Budgeting for End of the Year Giving

Posted by Kelly Yaker on September 19, 2018

By now, I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase “You’ve got to spend money to make money.” In fact, you may have just rolled your eyes a little when you read it, since it sounds like such a cliché. Unfortunately, it’s a cliché that’s almost always true, especially when it comes to end of the year giving.

Investing in marketing provides your organization with a way to speak directly to the public about what your nonprofit does, who it supports, and why a prospective donor should get involved or a current constituent should continue donating.

However, many nonprofits work with tight marketing budgets, so how can you budget your year-end marketing spend to get the most bang for your buck?

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Topics: Fundraising Basics, Campaign Management

How to Write a Year-End Giving Letter

Posted by Kelly Yaker on September 12, 2018

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There’s a special skill involved with writing your nonprofit’s year-end giving letter to get the best response and maximize donation yield. This blog will give step-by-step instructions on how to format the perfect year-end giving appeal letter and the various topics you should cover.

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Topics: Fundraising Basics

Fundraising in a New Generational Landscape: Webinar Follow Up

Posted by Kelly Yaker on May 31, 2018

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. 

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Topics: Nonprofit Marketing, Online Donation, Fundraising Basics

Online Giving in Capital Campaigns

Posted by Susan Orr on May 23, 2018

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.

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Topics: Donor Retention, Online Donation, Fundraising Basics, Campaign Management

7 Online Fundraising Ideas for Great Landing Pages

Posted by Kira Bushman on May 16, 2018

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! 

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Topics: Online Donation, Fundraising Basics

How to Involve Your Volunteers in Capital Campaign Fundraising

Posted by Susan Orr on March 12, 2018

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.

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Topics: Volunteer Management, Fundraising Basics, Campaign Management

Ready, Set, Donate! Capital Campaign Fundraising at its Best

Posted by Kira Bushman on February 28, 2018

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.

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Topics: Nonprofit Marketing, Fundraising Basics, Campaign Management

Behind the Scenes: Building Great Capital Campaigns

Posted by Ryan Finkelstein on February 22, 2018

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.

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Topics: Fundraising Basics, Campaign Management

Foundations for Success: Developing a Solid Capital Campaign Plan

Posted by David Blyer on February 20, 2018

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:

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Topics: Fundraising Basics, Campaign Management

Setting Goals Before You Begin Planning a Capital Campaign

Posted by Kelly Yaker on February 8, 2018

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.

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Topics: Fundraising Basics, Campaign Management

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