Pro Bono

Most of us know that pro bono is a phrase derived from Latin meaning “For the public good”. In certain sectors, like the legal profession doing pro bono work is quite common. The same for the charitable sector. I have always done quite a lot of pro bono work because I find it rewarding to…

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7 surprising facts about direct-response fundraising

This falls into the “Passing along great information” category. From the September 5th, Donor Power Blog posting: 7 surprising facts about direct-response fundraising: 1. Blank carrier envelopes usually out-perform envelopes with teasers. 2. Longer letters perform better. Usually. There are exceptions. 3. The most-read part of a fundraising letter is the P.S. 4. Typos improve…

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Lessons learned in Kindergarten

My three and a half year old son registered for Junior Kindergarten. Inspired by the earnest communication style of Mason’s new teacher, here are some simple rules about creating engaging, dynamic and meaningful direct response copy. #5: Show AND tell. Use stories, testimonials and eye contact to illustrate your message. Stories connect us to each…

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