Over the past ten work days Phyllis Freedman, an independent fundraising consultant specializing in planned giving marketing, has been sharing her ten commandments for at The Planned Giving Blogger. They’re wonderful and we should all have them pinned up on our corkboards or written on our whiteboards or as the home screen of our smart-devices, depending on our age and how we post reminders!
I’ll share them here, but there’s a longer discussion and marketing examples on the blog.
I: Thou shall rethink what 60, 70, 80 & even 90 look like
II: Thou shall use a serif font/large pt size
III: Thou shall not reverse white type out of color
IV: Thou shall speak plain English; omit the technical
V: Thou shall design for “skimmers”
VI: Thou shall address unspoken donor objections
VII: Thou shall always include suggested language
VIII: Thou shall make the materials your own
IX: Thou shall use testimonials
X: Thou shall always incorporate a call to action Phyllis has asked for your additional commandments to add to her own.
Visit her blog to see the commandment I’ve contributed. Let’s keep this discussion going since it’s such an important one.
Katherine Swank is a consultant for Target Analytics. You may reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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