Tag Archives: copy writing

Raise more money using these 5 words

  They are simple words, but it’s so easy to write a donation request letter and not use them. Our schools and employers teach us to write impersonally, formally, pompously. So, go back through your letter draft and check for these five words: It’s an easy way to improve your donation request letter, thank you […]

Above $1000: How to handle ask strings for major donors

We’ve previously shown how donors prefer round numbers. The pattern holds true for donations above $1,000. The following chart of 2509 donations above $1,000, compiled from annual fund results from multiple organizations, shows how much round numbers are preferred. Our Recommended Ask String Table uses these round numbers. Major donors have the biggest influence on […]

Two-page fundraising letters that outperformed expectations

In my last post, I talked about why you often need two pages to write and design a successful fundraising letter. And a previous post shows you how to write and design a two-page letter than can be scanned in 20 seconds. In this post I’m going to show you three more examples. But first, don’t […]

5 words you must use in your fundraising letter to raise more money

They are simple words, but it’s so easy to write a donation request letter and not use them. Our schools and employers teach us to write impersonally, formally, pompously. So, go back through your letter draft and check for these five words: It’s an easy way to improve your donation request letter, thank you note, […]

Use these 3 mental tricks to write great fundraising letters

Too many fundraising letters sound like memos–impersonal, “From the Desk of the President.” Would you donate to a desk, if it asked you? Remember that making a donation is an emotional decision. It’s personal, and that requires a personal appeal from you, the person the donor trusts to do good work. So, use these three […]

8 ways to get better results from annual fund appeal mailings

Use story in fundraising letters. Speak from the point of view of the potential donors.  “I was helped, and now I’m helping”.  Show what the help does. Use color photos with captions that support or convey the story in direct mail letters. Improve convenience and choices for the donor and gather more information by using […]