Too often, the thank-you messages we send to donors are just bad. Talisman Thinking Out Loud captures some of that badness and how it might feel for the donor at From a Donor Regarding Your Thank You Letters:
Every letter I receive is the same -- same letter, same content, same typos, same electronic signature. It would be nice if you could vary the information or update me on something you have done with my contribution.
This is dismayingly common: Thank-you letters that haven't been given much thought. Donors keep getting the same message over and over again. They're not relevant. There are errors.
This is a terrible way to treat your donors.
Their gift is an act of trust, connection, and compassion -- and you respond with a half-hearted gesture that transparently shows how little you value the gift.
You put a lot of thought in effort into asking for the gift. You should put at least some into thanking for the gift. At minimum, that means your message of thanks is:
- Well written, engaging, and emotional.
- On the same topic as what they gave to.
- Correct -- the amount is correct and their name and
- address are error-free. Prompt.
Good thanking is part of a good relationship. Your donors are worth it.