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Archive for October 2014

Thank You from Redstart Creative!

(Top Row: Ally B., Laura, George, Paris, Bottom Row: Jenn P., Rebecca, Edward, Gretchen) Time flies when you are having fun. When I started Redstart Creative in 2009 I could never have imagined how we would grow and all the wonderful team members and clients I would work with. I started out with the mission…

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Annual Appeals: Acknowledgement Ideas

In our previous two blogs on annual appeals, we looked at how to reach the right people and entice them to open your letter, and alternate donation formats. Today we will look at innovative ways to thank your contributors and keep them engaged throughout the year, increasing the chances that they will then contribute to…

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Annual Appeals: Trends in Giving

We are continuing on with our look at Annual Appeals. Last time, we discussed mailing lists and envelope design. Today, we will look at new trends in giving. The typical form of giving is to a general fund or a specific project. Today, there are other ways collect donations and reenergize your donor relationships. One…

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Annual Appeals: Lists and Envelopes

To get donations from your appeal, you first need to get prospective donors to open your letter. Getting to this step includes consideration of two factors, your donor list and the envelope used to enclose your letter. Is the letter going to the right people and will it stand out in their daily pile of…

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Annual Appeals: Trends and Tips

There is no denying that it is fall already. The air is crisper, kids are back in school, and cookouts have switched over to tailgates. The change in season also means it is time for most non-profits to turn their attentions to their annual appeals. This long-standing staple of fundraising comes in many forms to…

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Redstart Creative Fall Service Day

Last Saturday, September 27, Redstart Creative staff and family members joined with Blue Water Baltimore, to plant trees at the Forest Park Golf Course in Baltimore. Twice a year Redstart Creative organizes a service day in the community – one in September to honor September 11th and another in January to honor Martin Luther King…

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