As the primary source of major and recurring donations—Baby Boomers and Matures—begin to age and pass away, many nonprofits are beginning to try and acquire and cultivate younger generations as recurring donors within their organization.
When you think of capital campaigns, you probably focus on major gifts. After all, those are what will propel you to your goal. It would be quite unusual to receive a major campaign gift online. However, online fundraising in your capital campaign can be an effective way to acquire and retain new donors.
It's time to bring out your inner designer. After looking through user experience design research specific to nonprofits and their donation pages, we have narrowed it down to these 7 tips. Use these ideas to help give your online fundraising page a "wow" factor that will have visitors jumping for the donate button!
Capital campaigns typically follow the 80/20 rule: 80% of the money comes from the top 20% of the donors. This means that the key to success for your capital campaign is securing those major gifts that fill in the top tiers in your gift range chart. These major gift donors are those who believe in your cause and your ability to make a difference, have the capacity to make a large gift, and have a connection to someone within your organization.
Fundraising with major donors is largely achieved through personal relationships and conversations between the donor, a volunteer, and the leadership team. Below are some helpful steps to securing large donations through capital campaign fundraising.
Now comes the fun part! The public portion of your capital campaign fundraising consists of email blasts, social media campaigns and even an event or two. Depending on the ultimate goal of your campaign, you may want to consider a combination of fundraising tactics to amplify your reach and maximize donations.
So much of what makes capital campaigns successful happens behind the scenes before the public ever knows about it. This is typically referred to as the “quiet phase”. A capital campaign’s quiet phase is the stage of a campaign prior to the public rollout. Nonprofits typically raise 50-70% of their overall goal during this time.
There’s a right and a wrong way to go about managing your quiet phase. Follow the tips below for successful behind-the-scenes fundraising.
Once you have a goal set for your fundraising campaign, it’s time to start planning your capital campaigns. When you create a clear capital campaign plan, you are providing a clear and organized vision that will ultimately lead your organization to successful fundraising. The more involved you become in the planning stages, the more your capital campaign can do for you.
A successful capital campaign includes the following six components:
So, you’re launching a capital campaign for your nonprofit organization. Congratulations! This means that you’re working to raise money for some big changes that will benefit your organization and further your mission. It’s an exciting time that will likely result in great success, but to achieve your goals, you need take time to be sure you’ve developed your goals to the point of absolute clarity.
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.
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.