The direct mail, door drops and household deliveries showcase

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Congratulations! You’ve just found the world’s best and biggest collection of fundraising direct mail, right here on sofii.org. There are more than 160 detailed case histories and articles here for you to learn from, crib from, adapt or copy. And lots more besides. Enjoy!

Click here for the full contents and index for SOFII’s direct mail showcase. 

The summary report of the Commission on the Donor Experience into direct mail fundraising can be found here.

University of Oxford: legacy brochure

Bright, colourful, optimistic, helpful. Oxford University’s brochure is designed to look good and be very functional

by SOFII

The dream inspires. A classic legacy promotion brochure with multiple enclosures shows you how it’s done. By providing an inspiring vision in the main document as well as individualised content in the template insert, this brochure has the ability to be as broad or as narrow as required.

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University of South Carolina: ‘We are South Carolina Y’ALL’ (Young Alumni Leaving a Legacy)

Front of the postcard

by SOFII

Innovative and engaging alumni fundraising from USC shows the education sector how it should be done.

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Deerfield Academy: Bruce Barton’s fundraising letters from the turn of the 1950s, letters 12, 13 and 14

by SOFII

It's a delight now to add letters 12, 13 and 14 to this growing SOFII series featuring legendary writer Bruce Barton's brilliantly conversational direct mail letters for Deerfield Academy.

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Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation: 2008 progress report

Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation’s progress report

by SOFII

From this one low-cost publication donors can clearly see what their donations have achieved. When presenting this progress report in person to one of our major donors, he said: ‘I wish some of the other organisations I am involved with would produce this kind of stuff.’

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Deerfield Academy: Bruce Barton’s fundraising letters for letters 9, 10 and 11, from 1948 and 1949

by SOFII

Reporting back, storytelling and irresistible offers – more fundraising gems from Bruce Barton.

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Deerfield Academy: Bruce Barton’s fundraising letters from 1946/47, letters 6, 7 and 8

by SOFII

Featured here are letters six, seven and eight from the 21 letters in this SOFII series, three more fine examples of the fundraising letter-writer's art from an age gone by.

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Deerfield Academy: Bruce Barton’s fundraising letters from 1945, letters 3, 4 and 5

by SOFII

These letters are masterful examples of wrapping up serious information in easy conversational style. Find letters three, four and five here.

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A profile of Mal Warwick: America’s genial guru of fundraising direct mail

by Christiana Stergiou

What we at SOFII have to say about this guy.

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Deerfield Academy: Bruce Barton’s fundraising letters from the 1940s, letters 1 and 2

The Bruce Barton Letters

by SOFII

Written between 1944 and 1960, the 22 letters in this series reputedly raised over US$2 million. Serious direct mail copywriters will study these letters carefully and will profit accordingly.

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Deerfield Academy: the Bruce Barton classic long copy letter from 1925 that pulled a 100 per cent response

Left: Barton addresses an audience, perhaps at Deerfield Academy (we have no idea). And at home with a friend, right.

by Carolina Herrera

He sounds like the racy detective hero from a 1930s crime thriller. But Bruce Barton is something else, for sure – a great copywriter and communicator.

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