Donor Spotlight: Lavelle Fund for the Blind

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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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Community Foundations, Donor Advised Funds, and Cloud-based Technology – An Insider’s Look At This Winning Trifecta

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Just a few months ago, in November 2019, I sat on my front porch and made my donor-advised fund (DAF) grant recommendations via a donor portal within an app on my iPhone while simultaneously sipping a nice glass of wine.

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Donor-Advised Funds: Insight from the Experts

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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-Advised Funds: Philanthropy’s Hot-Button Issue

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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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10 Tips for Using Zoom for Successful Donor Visits

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I raise funds for Starr King School for the Ministry, located in Berkeley, California. You’re also getting used to Zoom and other video conferencing technologies , but you know that using it for a morning check-in with your team is very different than using it for a donor call.

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8 Key Aspects for a Successful Sustainer Donor Program

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Sustaining donors represent a critical segment for any annual fund program. Reminder: Sustaining donors are transformational donors who have committed to support your organization using any regular frequency (monthly, quarterly, or annually). Prioritize donor stewardship.

4 Tips for Avoiding Monthly Donor Churn During COVID-19 (and Beyond)

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Economic and personal insecurity can present unique challenges for your monthly giving program but there is plenty you can do to combat loss with simple, feel-good donor retention strategies. Your donors may be feeling alone and scared, just like you may be.

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Donor Stewardship: Guiding Donors to The Next Level of Support

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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 You Need to Broaden Your Organization’s Funding Horizons

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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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Telling Your Impact Story with Donor Statements

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In the social good world, storytelling is vital for success, and arguably one of the most important stories to tell is the journey of your donor’s funds. This is where the idea of donor statements comes in. Begin with a small group of donors.

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3 Ways Community Foundations Can Become the Donor’s Choice

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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.

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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The Crowd is Funding, the Crowd is Funding!

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The other morning I heard a disturbing report about people asking friends, family and strangers to fund their weddings through a certain crowdfunding site. Because of this, ALS has 71,000 new donors.

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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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5 Ways Nonprofits Can Negotiate for More Funding

NonProfit Hub

Instead of customers, nonprofits rely on donors. And many donors insist on spending less on administrative and managerial tasks, yet these functions are what make philanthropic efforts possible. Here are five proven ways you can get your donors to increase funding for your nonprofit.

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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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Demystifying Next Generation Donor Audiences to Drive Engagement and Donations

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“The next generation of donors” is not just the latest fundraising trend or catchphrase for development teams. Nonprofit organizations have always tried to understand how to shift and modify their fundraising strategies to appeal to and resonate with the future generation of donors.

5 Bits Of Advice For A Crowd-Funding Campaign

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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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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 Best Practices for Negotiating Funding for a Thriving Nonprofit

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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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Millennial Donors: Please Stand Up

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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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3 Ways to Enhance Donor Stewardship with Technology

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As stewardship professionals know well, strengthening and preserving relationships with the donors is essential to an institution’s success. In fact, over 50% of higher education institutions are focused on creating more impactful donor stewardship practices in 2019.

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

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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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Ensure Sustained Giving by Planned Gift Donors

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Funding Innovation for Skoll Social Entrepreneurs

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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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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.

Let the Donor Decide: Don’t Assume Giving is Off the Table During a Crisis

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Let’s not make giving decisions for the donor. Here are six tips for dealing with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic with your donors: Build an authentic story. Boomer donors want to be affiliated with those they admire. Select the top 25 donors for each gift officer. Each gift officer on the team should start with no more than 25 current donors with whom to work virtually over the next six months. Get tips for communicating with donors during uncertain times.

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5 Ways Matching Gifts Can Turn Donors into Major Gift Donors

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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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Sustained Giving: Systematizing Donor Loyalty

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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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How Weinstein Hospice Uses Smart Segmentation to Identify Key Donors

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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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The Rise of Donor-ism

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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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5 Metrics Fundraisers Need to Know to Retain Their Donors

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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.

Top Event Strategies for Major Donor Cultivation

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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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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.

Donor Retention: The Easiest Money You’ll Ever Raise

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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

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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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The 5 ½ Principles of Effective Donor Surveys

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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 Nonprofits Aim to Better Connect with Donors

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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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Donors Come in All Shapes and Sizes

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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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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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Marketing Automation: Your Key to Boost Donor Development

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Marketing is a major factor in securing ongoing donations, but funding pressures and staff limitations can make it a challenging task. Marketing automation is simply an electronic tool that allows you to send marketing information to donors. Improving Donor Retention Problems.

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The Great Peer to Peer Fundraising Donor Debate

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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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The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 101: Building Trust and Accountability with Donor Statements

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Industry expert Pamela Gignac, Vice President of Development at JMG Solutions, shares strategies and best practices for using donor statements to position your organization for a successful sustainer giving program. How the donor statement helps build trust. Podcast donor statement