Putting the “Fun” in Fundraising: Ideas Proven to Make Your Next Event a Hit

Posted by Kelly Yaker on November 15, 2017

 

 

When you’re starting to plan your next big event, what normally comes to mind? Galas, 5Ks, and golf tournaments? Oh my! Let’s think outside of the standard fundraising ideas box and get creative with your next charity event.

We polled our friends, family, and followers on social media to see what some of their favorite fundraisers have been—whether they hosted or attended them—and we’re going to share some of those great ideas with you. The best part is that many of these fundraising ideas are relatively low cost and easy to organize, you just need to do the work of promoting it.

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Topics: Fundraising Basics, Event Management, fundraising events

Best Practices for Nonprofit Grant Management

Posted by David Blyer on October 26, 2017

Grant management is a necessary skill that most nonprofit organizations should master. It’s understandable to feel overloaded and crunched for time when managing incoming or outgoing grants along with everything else you do for your organization. But best practices such as using calendars, archives, consistent updates, and tracking systems make grant management more efficient.

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Topics: Grant Management

Top 10 Online Fundraising KPIs You Need to Start Tracking Today

Posted by Kelly Yaker on October 24, 2017

 

With everything you’re handling in day-to-day operations at your nonprofit, we understand that adding more work to your plate can seem unnecessary, but trust us, key performance indicators, or KPIs as they’re more frequently called, are something your organization needs to be tracking to ensure you’re making the right moves when it comes to online fundraising.

Here are ten critically important KPIs that your nonprofit needs to track each month or at least every quarter.

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Topics: Nonprofit Marketing, Donor Retention, Fundraising Basics

Year End Giving: How to Request Donations from Important Donors

Posted by Susan Orr on October 9, 2017

The end of the year is fast approaching and, as I’m sure you’re aware, nearly a third of all annual giving happens in December and 12% of all giving happens in the last 3 days of the year, so this is an important time for any nonprofit organization.

You’re probably in the middle of planning your year end giving push. Perhaps you’ve already designed and printed your direct mail piece and are starting to segment your donor list. Every donor on your list is valuable, but during this time of year, it’s important to pay special attention to three segments of donors: major donors, your board, and other special friends.

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Topics: Donor Retention, Fundraising Basics

Busted! 7 Common Myths About Online Donations Debunked

Posted by Kelly Yaker on October 4, 2017

From the moment we check our email each morning to powering down our tablets at night, it often feels as though technology has taken center stage in virtually every aspect of our lives. The nonprofit community is no exception to this paradigm shift. Every year, more and more people opt to give to their favorite nonprofit though online donations.

In 2016, for example, over 7.2% of all donations were made online. According to the 2016 Charitable Giving Report, Giving Tuesday donations online grew by 20%. Yet, despite evidence to the contrary, myths about online donations continue to exist.

Today, we’re going to debunk some of the most common myths about online fundraising and donations.

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Topics: Online Donation

Take Your Donations to the Next Level with Fundraising Software

Posted by David Blyer on September 27, 2017

The latest fundraising software technology meets the needs of successful nonprofit leaders by consolidating all aspects of fundraising into one central location, allowing for fundraising efforts to be optimized with efficiency. Organizations now integrate third-party interfaces with their fundraising platforms, while keeping online donations secure and organized. Providing a secure platform for online donations encourages board giving through peer-to-peer fundraising pages and establishes recurring donations through integrated email marketing and donor relationship management.

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Topics: Online Donation, Fundraising Basics

Charity Event Ideas That Will Get Your Donors’ Attention

Posted by Kelly Yaker on September 20, 2017

People generally feel more inclined to participate in activities if their money is going toward a worthy cause and there are plenty of ways to cater to a wide array of individuals. 5K charity runs are great, but if you are looking for more creative ways to fundraise, these charity event ideas—from fitness to social media and everything in between—are likely to garner the attention your organization needs.

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Topics: Event Management

Nonprofit Overhead: A Dangerous Success Metric

Posted by Susan Orr on September 15, 2017

The other morning, while driving to work and listening to the radio, I found myself yelling at an NPR reporter. Not a very productive way to express my opinion, I admit. The reporter was interviewing a Red Cross spokesman on the topic of overhead expenses for the nonprofit organization, asking about the percentage of each Red Cross donation that goes directly to provide services to disaster victims. NPR’s reporter pushed the representative to admit that they spend more than 10% on overhead, presenting this claim as if it was a moral outrage.

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Topics: Insider

5 Ways Proper Volunteer Management Helps Your Nonprofit Thrive

Posted by Kelly Yaker on September 6, 2017

According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, Americans spend over 7.8 hours volunteering their time at a variety of nonprofits. That adds up to an estimated value of $184 billion dollars! Volunteers are an important cornerstone to many nonprofits and proper volunteer management is critical to a successful volunteer program.

The men and women that donate their time through volunteering can have a big impact on your organization’s success and bottom line. Because of their importance to nonprofits, proper volunteer management is important for a number of reasons listed here.

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Topics: Volunteer Management

Top 5 Reasons to Optimize Your Donor Database

Posted by David Blyer on August 30, 2017

The adage “a place for everything and everything in its place” may be centuries old, but it still rings as true today as it did back then. Keeping things tidy both physically and digitally helps a business run more smoothly. Although, these days, we don’t use a kitschy turn of phrase when referring to a well-organized business, we simply say that a business or digital entity is “optimized,” and it’s something your organization should aspire to achieve.

An optimized donor database operates simply and efficiently to capitalize on fundraising potential.  It gives you a big picture look about your organization’s donors on one page: their giving history, event attendance, relationships, and more. Using an optimized donor database can improve donor retention, increase prospect conversions, increase productivity, save money, and simplify onboarding.

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Topics: Donor Relationship Management, Donor Retention

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