Donor-Advised Funds: Insight from the Experts

Connection Cafe

Donor-advised funds are a hot topic. According to a study released this fall by the National Philanthropic Trust , the assets held in these charitable funds increased almost 24% last year to a whopping $70.7 Further, contributions coming out of these same funds grew by 27%.

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Donor Spotlight: Lavelle Fund for the Blind

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

One foundation that has been a committed supporter of our work is the Lavelle Fund for the Blind. The Lavelle Fund exemplifies the tremendous social return that bold philanthropy can create. The Lavelle Fund also supports programs benefiting the developing world.

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

Connection Cafe

Donor-advised funds (DAFs) have become one of the hottest tools in philanthropy over the last few years. While the funds have been around for decades, the 1990s ushered in an increasing interest in DAFs as financial planning and planned giving tools.

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Donor Stewardship: Guiding Donors to The Next Level of Support

Connection Cafe

As nonprofits know well, preserving relationships with donors is imperative to an organization’s success. In philanthropy, the donor stewardship process begins with a donor’s first gift—the end point of the cultivation stage—and is a vital component of your donor retention strategy.

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Why Nonprofits Need to Broaden Their Funding Horizons

Connection Cafe

For all the attention paid to how nonprofits raise funds, there is very little public understanding about the practice of fundraising and the various income streams nonprofits rely on. Without their top five donors, they would cease to exist.

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GUIDE: Using Donor Personas to Maximize Your Nonprofit Fundraising

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

Using this process to identify different types of donors in your universe is extremely useful in guiding your efforts to segment your list and fine tune the messaging that you use for each group. Oscar One-Off Donor 2. Luna Lapsed Donor. Oscar One-Off Donor.

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3 Ways Community Foundations Can Become the Donor’s Choice

Connection Cafe

According to the latest statistics from the Urban Institute , donors gave over $350 billion in 2014, a five percent increase from 2013. Donors have more than 1.5 So, how does your community foundation become the donor’s choice? What they need is a funding adviser.

5 Inventive Ways Donor Data Can Boost Your EOY Fundraising

EveryAction

The giving spirit is high, and donors want to know how they can contribute to the causes that they care about. Your organization needs to do more than simply ask your donors for contributions. Building a deeper fundraising strategy can help you: Raise more funds.

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Fishing for Funds

AFP Blog

Fishing for Funds : This year we ventured into crowdfunding, another nontraditional model that enables people to share their causes and raise small amounts of money from a large number of people. Select projects receive matching funds of up $5,000, thus ensuring that potential donors know that we put our faith and money in our members’ initiatives

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5 Metrics Fundraisers Need to Know to Retain Their Donors

Connection Cafe

Donor retention is undeniably critical to meet your nonprofit’s revenue goals , but it can be tough to know which efforts result in higher retention levels or upward movement of donors. The 5 retention metrics fundraisers should know are: Donor Attrition Rate. Donor Level Moves.

5 Best Practices for Negotiating Funding for a Thriving Nonprofit

Connection Cafe

In the nonprofit world, the beneficiaries of nonprofit services usually provide little, if any, of the revenue to fund the services they receive. With recent budget and economic pressures on government funders and private donors, honest conversations are more critical than ever before.

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Join the Crowd(funding): Strategies for Successful Non-Profit Campaigns

Byte Technology

Indeed, if done correctly, such a campaign can see full funding for a particular effort or event. No crowdfunding effort has ever been fully funded using a ‘set it and forget it’ strategy,” writes Garecht.

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5 Bits Of Advice For A Crowd-Funding Campaign

TechImpact

Crowd-funding websites allow individuals and organizations to create a page on their website and promote donations for a cause, product, or service. For nonprofits, these sites work off of a base of able and willing donors who.

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Millennial Donors: Please Stand Up

Connection Cafe

Press dedicated Millennials into service by using their enthusiasm to craft your online strategy or be guest bloggers, write handwritten thank you notes to donors, or mentor younger activists and volunteers. Do your Millennial donors behave the way the research suggests?

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Ensure Sustained Giving by Planned Gift Donors

Connection Cafe

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5 Ways Matching Gifts Can Turn Donors into Major Gift Donors

Connection Cafe

But what you know may not know is that promoting matching gifts can also help cultivate donors into major donors. Reaching out to donors about matching gifts establishes trust. . Nonprofits can connect with donors without asking for another gift.

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Donor Acquisition: The #1 Way to Acquire More Donors Online

Connection Cafe

And donors are no different. When it comes to donor acquisition, the concept is the same – donors want to know WHY they should donate to your cause and HOW their contribution will be used.

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Top Event Strategies for Major Donor Cultivation

Connection Cafe

Attaining donors is complex and requires a diverse set of strategies, so you shouldn’t expect to attract philanthropists with the same tactics you employ for lower-level donors. Ideally, each donor will move up the pyramid in support of your mission.

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How to Keep Your Donor Data Safe

NonProfit Hub

Keeping your donors’ personal data safe is critical to maintaining good relationships, but few nonprofits have a bottomless budget for security. How can you help your donors feel safe and confident without spending all your funds on data protection?

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How to Tell Your Donors Where Their Money Is Going

NonProfit Hub

There’s no better way to gain the trust of your donors than by being transparent with them about where their contributions go. Plus, having strong, consistent communication with your donors can increase your credibility and authenticity as an organization. Donor Retention Featured

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The Rise of Donor-ism

Connection Cafe

Donors today want to be in the driver’s seat. As the sector has seen before, trends in donor stewardship follow the marketplace. This, my dear readers, is the rise of donor-ism. Download your copy and learn how you can embrace the era of donor-ism!

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Funding Innovation for Skoll Social Entrepreneurs

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

But not just any money -- we talk about the most difficult money to raise: the unrestricted funding that is the lifeblood for a social entrepreneur. Where do you find the donors?

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The 5 ½ Principles of Effective Donor Surveys

Connection Cafe

Do you know why your donors give? Is there consensus within your organization about the reasons they dip into their pockets to fund your mission? Unless you ask your donors directly, your gut instincts are merely opinions. For now, we’ll leave the major gift donors alone.

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3 Ways Community Foundations Can Become the Donor’s Choice

Connection Cafe

According to the latest statistics from the Urban Institute , donors gave over $350 billion in 2014, a five percent increase from 2013. Donors have more than 1.5 So, how does your community foundation become the donor’s choice? What they need is a funding adviser.

How to Attract and Keep More Monthly Donors

Everyaction

Monthly donor or sustainer programs are a relatively low-effort and high-impact way to increase donor retention and donor lifetime value, while also providing a steady and predictable stream of revenue that can help your nonprofit better budget and plan for the future.

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How Weinstein Hospice Uses Smart Segmentation to Identify Key Donors

Connection Cafe

When it comes to fundraising, having the right information about your donors is critical. How much time do you spend prospecting for donors? Sending the wrong type of donor the wrong message at the wrong time is bad for your whole list.

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Sustained Giving: Systematizing Donor Loyalty

Connection Cafe

If an organization hasn’t implemented a system to encourage sustaining support, they might be relying too heavily on assuming donors will respond to frequent solicitations. Annual Fund Direct Mail Fundraising Sustained Giving Online Fundraising

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Securing Your Patients’ Next Gifts with Donor Welcome Kits

Connection Cafe

T ransactional nature of the gift: A patient-donor might envision their first gift as a unique gift, a gift to be made only when they use the hospital, rather than multiple gifts to be made regardless of whether they use the hospital again; . Donors are more engaged and giving more. .

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Donor Retention: The Easiest Money You’ll Ever Raise

Connection Cafe

And it’s all about our donors , the ones who are deserting us. Donors can be fickle, and they’re fleeing our organizations in vast numbers these days. Research completed by Target Analytics® in 2015 shows that: Only 29% of first-time donors renewed their gifts.

Converting year-end donors to regular givers

Connection Cafe

Or an even better question, “How are we going to let these December donors know they’re part of a family of donors, not just a victim of chugging (‘charity mugging’)?”. Annual Fund end of year fundraising

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Donors Come in All Shapes and Sizes

Connection Cafe

Once we have successfully navigated our way through the holiday season it is time to focus on the new year ahead and starting out with a little analysis of your donors. Annual Fund Fundraising Stewardship Sustained Giving corporate giving end of year fundraising volunteers

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6 Technology Tips for Community Foundations to Engage Millennial Donors

Connection Cafe

More and more donors want to give to the causes they care about most through the click of a button and while on the go, instead of physically writing and mailing checks or donating only to “feel good.” This is especially true of the next generation of donors: Millennials.

The Great Peer to Peer Fundraising Donor Debate

Connection Cafe

Will peer to peer donors give again? Will they become organization donors? We’ve debated this topic for years and while jury’s still out on what to do with peer to peer fundraising donors; I think it’s time we started making some headway on this topic.

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Engaging Event Donors to Consider Planned Gifts

Connection Cafe

Direct mail and direct response, annual fund, special campaigns, major donors and event donors and participants form the back-bone of your planned gift prospect pool. Explore simple ways to engage your event donor in the planned gift conversation.

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3 Nonprofits Aim to Better Connect with Donors

Connection Cafe

Whether big, small or mid-sized, nonprofits are looking for ways to better understand donors and focus their fundraising on creating opportunities for donors to support the particular causes and interests they care about. “Meet your donors where they are,” she says.

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How to Keep Your Donors for Life

Connection Cafe

Three out of four first time donors will never make a second gift. In the nonprofit world, most donors are a one night stand. Let’s pretend you wire transferred the funds to him but he shows no acknowledgement of receiving them. We treat our donors like this often.

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Nonprofit Crowd Funding Success Formula: Robust Planning, Networks, and Blessings

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

After publishing this post about Save the Children’s Crowd Funding Campaign – where I mentioned the Dalai Lama Foundation’s successful campaign , I noticed this tweet in my stream from Brian Rusch the former deputy director for the DLF : Woohoo!

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How to Grow Your Individual Donor List

NonProfit Hub

For all the grants you apply for and donations you receive, there’s a single contributor who invested their own time and money into funding your mission. At the root of your nonprofit is achieving that mission, and loyal donors who contribute major gifts are there to help you.

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How KidsQuest Converted Members into Loyal Donors

Connection Cafe

What if I told you that real organizations were raising 5x what they spent and seeing 100% retention on new donors through telefunding? KidsQuest knew that to convert visitors and members into donors , they needed them to see KidsQuest as a mission-driven, asset to the community.

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How to Use CRM + Donor Management Software to Talk to Anyone

EveryAction

Whether you're reporting to your board, supporting teams in different departments, or just trying to get through to a specific type of donor, we've broken down all the ways your CRM + donor software can help. How CRM + donor management software can help your teams work better together.

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Convert Those End-of-Year Donors to Sustainers. DO IT!

Connection Cafe

Annual Fund Moves Management Sustained Giving eMail marketing end of year fundraising online givingI want to see exciting news about the mission of the nonprofit, the great programs that are planned for the upcoming year, the problems this work will solve, and how I can help support all of it.

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Pitching Your Charity to a Major Donor – The Do’s and Don’ts

Connection Cafe

Not every donor is necessarily going to come to you – for larger donations and sponsorships, you’ll have to pitch your charity. Every successful charity has a few major donors or sponsors that give them the lion’s share of their funds. If you want to count yours among that number, you’re going to have to practice courting those donors. That’s a given – and I guarantee your donor or sponsor knows that already.

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How to Maintain Donor Engagement Between Asks

NonProfit Hub

Well, your mom and dad still had to love you unconditionally, but if you do the same thing to your donors, they probably won’t stick around. Interacting with your donors between asks will increase their loyalty to your organization, generate repeat donations and lead to strong, lifelong bonds. This should go without saying, but sending a thank you note is an easy way to lure donors back and make them feel needed—bonus points if it’s handwritten!

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