Results are in from 2022 year-end fundraising. While many clients ended December down from 2021, most clients raised more in December 2022 than in December 2019. We call this a … Read More
Thank you: say it like you mean it
For many, this is the season of giving. Buying gifts for friends and family. Dropping off toys, food, and clothing at local food banks and churches for those in need. … Read More
7 ideas for reaching more people & raising more money this year end
There are just seven more weeks before the end of the year, and we know how critical these weeks are for your fundraising efforts. At Masterworks, we have been fundraising … Read More
Production costs are up. How can you mail less?
Many of the nonprofits we work with at Masterworks were founded before digital marketing transformed the landscape. They’re used to feeding donors a steady diet of direct mail appeals and … Read More
Do you have a taste for testing?
The point is not that you should do this specific test, or that your results would be this impressive. It’s that you should be testing regularly and wisely to find the most promising opportunities for your organization. The nonprofits that are charging hard toward double-digit growth test constantly to learn and innovate.
Do donors remember the stories we tell?
We get questions. Like this one: Can my organization use the same story multiple times?
The answer is: Yes. And we do that. Occasionally. We tell the same story, especially a powerful one, in an appeal and newsletter a month or two apart, and also in a coordinating e-appeal. I’ve never once heard a client say, “We got a call from a donor who asked why we retold this story.”
It’s All About the Need
Even the most donor-focused nonprofits tend to talk a lot about their success. And who could blame them? Through their good work, the hungry are fed, the homeless are sheltered, … Read More
Rescue mission fundraising priorities in 2021
Following such a tremendous year in terms of new donor acquisition, a key priority in 2021 is the retention and cultivation of the new donors into year number two. In our work with nonprofits, new donor conversion and retention strategies are a top focus in 2021.
2020 was unprecedented (there’s that word again)!
2021 has already proven to be just as unpredictable and as — here’s that word again — unprecedented as 2020. But as we move into the year, we are doing so with a whole new group of donors. These new and reactivated donors are proving generous and are converting.
Watch your focus: Three copy traps that unintentionally exclude donors
Nothing separates donors from the outcome of their generosity faster than copy that either implies or directly states (even accidentally) that it is the organization that is doing the good work.