St Helena Hospice lifts appeal returns for end of life care in North East Essex

St Helena Hospice provides specialist palliative and end of life care to local people facing incurable illness in North East Essex, supporting them, their families, friends and carers. Dataro partnered with the dedicated fundraising team at St Helena with the aim of increasing net revenue in the Hospice’s vital direct mail appeals, a task that is becoming increasingly important as inflation continues to increase the cost of delivering critical services.

In the first campaign with Dataro, St Helena achieved an 8.6% increase in net revenue and actually received more gifts overall while sending 600 fewer letters.

Key results

  • 8.6% increase in net revenue
  • 15.6% increase in response rate (from 8.53% to 9.86%)
  • 21% lift in campaign ROI, pushing campaign ROI above 200%

How we did it

The team at St Helena is motivated to use technology to raise more funds for end of life care, so integrated Dataro with the Hospice’s CRM, Raiser’s Edge NXT. 

Using machine learning, Dataro generated predictive ranks and scores assessing each individual’s propensity to give in the Christmas Appeal. Using these ranks and scores, the fundraiser’s at St Helena were able to find the donors mostly likely to give whilst also identifying donors who should be rested from the campaign, reducing mailing costs and donor fatigue. 

The experiment demonstrated how St Helena could effectively streamline their list selections by speaking with the right supporters at the right time, raising more money with less outreach. Predictive ranks and scores are automatically updated each week, so future campaigns can be generated quickly and easily. 

Analysing the Results

Dataro’s machine learning approach generated a better response rate than the traditional method for building campaign lists.

What’s next

Dataro is proud to be supporting St Helena’s data-driven fundraising approach, which sets the example for how small fundraising teams can embrace new tools and achieve amazing results for their cause.

St Helena and Dataro are now partnering across new program areas such as raffles and regular giving with the aim of growing the fundraising program sustainably and building deeper connections with St Helena’s donors.

What they said

“Working with Dataro has been a great experience! We have seen really impressive results and as a small team, it has totally revolutionised how we are able to tailor our campaigns to focus on the right supporter at the right time. This has enabled us to really maximise our fundraising potential. Alongside that, the knowledge and support that the team provides has been outstanding. We are really excited to get working on the other program areas to see what we can achieve. Thank you!”

Sarah Archer

Fundraising Manager

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