In 2022, animal welfare fundraising was impacted by inflation challenges and the narrowing of the donor pyramid. In 2023, successful fundraising is all about staying nimble.
One way we’re pivoting for our clients is by targeting new audiences for sustaining gifts.
Let’s face it—who doesn’t want more sustainers? They provide a consistent and reliable stream of revenue for organizations.
Many organizations are used to targeting new or existing donors to convert to monthly givers through digital channels and direct mail. But we’re looking at a few strategies to reach new sustaining audiences in the animal welfare sector.
New audiences for sustaining gifts
In addition to targeting existing donors, we’re encouraging our clients to also consider a few new audiences, including:
- Past adopters
- Event attendees
- People who use your clinics
These audiences have a couple of key attributes that make them the perfect candidates for sustaining gifts. They love animals, and they’ve already shown an affinity for your cause. Even better, you have a wealth of information about them at your fingertips thanks to past interactions with your organization.
How to reach them
A multichannel perspective is always best when talking to donors. But these audiences respond especially well to a more personal touch—specifically, telemarketing.
Building this 1:1 connection with these audiences helps strengthen their connection with your organization, increasing conversion and retention.
Oregon Humane Society has seen great success reaching adopters through the telephone and will be sharing their experience in an upcoming webinar that we’re partnering on with DVCanvass.
I’m excited to sit down with both organizations on Wednesday, Feb. 22, to discuss converting new audiences into sustainers, using telemarketing to reach them and taking a look at the current state of animal welfare fundraising.
I hope you’ll join us for this important conversation. You can register for "Adopters as Sustainers? Calling All Cat and Dog Lovers” here.
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