Performing Arts Fundraising: How to Target Life-Long Supporters

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Almost every arts organization would say that audience development is vital to their long term viability. Arts and cultural organizations are left wondering: Who should we focus on because they have the potential to become long-term patrons?

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#GivingTuesday: The Arts & Culture Way

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Arts and Cultural organizations are capitalizing on this giving movement by creating a clear call-to-action attached to customized campaigns. Don’t let it pass without acting and have fun building your Arts & Culture campaign.

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Crowd Fundraising for the Arts: No Running, Walking, or Freezing Plunges Required

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We each created our own crowd fundraising pages online and enthusiastically asked our friends and family, from all over the country, to donate to the cause to support us in our efforts. That’s the beauty of crowd fundraising. Are there works of art you want to restore?

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

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Being in the nonprofit sector, it is no different, whether seeking fundraising dollars or volunteer help. So, let’s break down each of the ideas in this book to better understand how we can be better (and more persuasive) fundraising professionals in the nonprofit industry.

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Supporting Arts and Cultural Organizations Makes a Big Impact

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It’s December and that can only mean one thing: the end of year fundraising campaign is in full swing! Arts and cultural organizations are not exempt from the excitement and are competing with other nonprofits for donor dollars.

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Generational Giving at Arts & Cultural Organizations – A Donor Story

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As I was discussing fundraising and membership with a coworker, I realized that my emotional connection to one particular type of organization created a foundation on which I base my giving. Maybe think about activities you could support that would offer parents a place for their kids to go and learn, like a movie series, art classes, or a small-scale concert. My inclination toward the arts and cultural world was naturally occurring.

The Fundraising Event Planning Checklist

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Fundraising events are an exciting and useful tool for exposing your mission to the community. Fundraisers allow you to bond with prospects and donors, whether it’s formal or informal, strengthening your relationship. The Fundraising Event Planning Checklist: 1.

#BBCON 2016| What’s in It for Arts & Cultural Organizations

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Knowing that those three days are so jam-packed with content, I often get asked what bbcon offers for arts administrators, and the answer is…a lot! So I went ahead and picked out some of the top sessions for Arts & Cultural organization to make planning your conference journey just a little bit easier. Maximizing Engagement at Your Arts & Cultural Organization – Learn how you can move your visitors from “hello” to “I do” with a personalized journey for your supporters.

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The Art of Closing the Fundraising Ask

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In the world of fundraising, making the ask is one thing; sealing the deal is another. Like most things in fundraising, mastering the art of the close is about staying donor-centric. The post The Art of Closing the Fundraising Ask appeared first on Nonprofit Hub.

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Augmented Reality and Social Good: The Art of Creating Meaningful AR

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From interactive learning experiences to fundraising to innovations in science, this new medium has more applications than we can even fully grasp yet. Fundraising, at its root, is about connecting with people and inspiring them to care about your cause (as most of you know).

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Personal Stories – Arts Orgs Need Not Apply?

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Working with arts organizations there are often concern that your constituent stories aren’t as impactful. million likes surely someone touting the effect of music and art on their lives can get just as many. If a mother or counselor calls you to express gratitude for that after school program, that summer art camp that kept her child off the streets or the guitar class in the gym on Saturdays, dig in. Annual Fund Fundraising Arts & Cultural museum

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Finding Data Management Solutions for Arts and Culture Organizations


Arts and culture organizations such as media companies, magazines, public radio stations, museums, theaters, and arts advocates have unique needs when it comes to data management. CRM arts and culture

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Lights Camera Action – Major Gift Fundraising for the Arts

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One of the great things about fundraising for cultural organizations is that there … Donor Strategy Fundraising Success & Performance Identifying Prospects

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The Dallas Museum of Art Took a Major Risk, and The Outcome Has Been Remarkable.

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By Jen Leavitt, Arts and Cultural Consultant. . About a year ago, the Dallas Museum of Art did something truly innovative. This type of data is absolutely critical for grants and fundraising.

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5 Ways Arts & Cultural Organizations Should be Using QR Codes

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Integrated Marketing Arts & Cultural eMail marketing for nonprofits fundraising ideas qr code ticketing QR codes, short for quick response codes, are the perfect way to get patrons (and potential patrons) more information about your organization. They connect your offline marketing with your online content. You can direct constituents to buy tickets on your website, become a member, register for an event, make a donation, or sign up to be a volunteer.

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Inspiring Loyalty: Donor Stewardship in Arts and Culture

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Sara Woldt is an MBA candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Bolz Center for Arts Administration with career interests in marketing and development. Stewardship is often discussed as it relates to university advancement and is more rarely discussed in terms of arts and cultural organizations. Stewardship Arts & Cultural donor retention fundraising tips

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Major Gifts Prospecting Tips for Arts & Cultural Organizations

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Data Mining & Modeling Donor Strategy Fundraising Success & Performance Identifying Prospects Wealth Screening Arts & CulturalHow do we find larger donors to cultivate for major gifts from our existing donor pool? Who amongst our list of smaller donors looks like they could be a major gift donor to our nonprofit?

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5 Research-Backed Lessons on Major Gifts Fundraising

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2015 Charitable Giving Report: Fundraising Continues to Grow

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billion in total fundraising and $2.2 2015 was another big year for digital fundraising. Both Environment and Animal Welfare nonprofits and International Affairs organizations experienced double digit online fundraising growth in 2015.

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Nonprofit Hub’s Favorite Fundraisers

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Here at Nonprofit Hub, we believe the most successful fundraisers are hybrids of innovation and tried-and-true ideas. Dinner galas and silent auctions are effective to an extent, but when someone asks you, “What’s the best fundraiser you’ve ever been to?” Featured Fundraising

Embracing the Rush: Preparing for the Arts and Cultural Busy Seasons

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Membership Arts & Cultural fundraising ideas Last week Ginny Fitzgerald, the Director of Visitor Services and Membership at Chicago History Museum, joined us to host a webinar about how she prepares her team for peak attendance times.

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How to Craft a Tight Message for End-of-Year Fundraising Success

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No, that’s not right… Ah fall… when a nonprofit’s fancy turns to thoughts of their end-of-year fundraising efforts. Nonprofit Fundraising #GivingTuesday Arts & Cultural end of year fundraising fundraising fundraising tips Tips

What Fundraisers Can Learn from Direct Marketing

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Many direct marketing operations have this process down to an art form. Fundraisers who can take these best practices and reinvent them for university fundraising will more effectively raise money for their organizations.

Art & Science of Moves Management

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No one makes the case better than Jeff Schreifels, senior partner at the Veritas Group and veteran fundraiser, in his post 10 reasons why major giving programs suck. If fundraising is part art and part science, CRM is the science. Author: Rachel Muir.

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Mid-Year Appeals: Boost Fundraising in the Second Biggest Giving Month of the Year!

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Arts & Cultural Nonprofit Fundraising fundraising Mid-Year Appeal Mid-Year Fundraising nonprofit fundraisingJune is upon us, and it’s time to create your mid-year appeal! Organizations large and small should capitalize on this opportunity.

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How to Include Matching Gifts in Your Fundraising Plan

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A clear and well-planned fundraising strategy is key to successfully raising the funds you need and retaining more support year over year. One untapped way to boost your fundraising and bolster your entire strategy? Arts and cultural organizations (museums, theaters, orchestras, etc.).

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The Art of Building Lasting Donor Relationships with One-To-One Marketing

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2014 Mid-Year Fundraising Trends

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Wondering how fundraising is performing so far in 2014? Using data from The Blackbaud Index , we are able to provide the first insights into fundraising trends for the first six months of 2014 compared to 2013. billion in fundraising revenue. billion in online fundraising.

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How to Harness the Fundraising Power of Twitch

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You can watch art , music and fitness outside of gaming. There are four main ways Creators fundraise using Twitch: Single Creator live streams. Building a YoY Fundraising Program Objective: Provide a plan of action for your organization to create a year over year fundraising program.

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7 Fall Fundraiser Ideas

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With a new season upon us, we present you with seven wallet-friendly fall fundraiser ideas that will help you meet your #GivingTuesday goals and get you into the spirit of the most charitable (and the spookiest) season of the year! Featured Fundraising

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Little Giants, Big Money: Lessons in Social Media Fundraising From a Liberal Arts College

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Wabash is small (901 students last year), all male (one of three such institutions left in the country), a traditional liberal arts school and the best decision I’ve ever made. Wabash knows how to leave a BIG impact, and can “school” other nonprofits on running a successful fundraising campaign. Wabash College knows that it isn’t fundraising for an institution, it’s fundraising for a cause. Their cause is a traditional, well-rounded liberal arts education for men.

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Hone Your Craft: The Art of Nonprofit Storytelling

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Jacobwith , founder of Ignited Fundraising , has helped hundreds of nonprofits raise millions of dollars through effective storytelling. The post Hone Your Craft: The Art of Nonprofit Storytelling appeared first on Nonprofit Hub.

8 Creative Fundraising Ideas to Advance Your Mission

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Fundraising for your cause is exciting, challenging and should be unique to your mission. Annual appeals, #GivingTuesday and end-of-year fundraising campaigns are imperative to sustaining your operating costs, however, stimulating a donor or member to give beyond those efforts can be challenging. Here are eight strategies that can help you differentiate your organization and increase fundraising results: Creating giving societies can promote a sense of exclusivity to your donors.

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

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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. Are you ready to navigate the busiest giving season of the year?

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I’m a 20 Year Old Student and This Is Why I’m Not Coming to Your Fundraiser

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While brainstorming ideas for a fundraising event I have coming up, I tried to think of all the events I had been to and what I liked and remembered most about each of them. I came up with a list of things that I, as a Millennial, would like to see at a fundraiser; things that would get me interested and entice me to continue supporting the cause beyond the event. One thing that I noticed about most of the fundraisers I’ve been to is their lack of personal interaction.

Nonprofit Fundraising Basics: Matching Gifts


Here's a handy breakdown from Adam Weinger, President of Double the Donation, which outlines some of the easiest ways to incorporate matching gifts into your fundraising. Fundraising events. fundraising guest post

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How to Nail the Soft Skills of Fundraising: The Face-to-Face Ask

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Take heart fellow fundraiser, practice makes perfect. Asking is part art and part science. Solid Face-to-face fundraising requires: A true understanding of your donor. Does the thought of making a six figure ask make your palms sweat?

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The 4 Ingredients to an Engaging and Memorable Fundraising Event

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Event Fundraising Arts & Culture events fundraising ideas fundraising tips Guest post by Jonathon Leeke, Product Manager at Blackbaud. . Every event planner’s dream is to create a magical experience for attendees, to raise ample funds for your organization, and to instill in others the same passion for your mission that you have. However, this is a tall order and not always easy to pull off.

10 Ways to Offend Your Peer-to-Peer Fundraisers

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Motivating peer-to-peer fundraisers—whether they’re event or DIY (Do-It-Yourself) fundraisers —is one of the top ways to accelerate peer-to-peer fundraising. But motivating peer-to-peer fundraisers is a bit of an art.

6 Tips from Valencia College Foundation for Virtual Fundraising Success

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This year the foundation took their six-week fundraising campaign online using peer-to-peer fundraising to supplement their offline campaign activities. Hey, this is our yearly fundraiser, won’t you gives us money to help current students have a great experience at our university?

Fundraising Fundamentals More Critical Than Ever

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With the economy starting to revive, and donors showing some faith in their ability to give, nonprofits need to focus on fundraising basics. Business Fundraising Arts & Cultural economy healthcare Higher Education K-12 Schools

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The Art of Petition Delivery


She has extensive knowledge of NP technology, organizing and fundraising, gathered in part from her role as a co-founder of a national coalition to protect national forests from industrial logging. Ryan’s specialties include field organizing, online organizing, coalition work, media outreach, strategic campaign planning, leadership development, public speaking and fundraising. So you got 10,000 people to sign your petition - awesome! Now let the fun begin.

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The Art of Increasing Online Donations for Nonprofits

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Anyone involved in nonprofit organizations or running fundraisers knows that getting donations is not always easy. Many professional fundraising groups have found new patrons by accepting online donations in addition to the traditional methods of receiving money.