Tom Garrity

Ode to Nonprofit Mail

In Messaging on December 28, 2009 at 11:23 pm

This time of year, more so than others, my mailbox is filled with last minute requests from various nonprofit organizations.

In New Mexico, it is a “who’s who” list of charities.   

During the last year, I’ve personally and corporately made donations and contributions to various organizations. 

I’ve chosen these charities because they have been successful in making a personal connection with me.  That “first contact” was not in the form of a letter or mass mailing.  It was in the form of a conversation, a site tour or recommendation from a friend.

During these difficult economic times, Nonprofits would be well served to check their approaches to see if it is providing the needed connection with their target audiences.  Also, check your databases for accuracy.  I’ve been included on prep school and university mailing lists who claim I am an alumnus from their “distinguished” institution.

If your organization believes in making a personal connection, then I think you will be one step closer to success.

For the rest of you who blindly buy mailing lists and/or have found my name using some nifty software that provides you a financial snapshot (I know who you are), good luck.  You’ll need it!

For the rest of us, this is a good seasonal reminder to “know your audience” 12 months out of the year instead of trying to be impersonal and connect during the last two weeks of the year.

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  1. Yom,
    While I appreciate your advice on “standing in line” for non-profits, please let me remind you… the ability to give is a gift. Giving and so called charity is not a selfless act. The giver often receives much more than the givee. Therefore, the exchange is in my opinion, equitable. There is a distinct difference between PR and charity. True charity is anonymous.

    I’m looking forward to meeting you Tom.

    -Jacqueline Kane

    (ref. patchadams.org)

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