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Actigiving—The Next Phase in the Evolution of Episodic Giving

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Goodbye, slacktivism. Hello, actigiving. For more than a decade now, there has been much debate about whether online activists would ever turn their clicks into gifts. Would these so called “slacktivists” ever do more than like a video or share a link and then feel like they had done enough?

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The 2014 Charitable Giving Report

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Nonprofit Fundraising 2010 State of the Not-for-Profit Industry Survey Analytics Blackbaud Blackbaud Index fundraising nonprofit online giving The 2014 Charitable Giving Report includes 24 months of overall giving data from 4,798 nonprofit organizations representing more than $16.2

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Donor-Advised Funds: Philanthropy’s Hot-Button Issue

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The amount contributed to DAFs since 2010 has also grown steadily in real dollars, as well as the percentage of giving by individuals. billion to charity in 2010, and based on NPT data, $9.35 That’s up from 184,364 DAFs in 2010 representing $33.6 In 2010, there was a $24.6

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Charitable Giving Grew to $373.25 Billion in the U.S. in 2015

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This is the sixth consecutive year of increases in giving, a period of growth that began in 2010. This post was originally featured on The Huffington Post: Impact. According to Giving USA, total charitable giving in the U.S. reached $373.25 billion in 2015, a 4.1%

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Using the Power of Story to Run a Successful Peer-to-Peer Campaign

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That was until she had an unbearable relapse of symptoms in the spring of 2010. When it comes to successful peer-to-peer fundraising campaigns , the more support your non-profit can give your fundraisers, the better.

It’s Me, Your Donor. Are You Listening?| Insights from the $FG Report

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FG’s 2010 report provided the first comprehensive view of Americans’ demand for charitable giving and impact investing since 1994’s The Seven Faces of Philanthropy.

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Before You Hit Send: Your End of Year Fundraising Appeal Checklist

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Example: If your organization’s mission revolves around serving food to the needy, a sentence like, “ Without your help, 800 citizens in this area will go hungry in 2010 ” sounds dire and threatening.

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High Net-Worth Individuals: Your Joyful, Generous and Inspired Donors

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In a 2010 study by Indiana University and Bank of America, HNWI donors reported giving on average $35,000 a year when not engaged and $124,000 when engaged. Guest Post by Karen E. Osborne, Founder of The Osborne Group.

Donation Form Optimization: A new report available from Donordigital and Convio

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Author: Jill Ward. A new report from Donordigital and Convio reveals some interesting findings about web donation forms.

Engaging Young Donors

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According to a study conducted in 2010 that looked at charitable habits and multichannel preferences of four different generations of constituents, The Next Generation of American Giving , younger generations tend to give similar amounts, but to fewer charities.

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Key Findings from Giving USA 2014 Report

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This is the fourth consecutive year of increases in giving, a period of growth that began in 2010. Giving USA: The Annual Report on Philanthropy is the longest running, annual report on U.S. charitable giving and estimates sources of giving and amounts received by type of organization. Giving USA is published by the Giving USA Foundation and their report on 2013 giving trends is now available.

Key Findings from Giving USA 2013 Report

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This is the third consecutive year of increases in giving, a period of growth that began in 2010. Giving USA: The Annual Report on Philanthropy is the longest running, annual report on U.S. charitable giving and estimates sources of giving and amounts received by type of organization.

3 Key Pieces in an Engaging Email Campaign

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MailerMailer’s 2010 Email Marketing Metrics Report, 2011 MarketingSherpa Email Marketing Benchmark Survey. This article was originally posted in AFP’s weekly eWire newsletter. Nonprofits can learn from email campaigns corporate marketers are sending.

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Book Review: “Charity Case”

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It is the follow-up book to the critically acclaimed Uncharitable: How Restraints on Nonprofits Undermine Their Potential from 2010. In 2010, Disney spent 582 times more than that on advertising or as Pallotta puts it more bluntly: “Save the Children 1.

Is Social Media Right for Your Organization?

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Author: Jordan Viator. Guest post from John Chen, @ johnYSchen , DC-based nptechie and nonprofiteer. It's evident that social media has become ingrained into our daily lives. Social media has the power to bring your organization up in an instant (see Social Media Campaign Gives NBC’s Chuck a Fighting Chance ); it also has the power to bring you down just as fast (see Skittles Twitter campaign) if not done properly. Organizations are hearing: “You need to be on social media.”

Learning Who Gives: How Generations X, Y, Baby Boomers, and Matures Donate

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While many still give through direct mail, don’t dismiss digital channels – Boomers’ online giving and social media usage shot up since we last checked in with them in 2010. By Pam Loeb, Gayle Vogel and Emily Hahn of Edge Research.

Making Your First Donor Retention Calendar, Step by Step

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Guest post by Mazarine Treyz, author of The Wild Woman’s Guide to Fundraising , called one of the Top 10 books of 2010 by Beth Kanter, and author of the Networked Nonprofit.

Blackbaud Index for April 2013

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View historical data from The Blackbaud Index: Instead of just displaying the past 12 months, The Blackbaud Index will now display archived data going back to January 2010. The Blackbaud Index provides the most up-to-date information on charitable giving today.

Social Media Lessons from 4 Generations of Canadian Donors

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The study, which builds on a similar study conducted in 2010, looked at the philanthropic habits of the following generations of Canadians: Generation Y (or Gen Y, born 1981 – 1995). LinkedIn use rose 24% from our 2010 study to 48% in 2013.

Hot Off The Presses: Convio Online Marketing Nonprofit Benchmark Index™ Study

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Well, maybe “exhilarating” isn’t the right word, but if you’re a research nerd like me, or if you’re wondering how well other orgs performed in 2010 (i.e. Overall, 79 percent of organizations included in the report raised more in 2010 than 2009, while 21 percent saw declines in their online fundraising. Of those that grew fundraising in 2010, 88 percent saw an increase in the number of gifts and the average gift size grew more than $8 in 2010.

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Priming Your Board for Fundraising

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“In our 2010 Nonprofit Governance Index, BoardSource found that 90% of the boards with a structured orientation process were rated as effective, compared to only 67% of the boards without such a process.” Author: Rachel Muir.

Why Should You CARE?

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Boomers are flocking to social sites: Boomers are one of the fastest growing segments on social sites, up 60 percent from 2010. Author: Karoline McLaughlin. We all have a desire to be connected, to know that what matters to us most is something others also care about.

My City Made the Top 10 – So What?

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Not surprisingly, the top 10 cities didn’t change much year over year from 2010 to 2011. However there were a few moves of note: Seattle, WA climbed the ladder three spots to be this year’s #1 and also showing northwest corner pride, Bellevue, WA made it back into the top 10 at #9 after slipping to #11 in 2010. The average gift size remained steady in 2011 compared to 2010 at $65, as more than $435 million was donated by people who reside in these major cities.

10 Online Fundraising Insights

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percent in 2010 to 11.9 Author: Blair Naylor. A couple weeks ago we released our 2012 Online Marketing Nonprofit Benchmark study. More than a few people have called it a “must-read” and as someone who knows it front-to-back and inside out, I must agree. To whet your whistle, here are just 10 of the interesting insights this bad boy contains: The median growth rate for online fundraising is 15.8%. The median number of online gifts grew by 12.6%.

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How Do You Measure Nonprofit Impact

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Among the many interesting points he shared were statistics from Hope Consulting’s May 2010 Money for Good report. Author: Guest Blogger. The following post is by Suzanne Coffman, GuideStar’s editorial director.

Mobile websites vs. apps - what's right for you?

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Right now the 2010 version is available, and the 2011 version is coming soon. This app was really convenient for me at the 2010 Summit, especially the schedule feature, because I don't like carrying around a large program book and inevitably leave it in my hotel room anyway. Author: Sally Heaven. 36% of U.S. mobile consumers now have smartphones , says The Nielsen Company.

Lady Gaga & Celebrity Philanthropy

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But did you know she topped the list of most charitable Celebs in 2010 , as ranked by Do Something , by how much energy celebrities devote to cause? Author: Rachel Muir. Lady Gaga & Celebrity Philanthropy. No doubt about it, Lady Gaga is a conversation starter. Notice the operative word here: energy. If you want to know which celebrities gave the most that's another list. Photo credit: lady gaga galore.com.

Are you on the Mobile Bandwagon?

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I carried an old-fashioned flip phone for so long that some of my friends at the Convio Summit 2010 made fun of me. Author: Sally Heaven. Mobile is a growing trend that just won't quit. Is your organization ready?

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Year-end Fundraising Domination!

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Overall, Convio clients raised 17 percent more online in the last three months of 2011 than in 2010. But, the real impact was made in December when our client’s year-end fundraising efforts came on like gangbusters—raising more than $30 million more online than in December 2010. Author: Jill Ward. Is there a light at the end of the tunnel for fundraisers this year?

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Direct mail is alive and, well.changing

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Online giving is increasing; remember $6 billion was estimated to have been donated online during the 2010 holiday season. Author: Tad Druart. With that great online success, does direct mail still have a future in fundraising? In a word: Yes. Research shows that direct mail is alive and well and has an important fundraising future. What is changing is the centrality of direct mail to the marketing mix.

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Advice for Women Leaders

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According to the US Department of Labor , in 2010 "the median weekly earnings of women who were full-time wage and salary workers was $669, or 81 percent of men’s $824.". Author: Patricia Hume.

Fundraising Trends: Mobile Giving and Crowdfunding, and the Next Generation of Canadian Giving

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The Next Generation of Canadian Giving 2013 , which builds on a similar study conducted in 2010, looks at the philanthropic habits of the following generations of Canadians: Generation Y (or Gen Y, born 1981 – 1995).

What prompts an online gift?

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The pie chart to the right shows an analysis of all 2010 donations made via their website. Author: Taylor Shanklin. Do you have a website where I can donate? I, myself, have asked charities this very question upon receiving a phone call asking for my support. I tell them, “Yes, I would like to make a gift this year, however I would prefer you save the stamp and I’ll go online to make my gift. Can I give through your website?”

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8 Ideas for Social Media Rewards

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They take advantage of the information from a 2010 study by CMB Consumer Pulse that says 51% of Facebook fans and 67% of Twitter followers are more likely to buy their product SINCE becoming a fan/follower. Author: Kent Gilliam.

4 Nerdiest Upcoming Convio Features

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To provide a real use case, this feature will make it so that if an event participant attempts to go to your organization's 2010 walk, which is obviously over with as it's now the end of 2011, they'll automatically be redirected to the 2011 walk instead. Author: Noah Cooper. And proud of it.

Fighting Through a Down Economy: How Admissions Offices Adjusted

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According to NAIS, K-12 school enrollment numbers fell by 3% in 2009 and another 7% in 2010. In 2010, we noticed a shift from how schools managed their admissions processes on the back-end. This is a guest post by Daniel Weede, Senior Account Executive at Blackbaud.

Salmon and Syrup Save the Seals. Seriously.

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Author: Betsy Gressler. The Humane Society of the United States is no stranger to cutting edge advocacy campaigns and they’ve got another winner on their hands right now. HSUS has just launched “ Seriously, Canada ?”,

How Do Canadians Give? The Answers May Surprise You!

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by Michael Johnston, President and Founder, Hewitt and Johnston Consultants (hjc).

Most Generous Cities in America

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The average online gift size increased from $62 in 2009 to $65 in 2010. More than $389 million was donated by the 273 major cities in 2010, up approximately 27% from 2009. Average gift, donations per 1,000 people, total amount donated per city and number of donations all increased in 2010 compared to 2009. Author: Cheryl Black. How generous is your city? Check out the cities that made the top 10 for most generous online. Alexandria, VA. Cambridge, MA. Arlington, VA.

3 Tips to Tap Into $173 Billion

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billion hours in 2010, valued at an estimated $173 billion, with volunteers providing 52 hours of service per year. Author: Jennifer Atkins. At the risk of preaching to the choir…volunteer programs are a great way for your organization to engage constituents and achieve your mission. A recent study by The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) states that overall US volunteers served 8.1