I frequently think about what Miss Manners would think about the decline in the use of thank you cards these days. Or thank you emails. Or calls.
I recently had a conversation with a person who I had donated a couple of tickets to an opera. They wanted to get a couple more tickets for their upcoming auction. I politely declined.
I clearly remember going back and forth with this person regarding a donation. All the time I took and the true generosity from our organization to theirs. They made money from the donation.
Yet the gift to them did not warrant a thank you note.
It's not uncommon. Unless you have donated to me or made time for me. Then you will be nicely surprised.
Thank you card's are so important. Especially if you are a fundraiser! Any time I meet with someone the first thing I do when I get back to the office is jot a quick note on our stationary and pop it in the mail. It's important to me that people I visit with know how grateful I am that they took time out their busy schedule to meet with me. Or that they decided to donate something to our auction.
And it only takes a few minutes.
The other great thing about thank you notes is that hardly anyone takes the time to write them, and as a fundraiser anytime I can stick out is great!
But the bottom line is that in our business, it's simply the right thing to do.
If you have agency stationary, use that. Every time I can get out our brand is good. If you do not have stationary, buy some inexpensive note cards or have some printed at FedEx Kinkos.
You will definitely not regret sending a thank you card!
Thank you for reading!