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Postal mail inquiry

  • 1.  Postal mail inquiry

    Posted 16 days ago

    Good afternoon,

     

    I'm wondering if anyone is having issues with the snail mail lately.  We are getting 1 to 2 inquiries a week over the past couple of weeks from both donor's and departments asking if we received specific donations.  We are at a loss as to why we are not receiving random gifts when we are getting a lot of other gifts and mail. 

     

    Thank you!

    Amanda              

     

    Amanda L. Haney

    Director of Gift & Data Management

    Gift & Data Management

     

     

    University Advancement I New England Center I 15 Strafford Ave I Durham, NH 03824

    Office: 603-862-2041 I amanda.haney@unh.edu

     

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  • 2.  RE: Postal mail inquiry

    Posted 16 days ago
    The USPS announce this summer that, beginning October 1, first-class mail delivery would be slower.

    Here is a related note from NPR:



    John H. Taylor
    Principal
    John H. Taylor Consulting, LLC
    2604 Sevier St.
    Durham, NC   27705
    919.816.5903 (cell/text)

    Serving the Advancement Community Since 1987






  • 3.  RE: Postal mail inquiry

    Posted 15 days ago

    In addition to the timely article John provided yesterday, I thought I would share our personal experience here.  We are in the Midwest-just outside of Columbus, Ohio.

     

    We did a simple and very informal mail test earlier this fall.  Specifically, we had  folks who were traveling to the Carolinas and to Florida each drop letters to see how quickly they would be returned.  In each test, three envelopes were mailed:  a BRE, a preprinted envelope, and a hand addressed envelope.  Results are below.  You will see that of the six pieces of mail dropped, one was never returned (at least not yet). We intended to conduct the same test from Colorado. The package containing the envelopes was sent two weeks ago.  It has yet to be received by the intended recipient in Denver. 

     

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    Pre-printed

    Handwritten

    BRE

     

    Mailed

    Returned

    Mailed

    Returned

    Mailed

    Returned

    SC(Aiken)

    10/6

    10/13

    10/6

    10/13

    10/6

    10/14

    FL(Lakeland)

    10/15

    10/18

    10/15

     

    10/15

    10/21

    CO (Denver)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We are proactively inserting a buckslip into each reminder we send this month suggesting that donors either mail their gifts on/before December 1, or make them on line.  We are inserting the same message into our alumni e-news letter.  I would welcome any other tips/collective wisdom on the topic.  Last year was a challenge to say the least. 

     

     

    Tracy Rush

    Executive Director, Advancement Services

    Otterbein University

    1 South Grove

    Westerville, OH 43081

    614-823-1290

     

    Please consider a gift to support our students during this unprecedented time. 

    Visit Otterbein.edu/give to show your support. Thank you!

     

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