Want people to do more for your organization?
Of course you do.
We all know that true transformative growth comes from donors that are doing more. But the knowing is the easy part. The rest takes work. Because if you want them to do more, you have to give them more. That’s how relationships grow.
High value files are built on relationships, created over time, nurtured for the long haul. At Blakely, we dig deep to uncover what your donors really need from you, so you can deliver communications that build more personal connections, create commitment and result in more money for the mission long term.
Our approach delivers growth. It delivers stability. But it also delivers something even more valuable – connections to donors who will champion your cause for a lifetime and beyond.
SEE UPLIFT IN ACTION:
CLIENT: Toronro General & Western Hospital Foundation
- The Challenge
Leadership giving is one of the backbones of Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation’s community giving program and was identified as a potential source of greater unrestricted gifts. The analysis was telling us there was way more opportunity to grow! How do you take an already successful program that’s meeting its goals and grow it further?
Through our partnership with Mark Phillips and Bluefrog Fundraising and their years of donor research, we decided to talk to the donors who were already giving at the leadership level as well as those giving just below, to uncover what it would take for them to give more. The insights showed that TGWHF donors had incredible trust in the organization, so much so that even with larger value gifts they were willing to allow the hospital to choose the designation. But they wanted to hear more about the innovation and research that was taking place and wanted to know that their support was recognized and mattered.
We knew we had to deliver on TGWHF’s unique donors needs in a way that was fresh. We developed a new approach and a new proposition to give donors exactly what they were asking for in order to do more. We leveraged the Accelerator Fund – a fund created to directly support innovation and research at Toronto General and Toronto Western hospitals – through a series of high touch, content heavy appeals and feedback mechanisms. The appeals were designed to bring the donor closer to the work and the researchers. Multiple areas of research were featured as well as multiple signatories adding weight and credibility to the ask. To add a further level of personalization, a personal solicitor was assigned and donors were followed up with soft reminders and thank yous.
A targeted propensity model was developed to identify prospects who could double their giving and a personalized ask strategy was developed for each donor.
We’ve successfully inspired 40% of those included in the UPLIFT Campaign to double their giving, an increase in revenue by 15% in the same time period as the years previous. We were also able to leverage donor insights across the board and have lifted leadership revenue year-over-year.