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03.20.18

Direct Mail and Digital Ideas to Bring in New Donors

As seen in the March 2018 edition of DMAW’s AdVents newsletter.  Many nonprofits are looking to mail smarter, especially in our current climate of uncertainty coupled with rising print and postage costs. In some cases, that may mean mailing less, either through careful list segmentation or potentially culling lapsed or expired donors. However, in other…

02.20.18

Print Forecast: Paper Prices on the Rise

We’re only two months in and it would appear 2018 is going to be a year filled with new possibilities… and some challenges. Last quarter, we discussed the USPS postage rate changes, now we have the paper mills and logistics companies jumping on the bandwagon. Paper mills continue to close, leaving many paper suppliers with…

02.12.18

Drive Your Mission Further at #DCNP2018

The team here at PS is eager to join hundreds of direct marketing and fundraising professionals at the 2018 DMANF Washington Nonprofit Conference next week. There are many exciting changes for this year’s event so to get the inside scoop, we sat down with one of the conference co-chairs, Kelly England. Kelly currently serves as…

02.02.18

Why Use a Production Management Company?

There are many crucial components to efficient and effective direct mail fundraising and we believe nonprofits are best served when there is an expert from each discipline, collaborating together, but contributing from the perspective of their specific area of expertise. Production management is ours.    During this week’s DMFA Production Seminar in Boston, MA, attendees…

01.31.18

Promoting Self Care through #WellnessWednesdays

How are you holding up with your New Year’s resolutions? After all, the most difficult part is keeping up with it, right? The first two weeks are easy – your motivation, will, and drive are through the roof. Weeks 3-4 and as we move into the beginning of February is where the real test begins….

12.19.17

10 Keys to Telecommuting Success

Did you know nearly four million employees in the U.S. telecommute?* That’s almost 3% of the entire workforce. Clearly, there must be something to this whole “working-from-home” phenomenon. Here at Production Solutions, we are proud to have over 40% of our employees telecommute at least a two days per week and the benefits are distinct:…

11.28.17

Leadership: It’s (Much) More Than a Job Title

If you’re a member of any business networking website, you’ve undoubtedly seen a meme that shows Richard Branson or possibly some other uber-wealthy entrepreneur, proclaiming “Clients do not come first. Employees come first. If you take care of your employees, they will take care of the clients.” That’s certainly an inspiring message, but what does…

10.30.17

Fundraising Gone Global: Key Takeaways from IFC

Two weeks ago, the Resource Alliance hosted the 2017 International Fundraising Congress (IFC) in the Netherlands. Our very own Chief Relationship Officer, Greg Albright, packed his bags and traveled across the pond to partake in the 4-day congress that brought fundraisers and change-makers together to collaborate, educate, and innovate with one another on social changes…

10.24.17

National Cyber Security Awareness Month: 10 Tips to Stay Safe and Secure Online

This October marks the 14th Annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), a time to focus on how cybersecurity is our shared responsibility to keep the internet safe for all of us. As collaborative effort between the US government and our industry, it ensures that Americans have the resources they need to stay safe and…

09.28.17

How Mail Tracking Reports Ensure Dependable Mail Handling

There was a recent article in the Washington Post highlighting an OIG (Office of Inspector General) audit report that determined the USPS did not accurately account for the on-hand delayed mail within their facilities, essentially ‘underreporting’ their figures. While the report estimated billions of delayed mail to the facilities during the audit timeframe, rest assured,…