Day 1: Gratitude Brainstorm

  • Day 1: Gratitude Brainstorm

    Posted by Joshua on February 19, 2024 at 1:33 am

    Let’s get the week rolling with a brainstorming exercise.

    Take a look at this list of 50 Ways to Thank a Donor from the Nifty Fifty Fridays archive.

    Grab a sheet of paper or open up a new Word doc.  At the top write “send our standard thank you note.”  Now cross that out.  🙂

    Next, set a timer for 90 seconds and write down as many ways to thank a donor as you can.  You can be really specific for donors you know (Send donor Homer donuts – they’re his favorite) or broad and general (send all donors a branded bookmark).

    When the timer is up, look over your list.  Pick three that seem actionable this week and share them in the comments below.

    Then respond to two of your peer’s posts!

     

    Ashley replied 1 month, 4 weeks ago 7 Members · 22 Replies
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  • Marti

    Member
    February 19, 2024 at 10:39 am

    1). Thank a donor on our social media — I asked a donor to write “why I give” for our donor spotlight for Thankuary and I will share that this week

    2) I will send our new donors an I think you are tea-rrific thank you card (with logo tea inside)

    3) Create a bookmark to send ~ I liked that idea and it’s easily mailable.

    • Jenny

      Member
      February 19, 2024 at 6:05 pm

      Is the logo tea something you produce in-house or order from a vendor? and would you be willing to share a photo or a link to the vendor? This sounds like a really fun idea.

      • Marti

        Member
        February 20, 2024 at 9:58 am

        DIY by me lol Pictures attached — although the second pic, I obviously hadn’t had coffee yet, but you get the idea! I bought blank tea bags on Amazon, added a single bag of tea, and then added a 2″ square printed label to seal it closed, used a sticky dot to attach to the inside of the card. I can email you Amazon links if you like.

        • Manisha

          Member
          February 20, 2024 at 11:51 am

          I love it so much! I started talking to a colleague the minute I saw the photo that you shared. Thank you!

        • Joshua

          Organizer
          February 20, 2024 at 1:00 pm

          Oh this is awesome. Paging Shanon Doolittle!

  • Jenny

    Member
    February 19, 2024 at 5:53 pm

    1. I’m going to send two longtime donors a great vegan recipe.

    2. Send a thank you email regarding a recent concert to donors who went to the concert.

    3. Make a thank you video for donors who have already given in 2o24.

    • Manisha

      Member
      February 20, 2024 at 8:49 am

      Vegan recipe – Yum!! Is this based on what you know about the donor or is it related to your org’s mission?

      • Marti

        Member
        February 20, 2024 at 9:59 am

        I was wondering the same 🙂

  • Beth

    Member
    February 20, 2024 at 7:54 am

    My favorite is pictures of them at our events. We work with kids, so I also send kid art. I love the be the Fridge art nonprofit.

    • Joshua

      Organizer
      February 20, 2024 at 8:40 am

      ‘Be the fridge art’ nonprofit is a real life goal!

    • Marti

      Member
      February 20, 2024 at 9:59 am

      Love this!

    • Ashley

      Member
      February 22, 2024 at 5:41 am

      I sent winter/holiday-themed student art thank you cards to end-of-year donors.

  • Lee

    Member
    February 20, 2024 at 8:41 am

    We do Bombbomb videos at the end of the year for all donors over $100. We also have a board member call first-time donors. And I call anyone who donates over $100.

    • Manisha

      Member
      February 20, 2024 at 8:48 am

      So curious about what a bombbomb video is!

    • Marti

      Member
      February 20, 2024 at 10:00 am

      Yes, tell us more about bombomb videos!

  • Manisha

    Member
    February 20, 2024 at 8:46 am

    1. Organize thank-you note lists for board members

    2. Create a digital thank-you wolf image to send through email.

    3. Send links to current wolf-related articles.

    • Marti

      Member
      February 20, 2024 at 10:00 am

      What’s your org? Would love to learn more!

      • Manisha

        Member
        February 20, 2024 at 11:52 am

        I work for the International Wolf Center, so therefore, wolf images. 🐺

        • Manisha

          Member
          February 20, 2024 at 1:08 pm

          Sorry so short before! Our mission is to teach the world about wolves. We provide free educational resources to schools around the country and share research from wolf biologists all around the world. Its about educating about healthy ecosystems and inspiring young future biologists from communities of color. wolf.org

  • Lee

    Member
    February 20, 2024 at 9:01 am

    Bombbomb is a video platform that integrates with Gmail. You can record short videos to send to donors. We love it!

    • Manisha

      Member
      February 20, 2024 at 11:52 am

      Thanks for the info!

  • Ashley

    Member
    February 22, 2024 at 5:38 am

    Thank a donor on social media

    Handwritten note

    thank you video

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