The CabinetM TopShelf: Fundraising
September 29, 2016 at 11:42 am

As America alternately celebrates and copes with the results of the country’s most grueling and contentious presidential election since its birth, nonprofits are already looking ahead. Wednesday, we talked immediate reaction to a Donald Trump presidency. Today, we’re looking at the numbers. They don’t look great. The Tax Policy Center, a joint venture of the […]

Revisiting the Lowly Postcard
September 12, 2016 at 8:00 am

Earlier this year, I received a postcard mailing from the Share and Care Foundation, a nonprofit…

Hey Fundraisers: It’s Time to Show Your Stuff!
August 19, 2016 at 8:00 am

I love reading direct mail and email. Not just because it’s my job, but because of the insights that I get, and can pass on to others. Fundraising campaigns are particularly interesting because of how much they rely on emotion, content, and storytelling to drive action. The kinds of things some marketers in the for-profit sector should pay more attention to. Since 2006, NonProfit PRO, a sister brand of Target Marketing, has held the Gold Awards for Fundraising Excellence. I’ve been honored to be a judge for that entire time, and will be again this year.

Dollars for Democracy in 2016 Election
July 29, 2016 at 7:00 am

Well, the two major parties have just finished their national conventions, but this very strange election year is far from over. For better or for worse. In 2016, direct mail is still an effective way to raise money for a political campaign and get people to the polls. Here are some thoughts about two recent direct mail efforts from the Clinton and Trump campaigns.