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  • Writer's pictureZack Turner

Direct Mail for Nonprofits


Thank you note

As we approach the mid-way point of 2023, nonprofits around the world gear up for their annual year-end appeals. These campaigns are crucial for raising funds and engaging supporters, enabling organizations to continue their important work. While digital marketing has gained significant traction in recent years, there is one tried-and-true method that remains a powerful tool in the nonprofit's arsenal: direct mail.


Statistics show that direct mail continues to be an effective means of reaching donors and driving donations. According to the Data & Marketing Association (DMA), the response rate for direct mail is an impressive 5.1% for house lists and 2.9% for prospect lists. These rates far surpass the response rates for email (0.6% for house lists and 0.3% for prospect lists) and social media (0.4% for both house and prospect lists). This means that when you send out direct mail appeals, you have a higher chance of capturing your donors' attention and motivating them to take action.


75% of donors said they appreciate receiving thank-you letters in the mail.

In addition to higher response rates, direct mail offers a personal touch that is often lacking in digital communications. According to a study conducted by the Penelope Burk Donor-Centered Fundraising, 75% of donors said they appreciate receiving thank-you letters in the mail, while only 7% preferred email thank-yous. The tangible nature of direct mail appeals makes donors feel valued and recognized, fostering a deeper emotional connection with your organization. Furthermore, a survey by One Tree Many Branches found that 65% of donors said they were inspired to give because of a story or appeal they received in the mail. This underscores the power of direct mail in conveying your nonprofit's mission, impact, and urgency.

While digital marketing has its merits, the value of direct mail in year-end appeals for nonprofits cannot be underestimated. The higher response rates and the personal touch it offers are key factors in its continued relevance. By incorporating direct mail into your fundraising strategy, you can connect with donors on a deeper level, inspire them with compelling stories, and ultimately drive more donations for your organization. So, as you plan your year-end appeals, make sure to include direct mail as an integral part of your outreach efforts. And, as always, the experts at Boone Graphics are here to assist you through every step of your 2023 appeal. Connect with us today if you'd like to chat one-on-one!


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