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Tales from the Secret Giver:
Dear Friend… and other stories

Much of the feedback we’ve seen since launching our Secret Giver Scheme nearly two years ago, has reinforced just how important some of the absolute basics of building good relationships still are. Very high on the list has been how we address our valued supporters in an appropriate and time-honoured fashion. And while this seems to be almost de rigueur for postal comms, surprisingly it seems that digital is currently lagging (somewhat) behind.

Often, we’ve seen emails that are Dear Jo – only to be signed off by … “Supporter Services Team” or “ABC Charity” or,

Tales from the Secret Giver:
Opening some Christmas crackers

Secret Giver scheme – a comprehensive mystery shopping and benchmarking programme for the voluntary sector, tracking and analysing every communication from nearly fifty charities across a wide range of causes.

Now that the dust (or perhaps more accurately, drizzle) has settled on another festive period, we have been reflecting on some of the best of the Christmas campaigns and engagements as reported by our Secret Givers.

Clearly, Christmas remains a key time in the fundraising calendar.

Secret Giver – Easter Reflections

With Easter almost upon us, the end of the first 12 months of Secret Giver also beckons. The colossus of comms received – both paper and electronic – gave rise the topical discussion (in our office anyway) of quantity versus quality.

It’s obvious, I hear you cry, surely it’s the quality that matters; less is more, don’t overload donors, blah blah blah.

Well, not exactly.

Many charities worry about bombarding donors with too much information too often,