|A selection of thank you letters|
In Memoriam giving is an area of fundraising that interests me more and more. It is also an area of growth. Last month JustGiving reported a 32 per cent increase in In Memoriam donations from January to May compared to the same period last year.
In my opinion, many charities struggle to communicate with In Memoriam donors in a professional, appropriate and empathetic manner. Likewise, the ability to devise In Memoriam products that connect with In Memoriam donors are few and far between. Earlier this year, I posed a question on Twitter "What charities are offering engaging #TributeFund programmes in your opinion?" I received a fantastic response. As you can see, opinion was mixed among respondents.
I'm convinced, more than ever, that medical research and palliative care charities are failing to realise the potential of Tribute Funds. Tribute Funds offer In Memoriam donors the opportunity to create a lasting tribute in memory of a loved one; and for the charity, a product that encourages engagement and commitment from one-time In Memoriam donors. The bereaved want to remember loved ones, not forget.