In 2005, founders Madlen Satamian and Keghan Artinian, working for Grizzard Communications, began building one of the most strategic acquisition and media placement teams in modern fundraising history.
As technology and the internet evolved, multi-channel campaigns were developed and executed for The Salvation Army of US & Canada and the nation’s largest Missions, Food Banks, Animal Welfare and Health organizations.
In 2013, Donor Detectives was founded and began serving national direct response agencies as outsourced specialists. Their proprietary software streamlined mail acquisition practices and provided the agencies and nonprofits an affordable, cost effective advantage.
Today, the Donor Detective network has grown to consist of internationally recognized, award-winning creative, digital, analytics, development and service professionals ready to grow your donor base and revenue.
Caring donors change the world, so we help great causes solve the challenge of finding and nurturing new friends. Together we create a better future for our children.
Your Lead Detectives
When it comes to tracking down donors and revenue, experience matters. The Donor Detectives team is comprised of industry veterans with decades of expertise in end-to-end fundraising. They’ve literally helped build the bridge from direct mail and media to today’s digital and integrated fundraising strategies.
Madlen is a trail blazer who has pioneered the strategic creation, development and implementation of award winning, integrated, multichannel marketing campaigns for highly recognized nonprofit organizations in the US and Canada. Clients over the past two decades include The Salvation Army, American Red Cross, Food Banks, Rescue Missions, Animal Welfare Organizations, and Healthcare.
Chief Detective of Traditional Marketing
Keghan's keen eye for detail, her perseverance on behalf of the clients, combined with her ability to strategize, has helped many organizations over the last two decades. She's helped The Salvation Army, Rescue Missions, Food Banks, Animal Welfare, and Healthcare acquire new donors who resonate with their mission and passion. This is where the relationship with the donor starts and defines the organization's future ability to fundraise.
Chief Investigator of Digital
Shelly's "detective" work in creative services, digital marketing and direct response, spans three decades. Over the last fifteen years, she has focused her skills on nonprofit fundraising and engagement. Her expertise includes multichannel strategy and creative development, production, implementation and analysis.
Lead Detective of Digital
Investigator of Traditional Marketing
Stephanie began her nonprofit career working for Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles followed by two humane societies where she implemented fundraising campaigns, coordinated events, and spearheaded donor cultivation and stewardship activities. She has been part of the team since May 2021 and enjoys helping organizations acquire new donors through direct mail.
Investigator of Digital Marketing
Ailyn was an operations manager for a decade when she decided to shift her career to digital marketing and fuse her business experience with her creative side. She went back to school and earned a Master of Science in Marketing degree. As a DD team member, she has been able to put her knowledge in practice and help nonprofits raise the funds needed to make our world a better place.
Investigator of Digital Marketing
Stephanie has been a digital marketer for eight years. She started out as a B2C SEO and content analyst. She then transitioned to manage all in-house B2B digital marketing. Stephanie is now excited to be in the world of nonprofit digital marketing. Her focus is on campaign management & strategy and creative analysis for Rescue Missions and Animal Welfare clients.
Acquiring a new donor is only the first step in the journey. The relationship needs nurturing into a lifelong friendship and place of support. We help define the engagement strategies, cultivation, and stewardship messages and channels needed to keep these donors active and committed.
Our experienced detectives will guide you through the following four-part Donor Development Journey:
- Understand the client’s goals and aspirations, short and long-term
- Understanding the structure of the organization
- Analysis of the market and environment
- Campaign effectiveness analysis
- Reviewing the organization’s past media efforts and current relationships
- Scanning the existing acquisition processes
- Understanding the client’s successes and failures