I recently stumbled upon a neat paper titled Nostalgia: The Gift That Keeps Giving. Here’s a summary:
1. Nostalgia is a very personal, social emotion that involves momentous life events and social bonds.
2. Charitable giving is a very personal, social behavior.
3. Nonprofits regard donation encouragement as their single most important challenge.
Question: Does nostalgia promote charitable giving and volunteerism?
The Answer: Yes!
Here’s what they determined:
1. Nostalgia increases concrete, tangible and general charitable intentions.
2. The mediator of the effect of nostalgia on charitable intentions is empathy.
3. Therefore, nostalgia augments empathy-based charitable intentions and behavior.
The MarketSmart takeaway:
Think about ways you can entwine nostalgia in your engagement fundraising efforts. For instance, if you work for a college or university consider the following:
Here’s a real-world example:
For our friends at Ocean Conservancy, we used a photo to remind planned giving prospects about the time they first fell in love with the ocean. It worked like a charm.
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