5 Creative Ways to Say “Thanks” to Donors and Volunteers

  • by Shala Graham
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In a perfect world, doing a good deed would be its own reward. But, as we all know, giving a little extra “thanks” to donors, volunteers, and other supporters can be a great thing. We all love to be appreciated, and besides, you never know when you’re going to need their help again in the near future.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at five ways you can express your gratitude to fans of your organization without sending the standard letter or postcard:

1. With a special premium.

If you have the resources, creating something special — like a limited edition book, album, or stuffed animal — can be the perfect answer. It makes a great gift and an ideal conversation starter, which could help you attract more donors or volunteers in the future.

2. Through a members-only event.

Everybody loves a good party, and if you can throw an invite-only bash for every supporter and one guest, the exclusive feel of the event could make it a popular draw.

3. With a celebrity message.

Do you know of a high-profile personality who supports your cause? See if they’ll consider leaving personalized voicemails for your supporters. It’s a small gesture that only costs donated time, but it could have a big impact on morale.

4. Through donated gift cards.

You may know a local retailer who would donate a series of small gift cards. It’s a win-win situation that lets you thank supporters while giving the business a chance to promote itself to a brand-new group of buyers.

5. With a handwritten letter or a personal phone call.

Some things never go out of style, and showing your appreciation in a personal way is certainly one of them. Creating handwritten notes and making phone calls takes time, but they are gestures that are sure to be remembered.

If your nonprofit couldn’t do the wonderful work it does without a handful of special people, consider going the extra mile to tell them “thanks” sometime soon. They deserve it, and it’s a great way to keep your organization growing in the future.

When you’re looking for a creative team that understands nonprofits and their unique needs, contact SW Creatives to see what we’ve been able to do for organizations just like yours.