Index of National Fundraising Performance- Q2 2009

NetWits

Target Analytics , a Blackbaud company, announced last week the latest Index of National Fundraising Performance for the second quarter of 2009. The index compares trends in key fundraising indicators from 77 organizations, including over 36 million donors and more than 68 million gifts totaling almost $2 billion in revenue

Five Social Media Fundraising Trends for 2009

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

So for this post, I'd like to share 5 fundraising trends that we saw emerging in 2009 related to fundraising and social media and that will most definitely continue to have impact in 2010. As we march into 2010, might we see the invention of Real Time Web fundraising events?

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2009 DonorsChoose.org Social Media Challenge

Amy Sample Ward

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Trends Affecting Fundraising in 2009

Robert Weiner

The Chronicle of Philanthropy is starting the year off with a list of trends they believe will affect fundraising in 2009. Tags: Fundraising The trends they cite include lower estate taxes, low investment returns, the possibility of inflation, no minimum required withdrawal from individual retirement accounts, the impact of medical costs, and a push to lower fund-raising costs. You can read the full article at philanthropy.com/news/prospecting/index.php?id=6835. id=6835.

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Supporting Independent Event Fundraisers Using Online Tools - LIVESTRONG Day 2009

NetWits

Over the past few years, LAF has cultivated a successful program for independent fundraisers called Grassroots Fundraising. As an extension to Frank’s post on LIVE STRONG Day , I’d like to discuss another aspect of Lance Armstrong Foundation’s grassroots efforts. This program has become an important extension of the LIVE STRONG Day program

Best Campaigns of 2009

Frogloop

The people who work in online advocacy and fundraising are some of the most creative people I know. In 2009 their campaigns made me laugh or helped me channel my frustration over injustices into action. Here’s my list of the best websites and online campaigns from 2009.

Convio’s 2009 Online Fundraising Benchmark Report

Robert Weiner

Convio has released a new online fundraising benchmark report that is based on data from 600 of Convio’s nonprofit clients from January 1, 2008 to December 31, 2008. Compared to 2007, results for online fundraising were up 14 percent, email file growth was up 28 percent, and Web site traffic was up 20 percent.

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Matching Gifts Best Practices 2009

Robert Weiner

SupportingAdvancement.com has published the results of their 2009 survey on how nonprofits are handling corporate matching gifts --their fourth such survey. Over 60% of respondents reported raising over $20,000 in matching gift income in 2009. Tags: Fundraising The responses came primarily from academic institutions, but also included significant numbers from healthcare, religious, and social service organizations.

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30 Hour Day: Livestreaming for Fundraising

Amy Sample Ward

Yes these are Portlanders, hoping to fundraise to support local organizations in Oregon (USA), but they are hoping it helps you fundraise wherever you are, too! Tags: community fundraising 30hourday freegeek interview portland video

2009 State of the Not-For-Profit Industry UK Survey Results

NetWits

Blackbaud Europe has released the 2009 State of the Not-For-Profit Industry survey. The results were unveiled at the International Fundraising Congress in the Netherlands Blackbaud teamed up with The Resource Alliance for the second year in a row to produce this pan-European benchmarking study.

Great reads from around the web on November 25th

Amy Sample Ward

" Five Social Media Fundraising Trends for 2009 – Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media – "Over the past six months, I've been collaborating on a book with Allison Fine, titled "The Networked Nonprofit" and we've been sifting through stories, research, and seeing many patterns. I come across so many great conversations, ideas, and resources across the web ever day.

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International Fundraising on The Baudcast

Amy Sample Ward

Chad Norman, the host of the Baudcast, has invited me to participate on podcasts in the past and I am really happy to get to be part of the latest episode focused on international fundraising. International fundraising, UK not-for-profits, online giving, social media, message localization, chuggers, sofii.org, and more. Tags: fundraising issues baudcast podcast uk

My Top 5 Highlights from the 2009 Convio Summit Nonprofit Conference with video highlights

Connection Cafe

From fundraising and volunteering, to donor management and website redesigns. Author: Jordan Viator. The #Convio09 Summit has come and passed, and one thing was for sure - this year's nonprofit technology conference was bigger and better than ever!

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Highlights from the 2009 eNonprofit Benchmarks Study - frogloop Home~Care2's blog for nonprofits - frogloop

AFP Blog

Highlights from the 2009 eNonprofit Benchmarks Study - frogloop Home~Care2's blog for nonprofits - frogloop: "M&R and NTEN just released an impressive benchmarks study that analyzed 32 nonprofits' online advocacy and online fundraising programs in 2007 and 2008.

Great reads from around the web on December 25th

Amy Sample Ward

Social Media: What I Learned This Year | Millennial Marketing – Carol Phillips has a great post recapping what she learned about social media in 2009, including: "Effective use of Social Media requires enthusiasm and diligence." Fundraising Sources for Social Entrepreneurs – December 2009 Edition – "Each month Ashoka compiles a list of fundraising and other resources for Ashoka Fellows. Download the December 2009 version of this list here.

Blog Action Day 2009: Creating Actions for Everyone on Climate Change

Amy Sample Ward

Blog Action Day 2009 will be one of the largest-ever social change events on the web. The first pieces of any social media strategy or campaigns are to identify the audience and get to know them - how do they want you to talk to them, where online do they want you to talk to them, what do they want to be able to do (give you ideas, share your content, campaign or fundraise for you, etc.)? Today is Blog Action Day and this year’s theme is Climate Change.

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Results of CASE’s 2009 Online Giving Survey

Robert Weiner

Those of you who fundraise for educational institutions or are interested in how they're raising money online should check out the results of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education's 2009 survey on online giving (PDF). Some highlights: read more.

Fundraising Dips In First Quarter Of 2009

Frogloop

The struggling economy hit nonprofits hard in the first quarter of 2009. According to the latest Target Analytics Index of National Fundraising Performance , the number of new donors dropped by almost 13%, as compared to 2008. However, things rapidly changed from Q4 2008 to Q1 in 2009.

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Help Inspire Your Fundraisers!

NetWits

I recently started to fundraise on behalf of Room to Read – one of my favorite nonprofit organizations. I was able to build my own fundraising page, set my goal, and blast out emails to my friends to inspire them to give to a cause. Two days later… the donations stopped rolling in and I decided I needed to get creative with my fundraising. It’s been fun and I got a great first response to my email blast.

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UnionLeader.com - New Hampshire news, business and sports - To fight fraud, state posts registered charities - Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009

AFP Blog

5, 2009: "CONCORD – State officials have posted the names of all registered charities and professional fundraisers on the Attorney General's Web site, and yesterday they urged people to pay close attention to any requests for donations or mail that announces financial UnionLeader.com - New Hampshire news, business and sports - To fight fraud, state posts registered charities - Thursday, Feb.

Vinay Bhagat, Convio Founder & CSO shares insights from the 2009 Benchmark Study

Connection Cafe

This report marked the largest to date with data from nearly 600 nonprofits that evaluate fundraising, email, advocacy, and marketing success online. To read the executive summary of the 2009 Benchmark Study, go to www.convio.com/benchmark09_blog

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Tips for Using the Web, E-mail and Social Networking to Net Wired Wealthy Donors : By Abny Santicola : FundRaising Success

AFP Blog

Tips for Using the Web, E-mail and Social Networking to Net Wired Wealthy Donors : By Abny Santicola : FundRaising Success: "In the session 'Taking Leadership Online: What's Hype and What Works in Online Fundraising' at Fund Raising Day in New York 2009 presented by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater New York Chapter in early June, presenters Nancy Haitch, deputy vice president

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Amazon Payments Announcement from 2009 Nonprofit Technology Conference

Connection Cafe

Amazon Payments created some great buzz at NTC 2009. Amazon Payments had a great presence at the NTC 2009 and introduced nonprofits to its range of easy-to-integrate, cost effective and reliable payment solutions. They had two interesting sessions on how nonprofits can accelerate their fundraising initiatives by giving millions of Amazon customers an effortless way to donate. What's Amazon Payments and why is it relevant for nonprofits you ask?

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My Goals For 2009

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I've had a post in draft for a couple of weeks now about some personal/professional goals or my New Year's resolutions for 2009. I read Chris Brogan's " Your 3 Goals for 2009 " and I loved his process. Think of how you want to be successful in 2009. What are your goals for 2009?

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Hindsight is 20/20 - Lessons Learned about Participant Fundraising in 2009

Connection Cafe

If there’s one topic that’s near and dear to my heart in the nonprofit world, it’s participant fundraising. For someone whose fundraising experience at that time was limited to selling chocolate covered almonds door-to-door in seventh grade, and whose running experience could best be described as non-existent, the odds were not in my favor. Back then, fundraising was different. Top 5 Lessons Learned in 2009: Participant Fundraising.

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Peer to peer fundraising and social media

Connection Cafe

Among nonprofit fundraisers, there's a lot of discussion and disagreement about whether the use of social media for nonprofit fundraising is: the greatest thing since sliced bread, or. Hence, social media fundraising doesn't work and we're not going to invest in it.".

10 Tips for Online Challenge Event Fundraising

NetWits

At October's Blackbaud UK Relationship Management conference, I discussed Challenge Event Fundraising and the best ways to get the most out of these events. The average UK gift is around £10 (Source CAF) with the average Challenge Event gifts around the £34 mark (Source Justgiving/Bmycharity) so events like this are a pretty effective means of fundraising. So why is the average Blackbaud gift for this stuff in the UK sitting at £69 for 2009?

10 Ways to Make Your Website Fundraising Friendly

NetWits

Fundraising Success is a prominent fundraising magazine for nonprofits that provides invaluable information to professionals working in the nonprofit space. I was fortunate enough to contribute to their November 2009 issue with an article that talks about ways to get the maximum return on investment for your website in helping your organization raise more funds online

Three Ingredients for Successful Year-End Fundraising

NetWits

Year-end fundraising is here. Yes, that’s right – up to 40% of donations come in at the end of the year for many nonprofits that have a solid year-end fundraising plan in place and an engaged list of supporters. Looking for some good data and examples for your fundraising team?

Online Giving vs. Online Fundraising : By Philip King : FundRaising Success

AFP Blog

Online Giving vs. Online Fundraising : By Philip King : FundRaising Success: "This month’s topic — understanding the difference between online giving and online fundraising — is one of my favorite subjects! If I ever meet you at dinner party, don’t get me started …".

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America's Giving Challenge 2009

Tech Soup Blog

The contest runs through November 6, 2009. Tags: Online Fundraising Online Fundraising Social Networking Web 2.0 The latest round of the America's Giving Challenge is on. This is a national competition to encourage people to use their personal and social networks to help win cash for their favorite nonprofit. The Giving Challenge is not focused on how much money you can raise, but on how successful you are at getting people to donate to your cause.

There is a silver lining to 2009

Connection Cafe

Recession, market turmoil, troubled economy — these words got a lot of air time in 2009. We have all felt the impact of the economy over the past year, especially nonprofit organizations that worried about their ability to fundraise in such challenging times. percent in 2009.

Is Twitter and Facebook Important for Event Fundraising?

NetWits

Based on new data that is available I want to provide an update on data that we have captured so far (as of July 14th, 2009) about how successful Twitter and Facebook are as solicitation channels in peer to peer fundraising Some time has passed since Twitter and Facebook integrations were released for Blackbaud Sphere Events. In a previous post we asked “Is Twitter important for Event participants?” and found that it likely was a feasible channel to cultivate and solicit donors.

On-site and Online Fundraising Best Practices

NetWits

You might ask… Well, I attended the event with fundraising best practices in mind, so as I was listening to the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and some incredible tenors and sopranos, I was thinking about how nonprofits are becoming savvier as fundraisers and engaging their donors in the process

NetWits Know-How Event Fundraising Webinar Series

NetWits

Blackbaud is offering a free online event fundraising web seminar series from Dec. 14 to 18 to help nonprofits run successful online events. Topics will include: online event planning, converting offline support into online support, promoting events with email, using social media to broaden event reach, and analyzing event data, results, and impact

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Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

This is a great way to give.” TechiesGiveBack.org is dedicated to unifying the New York tech industry for the purpose of improving the local community through volunteering and fundraising. How will location based social networks change fundraising practices?

NTEN Webinar - The State of Online Fundraising

NetWits

I am fortunate enough to get to host a session called "The State of Online Fundraising" on Wednesday, November 4th from 2pm to 3:30pm EDT / 11:00am to 12:30pm PDT November is NTEN member appreciation month and they are having several free webinars for members.

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Is Mobile Fundraising the Next Big Thing?

NetWits

The ease and simplicity of the transaction made me think to myself, “Is this the next step in fundraising?” So I began to do a little research and realized there is more to mobile fundraising than I thought I recently made a $5 donation through my iPhone to the ASPCA which only took a matter of seconds to complete.

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Convio's 2009 Online Fundraising Benchmark Report

Tech Soup Blog

Convio has released a new online fundraising benchmark report that is based on data from 600 of Convio's nonprofit clients from January 1, 2008 to December 31, 2008. Compared to 2007, results for online fundraising were up 14 percent, email file growth was up 28 percent, and Web site traffic was up 20 percent. Tags: Online Fundraising

4 Ways to Jump Into ‘Fundraising 2.0’

NetWits

What is ‘Fundraising 2.0’ Simple, fundraising with a new set of tools that allow you to connect with people like never before. I see them as critical to your future fundraising strategy you ask? These tools are no replacement for in person interactions and stewardship, but they are quite effective at spurring on communication, participation and engagement – Exactly what you want from your supporters, donor, activists and volunteers. See some quick examples here.

Building an Integrated Online Fundraising Strategy : By Paul Habig : FundRaising Success

AFP Blog

From Fundraising SuccessBuilding an Integrated Online Fundraising Strategy : By Paul Habig : FundRaising Success: "Building an Integrated Online Fundraising StrategyBy Paul HabigJun 30, 2009With the potential to reach a wide audience rapidly and cost-effectively, more and more nonprofit organizations are using online communications tools to connect with donors, members, volunteers and supporter".

How to Boost Event Fundraising with Facebook

NetWits

few months ago Nick Rongione, Blackbaud’s Product Marketing Manager, and I challenged ourselves to find EASIEST way for event fundraising customers to leverage Facebook for peer to peer fundraising. First a little background.A Initially, our (at least my) thinking was stifled because we perceived Facebook as a destination, albeit a cutting edge and highly interactive destination, but only a destination like nearly all other websites.

Analysis of the CASE Online Fundraising Survey

Robert Weiner

Steve MacLaughlin at Blackbaud has written an analysis of the CASE Online Fundraising Survey. Tags: Fundraising Online Fundraising No surprise -- he focuses on the high number of responses that said they "don't know" or "don't measure" and cites the maxim "If you can't measure it, then you can't manage it." " His analysis is at [link].