With this in mind, Marshall University wanted to find a way to end their fundraising year with a bang. “In the past we’d enjoyed increasing success during the final month of the fiscal year”, said Griffin Talbot, Director of Annual Giving, “so we wanted to see if we could close out the year with our strongest June ever.”
Working with The Perrone Group, Marshall’s annual giving team launched the MU Challenge, an annual giving effort with the goal of acquiring 630 Donors by 6/30. Building on a commitment from two alumni to donate $10,000 if the goal was met, the team put in play a targeted direct mail appeal followed by several email communications. Progress was tracked in real time and available for all to see on the challenge’s website.
When the campaign was over, the team had tallied 648 donors during June, hitting their goal and surpassing the previous June donor count by over 50%. And, since the goal was hit early, the team had to cancel one of the planned emails.
Congratulations to Marshall University! Thanks for the reminder that goals and deadlines alone can be motivating.