January 13, 2013
Fundraisers Find Success With Simple Appeals, Wild Ideas, and Offbeat Campaigns
Use simple messages and rigorously test them
Autism Speaks raised $750,000 online, up 50 percent from the previous December, largely by borrowing techniques that helped the Obama presidential campaign raise a big haul last year.
The group e-mailed simple and unabashedly direct text-only fundraising appeals (with messages like “We’re writing to ask you for money”) and tested different subject lines with small batches of supporters to see which ones prompted
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