7 Creative Ways to Thank Donors

The most important thing you can do after receiving a donation is to say thank you. A gesture of gratitude goes a long way in proving to your donors just how important they are to your cause. If you’re curious about finding a creative way to thank your donors, you’re not alone. Here are some ideas to help you find a good way to thank your donors.

Create a thank-you video

All you need is a smartphone and you’re ready to film! Make sure to be specific and sound meaningful when thanking your donors. Think of ways they helped make your cause possible and let them know. For instance, if they helped make it possible to provide new school supplies, let them know in the video and show them the impact of what they helped make possible. You can add this video to your GiveHope page so that the public, even those who haven’t donated, can see how much you appreciate each of your supporters.


Handwritten notes

After your fundraiser has ended,a great way to show your donors continued gratitude is to send them thank you notes. The personalization and customization of a note will make the message more meaningful. Writing and mailing a handwritten note may seem old-fashioned, but it’s definitely a thoughtful gesture that will make your donors feel appreciated.

Here are examples of thank you letters your donors will love!


Say thank you in an update

Posting updated on your GiveHope page is an important aspect of your fundraiser. Your thank you update shouldn’t be your first post. For donors who frequently visit your fundraiser’s page, seeing their names on your fundraiser’s story will make them feel special. Every week, create a new update post with the names of the week’s donors and write a customized thank you.


Send a thank-you from the person they helped

If you’re fundraising on behalf of another person, or if your cause supports a group of people, have them send a thank you to donors. For instance, if you’re fundraising for an animal shelter, share photos of some of the animals they helped with your thank you. The more unique you are with your approach to thank-you letters, the more likely your donors are to remember this thoughtful thank-you.


Provide exclusive behind-the scenes

Allow your donors to get to know you and your cause on a more personal, intimate level by offering a behind-the-scenes look at your cause with a tour and visuals of the changes made since raising money.


Thank-you via email

Immediately after receiving a donation, be sure to send an email saying a brief thank you. This email shouldn’t be the only thank you they recieve, it should be considered the first contact since the donation was made. Create a template and send emails to new donors.

Here are samples of email thank you letter templates.


Thank-you on social media

Facebook and Twitter are powerful tools for saying thank you to your donors. Whenever you post on a person’s social media, they get a notification letting them know. This is a great way to say thank you to donors, both large and small. Not only does it let them know you’ve received their donation and you’re grateful for it, but it also lets others know of your gratitude while promoting your cause.


Saying thank you to your supporters is a necessity. Fundraising boils down to landing donations from two sources: new and existing donors. A good thank you is one of the most effective ways to keep new donors coming back. Use these fundraising thank you quotes in your message!