Special Event & Annual Appeal Value Packages

Don’t waste your time shopping around and working with numerous companies for your organizations Special Event needs. Rescigno’s Marketing Connections can be your one stop shop while providing quality service at a discounted price.


We are currently introducing our Special Event Value Package to our customers. This value package will save your organization time and money while working with the knowledgeable and friendly staff at Rescigno’s.


Our Special Event Value Package works like this:

If we print any three of the following items, you will receive a 10% discount on the 3rd project you do for the event. The items include but are not limited to:

  • Save the Date Postcards
  • Invitations
  • Program books / Handouts
  • Posters / Clingz
  • Banners
  • Raffle Tickets
  • Presentation Folders
  • Table Tents
  • Name Tags
  • Water Bottle Labels
  • Note Pads


Along with our Special Event Value Package, we are now offering an Annual Appeal Value Package. If you schedule both your Spring & Fall Appeal and purchase envelopes for both, we can save you 10% on your invoices.  The ROI on investment for these packages is undeniable.


If you are interested in either value package or have any other questions on how Rescigno’s Marketing Connections can work with your organization, give us a call!

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Working Together to Create a Highly Customized Invite!

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The Project:  when Children’s Memorial Hospital started planning their move to a new location, the Foundation realized they had a lot of events to plan (at least 14).  While some of these events were for everyone, many were targeted to specific constituents – donors, doctors, volunteers, etc.  Instead of bombarding the invitees with mulitple mailings, they created a unique piece that encapsulated all the different events.


The hitch – not everyone was invited to all the events.  In addition, the lists for the events were coming from multiple sources in many different formats, many with duplicate entries.


The piece – the “mothership” contained the information about the new facilities and services that the new location would offer.  In a pocket, different inserts were included based on what events each person was invited to attend.


The challenge on the data end was to convert all the lists provided to a common format.  Then, the lists needed to be combined and duplicates removed, while still keeping track of which events each person was invited to attend.  While some of the duplicates were easy (Jim Smith and James Smith both at 123 Main Street were the same person), some were much more difficult as some lists pulled from home addresses, some from work addresses and others had spouses names on the lists.  Rescigno’s worked together with the Children’s Memorial team to get the lists in tip top shape.

Finally, the production team needed to know how to assemble the different invites.  The data and production teams worked together to create segments of invites receiving the same inserts as well as a group of special people who all had different configurations.


The end result: highly customized invitation packets. Even better, the client reported absolutely no mistakes!  We’d love for you to share similar challenges that you’ve encountered and their solutions.

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Join Us for Our Webinar!

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Are you about to start a direct mail or annual fund campaign? Do you know what your objectives are but aren’t sure where to begin?

Join Rescigno’s Marketing Connections on Tuesday July 24th at 3pm Eastern for our webinar titled,

“Jump Start Your Direct Mail (and Annual Fund Program)… NOW!”

During this webinar, the key points you will takeaway are:

  • by planning, you’ll know what your desired result is;
  • setting a goal and taking steps to attain it;
  • talking to your audience the “right” way;
  • the art of the story in solicitation;
  • timing — it really is important;
  • eye appeal could be the difference;
  • understanding what just happened;
  • tracking results

To register for the webinar, follow this link:


We hope you can attend!

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Direct Mail and the Annual Fund: Are You On Track?

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The Annual Fund campaign is the nonprofit’s bread and butter. It’s literally what keeps everything running—maintaining your building’s heating and lighting, supporting ongoing programs, providing for your staff, and, most crucially, establishing and growing a loyal donor base.

Summer is the prime time to create a plan for your Annual Fund campaign. Are you ready to embark on this process? Give yourself a check-up against these three initial steps to get you going.

1. Consider the parameters: Analyze your organization’s needs, goals, and resources. Evaluate past programs or initiatives—which have done well, and which could use some revamping?

2. Design your strategy: Determine your calendar and the specific efforts you’re going to pursue.

3. Make projections: What will these efforts generate? What do you expect to accomplish? And remember that the return on your investment should be measured in more than just dollars.


Need help jumpstarting your organization or foundation’s Annual Fund Campaign? The team at Rescigno’s has decades of non-profit development work under our belt. Craving a new approach? From planning to production, we’re committed to providing creative solutions.

Further reading: 11 Strategies for Increasing Annual Fund Donations

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Why Some Fundraising Direct Mail Stories Don’t Work

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It’s simple, but oh so subtle.  Here is the litmus test:  ask yourself  if the donor is in your story after you complete the first draft of your next solicitation.  Why?  Because we talk a lot about passionate  storytelling being the key to better response rates in your direct mail solicitations.

Personal stories of one person’s situation can be very good at explaining and educating, but that doesn’t mean that they will compel readers to act. For that to happen they have to see themselves as an essential part of the story, as if something won’t happen unless they act.

In other words, in stories that compel action, the donor can change the ending of the story with his or her actions.

Here are 4 ways to do this based on why people give:

1-to feel happy – “You’ll not only be supporting our work, you’ll know you changed a life.”

2- to feel important – “Give today to become a member and get insider info and updates.”

3- to feel like part of a success story – “We saved the savannah elephant.  We can save the Asian elephant too.”

4-because everyone is doing it – join Tim T. in Brookfield and Jim R. in Oak Park who are already committed to our fight.


In other words, in stories that compel action,  donors can change the ending of the story with their actions.

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