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Direct Response Fundraising

Just before Thanksgiving, 25 years ago, my family’s dining room table became more than a place for a holiday meal. It provided the platform for millions of meals, as my father started Douglas Shaw & Associates right then and there, going on to serve alongside dozens of compassionate organizations and ministries worldwide.
Just before Thanksgiving, 25 years ago, my family’s dining room table became more than a place for a holiday meal. It provided the platform for millions of meals, as my father started Douglas Shaw & Associates right then and there, going on to serve alongside dozens of compassionate organizations and ministries worldwide.
20 Dec 2019

Good News for All

Just before Thanksgiving, 25 years ago, my family’s dining room table became more than a place for a holiday meal.…

If you listed the top five ways your organization could start the year off strong, what would make the cut? Perhaps it’s staying ahead of the latest trends, having a solid strategic plan, or effectively utilizing data and analysis. But there’s one thing even more important than all of the above—your donors.
If you listed the top five ways your organization could start the year off strong, what would make the cut? Perhaps it’s staying ahead of the latest trends, having a solid strategic plan, or effectively utilizing data and analysis. But there’s one thing even more important than all of the above—your donors.
10 Dec 2019

Top 5 Ways to Start Your Fundraising Year Off GREAT

If you listed the top five ways your organization could start the year off strong, what would make the cut?…

Foundations matter. And the best time to fix a faulty foundation is before you start building on it. When it comes to building a monthly donor program (aka a sustainer program), this is especially important because all your assumptions will get cemented into the foundation of its structure.
Foundations matter. And the best time to fix a faulty foundation is before you start building on it. When it comes to building a monthly donor program (aka a sustainer program), this is especially important because all your assumptions will get cemented into the foundation of its structure.
10 Dec 2019

Keys to Building a Monthly Donor Program

Foundations matter. And the best time to fix a faulty foundation is before you start building on it. When it…

Just before Thanksgiving, 25 years ago, my family’s dining room table became more than a place for a holiday meal. It provided the platform for millions of meals, as my father started Douglas Shaw & Associates right then and there, going on to serve alongside dozens of compassionate organizations and ministries worldwide.
Just before Thanksgiving, 25 years ago, my family’s dining room table became more than a place for a holiday meal. It provided the platform for millions of meals, as my father started Douglas Shaw & Associates right then and there, going on to serve alongside dozens of compassionate organizations and ministries worldwide.
25 Nov 2019

We are Thankful

Just before Thanksgiving, 25 years ago, my family’s dining room table became more than a place for a holiday meal.…

Your donor relationships are your treasured possession. Every interaction they have with you must reinforce that their generosity is making a life-changing difference. The voice and cadence of asking and thanking; the clarity of how their gift will make an impact; and the compelling reason to give now must ring true through every message on every channel.
Your donor relationships are your treasured possession. Every interaction they have with you must reinforce that their generosity is making a life-changing difference. The voice and cadence of asking and thanking; the clarity of how their gift will make an impact; and the compelling reason to give now must ring true through every message on every channel.
19 Nov 2019

Before you send out that RFP

Your donor relationships are your treasured possession. Every interaction they have with you must reinforce that their generosity is making…

This is a rather emotional column for me to write. On October 24th 1994, twenty-five years ago, I sat down in my dining room and began Douglas Shaw & Associates. I remember well both the excitement and the fear! Excitement, stemming from all of the opportunities...
This is a rather emotional column for me to write. On October 24th 1994, twenty-five years ago, I sat down in my dining room and began Douglas Shaw & Associates. I remember well both the excitement and the fear! Excitement, stemming from all of the opportunities...
08 Oct 2019

Inside this Issue Celebrating 25 Years Of Service

This is a rather emotional column for me to write. On October 24th 1994, twenty-five years ago, I sat down…

As fundraisers, the reality of finding your potential donors is complicated. But there are still ways to identify the best potential donors and get a message in front of them wherever they happen to be. This is one of my favorite things about working in digital.
As fundraisers, the reality of finding your potential donors is complicated. But there are still ways to identify the best potential donors and get a message in front of them wherever they happen to be. This is one of my favorite things about working in digital.
04 Sep 2019

Are You Ready for the 4th Quarter?

As fundraisers, the reality of finding your potential donors is complicated. But there are still ways to identify the best…

As fundraisers, the reality of finding your potential donors is complicated. But there are still ways to identify the best potential donors and get a message in front of them wherever they happen to be. This is one of my favorite things about working in digital.
As fundraisers, the reality of finding your potential donors is complicated. But there are still ways to identify the best potential donors and get a message in front of them wherever they happen to be. This is one of my favorite things about working in digital.
04 Sep 2019

Receipting: Gift Acknowledgement

As fundraisers, the reality of finding your potential donors is complicated. But there are still ways to identify the best…

Is print communication on its way out? Are you chasing what’s new in digital and social media, but can’t catch up? Do you feel pressure to build multi-channel fundraising strategies with limited resources? Invest 60 minutes and you will leave with practical tips you can implement now to improve effectiveness, inspire supporters, and boost results.
Is print communication on its way out? Are you chasing what’s new in digital and social media, but can’t catch up? Do you feel pressure to build multi-channel fundraising strategies with limited resources? Invest 60 minutes and you will leave with practical tips you can implement now to improve effectiveness, inspire supporters, and boost results.
18 Jul 2019

Emerging Trends in Digital, Data, and Direct Mail

Is print communication on its way out? Are you chasing what’s new in digital and social media, but can’t catch…