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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Arts & Cultural Takeaways from bbcon 2019

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It’s been nearly two months since bbcon 2019 in Nashville, and I’m still thinking about the live music, inspiring mainstage content, and incredible sessions delivered in the Arts & Cultural track. With 150+ attendees from the Arts & Cultural community in attendance, we had so many great opportunities for sharing best practices and rallying around big ideas in our space. Arts & Cultural arts fundraising bbcon bbcon 2019

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Top #GivingTuesday Takeaways for Arts & Cultural Organizations

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Museums or performing arts centers can do the same but ask their followers to name new statues or caption new pieces of art. Using the strategies above or any of the other ideas and resources on the # GivingTuesday website will help you capitalize on this global day of giving so you can close out the fundraising season strong. . Arts & Cultural Nonprofit Fundraising #GivingTuesday arts fundraising Giving Tuesday tips year-end fundraising tips

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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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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.

[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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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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4 New Year’s Resolutions for Arts & Cultural Organizations

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To help, here are some thought-starters from the Blackbaud Arts & Cultural team – along with a sneak-peek at what we have planned for 2020 so far. . . Cultural organizations looking to stay on the cutting edge of today’s technology should u pgrad e to a comprehensive ticketing, membership and fundraising solution to streamline operations, increase fundraising dollars and attract more visitors. 2020 is here!

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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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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.

7 Tips to Increase Your Online Fundraising Success

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Here are a 7 tips for donation page optimizations to help you increase online fundraising success : 1. Ensure that Online Fundraising Pages Are Secure. Online fundraising is a useful tool and your software should mimic your fundraising needs and attract your target audience.

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#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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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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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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10 Things Fundraisers Can Do to Adapt During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond

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This list comes after a myriad of conversations with both donors and fundraisers who have helped me see a path forward. Ten ways to adapt your fundraising efforts right now: More meetings will still produce more support.

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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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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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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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.

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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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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5 Research-Backed Lessons on Major Gifts Fundraising

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Arts & Cultural Foundations Healthcare Higher Education Nonprofit Nonprofit Fundraising Nonprofit News big data charitable giving Major gifts Major Gifts Prospecting Major Giving predictive analytics Prescriptive Analytics prospect research The Blackbaud Institute

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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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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

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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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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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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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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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

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

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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.

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.

10 Things Fundraisers Can Do From Home During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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If you are a front-line fundraiser, work with your annual giving team. Being able to identify people who will have interest in what you are working on and the capacity to help is paramount in fundraising, and it’s also very time consuming.

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.

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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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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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.

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.

A Hack to Dramatically Improve Your Virtual Events

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A major conference with thousands of attendees, a vendor showcase, an awards banquet and a fundraising gala are not the same. Whether it’s a conference, fundraising gala or annual meeting, the hallway track is critical. Many events are canceled and that’s a problem.

The 15 Most Popular sgENGAGE Articles Published in 2019

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Our contributors covered a lot of topics this year, but we found that posts focused on fundraising and on organizational culture were particularly popular. 5 Important Higher Ed Fundraising Truths for FY2020 by Andy Reeher, Blackbaud.