Last week, The Chronicle of Philanthropy published a plea to the nonprofit sector: Don’t stop communicating with your donors.
Melissa Berman of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors explained: "Nonprofits have an opportunity right now to talk to their staunchest supporters about how to make sure their balance sheets can get them through this and figure out creative ways to help those they serve."
Some organizations may feel hesitant to send out fundraising appeals if they are not a healthcare-related cause, but experts are recommending that nonprofits use thoughtful storytelling to show donors how they can make an impact in the world right now.
Your donors haven’t stopped caring about programs in their own communities, social justice campaigns, animal rights and everything else that’s close to their hearts.
One of the comments we’re hearing the most from Care2 members is: “I want to do something to help.”
Here’s three examples of fundraising appeals for non-COVID-19 causes. Each one addresses the pandemic, but also explains why a gift to their organization is important.
TORONTO CAT RESCUE (TCR):
In this monthly donation appeal, TCR points out that in challenging times, you can always depend on the love and warmth of a furry friend. Homeless cats need your help more than ever before.
FREEDOM FROM TORTURE:
Freedom From Torture uses an image of empty grocery shelves to remind their supporters that while we are all under pressure, people who have survived torture are among the most vulnerable of us while seeking asylum.
PETA told the uplifting story of Wayne the Poodle to show their supporters why rescue work must continue in the face of increased emergency calls for animals in need.
We’ve learned from history that communication is key. Don’t be silent when your supporters want to hear from you.
This Moore Group white paper on fundraising response to Coronavirus recommends continued investment in activities that allow you to market your message:
“Relevance isn’t just adapting to the situation; it’s also adapting to the donor. People who care about your cause deeply do for the same reasons today as they did a month ago. The more we can alter our message to fit the unique reason everyone gives to us, the better off we will be.”