Yes, our little old lady Madison is on the cover of this issue, though as you'll read in her story, that photo was from a couple of years ago when I brought her with me on my first trip to the farm in New Hampshire. She's no longer able to roll like that now -- her bones are just a little too stiff for that sort of thing!
The newsletter was mailed to our donors in the past couple of weeks, and has generated a very nice response so far.
Now, every time I post one of these print newsletters, someone (or two or three) inevitably asks why we don't just do electronic newsletters, "save a tree," etc. The answer is because e-newsletters are simply not very effective at generating donations compared to print newsletters. Yes, many people donate online, but it's usually a print piece that motivates them to do so. If we had to rely on e-newsletters to raise funds, we'd have to close our doors. So print newsletters remain the mainstay of most nonprofits' fundraising efforts. People can hold them, save them, set them aside to look at later ... and set them aside to make a donation the next weekend. That sort of thing. They're tangible and have a much longer "shelf-life."
Speaking of newsletters, thanks for all the suggestions about making Wilbur and Bugsy a joint cover. However, I'm here to report that the editor is going to pick one little fella for the cover and go with it!