ChatGPT for a Fundraising Letter Hows it work

Just so you know, this introduction to ChatGPT for a Fundraising Letter was written by a real person. 🙂

I jumped into my car and popped on the radio. Suddenly in my ears was the end of a radio segment about a man who just lost a good-paying marketing writing client with the words, "ChatGPT will do your work now."

It's not the first time I've heard that. A lot of pundits are predicting the demise of entire sectors of the nonprofit workforce to be replaced by AI - especially for content like ChatGPT fundraising letters.

But haven't we heard predictions like this, before? Email was going to replace direct mail, and social media was going to replace email. Yet all are effective for fundraising, each with their own strengths, and even better when coordinated together.

Check out the my video on ChatGPT for a Fundraising Letter. I found was that there's still plenty of room for the human element. In fact, it's essential.

You can check out the samples of what ChatGPT produced, below.

...Matt Hugg, president & Founder, Nonprofit.Courses

(For more, see Ask ChatGPT. What can you do for Fundraising and Grantwriting)


Version 1 

ChatGPT for a Fundraising Letter Prompt: Write a fundraising letter as the executive director of save the whales for saving whales in the north Atlantic ocean

What ChaptGPT created, version 1:

Dear [Recipient's Name],

Subject: Join Us in Saving the Majestic Whales of the North Atlantic!

I hope this letter finds you in good health and high spirits. As the Executive Director of Save the Whales, I am writing to you today with a sense of urgency and a plea for your support. We are facing a critical situation in the North Atlantic Ocean, where the lives of magnificent whales hang in the balance. I invite you to join us in our mission to protect and preserve these extraordinary creatures for generations to come.

Save the Whales has been at the forefront of whale conservation efforts for over two decades, and we have witnessed firsthand the devastating impact of human activities on these gentle giants. The North Atlantic is home to several vulnerable whale species, including the magnificent humpback, fin, and minke whales. However, their populations have been rapidly declining due to factors such as habitat destruction, pollution, and commercial whaling.

We cannot allow this magnificent ecosystem and its inhabitants to vanish before our eyes. The time to act is now. Save the Whales is launching an ambitious campaign to protect and save these extraordinary creatures in the North Atlantic. Our multifaceted approach includes research, conservation initiatives, advocacy, and community engagement.

Here are some key aspects of our campaign:

  1. Research and Monitoring: We will invest in cutting-edge research to better understand the whales' behavior, migration patterns, and breeding habits. This knowledge will enable us to implement targeted conservation strategies and ensure the long-term survival of these magnificent creatures.
  1. Conservation Initiatives: Through strategic partnerships with local communities, governmental organizations, and scientific institutions, we will establish protected areas and implement sustainable practices that mitigate the threats to whale populations. Our aim is to create safe havens where whales can thrive, free from the dangers of human activities.
  1. Advocacy and Education: We will advocate for stronger legislation and policies to protect whales in the North Atlantic. Our team will work tirelessly to raise awareness about the importance of whale conservation through educational programs, public outreach campaigns, and media partnerships. We believe that by engaging and empowering individuals, we can build a powerful movement for change.

However, we cannot achieve these goals alone. We need your support to make a significant impact. By making a generous donation to Save the Whales today, you will directly contribute to our efforts to save the majestic whales of the North Atlantic. Your financial contribution will help fund critical research, conservation initiatives, and education programs that are vital to the survival of these magnificent creatures.

Here's how your contribution can make a difference:

- $50: Helps fund educational materials to raise awareness about whale conservation in local communities.

- $100: Supports research and monitoring efforts to better understand whale populations and their habitats.

- $250: Helps establish and maintain protected areas in the North Atlantic, ensuring a safe environment for whales.

- $500 or more: Enables us to advocate for stronger regulations and policies to protect whales from harmful human activities.

Of course, any contribution, no matter the amount, will have a meaningful impact on our work. Together, we can make a difference and secure a brighter future for these majestic creatures that play a vital role in our ecosystem.

To contribute, please visit our website at [website link] or use the enclosed donation form. We also encourage you to share this cause with your friends, family, and colleagues who might be interested in supporting our efforts.

On behalf of Save the Whales and the magnificent creatures of the North Atlantic, we extend our heartfelt gratitude for your consideration and support. By working together, we can ensure that future generations will have the privilege of witnessing these awe-inspiring creatures in their natural habitat.

Thank you for your compassion, dedication, and commitment to the preservation of our marine ecosystem.


[Your Name]

Executive Director

Save the Whales

Version 2,"regenerated"

ChatGPT for a Fundraising Letter Prompt: Write a fundraising letter as the executive director of save the whales for saving whales in the north Atlantic ocean

What ChatGPT created, version 2 [Regenerate Response]

Subject: Join Us in Saving Whales in the North Atlantic Ocean!

Dear [Recipient's Name],

I hope this letter finds you in good health and high spirits. I am writing to you today as the Executive Director of Save the Whales, an organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of marine life, with a special focus on the magnificent creatures that grace our oceans—the whales.

Whales, with their awe-inspiring beauty and grace, hold a unique place in our hearts. They are the gentle giants of the sea, but sadly, their existence is under constant threat. I want to bring your attention to the critical situation facing the whales in the North Atlantic Ocean, where their population has significantly declined over the years due to numerous challenges they face.

These incredible creatures, who once roamed the oceans in large numbers, are now struggling to survive due to factors such as habitat degradation, entanglement in fishing gear, noise pollution, ship strikes, and the devastating impacts of climate change. If we do not act swiftly, we risk losing these majestic beings forever.

At Save the Whales, we are committed to making a difference and ensuring a brighter future for the whales in the North Atlantic Ocean. We have launched a comprehensive campaign aimed at protecting their habitats, advocating for stricter regulations to reduce vessel strikes and fishing gear entanglement, and promoting awareness about the urgent need for conservation.

However, we cannot achieve these goals alone. We rely on the support of compassionate individuals like you who understand the urgency of the situation and are willing to contribute to the cause. Your generous donation can make a tangible impact and help us implement essential programs and initiatives that will safeguard the future of these gentle giants.

Here's how your support can help:

1. Conservation Research: Your contribution will enable us to conduct vital research on whale populations, migration patterns, and their behavior in the North Atlantic Ocean. This information is crucial in formulating effective conservation strategies and influencing policy decisions.

2. Habitat Restoration: With your support, we can restore and protect critical habitats that whales depend upon for feeding, breeding, and resting. By creating safe havens, we provide the whales with the best possible chance of survival.

3. Advocacy and Education: Your donation will allow us to raise public awareness about the importance of whale conservation, advocating for stronger regulations to mitigate human impacts, and promoting responsible whale watching practices.

4. Emergency Response: In times of crisis, such as whale strandings or entanglements, your contribution will enable us to mount swift and effective emergency responses, ensuring the well-being and safety of these magnificent creatures.

I humbly request you to consider making a donation to Save the Whales. No amount is too small, and every dollar counts in our mission to save these endangered species from the brink of extinction. Together, we can turn the tide and create a future where whales thrive in their natural habitats.

To make your donation or learn more about our initiatives, please visit our website at [insert website] or use the enclosed reply envelope. If you have any questions or need further information, please do not hesitate to contact our office. We would be more than happy to assist you.

Thank you for your time, consideration, and compassion for these incredible creatures. Your support will make a lasting difference and contribute to the preservation of whales in the North Atlantic Ocean for generations to come.

Warm regards,

[Your Name]
[Your Title]
Save the Whales

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Matt Hugg

Matt Hugg is the president of Nonprofit.Courses.

See his bio here.

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