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Optimizing Efficiencies in Caging Firms

Optimizing Efficiencies in Caging Firms: Strategies for streamlined operations that lead to increased donor satisfaction. In an age where communication is primarily digital, physical mail might seem like a relic of the past. However, the reality is that mail still plays a crucial role in many aspects of our lives, from official documents to personal…

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Embracing Donor Wholeness: Bridging the Gap Between Online and Offline Giving

Embracing Donor Wholeness: Bridging the Gap Between Online and Offline Giving In the ever-evolving landscape of fundraising, it is critical to be aware of outdated paradigms. As Tom Peters famously champions, excellence isn’t just an aspiration; it’s a non-negotiable imperative. Nowhere is this truer than in Fundraising, where the convergence of online and offline giving…

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Networking Magic: YDMAW Events

Networking Magic: YDMAW Events Earlier this year I attended the YDMAW Speed Networking Event, a fun night full of connections and insights. From seasoned experts to new professionals, the room was alive with the eagerness of passionate direct marketers. The structured format ensured that every young professional interacted with each other, guided by prompts at…

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Do and Do Not: May the Fundraising Force be With You

Do and Do Not: Using the Force to Guide Your Nonprofit to Breakthrough Donor Results May the fundraising force be with you!   In a galaxy far, far away, the Jedi Masters have always known the power of embracing the force within and using it for the greater good. In the realm of nonprofit fundraising,…

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Behind the Direct Mail Curtain: Sausages, Beers, and the Magic of Production Day!

Behind the Direct Mail Curtain: Sausages, Beers, and the Magic of Production Day! We’ve all heard the idiom “how the sausage is made.” It usually refers to the practical, and often, unpleasant aspects of a process that are usually kept behind the scenes. When it comes to actual sausage… you’re right, I don’t want to…

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A mail donor and a digital donor walked into a bar…

If your first reaction to the title above is, “I don’t get it, is that a joke?”, then you likely were not among fortunate, dedicated marketers, who braved the region’s first snow dusting of the season to attend this month’s DMAW Lunch and Learn, “Digital First: Why Translating DM Content Just Won’t Cut It!” While…

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Key Takeaways – National Association of Charitable Gift Planners 2018 Conference

Last month, I attended the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners Conference in Las Vegas. This is the premier national gift planning conference, with three days packed with presentations on all aspects of planned giving. I’ve been happy to see an increasing number of panels and discussions focused on marketing – the main driver for…

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Online Fundraising Best Practices for Nonprofits

Best Practices and Bold Innovations: Recapping the Best of Bridge Lunch and Learn If you missed out on the 2018 Bridge Conference like me, I hope you made a point to attend DMAW’s Best of Bridge Lunch and Learn on October 18th! At this Lunch and Learn, one of the most popular sessions from this…

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Gain & Sustain: Tips for Long-term Growth and Success in Nonprofit Monthly Giving Programs

DMAW Sustainer Day, September 2018, was an opportunity to listen to experts from some of the most respected and relevant nonprofits in the U.S., including ALSAC/St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, Humane Society of the United States, and The Nature Conservancy, answer questions and share success stories about monthly giving programs. The day was fast-paced, fun…

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Mastering Metrics to Optimize Your Program

Looking to optimize your direct marketing programs? Start with the data. As Avalon VP of Analytics TJ Hillinger and Integral Principal Kevin Moran shared with their viewers during the DMAW webinar Data-Driven Fundraising: Mastering Metrics to Optimize Your Program: “  The key to maximizing value and sustained growth is getting the right information to the…

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