We all know that imagery plays such a crucial role in fundraising appeals. But what happens when we don’t have time to hold a photo shoot? Or the beneficiary photos provided don’t really cut it? Or the case study is an unborn child where there are no images? Is there a way to convey need either with limited imagery or without any at all?
We all know intuitively that a strong sense of urgency increases the likelihood that someone will respond to your appeal. “If I can’t raise the money by next week, this will happen…”
But it can be tough to resist the temptation to include an arbitrary date. For example, “please respond by X number of weeks after lodgement deadline”, particularly in an appeal that doesn’t offer a natural (easy) deadline like the end of the financial year.