Recently, VerticalResponse (the tool I use to produce my eNewsletter, and some client eNewsletters) announced:
Promote Your Non-Profit Freely
At VerticalResponse, we are inspired by the work non-profits do, so we want to make it easier. Now you can save your donors’ dollars for other crucial projects. If your organization is a 501(c)(3)*, then you’re eligible to send up to 10,000 emails per month. Free!
I checked, they are extending this offer to Canadian non-profits too. And there’s no indication that this is a limited time offer bait and switch. This is a very good company.
In fact, I just signed up the Lulu Performing Arts Society. They signed up to better promote their performances, reach out to their community and gain valuable intel on the ratio of people who see the invites, to people who buy tickets! Once we know that, we have a base line and that aids all kinds of planning.
If you have a favorite non-profit, or if you work with non profits, send them these links.
In addition to the fr@e delivery and tracking service, VR offers fr@e webinars about email campaigns and fr@e survey tools. Folks can get up to speed very quickly.
There are other tools specifically designed to help non profits launch professional email campaigns, Network for Good has one for example, but I don’t know of any that donate their service.
Sending your favourite charity to the link above is like sending them $10 – $50 every month, depending on what they currently pay for eNewsletter delivery. And if your favourite charity doesn’t send an eNewsletter, you might want to talk to them about how this now-fr@e tool could improve their donor drives, volunteer calls, community engagement and advocacy efforts.
And mention that according to Jeanne Jennings article in ClickZ, the Direct Marketing Association found, “E-mail is a relationship medium, meaning it helps develop, build, and strengthen connections… It’s especially effective at eliciting response from current [contacts].” Or send them to me. I love making making it easy for people to connect.
*501 (c)(3) is an American charitable status but Canadians don’t need it for this