Any fundraising campaign plan should start by reading reports from previous cycles and taking advice from them. The same applies to a communications plan.
Ensure your audits include a study of:
While auditing previous reports simultaneously set the goals and objectives for the current cycle. Understanding the objectives for this cycle at this point will allow you to
No two donors are the same– they may differ in gift size, frequency of giving, or reasons for giving. Similarly, to tailor communications for each of them, you need different approaches. This is why your fundraising communications plan must have segmented lists of donors– so you can target each list independently with personalized messaging.
This is the stage where you pencil in what you want to communicate with potential donors and supporters. The messaging of your fundraising communication plan must resonate with your goals and target audience.
For instance, if your goal is to increase donor retention, your messaging must not talk about why one must give; instead, how their contributions helped and why they must continue giving.
Next, you decide on how you communicate your fundraiser to potential donors and supporters.
What you need to consider while finalizing your communications methods:
Dedicate teams for each stage of your fundraising communications plan and give them specific targets to meet.
Assign the teams with the following steps:
The main difference between a soft launch and a hard launch is the level of preparation.
A soft launch is the short pre-campaign period when you contact your strongest supporters and biggest donors and ask them to contribute. This launch is typically done one to two weeks before you put your fundraising communication plan in action.
On the other hand, a hard launch denotes that everything is prepared and ready to go.
These initial donations build your campaign’s momentum and inspire first-time or small donors to contribute further.
The fundraiser communications can then go into a hard launch– when you open up the campaign to all your supporters.
|What it entails||Soft Launch||Hard Launch|
•To build momentum for the fundraiser.
•To show special appreciation to the most loyal, biggest donors.
•To convey your message, goals, and motivation to current supporters.
•To recruit new donors.
|Timeline||One to two weeks before the hard launch.||Launch day.|
|Target audience||Major donors, most loyal donors.||Small donors, first-time donors, repeat donors, lapsed donors, and prospects.|
|Best performing communication methods|
• Personal meetings
•Letters/ direct mail
•Personal phone calls
•Surveys and feedback
– Email blasts
– Phone calls
– Social media posts
– Direct messages on social media
•Gratitude and appreciation for previous contributions.
•Details of the current campaign (includes your target and deadline).
•Expectations from donors.
•Overview of campaign
•Methods of donation
•Fundraiser target and deadline.
Having measurable objectives at the beginning of your campaign enables you to track progress throughout the tenure. Depending on the results, you can continue with current strategies or update them.
Here are some metrics to track while the campaign is in progress: