#22 πŸ¦ƒ Thank You Template for #GivingTuesday and Beyond; Happy Thanksgiving!

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The fundraising writing newsletter about your donor communications
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Welcome to the 22nd issue of the newsletter about your donor communications. I'm glad you're here, [FIRST NAME GOES HERE]! Happy USA Thanksgiving! In this issue, I've included a #GivingTuesday thank you template. 🎁


Wednesday, November 24, 2021

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Hi [FIRST NAME GOES HERE],

I'm going to keep it short today because, well, Thanksgiving.

If you're in the U.S., you might be rushing around like a turkey with your head cut off, trying to get a head start on cooking.

I'm going to be hosting 15 people for dinner tomorrow. With the pandemic messing up last year's holidays, I feel out of practice for hosting a bigger get-together. πŸ₯΄

But I've been trying out new recipes like this one for stuffing (needs a Granny Smith apple and less butter) and this one for roasted sweet potatoes (mmm!).

Unfortunately, I have no tips on turkeys. My husband Brett and I are pescatarians, but somehow I'll rig up a turkey for the poultry eaters.

Whether you're spending the day with family or curled up watching Netflix, I wish you a wonderful holiday.

And if you're outside the U.S., I wish you a blissful and peaceful Thursday!

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A #GivingTuesday Thank You Email Template

Be ready to say THANK YOU to all the wonderful people who will make a gift on #GivingTuesday. And if you are not participating in this giving day, you can modify this template for any gift at any time.

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SUBJECT: You've done something AMAZING!

Dear <donor's name>,

What would the <children, dogs, river, park, etc.> do without you?

Thank heavens I'll never know because when I asked for your help on #GivingTuesday, you wholeheartedly said, "YES!"

From the bottom of my heart, thank you for your gift of <$gift amount>. Your donation will go straight to work <remind them how their gift will be used>.

Thanks to you, we raised <$total amount> in just 24 hours!

Can you picture it now? <Describe aspirational goals/vision to reinforce the donor's impact.>

Yes, you are doing that, <donor's name>!

I will update you soon on all the wonderful things happening at <name of org> because of caring people like you.

If you have any questions or feedback, feel free to contact me at <signer's email address>. I look forward to hearing from you.

Gratefully,
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<signer>

P.S. <Use the PS to further connect with the donor. Ideas: invite them to visit your facility, read a popular blog post on your website, watch a video of yours, tease an upcoming event, or just remind them how wonderful they are.>

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#GivingTuesday Tip Sheet

If you didn't catch it last time, here's a tip sheet for you to help with your #GivingTuesday campaign. Page 3 has the thank-you email formula that I modified above. Click here to download and print this helpful PDF.

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A Few Great Articles
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​Three Ways To Make Your 'Thank You' Mean More (Forbes)

​How Nonprofits Can Realize a Once in a Lifetime Opportunity (GivingTuesday)

​What’s in My Mailbox | β€œWho’s Irreplaceable? You are!” (Pamela Grow)

​Your Work Matters. So Do You. (Mary Cahalane)

​3 Steps to Make the Most of Your Best Hours of Every Day (Jeff Brooks on Moceanic)

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Quote from the Heart
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From the late great John Haydon:

β€œThanking is not the effect of a gift. Thanking is the cause for the future relationship.”

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All my best,
Julie

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Julie Cooper
Fundraising Copywriter
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FundraisingWriting.com

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