5 steps that will make your fundraising more effective

Like checklists? Here’s one from Fired Up Fundraising that will help you write better fundraising messages: Your Donor-Centered Appeal Letter Checklist. Check it out:

  • Use a warm tone toward your donor. (Write the way you write to a beloved aunt — not a business message.)
  • Use the word “you” more than the word “we.” (The letter is about the donor, not your organization!)
  • Talk about the passion for the cause that you and your both donor share.
  • Tell your donor exactly the impact she will make with her gift. (Show how her dollars connect with action.)
  • Remove your organization as the intermediary between the donor and your results. (Your gift will accomplish this, not Your gift will help us accomplish.


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