Environmental organizations are, regrettably, low on the list of nonprofit donation lists. The latest data from the National Philanthropic Trust show that of individual charitable donations (72% of all donations are from individuals), religious nonprofits rake in the most at 31%, followed by education (16%), human services (12%) and grant-making foundations (11%). If I did … Continue reading 5 ways to dive into the mind of an environmental donor
Online donors are slippery little fish. One misstep on your part, and they slide right off the hook. Online donors, or donors who have only interacted with your organization electronically, have very specific needs. If you aren’t aware of those needs, and don’t immediately meet them, you can forget their donation, and they’ll join the ranks … Continue reading Let’s Go Fishing… 5 Ways to Hook an Online Donor
Guarantees are lovely things. You can write a mediocre appeal to a potential environmental donor with a mediocre offer, but if you offer a risk-free guarantee, you’ll likely drag in a slew of new signups. Buy today and we’ll give you a 30-day free trial of this new wonder pill! Subscribe today and if you … Continue reading Can you ‘Guarantee’ donors into making the final leap?
If you feel angry about something, it’s likely you assume the emotion you’re feeling is anger. Right? Not quite… Fiction writers are masters at showing (without outright telling us, of course) this subtle difference. As environmental writers, it’s to our direct detriment to ignore this delicate dissimilarity.
Most writers and marketers understand the concept of aiming your message to a specific person. Imagining someone real, whom you might have an actual conversation with, makes your persuasive techniques more relevant and convincing. But when you are writing a persuasive piece about nature… just who are you writing to?
Every decision you make has the opportunity to lose the attention of your reader. But if you can’t even nail the first sentence, you’re toast.