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A Culture of Philanthropic Innovation

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This year’s edition of Blackbaud Institute’s npEXPERTS series covered Building a Culture of Innovation. At bbcon this year, the Institute continued the conversation in our featured panel, A Culture of Philanthropic Innovation.

15 Techniques Used by Top Nonprofits to Boost Donor Acquisition and Online Fundraising Results

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Online fundraising isn’t a fad. As a matter of fact, online fundraising accounted for seven-percent of total fundraising in 2016. Online fundraising has also proven to be an extremely effective donors acquisition vehicle.

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Did Facebook Just Change the Game for P2P Fundraising (Again)?

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It’s hard to imagine a time when peer-to-peer (P2P) fundraising wasn’t fueled by digital platforms and online communications tools. A time when P2P meant actually talking to someone “in real life” to ask for a donation.

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5 Facts About Online Average Gift Size

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I have a confession to make. I used to believe that online average gift size was a vanity metric. It made for interesting tweets and blog post headlines about online giving trends, but it wasn’t very useful. Over time I’ve learned to love the online average gift size metric.

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Planning a Capital Campaign: The Essential First Steps

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We all know that capital campaigns are some of your nonprofit’s most ambitious fundraising projects. With a higher fundraising goal and a longer timeline than other campaigns , capital campaigns simply have more on the line for your team to handle. The key to capital campaign success?

How Corporate Volunteering Programs Benefit Everyone

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Digital Life Hacks: Savvy Social Media

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Did you know there are now over 2.3 billion active social media users? As usage numbers continue to grow across all age groups, it is safe to say that social media has become an essential element of digital marketing.

Social Media’s Double-Edged Sword Can Cut Your Way Twice

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Sometimes double-edged swords cut both ways in your favor. Take for example social media engagement for political and advocacy campaigns. On one edge, pushing out your campaign message helps to advance your cause or candidacy.

5 Trends in Giving That Will Reshape Philanthropy in 2017

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2016 was a record-setting year for philanthropy, with Americans donating more than $373 billion and communities across the globe setting new standards for #GivingTuesday. Even better news? The Philanthropy Outlook from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy projects a 3.6

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Lowering the ‘Giving Barrier’ for Millennials

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According to the Millennial Impact Report , 72 percent of Millennials are eager to join a nonprofit and a little over 50 percent would like to give monthly to a charitable organization. When looking at these statistics, it’s clear that Millennials are eager , and would like to contribute.

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7 Habits of Highly Successful Technology Partnerships

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When you decide to integrate new technology in your organization, you may have a good idea about what you want that technology to do, you may even have leads about who makes it – but how can you be sure you’ve found the perfect partner to initiate and implement new solutions for your organization?

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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Value of Nonprofit Board Service for Companies and Their Employees

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The Nonprofit Board Leadership Study “Better World Leadership” provides new and clear evidence of the leadership development value of nonprofit board service for business people.

A 2017 Outlook on Corporate Responsibility

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When it comes to the social sector, philanthropy, giving back, helping others, improving our communities and our planet—however it’s defined—we are seeing clear and positive trends. Last year, charitable donations hit a record for a second year in a row at an estimated $373.25

How to Use Social Media Insights to Drive Patient Engagement and Donor Retention 

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The modern healthcare market is a competitive environment in which hospital foundations need to compete for donors. These donors are smart, mobile and social-savvy. They have an abundance of choices as to where they want to contribute and how often. .

4 Ways to Use Facebook to Engage Millennials in Your Cause

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As the first generation to grow up with modern technology so easily at our fingertips, Millennials have reengineered the way information is delivered and consumed.

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The Ultimate Guide For Building An Email List

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Social media is important when it comes to growing your brand and sending visitors to your website. Unfortunately, social media marketing alone is not enough to initiate pageviews. An email list is a marketing tool that will round out your online marketing strategy.

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Designing for Good #5: The Best of End-of-Year Email Campaigns

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For this month’s Designing for Good , it’s time we showed more love to all of you tireless nonprofit email marketers out there.

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The Secret to Raising $1M During Your First-Year Fundraising Event

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You’ve probably heard it said that the first million is the hardest. And if you’re in the peer to peer event space , you know this to be especially true.

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How World Wildlife Fund Used Segmentation to Activate Social Influencers for Their Cause

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The Oracle at Delphi told Oedipus “Know thyself!” If the Oracle were speaking to nonprofits today, it might say “Know thy supporters!”. For nonprofits interested in engaging supporters in online advocacy, this is especially true.

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Get Strategic in 2018: Turn Your Advocacy Supporters into Donors

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Advocacy organizations are often lucky enough to have some of the most passionate supporters among all nonprofits. But while those strong feelings may easily translate into signed petitions or tweets in support, they don’t always immediately translate to donation dollars. Of course, though, it’s the dollars that keep advocacy organizations running. So that begs the question: How can you motivate your supporters to also become your donors?

7 Essential Matching Gift Steps to Take in the New Year

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As we approach the end of 2017, it’s time to look forward for ways to increase donations in 2018. It can feel like you’ve exhausted every fundraising avenue already, like your donors have given all they can give. But what if that weren’t the case?

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Is Your Nonprofit Website Ready for 2017?

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With end of year fast approaching, it’s likely that your nonprofit is making plans for 2017. No matter your mission, having a website that inspires action is crucial to the continued advancement of your cause! This begins with understanding your audience and what’s important to them.

[New Report] Online Giving Increased by 7.9% in 2016

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Overall charitable giving increased 1% in 2016 and online giving was up 7.9% on a year-over-year basis. This is based on the latest findings of the Blackbaud Institute for Philanthropic Impact in the 2 016 Charitable Giving Report.

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The 9 Considerations for a Successful Budget Process

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Building a successful budget is a key component in accounting, and nonprofit accounting is no exception. Whether you are just starting a nonprofit or have been in existence for years, your organization requires a budget.

Digital Strategies are Moving the Needle for Nonprofits

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By 2018, social media will be one of the most important channels for nonprofits, according to a study conducted by Forrester. But this really shouldn’t be news to any of us.

5 Nonprofits Financial Drivers That Are More Important Than Ever Before!

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Funding of public services is a national conversation. We don’t know where the funding is headed but I think we can all agree that changes are coming. Constant change is a reality in today’s environment but the volatility of the current environment has a lot of nonprofits concerned.

The Future of Nonprofit Engagement Strategies

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Sometimes, when we’re focused on the tactics of digital fundraising or communications, we can lose site of big trends which require a new strategic approach. And paying attention to the trends gains urgency as things change much faster than they used to.

The Three Major Components of a Successful Annual Giving Campaign

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Americans are generous and enjoy the sense of being a part of a worthy cause achieved by charitable giving. In 2015, America set a record for charitable giving, beating the previous record by four percent. This astonishing amount totaled $373 billion in cash donations !

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The Real Rules of Board Membership: Finding Your Seat at the Right Table

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“Finding your why” has become something of a cliché for those charting a new course—in life or in business—but understanding why you are motivated to join a board and why a board might select you for leadership is critical to achieving a satisfying experience for you both.

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Designing for Good #3 – Best of 2016 Nonprofit Storytelling

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For this Designing for Good episode, we’re showcasing the best examples of nonprofit storytelling of 2016. Timely, but why is nonprofit storytelling such a hot topic these days ?

Measuring What Matters: How Funders and Nonprofits Can Leverage Data and Technology for Impact

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I had the pleasure of attending the Mission Capital Conference in Austin, Texas, a unique opportunity to convene with an energized group of thought leaders in the social good space.

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6 Trends That Will Impact the Social Good Sector in 2017

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We’re just a few weeks in and already 2017 is shaping up to be a roller coaster of a year. With the constant changes, innovations, and breaking news impacting the sector, staying focused on the work that matters will be key for all of us.

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Can Nonprofits Really Raise Money With 5Ks?

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According to the 2015 Blackbaud Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Benchmark Study , 5K events are struggling to recruit participants and raise funds. Revenue declined by 13%, participation decreased by 12%, and online fundraising was down 19%.

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The Era of Corporate Social Responsibility is Ending: Why That’s a Good Thing

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People who do what I do for a living spend their lives championing what we call “corporate social responsibility,” what companies do to give back (philanthropy, volunteerism, ethical supply chain, sustainability, etc.). But, I propose that the focus on “corporate” is actually limiting.

Growth Hacking Your Mission With People Power

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Growth hacking: a process of rapid experimentation to identify the most efficient ways to grow a business (or cause!). An idea that has captured the attention of the startup tech sector is the notion of growth hacking, a way to quickly scale a business through rapid experimentation.

A Nonprofit’s Guide to #GivingTuesday and End of Year Fundraising

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Are you ready to navigate the busiest giving season of the year? To help you finalize your route to end of year fundraising success, I’ve broken down steps you can take to drive acquisition, cultivation, and participation, both during the holiday season and as 2018 begins.

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[Tips for Nonprofits] The Art and Science of Persuasive Fundraising

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A while ago, I read a book called Influence Science and Practice by Robert B. Cialdini. In this book Cialdini wrote about why he was always duped into buying Girl Scout cookies. Each year, he was persuaded to buy more boxes than the year before.

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Tips for Nonprofits on Using Social Media to Build Supporter Relationships

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We asked some of our favorite nonprofit tech friends to share ideas for how organizations can use social media to build meaningful relationships with their supporters—donors, influencers and activists—and what that looks like on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.

Physicians and Philanthropy: Make it Easy and Make It Quick

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This is not a new subject. We know that the number one influencer of patient giving is the physician. Many philosophies exist around physicians and grateful patient programs.