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.

Direct mail from Africa and Asia

by SOFII Contributors

Four essential campaigns showcasing the innovation and skills of organisations in Africa and Asia.

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Great ideas from Down Under

by SOFII Contributors

We look at great campaigns and novel ideas from the wonderful shores of Australia and New Zealand.

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Centennial Parklands Foundation Transplant Appeal

by Alex France

With consistent artistic content across multiple platforms and a great community approach, the Centennial Parklands Foundation made a real impact on raising awareness of their organisation's needs, with exciting results.

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Chinese take away: reinventing fundraising in the People's Republic of China

by Daryl Upsall

Daryl Upsall looks at the innovations being made in Chinese fundraising, notably how NGOs, working with corporate businesses and the latest technology are having huge impacts in mass digital communications.

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Trócaire - September direct mail campaign 2017

by SOFII

With intelligent identification and targeting of donors, Irish charity Trócaire exceeded all their expectations with what they dubbed an ‘exceptional ask’ aimed at specific donors. Having honed this strategy over time, it’s now paying off big time.

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Amnesty International: the pen pack

by SOFII

Amnesty needed a powerful and effective means of recruiting new donors to their great cause. This was it. This was, as far as we know, the first ever occasion when a free pen was included in an acquisition mailing, in the UK at least. This mailing was both brilliantly successful and started a trend that led to a flood of imitators.

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Cesvi ‘thank-you’ campaign

by Joe Burnett

One of Italy's largest international aid and development NGOs, Cooperazione e Sviluppo  (co-operation and development), or Cesvi, took advantage of their president stepping down to send a simple, effective and personal letter to their 5,000 most loyal donors. 

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Friends of the Earth steadying the ship: looking after your supporters when a media storm hits

by SOFII

When the media storm around fundraising broke last year, Friends of the Earth acted quickly to get in touch with their donors and give them the opportunity to comment frankly and freely on how the organisation was communicating with them. 

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The Victorian Order of Nurses for Canada (VON Canada) 2014 report to donors

by SOFII

In 2014, the Victorian Order of Nurses for Canada sent a comprehensive report to their donors, showing them how a new way of working could be implemented by an old, well-established organisation very successfully. By making use of new technology, they were able to explain the transition to donors, respond to their needs and choices and continue their tremendous service to their users.

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Toronto Humane Society's ‘Benjamin’ year end mailing

by SOFII

The Toronto Humane Society told a simple story well, sharing the case of Benjamin Buddy, an ‘orphaned’ dog with high care costs, via an eye-catching mail-out. It gave them an opportunity to thank their donors and share information on how their gifts were making a difference.

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