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I look forward to our time together on Thursday mornings!  I grab a cup of coffee, shut my office door and devour every word of The Grow Report.

…I am Development and Marketing Director, web maintainer, letter writer, major gifts officer, Facebook admin, direct appeal mailer, donor cultivator and on and on. Your small shop has been a tremendous source of wonderful, practical and very useful applications.  We do not have the luxury of going into great detail or taking photos of our clients – the men, women and children, who are victims of violent or sexual crimes – so I have to be creative with my story telling and getting the word out. Your ideas have been instrumental in helping me think outside the box!
We have implemented new thank you letters, new direct appeals, a monthly newsletter, two new online campaigns, a new system of thanking all donors, which includes phone calls and handwritten notes. I have met with donors and board members to chat about why they are involved with our org. And, in large part, my ideas have come from our get together on Thursday morning!
So thank you!  With heartfelt gratitude
Shelly Drymon, Director of Development and Marketing

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