Making The Ask

Don’t Write thank you letters

Yes. I am serious. 99% of thank you letters are boring. A thank you letter does not give the final outcome of the appeal you communicated. A prompt thank you for a donation is meaningless. And often unwanted. A later letter – an impact letter – with full outcomes from the appeal – is far [...]

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2019 the challenge and potential

This is the most exciting time to grow legacy income we have witnessed for generations. with at least 1 in 3 baby boomers wanting to leave a legacy to their favourite causes. But this new generation of legacy donors are so different to past generations. So the top tips for 2019 1 – Do not [...]

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Respect the intelligence of your prospects

What really annoys me at the moment is: special Will making offers. In my view most of them are deeply patronising and assume I am too stupid to have one (as a tail end baby boomer). What Is more, these “special offers”, which are not really special at all, are often attracting the least good [...]

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Get a bloody move on

Your New Year’s resolution: get on with your bloody legacy campaign before it is too late and so are your prospects. And you can also win a prize – see below! The biggest bugbear in legacy giving is inaction. Intentions are great with 1 in 3 donors saying they WILL do it, actual action is [...]

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I am bored to death. Are you dying to make a difference?

Is this a tasteless headline or attention grabbing?  Does it matter if it is tasteless? Let’s get legacy giving noticed How many legacy campaigns are noticed? In focus groups it is truly frightening to discover that most legacy articles, posters, leaflets and even bookmarks go unnoticed. There are too reasons for this message blindness: ·         [...]

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