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July 20, 2012
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“I’m glad I took this course (Monthly Giving | Basics & More) to help me really concentrate on our monthly giving program. It was there but not fully developed.
I did my first monthly giving solicitation in spring 2015 and I followed it up with an e-solicitation. We now have twenty more Virginia History GEMs (Give Every Month) over this time last year.”
“Based on the excellent advice presented in your Monthly Giving course, we’ve increased our monthly donors by 242% in just 7 months! We’re excited to keep building on this success in the coming school year.”
“As the new Associate Director of Development at a not-for-profit senior retirement community, I was told that year-end giving was almost non-existent therefore, no real effort had been put into a campaign. The rationale was donors were bombarded with requests and we were always at the bottom of their list. Taking cues from Simple Development Systems (I purchased two years ago), I came up with a plan in mid-September and presented to my boss. Her words were, ‘Okay, what do we have to l…
“I wanted to thank you for this course. I wanted to share that for the first time in our five years, we raised over 100K in program revenue and I think it was in large part due to this course and what I implemented. I need to look further, but program revenue for Q42015 was 28.7k. For Q42016 program revenue was 42k! Amazing! I will be back for more learning from you…thank you for serving those of us who feel called to bring hope to the world!”
I really appreciate the way you focus on small nonprofits with easy to digest info and tactics. I get really tired of most consultants and nonprofit sector pundits (do we have pundits?) talking and making presentations as if everyone has a full development staff. Thanks.
“I’ve been working with FSFP to improve our donor communications to help our supporters better understand how vital they are to our mission, and YOU have been such a great help in this endeavor! Not only did you give us fantastic language for our automated thank you, but, over the years, you have provided such great resources and insight, all of which has helped me to do my job better and guide the organizations I’m working for to be more donor-centered.”
“Your webinars, tools and guides are thebomb.com! You’ve definitely helped me and my organization jump-start our fundraising and start putting down the groundwork for more efficient and profitable fundraising.”
“There is truly NO better small shop resource!!!”
“After we implemented the simple Reply sheet recommended in one of your webinars after just three months we’ve already added 40 new monthly donors! Thanks so much Pam!”
You make it possible for me to get the best of what’s out there in one easy and fun shot every Thursday morning – I just wish I had time to implement everything! Thanks Pam for your weekly words of wisdom.
“Simple Development Systems is AMAZING. I am so glad we signed up for it — it has been an incredible support for me and our Development Associate. We don’t have a senior development person — it’s just me on top of being executive director, and your program has had JUST the right approach for us. I feel like we are doing things more effectively and efficiently — the webinars, resources, newsletters/emails, it has all been terrific. I am recommending it to other folks right and left!”
Thanks for the Grow Report! It’s my favorite source of development information!
“I signed up for probably a dozen online blogs and newsletters. Yours is the only one to stay in my inbox! I feel it’s most relevant to me, my new role and our small organization. Thanks for all the helpful information.”
“I just purchased your year-end fundraising course and it’s incredible! And this is coming from a person who took SEIU’s PAC from 9.2 million to 21.5 million in 24 months. You are just incredible!”
“Last week, I received my first $100,000 gift. I have such great stories to tell about the good work we do. It’s easy to be passionate when you’re doing what you love.I do not have any staff and my board has set a goal for me of $1 million by December 31, 2014. I really received the reigns of the foundation in late October. Since then, I have raised nearly $325,000. My annual appeal was very successful. Using your book, webinars, classes, etc. I am moving forward nicely! As your emails alw…
“The Grow Report has been so user-friendly and practical, that I haven’t felt improving our communication is beyond my reach!”
Pamela I really enjoy your weekly updates and blog. With a small budget and a smaller development budget you have truly made a difference in the nonprofit arena as we share your tidbits and highlights with our members. Thank you.
Last week, I received my first $100,000 gift. I have raised nearly $325,000. My annual appeal was very successful. Using your book, webinars, classes, etc. I am moving forward nicely!
“Yours is still the only NPO related newsletter I read each week start to finish. I’m going to join your membership program since it looks like that would be a better investment of my resources than some places I’ve found.”
Pam’s rewrite of our recent annual appeal resulted in a 36% increase in gifts over last year’s. She also worked with us on our follow-up letters and those have already brought in 17 new donors!
“I treasure the Grow Report and use it in my daily annual fund work!”
“I want to tell you that your programs are head and shoulders above others I’ve taken. Thanks to your Online Fundraising Masterclass, I have practically redesigned our website and communications based on all the valuable information.”
“You make it possible for me to get the best of what’s out there in one easy and fun shot every Thursday morning – I just wish I had time to implement everything! Thanks Pam for your weekly words of wisdom.”
Oh my gosh Pamela, whenever I read something of yours I get all fired up and want to do it all TODAY! Thank you very much for being such a wonderful resource for me!
“Simple Development Systems is AMAZING. I am so glad we signed up for it – it has been an incredible support for me and our Development Associate. We don’t have a senior development person – its just me on top of being executive director, and your program has had JUST the right approach for us. I feel like we are doing things more effectively and efficiently – the webinars, resources, newsletters/emails, it has all been terrific. I am recommending it to other folks right and left!”
First of all, your Grow Report is absolutely fantastic. It has not only educated me – it’s made me laugh too! Not to mention, the personal side of it is SO appreciated (especially since most of the reports I receive are so robotic and too serious – it’s enlightening to read something that presents valuable information in a fun way! Who says fundraising and grant writing can’t be fun?). So, THANK YOU.
I just really wanted to say thank you because you’ve helped me find a little bit of footing…
You really cut to the “meat” of what it means to be small shop and you “get it” in a way that so many fundraising gurus don’t.
Simple Development Systems is fantastic! I’m about to be a new ED and I am excited to lead the organization into a new era of donor centric activities.
I always seem to come away with a few pearls to inspire me…and kick me into action. thanks!
“I’m so ready to go through this course again as it is terrifically timely. I love how the Basics & More™ courses are organized. I always learn and I never feel patronized. I so appreciate you for that, Of course, the knowledge you share is terrific and I love that I can immediately put it into practice.”
I am new to fund development, stewardship giving and donations. The person I am replacing has been in the CEO/President role for 26 years. Our donors are very tied to giving to her, not the cause. The first thing I started to do was to call each donor to thank them and introduce myself to them as each check came in. (We are very small!) I want them to get to know me and the work that we are doing. Response has been wonderful. Thank you for sharing your years of wisdom and insight. As a newbie…
“I think signing up for your Grow Report has been the single most best thing I have done to help me with this job!!!!”
I love how you do the research for us and post the best of the best. This is a tremendous help for those of us who are a one woman shop and don’t have the time. Thanks!
“I learned so much from you and the Simple Development Systems Membership Program. I highly recommend it for all professional fundraisers.”
Thank you again for The Grow Report. It is one of the many nonprofit marketing and fundraising newsletters I receive. However, it is one that I can consistently count on for ah-ha moments.
I know the business of nonprofits pretty well, then I get “The Grow Report” in my email & I start all over again. Awesome stuff.
I have to tell you that this book was AMAZING when I started my new job. It helped me craft my 30-60-90 day work plan. I would highly recommend it!!!
I just wanted to let you know how useful I found your “Thank You” webinar with Pamela Grow in early December. I realized how many mistakes we were making in acknowledging our donor’s generosity. The best part was many of Pamela’s suggestions were so easy to implement it didn’t create a big project for us (always a plus). Thank YOU for offering the webinar – it was one of my faves so far.
Simple Development Systems is absolutely easy to use, easy to understand and covers all of the topics I’ve had to self-teach myself in an organization with no dedicated development staff.
Ho! Ho! Ho! It feels like Christmas all over again, Pamela. I am now holding a printed copy of a 57 page book packed with information about donor cultivation. This is supposed to be one of my “specialties” in the little pond in which I reside, but in just flipping through the book as it was printing, I saw several ideas that had not crossed my mind. I am reading and marking up the book tonight, so I can get started using your ideas tomorrow.
“I just wanted to thank you again for your help with our Annual Appeal. This year, we almost doubled the amount we have ever received from one appeal. Amazing!”
You have embarked on a journey of saving lives. On behalf of all those whose lives you will touch … THANK YOU!
“Programs like yours take some of the fear away and remind me that all progress is incremental and I just have to take it step by step.
Thank you so much for being there with the information that I need when I need it. You do important work and I appreciate you very much. What you do makes a big difference in the world by empowering people like me to reach our potential and help our communities.”
Thank you for always providing helpful, inspiring content. It makes this job so much easier knowing we’re not doing it alone!
“And this is what I love about the Simple Development Systems membership and your support for us — it makes us believe that we can do it and teaches us how to get started. We’re actually launching our first ever Major Gifts strategy in 2016, and I walked away from that webinar with a concrete plan of action that we are already starting to implement. I LOVED it — so thank you!
When we first joined SDS, it was really just me, as a fundraising CEO. Now we have a team of 4 staff — my time (which…
I had great success with the last course I took with you. My first end-of-year appeal campaign (sent mid December, a 4 page letter and lots of ‘yous’:) came in 38% higher than the previous year so far! And envelopes are still coming in. Very exciting.
Please know you are a big part of our development team here at the Intervale, and we not just achieved but exceeded our community fundraising goals by $24,000 in 2013 thanks for great advice and support from Simple Development Systems!!
“We hit our Year-End fundraising goal and still have 2 weeks left! We implemented everything we learned in the webinars. Feeling so proud — best $250 ever spent!”
Thanks for all the information you continue to share; it’s invaluable to little nonprofits like us.
“Yours is the only newsletter I actually read – thank you!”
I am newer to the development field (after a 20 year Human Resources run) and I find it rewarding and fascinating. Your book helped me to feel good that I am putting my efforts into the right places. Gratitude is the starting point of all generosity. I loved your calendar for stewardship and will use it to enhance my quarterly work plan efforts. I really enjoy your newsletter. Thank you for all your efforts and good information.
“I loved this class (Nonprofit Storytelling | The Basics & More)!! Especially the sections on video storytelling, week three mostly. One thing I can and already have put into practice in the importance of making daily phone calls just to say THANK YOU to donors! What a great idea! And already as I plan video stories that I will be filming and interviewing for, I am using the dramatic arc of storytelling that we learned about all the way back in week one. Thank you for this course, it has so man…
The idea of a donor ‘welcome kit’ is awesome. I am going to implement MANY things – too many to mention. But I will say that sending out cards for other occasions is genius! How wonderful for donors to get a card on Thanksgiving before the holiday rush. We have a great communication plan and I have a contact strategy, but your WOW calendar gives me a great tool to merge the two. Keep up the good work! Thanks a million for the free book!
I just wanted to thank you again for your help with our Annual Appeal. This year, we almost doubled the amount we have ever received from one appeal. Amazing!”
I had great success with the last course I took with you. My first EOY appeal campaign (sent mid December, a 4 page letter and lots of “yous”:) came in 38% higher than the previous year so far! And envelopes are still coming in. Very exciting.
“THANK YOU… for being the wind beneath my wings. These words seem so inadequate to express my gratitude for all that you have taught me this past year. I hope this story paints a more eloquent picture. Your emails are a blessing. I receive many from well-known CFRE gurus but NONE are as useful as yours. Most are content marketing pieces aimed at selling ebooks, Webinars, or expertise. Yours, on the other hand, have one simple goal — empowering people to raise money for causes they are pass…
“Your newsletter is still the only one I read top to bottom each week. In fact, in my new job it’s the first thing I read when I get in the office on Thursdays.”
“I’m LOVING the Power of Thank You modules. Being new in my organization, I’ve been wanting to re-vamp thank you letters and going through this e-course is spurring me on to get it done. Thank you for your enthusiastic coaching and for your encouragement to focus on donors!”
THANK YOU for the Grow Report. I love grabbing my cup of coffee to settle in for the BlogRoll and some great insights. It’s my morning awesome sauce!” “
Last week, I received my first $100,000 gift. I have such great stories to tell about the good work we do. It’s easy to be passionate when you’re doing what you love. I really received the reigns of the foundation in late October. Since then, I have raised nearly $325,000. My annual appeal was very successful. Using your book, webinars, classes, etc. I am moving forward nicely!
“Out of all the enews I receive, The Grow Report is the one that I can consistently count on for ah-ha moments.”
Thank you for your clear instruction and useful insight on writing grants. The webinar was very helpful and the materials you included with the course were excellent!”
“Warm, personal, real…love that you do the legwork to read the blogs and pass along the best. I’m not really in a “small shop” but since I train our 900 campus staff to do fund development the different approaches and ways to communicate the basic stuff in a new way is really helpful.”
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