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
  • Moving from Fairness to Openness

    Note: This post was written for our friends at SOFII.org, who asked us to add our voices to their It’s Just Not Fair post. We’d love to hear what you think! By: Beth Ann Locke and Jen Love What a great discussion to champion! Thank you, SOFII! These most certainly are conversations we have amongst ourselves…

  • #donorlove principles updated

    It started with the 7 easy #donorlove principles we use to guide us in our work. You make your donor the hero. You share amazing and inspiring stories. You connect to your donors emotions and values. You work diligently to allow your donors to fall – and stay – in love with you. You ask…

  • 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…

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.

People Say the Nicest Things
  • I first brought the Agents of Good on board to write and design a new acquisition direct mail package. This package performed extremely well for Second Harvest, and has since become our control package for all subsequent acquisition mailings. The Agents of Good are now our chief strategic advisors, designers, and copywriters for our integrated direct response program, and their work consistently performs at a high level, both in terms of response rate and revenue raised. The Agents consistently challenge the development team to push our boundaries, test our theories, and confront our preconceived notions about what donors want. On the digital front, the Agents have redesigned our website and are working with Second Harvest to integrate direct mail, email and online channels to create a fully integrated direct response program. I highly recommend the John and Jen (and team) for any organization looking to improve its individual giving program and think more strategically about donor-centered fundraising.

    Josh Bowman, Development Associate, Second Harvest
  • What makes working with Agents of Good different from working with anyone else is their approach. They approached our web overhaul projects from the perspective of the user. They continued to ask – what does your audience want to see? How do they want to see it? While many companies might say they are donor-centric, Agents of Good embody that mantra in every word they write, every web page they design and every offer they make. And no one does it with more energy and enthusiasm for your cause than the Agents. I truly feel like they are as committed to our work as we are.

  • Working with the Agents has been a wonderful experience. Their fresh perspective brought new life to our direct mail program and helped open the door to new conversations with donors and with our team. Agents of Good helped us achieve our goals.

    Marnie Helmy, CFRE Manager of Advancement, Hillfield Strathallan College
  • 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.

  • 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
  • I love working with the Agents. I get senior support from start to finish, the opportunity to bounce ideas with peers who really know their stuff, and always end up with a great finished product that helps me get results for my clients. What more could you ask for?