Case Study: Lifestyle Data Lifts Gift Size for Heifer InternationalNovember 9, 2012 By Heather Fletcher
Knowing, for instance, that the best donors tended to be interested in environmental causes, art, coin collecting, keeping houseplants alive and eating organic food helped Heifer know which of its missions to detail. “Heifer's story is very moving,” Michael says. So what’s more important to this donor? Is it women’s empowerment that happens when they can provide for their families by caring for livestock donated through Heifer? Or is it stories about the animals themselves, like the llamas raised for their wool?
Michael says Heifer will now use the concept of donor motivations on its entire file—with added insight from self-declared interests in givers’ survey responses to guide the creative in fundraising messages.
“We definitely saw a one-plus-one-equals-three” effect from adding hobbies and lifestyle information to regular data, DiCesare concludes.