How to Write Successful Fundraising Letters

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Wiley, Feb 23, 2001 - Business & Economics - 320 pages
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Part 1: Motivating your audience -- Why people respond to fundraising letters -- How a fundraising letter is like a personal visit -- What donors really think about fundraising letters -- Characteristics of an effective fundraising letter -- A leisurely tour through one successful appeal -- Part 2: The letter writer's plan of action -- What to do before you write any fundraising letter -- Eight steps toward successful fundraising letters -- The Cardinal rules of fundraising letters -- You're writing for results--not for a Pulitzer Prize -- Part 3: Customizing your appeal -- Recruiting new donors: starting intimate conversations with strangers -- Welcoming new donors: treating people like part of the family -- Appealing for special gifts: bringing your case down to earth -- Asking for year-end contributions: making the most of the holiday spirit -- Soliciting high-dollar gifts: framing the case for major contributions -- Going for bigger gifts: persuading donors to make an extra commitment -- Seeking annual gifts: building long-term loyalty, one year at a time -- Thanking your donors: friend-raising before fundraising -- Part 4: The letter writer's toolbox -- A. Sixty successful outer envelope teasers -- B. Fifty-four strong leads for fundraising letters -- C. Ninety ways to use the work "you" in a fundraising letter -- D. Sixty-three ways to handle awkward copywriting transitions -- E. Forty-one powerful ways to end a fundraising letter -- F. Fifty-eight ways to start a P.S. in a fundraising letter -- G. Fifteen ways how not to get results -- H. Ten other books to help you write successful fundraising letters.

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According to this practical handbook, a "fundraising letter is like a personal visit." Writing from extensive experience in guiding companies and organizations through fund-raising efforts, Warwick ... Read full review



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MAL WARWICK, consultant, author, and public speaker, is the founder or cofounder of four affiliated companies: Mal Warwick & Associates, Inc.; Share Group, Inc.; LLC; and Response Management Technologies, Inc. These companies provide a wide range of fundraising and marketing services to nonprofit clients throughout North America. Warwick is the author or editor of ten books on the topic of fundraising, including The Five Strategies for Fundraising Success.

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