Jake Fichman
Founder of Goldfish Marketing Agency | Government Media Advisor

How Israeli NGOs Can Thank Life-Saving Donors  

Credit: IDF

In the face of recent tragic events, where the resilience of the State of Israel was tested by the nefarious acts of terror, non-profit organizations find themselves at the intersection of gratitude and adversity. Donors, individuals whose altruism knows no bounds, are the unsung heroes in these trying times.

Their generous contributions of time, money, and unwavering dedication illuminate the path toward a brighter future for Israel, especially in the context of war relief efforts. Are we updating and thanking them sufficiently? 

10 Ways to Thank Life-Saving Donors

Israeli non-profits have played a pivotal role throughout the war; solving humanitarian issues, providing aid to soldiers, supporting families of those lost, aiding hostages, and assisting those displaced. At the heart of these organizations lie the donors, the lifeblood sustaining their noble causes. In times of crisis, their contributions become even more profound.

Social Media: Amplifying Stories of Impact

Social media platforms are powerful tools for wartime relief storytelling. Non-profit organizations can share real-life stories, photos, and videos of the people benefiting from donors’ contributions. These narratives humanize the cause, allowing donors to see the tangible results of their generosity. Regularly posting updates about ongoing projects, achievements, and milestones keeps the supporters engaged and informed.


  • Visual Storytelling: Be sure to use compelling visuals like videos, infographics, Reels/Stories, and images to narrate stories of impact. Across all social platforms, visual content is highly shareable and resonates deeply with audiences, increasing the reach of your message. Be sure to say “Thank you!” to your donors.
  • Interactive Campaigns: Launch highly-public live-streamed events, while offering closed-door Q&A within your inner circle of donors. Engaging your supporters directly creates a sense of community and involvement, strengthening their emotional connection to the cause.

Email Blasts: Personalized Appreciation Campaigns

Email blasts provide a direct channel to communicate with donors. Creating personalized appreciation campaigns, where donors receive exclusive updates, impact stories, and messages of gratitude, strengthens the emotional connection. Tailoring these emails to acknowledge the specific projects funded by donors enhances their sense of ownership and pride in the organization’s achievements.


  • Segmentation: Segment your donor list based on their level of engagement, type of contributions, or specific causes they support. Tailor your messages to each segment, ensuring that the content resonates personally, increasing the chances of meaningful engagement.
  • Automated Responses: Implement automated responses triggered by specific donor actions, such as a substantial donation or recurrent support. These automated responses can include personalized thank-you messages, ensuring immediate acknowledgment and appreciation.

Website Updates: Offering Transparency, Gaining Lifetime Donors

Regularly updating your non-profit’s website with humanitarian aid updates and war-time insights ensures donors feel informed about ongoing initiatives, impact stories, and urgent needs. Create a dedicated war relief section, featuring in-depth articles, interviews, and multimedia content showcasing the transformative power of donations.


  • Virtual Reality Tours: Develop virtual reality (VR) tours of relief operations. Allow website visitors to experience the situation firsthand through VR. This immersive experience creates a profound emotional connection, compelling donors to contribute further.
  • Donor Impact Stories: Feature detailed impact stories on the website, highlighting individual donors and the specific outcomes of their contributions. Personal narratives resonate deeply, showcasing the direct link between donors’ generosity and tangible results in war relief efforts.

Personalized Thank-You Notes

In the context of war relief efforts, personalized thank-you notes should emphasize the impact of donors’ contributions on real lives. Detail how their donations are directly assisting soldiers, supporting families, aiding hostages, and providing essential resources for displaced individuals. Include specific stories of hope and resilience made possible by their generosity.

Amidst the recent adversities faced by the State of Israel, the role of non-profit organizations and their donors in war relief efforts is pivotal. The dedication of these donors, who give not only their resources but also their time and action, deserves profound acknowledgment.

Expressing gratitude is not just a formality; it is a strategic investment in the future.

By recognizing the sacrifices and contributions of these remarkable individuals, non-profit organizations cultivate a culture of appreciation, inspiring a ripple effect of generosity, advocacy, and positive change. As Israel stands resilient, supported by the unwavering dedication of its donors, the power of gratitude becomes a guiding light, illuminating the path toward a better tomorrow amidst the challenges of conflict and adversity.

Through the strategic use of social media, email blasts, and website updates, non-profit organizations can amplify their gratitude efforts, building stronger relationships and inspiring continued support from their cherished donors in the crucial context of war relief.

About the Author
Jake Fichman, a professional in the field of international communications and strategic messaging, holds positions as the Founder and CEO of Goldfish Marketing Agency and serves as International Media Advisor to the Prime Minister's Office in Israel. Making Aliyah from the United States in 2013 as a lone soldier, Jake's expertise centers on digital marketing, branding, website development, and performance advertising cross borders and cultural boundaries. As the Founder and CEO of Goldfish Marketing Agency, Jake has established an award-winning agency that excels in providing comprehensive marketing solutions. Under his guidance, the firm has garnered acclaim for its innovative approaches, driving the success of diverse clientele on both domestic and global scales.
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