Are you an Agent of Good too?

Hey! How are you? Thank you for coming to visit the Agents of Good. Welcome! We’re grateful you’re here and we’d love to hear from you about why you’re here today.

This is what we do. We start conversations. We want to talk about you. We are open-hearted, curious and passionate about how we can help you connect with your donors, and all the kind and caring people who care about your cause.

Our amazing, inspiring, and sometimes challenging clients already know this about us: we live and breathe donors. We live and breathe #donorlove. The heart in our logo represents your donors. Your donors are top of our minds every single time we sit down to tell your story. In your mailing, in your gratitude report, in your legacy program, your newsletter, your website.

And the heart in our logo also represents you. Fundraisers like you inspire us with your dedication and passion. And you move us to tears with your stories, and by allowing us to help curate the stories of your organization. It’s a beautiful privilege to help your donors put their values into action by giving to you.

If you believe every gift is precious, you’re an Agent of Good. If you believe your donors are heroes, you’re an Agent of Good. If you believe in sharing stories that resonate with values and emotions, you’re an Agent of Good. If you believe that the heart and soul of fundraising is connecting donors to want to help with charities who can express what they need in thoughtful, specific and emotional terms, you’re an Agent of Good. If you want to rage, cry, laugh, wave your arms and be passionate about our craft and always, always know that we can and must do better and love our donors more, you’re an Agent of Good.

We are Agents of Good. And so are you. Welcome, Special Agent. Let’s get started. Still not ready to contact us right now, that’s OK too! You can also see some of our work in our portfolio, and you can also check out what’s happening on our blog.

No matter what you do right now, thanks for visiting. Come back anytime. Our doors—and hearts—are open!

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From Our Blog
  • How to be a good #donorlover this Valentine’s Day!

    It fills my heart to read and hear people talking about #donorlove this Valentine’s Day. Hugs and high fives to you beautiful people who are planning spontaneous phone calls and organizing thank-a-thons. As my man Simon Scriver says, using the phone for #donorlove is effective, cheap and makes everyone feel good. I’m here with 2…

  • #DonorLove: A Perfect Imperfection

    Have you heard the story of the boy and the starfish? One morning, an old man takes his daily walk by the ocean to discover that the tide has washed thousands of starfish up on the beach. Ahead, he sees a child, who picks something up and throws it in the water. Again. And again.…

  • Close to me

    If you are reading this blog, it’s likely you are particularly into direct marketing or direct response. Direct response in fundraising means any channel or space where you are directly appealing to another human to take action. Usually, that means giving a gift. But here’s the thing. Direct response works better the closer you can…

Our Recent Work
  • Redwood Gratitude Report 2015

    In 2015, we decided to continue the visual theme we started in The Redwood 2014 Gratitude Report. We wanted to tell three stories of three women who were helped or were in the process of being helped by The Redwood, and ultimately, by their donors. You can download and read the whole gratitude report here.

  • Redwood Gratitude Report 2014

    This is the Gratitude Report we produced for The Redwood and their donors. Conceptually, we wanted to share Ana’s story in her own words and honour her story though photography. You can read the whole report on our blog.

  • mynaturecanada.ca

    In 2014 we created a campaign for Nature Canada called mynaturecanada. The purpose of the campaign was to find a new generation of nature lover that could be stewarded into becoming a donor.

People Say the Nicest Things
  • CAMH Foundation hired the Agents to come in and breathe new life in to our symbolic giving program – Gifts of Light. From the get go, their enthusiasm, fresh ideas and commitment to our cause was evident. None more so perhaps than by their constant offering up of ideas – even outside the job at hand – to help better our fundraising efforts. In short, we got the sense they just truly wanted us to succeed and they would do all in their power to help us do just that.

  • John and Jen dig deep to understand an organizations DNA; take no prisoners in pushing the lines of traditional direct-mail; don’t get wrapped up in internal politics in order to challenge leaders and organizations to be truly donor-centred. AOG is a true partner in our development program helping Food Banks Canada connect more meaningfully with their donors and helping our donors understand the impact of their giving.

    Tania Little, CFRE Director, Development and Partnerships, Food Banks Canada
  • Agents of Good really took the time to understand the nuances of our organization – they got right to the heart of our values, and our vision of a world where all women and children are free from violence. To borrow the words of a Child and Youth Counsellor here at the shelter, “when I read what they wrote, I felt like they could see inside my head!”. While the agents may or may not have real x-ray vision, they must have some sort of superpower that enabled them to really get us – and to do it faster than a speeding bullet!

  • What makes Agents of Good stand apart from other agencies is that they insist on doing great work – even when their clients are happy with “good enough”. Their process and their commitment are rare in the world of nonprofit marketing and branding.

  • Working with Agents of Good isn’t about simply handing off a project and being handed back a campaign that doesn’t really speak your organization’s language. Working with Jen Love and John Lepp is about becoming part of their agency and them becoming part of your team – it’s collaborative, there’s room for discussion and everyone brings their expertise to the table to come up with finding unique solutions that put your donors at the centre of your fundraising campaigns. In our case, our 2012 and 2013 annual fund campaigns weren’t about being ‘bleeding edge’ in terms of using the latest digital fundraising technology or design, but rather about starting with the basic elements that were already working for our donors and executing them in a way that was fresh and more effective than they had been in the past.

    Christina Attard, Development Director, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Regina
  • The Agents of Good rock and they roll. Not only have I worked with Agents of Good directly at two different agencies, I have been part of the process that selected them to work at those agencies. Having been in fundraising a long time, I know what kinds of contractors I want to work with and which ones I don’t. The Agents are the kinds of folks I am happy to work with because they listen. No, they really listen. They have a tonne of experience and know everything that is going on, which means they can make a lot of suggestions or throw around ideas that challenge us to try new and exciting things. The Agents of Good are a joy to work with at a small shop because they can find ways to help smaller charities do more, thanks to their listening and their experience. I would always recommend them to any organization looking to find cohesion among their direct mail, web, social media and other communication needs.

    Jim Martin