• Laura deBuys

    Really terrific article, very helpful – and those are indeed great letters.

  • Graham Gill

    thank you for a great article, good examples and a truly important practice. I recall the first personalized donation acknowledgement letter I received, got to admit it felt great and I still contribute to the cause. It also began my practice of adding a personal thank you added in the in the footer of standard acknowledgement letters I send. Yes it takes a bit longer to get through signing acknowledgments but the return on your investment of time and consideration of others is profound. It has also prompted me to work on my penmanship which isn’t a bad outcome either.

  • Simone Joyaux

    Thanks for your comments, Laura and Graham. Your points are so on target.

    I love handwritten notes on thanks letters, too.

    We just say we’re “so busy.” Or we think that email quick note was okay.

    P.S. Yes, Graham… penmanship is important. In the U.S. they aren’t teaching cursive anymore in lots of schools. Can you imagine a print handwritten note.


  • Wendy Zufelt-Baxter

    As always Simone, a cage rattler to make sure we stay fresh and focused in our daily work. A reminder not to be complacent. Thanks!

  • Simone Joyaux

    Ah Black Dress. How wonderful to hear from you. Tom and I just presented at the Australian fundraising conference. Delightful. And how are you?

  • Simone Joyaux

    Hey everyone. Check out this blog from Jeff Brooks, http://www.futurefundraisingnow.com, posted on February 11, 2015:

    “Are you thanking donors, or just using the moment to brag?”

    Best, Simone