Integrated Fundraising Communications

Our Mission

We take pride in building successful partnerships, growing with every client as, together, we test the limits of direct marketing in order to generate the revenues to advance their case.

We deliver innovative and wise counsel, drawn from our close personal relationships with each client and our vast professional knowledge and expertise.

History

With more than 30 years of direct marketing experience we have grown from a small Milwaukee-based firm to one of the most accomplished direct response marketing agencies in the country, with offices in Milwaukee, WI and Washington, DC. From our beginnings we knew that success depended on fostering strong partnerships with our clients, and we are convinced that at the core of any successful partnership is a common set of goals, values, and priorities. In our corporate mission statement we make clear that it is critical we share a common bond with everyone we work with.

Meet Our Team

We believe, above everything else, that people make the difference. And we know that when you judge us, you will be evaluating how well our team will work day in and day out to make your fundraising program an unparalleled success. The principal reason ABD Direct offers the best array of direct mail services is because we have the finest people working for us. It means we will attend to every detail and take 100% responsibility for all aspects of your program. Our focus on client service makes us the easiest firm to work with—and it makes us the best.
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Chuck Pruitt

Co-Managing Director

Milwaukee
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Joe Manes

Senior Vice President

Sacramento, CA
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Jeff Mallach

Vice President

Milwaukee
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Meredith Feldman

Vice President

Milwaukee
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Lizabeth Ludowissi

Vice President, Production

Milwaukee
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Cathy Grams

Vice President, Strategy and Development

Washington, DC
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Kate Phillips Hollandsworth

Senior Strategist

Washington, DC
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Angela Jackson

Account Executive, Planner & Data Analyst

Milwaukee
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Erin Lingsweiler

Account Executive

Milwaukee
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Claire Moore

Account Executive

Washington, DC
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Julie Sledjeski

Account Executive

Washington, D.C.
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Megan Meneau

Account Executive

Milwaukee, WI
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Gavin Becker

Copywriter

Washington, DC

Recent Awards

2016

Maxi Awards

Nonprofit Major Donor Direct Mail Campaign The Wilderness Society’s Advocates for Wilderness Too Wild to Drill Appeal
2015

Maxi Awards

Nonprofit Direct Mail Special Appeal USHMM Some Were Neighbors Appeal
2014

Maxi Awards

Nonprofit Direct Mail Special Appeal USHMM Year-End Appeal Nonprofit Digital Special Appeal The Wilderness Society Year-End Lightbox

Fundraising Success Awards

Silver in Fundraising Excellence The Wilderness Society Online Renewal Campaign Bronze in Fundraising Excellence The Wilderness Society Year-End Email Campaign Silver in Fundraising Excellence The Wilderness Society Year-End Lightbox
2013

AAPC Pollie Award

Best Overall Candidate Fundraising Campaign Obama for America 2012 Best Mailing for a Candidate for President Obama for America 2012 Silver Pollie – House Mailer Obama for America 2012 “State of the Race” Donor Insider Appeal Silver Pollie – Prospect Mailer Obama for America 2012 First Lady Photo Prospecting Bronze Pollie – House Mailer Obama for America 2012 September “Convention Photo” Appeal (FLOTUS) Bronze Pollie – Prospect Mailer Obama for America 2012 Presidential Gold Seal Prospecting

Fundraising Success Awards

Direct Mail ($10 Million+) – Gold United States Holocaust Memorial Museum “Tribute Candle Appeal” Direct Mail ($10 Million+) – Special Mention Obama for America 2012 “State of the Race” Donor Insider Appeal

Maxi Awards

Nonprofit Acquisition/Prospecting USHMM Simmonds Project Political Acquisition/Prospecting OFA First Lady Photo Political Major Donor OFA State of the Race Donor Insider Appeal Political Special Appeal OFA Convention Photo Appeal Political Special Appeal OFA Birthday Card Appeal
2009

Gold Awards For Fundraising Excellence

Fundraising Campaigns of the Year Obama for America Sound Card Appeal Save Darfur Coalition’s “Be a Voice for Darfur” Poster Appeal Fearless Fundraising Obama for America Sound Card Appeal

DMAW MAXI Awards

Gold Maxi in Platinum “Big Idea” Award Obama for America Sound Card Appeal

Pollie Awards – American Association of Political Consultants

Best Overall Candidate Fundraising Campaign Obama for America Best Mailing for a Candidate for President Obama for America Rally Poster Appeal
2008

DMAW MAXI Awards

Bronze Maxi in Political Fundraising Obama for America Gold Maxi in Non Profit Fundraising Special Appeal Drug Policy Alliance Gold Maxi in Platinum “Big Idea” Award Save Darfur Coalition Poster Appeal

Current Openings

Digital Account Coordinator – Washington, D.C.
ABD Direct is a full-service direct response fundraising communications consulting firm. For more than 30 years, we have fostered dedicated partnerships with nonprofit charitable and advocacy organizations, pushing the boundaries of direct response fundraising and securing the resources they need to fulfill their critical missions. ABD Direct has a long history of developing integrated programs and forward-thinking direct response fundraising solutions which pave the way for success for some of the nation’s leading non-profit organizations and progressive political campaigns.

We are looking for a Digital Account Coordinator to join our team. The Digital Account Coordinator is a key member of a team, working with a Strategist, Creative Director, and Analyst. He/she is responsible for the day-to-day coordination and implementation of digital and multichannel campaign strategies. The ideal candidate is creative, dedicated and energetic, with a passion for helping progressive causes change the world. The Digital Account Coordinator will work with a variety of clients on both digital and integrated digital/direct mail programs.

Specific responsibilities include maintaining detailed schedules, trafficking copy, managing online advertising campaigns, quality assurance, social media posting, extracting data from eCRM systems, and preparing reports based on that data. Responsibilities may vary depending on experience. This position has excellent growth potential, and will include exposure to high-level facets of the organization’s operations.
Experience and Qualifications
  • 1-3 years experience in digital marketing or an equivalent combination of related training and relevant experience; nonprofit experience a plus
  • Experience working on email campaigns, advocacy programs, and social media
  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Intense attention to detail with strong self-organization skills
  • Mastery of HTML/CSS needed to set up, troubleshoot, and launch emails
  • Demonstrated understanding of email and digital advertising best practices and benchmarks
  • Experience working with Facebook Advertising, Google AdWords and Analytics
  • Knowledge of e-CRM platforms such as Luminate, EveryAction, Engaging Networks, and Salesforce
  • Knowledge of email platforms such as MailChimp and Constant Contact a plus
  • Expert Excel skills; good Word and PowerPoint skills
  • Bachelor’s degree
ABD Direct offers a supportive, challenging work-environment with opportunities for advancement. Benefits include health care coverage and matching 401K retirement plan. Submit resume and cover letter to resumedc@abdata.com RE: Digital Account Coordinator.  

Account Manager – Washington, D.C.
ABD Direct is a full-service direct response fundraising communications consulting firm.  For more than 30 years, we have fostered dedicated partnerships with non-profit charitable and advocacy organizations, pushing the boundaries of direct response fundraising and securing the resources they need to fulfill their critical missions.  ABD Direct has a long history of developing integrated programs and forward-thinking direct response fundraising solutions which pave the way for success for some of the nation’s leading non-profit organizations and progressive political campaigns. The ideal candidate is creative, dedicated and energetic, with a passion for helping progressive causes change the world.  
Key Responsibilities
  • Manages all schedules for clients including making updates and ensuring deadlines are met.
  • Works with team to oversee creative development of packages.
  • Plays a role in copy review process, including coordinating edits and versioning copy as needed.
  • Works directly with outside vendors.
  • Plays robust role in client relationship, attending all meetings, driving communications to clients.
  • Manages individual projects to budget.
  • Drafts all relevant meeting notes for team review.
  • Oversees and manages training for junior staff.
  • Responsible for understanding larger industry trends and the impact on clients.
Required Experience and Qualifications
  • 3-5 years experience in non-profit direct marketing or an equivalent combination of related training and relevant experience.
  • Strong project management skills – adept at planning, prioritizing, organizing and executing deadline-oriented projects.
  • Proven experience multi-tasking and managing a high volume of projects simultaneously.
  • Exceptional customer service.
  • Able to develop and maintain quality control systems.
  • Able to work independently in a changing environment, meet tight deadlines.
  • Superior critical thinking skills.  The ability to exercise good judgment and decision making to set and meet results-oriented goals.
  • Proficiency in MS Office, particularly Excel.
  • Exceptional oral and written communications skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills required to relate to colleagues, clients and other partners.
  • Fully understands the direct mail process.
  • Demonstrates clear understanding of data segmentation and process.
  • Can prioritize multiple tasks without guidance.
  • Ability to manage many projects at once while meeting deadlines.
We offer a supportive yet fast-paced work environment with excellent opportunities to learn and to advance. Benefits include health care coverage and matching 401k retirement plan. Please send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to: resumedc@abdata.com or ABD Direct, Attn: Account Manager Search, 915 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005


Account Coordinator – Washington, D.C.
ABD Direct is a full-service direct response fundraising communications consulting firm.  For more than 30 years, we have fostered dedicated partnerships with non-profit charitable and advocacy organizations, pushing the boundaries of direct response fundraising and securing the resources they need to fulfill their critical missions.  ABD Direct has a long history of developing integrated programs and forward-thinking direct response fundraising solutions which pave the way for success for some of the nation’s leading non-profit organizations and progressive political campaigns. The ideal candidate is creative, dedicated and energetic, with a passion for helping progressive causes change the world.
Key Responsibilities
Required Experience and Qualifications
We offer a supportive yet fast-paced work environment with excellent opportunities to learn and to advance. Benefits include health care coverage and matching 401k retirement plan. Please submit cover letter and resume to:  resumedc@abdata.com or ABD Direct, Attn: Account Coordinator Search, 915 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

Account Assistant – Washington, D.C.
ABD Direct is a full-service direct response fundraising communications consulting firm.  For more than 30 years, we have fostered dedicated partnerships with non-profit charitable and advocacy organizations, pushing the boundaries of direct response fundraising and securing the resources they need to fulfill their critical missions.  ABD Direct has a long history of developing integrated programs and forward-thinking direct response fundraising solutions which pave the way for success for some of the nation’s leading non-profit organizations and progressive political campaigns. The ideal candidate is creative, dedicated and energetic, with a passion for helping progressive causes change the world.   Key Responsibilities   Experience and Qualifications: We offer a supportive yet fast-paced work environment with excellent opportunities to learn and to advance. Benefits include health care coverage and matching 401k retirement plan. Please submit cover letter and resume to: resumedc@abdata.com or ABD Direct, Attn: Account Assistant Search, 915 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005 ABD Direct is committed to ensuring that our employees reflect our country’s vast and valuable mix of racial, ethnic, socioeconomic and political backgrounds.  Our ability to be an ideal partner for the organizations we serve requires that we build teams with a rich blend of talent, work experiences, perspectives, backgrounds and beliefs.  We strive to create an environment where all people are encouraged and able to participate fully and with respect.