Nonprofit newsletters boost donor retention

Are you not producing a newsletter for your donors?

If not, you should be. It’s the single best tool for improving donor retention.

And sure, it’s difficult and costs money. So please take a good look at this post at Bloomerang by Tom Ahern: 6 Dumb Reasons for Not Sending a Charity Newsletter. If these or any other excuses are keeping you from producing a donor newsletter, now is the time to change your thinking!


  1. We did a newsletter before. It didn’t work for us.
  2. I’m a fundraiser, not a journalist.
  3. I have other priorities.
  4. I don’t have any stories.
  5. I’m not a designer.
  6. I can’t justify it to my boss.

None of these excuses should be stopping you. The cost of not doing a newsletter is too high.


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