribute the best asks. If […]

Learn from Grant Writers’ Hindsight

Grants writing can be a discipline, a skill, or an art form. It all depends on whom it is you are talking to. Learning how to write a grant sometimes is the consequence of on-the-job experience and grant writers will often admit to superior hindsight. They won’t hesitate to talk about those things which, had […]

Sample Proposal Letter: How to Write an Environmental Proposal Pitch that Appeals to Funders

“Green” is in, and more and more funders are giving to environmental causes, but donations to environmental nonprofits and projects still only constitute around 7% of US philanthropy (Giving USA).  While funders see environment as a worthy giving sector, it is hard to compete with cancer, children starving, religion, or education. If you are an […]

Chasing Donors Away? Annoying Tactics Non-Profits Use

With well over a million non-profit organizations registered in America, each competing for their share of the revenue pie, every donor becomes a valuable asset. Yet a surprising number of nonprofits are inadvertently chasing donors away. You would never knowingly risk the allegiance of your donors with an offensive or irritating appeal, or alienate supporters […]

Sample Donation Request Letter – Storm Victims

Following is a sample donation request letter that could be sent from a charitable organization or other group to their community and neighboring unaffected communities. Feel free to copy it and modify it for your fundraising needs. For any other use, please contact us. (More fundraising letters and templates…)       Dear _____, It […]

How to Prepare When Asking for Donations and Support

When tasked with obtaining sponsorship money or in-kind donations, simple prior preparation will make the entire process easier. Before asking anyone for anything, ask yourself these basic questions: What is our goal? Does my group need monetary sponsorship or in-kind donations, or both? There are two main types of support, monetary (a company or person […]

Thank You For Donation Letter – To a Company

Following is a sample ‘thank you’ for donation letter to be sent to a company. Feel free to customize this thank you for donations letter with your group’s specific information as needed. (More fundraising letters.)       Dear ______ Thank you. You may remember our request for a donation for our school science fair. […]