A few years ago, I applied for a couple of positions with a not-for-profit organization in Cleveland, Ohio.
I didn’t receive a job offer.
I received an email that left me wondering, “Who wrote this email and do they understand email copywriting?”
If a non-profit organization wants to cultivate good relationships with the public, corporate donors, and philanthropists, the email copywriting has to be spot on.
Here’s the email response I received:
Thank you for your interest in our organization. This position has been filled.
Best of luck with your future endeavors.
The response was a standard HR response. No connection was made.
I would have been interested in keeping in touch through a newsletter. After all, I applied for a job with the organization. Why wouldn’t I want to know more?
I wasn’t given links to social media, or the website where I could sign up for a newsletter.
Maybe the organization didn’t have social media websites.
Then again, it could have been an oversight by the person who wrote the email.
That oversight turned into an expensive one.
I can’t remember the name of the organization; therefore, I can’t make a donation or volunteer.
Here’s what I would have wrote:
Thank you for your interest in our organization. The position you applied for has been filled.
Please visit our website to learn more about future job openings.
Best of luck with your future endeavors!
Don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter to stay in touch with us.
Do you see the difference?
The email I received is short and sweet, “Thanks, but no thanks.”
My email asks the job candidate to do something for the organization — visit their website.
It also indicates there could be future job openings which is why I’d want to visit their website.
I’m also wished the best of luck which is a nice touch.
One Simple Lesson to Boost Your Non-Profit Organization’s Donations and Support
The one simple lesson is email copywriting.
Write emails that will make people, even job candidates who don’t get the job, want to donate and support your organization.
Non-Profits Rely on Donations from the Public
It’s no secret that non-profit organizations rely on donations from the public.
Believe it or not, a job candidate is a part of the public.
If you work for a non-profit, why not take any moment you can to advocate and promote your organization?
For example, when you answer a potential job candidate, thank them for applying for the job.
You can also send them to your organization’s website where they can sign up for a newsletter to stay in touch with the organization. Who knows, they could make a donation now or in the future.
If you use tact and diplomacy and power words in your email copywriting, you could boost your non-profit organization’s donations.
Email Copywriting Could Make a Difference in Your Non-Profit Organization‘s Donations
If you work for a not-for-profit, make sure your email copywriting encourages people to donate and support the organization.
Your email copywriting should ‘strike a nerve’ and get an emotional reaction from readers.
Use power words such as:
Use power phrases such as:
- Thank you
- We appreciate your support
- You’re valuable
- Last minute
- Tap into
- Right now
- Dreams come true
The goals of a not-for-profit organization are to raise awareness, money, and support.
Get Those Donations!
Marketing and PR and email copywriting can and will make people donate to your organization now and in the future.
Gaining donations and supporters is easier than your think.
Be sincere, not pushy. Simply provide information such as a link to the website, newsletter landing page, or press release.
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