Isn’t that a great photo? Kittens in the barn. You can see that they’re paying attention.
I’m paying attention too – paying attention to which charities say thank-you and when. Back in the spring, I blogged about an inadvertent fundraising experiment where I gave to number of charities on the same day. I’m a fundraising geek so I was very curious to track the results! It seemed that personal responses arrived more quickly than boilerplate ones…
After world turtle day in May, I wrote an update as a new round of letters appeared at the 6 week mark.
Now it’s the fall and I have more news. A heartfelt thank-you at the 5 month mark, from a development director who was reviewing gifts that might have fallen through the cracks during a staff transition.
And today – 6 months in – a personal email to advise of an upcoming thank you letter from a charity who is now changing how they handle gifts from donor-advised funds. I appreciated the effort that went into figuring this one out.
Better late than never definitely applies here! Gratitude is well worth sharing – who can you call, email or mail today to say ‘thank you’? It doesn’t have to be long or complicated – a quick ‘thanks for your support, we appreciate your encouragement’ will do nicely. I know that getting these thank-yous has encouraged me!