#bbcon Just Took Over Austin, TX| Day 1 Recap

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Donor’s customer service expectations. The rise of Donor Advised Funds. And in each case, organizations have the choice to dig in their heels and fight to resist these changes or jump on board and figure it out. Donor Advised Funds is a great example of this dilemma.

New Study Monitors Dramatically Transforming Donor Behavior

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It has long been believed that the health of the philanthropic sector is directly linked to the passion people have for organizations and their missions. To that end, there has been a great focus on communication and stewardship of donors to further increase giving.

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4 Things Your Nonprofit Needs to Know About Online Donors

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New data from Target Analytics , a division of Blackbaud, reveals key insights into online and offline donors. The findings are based on analysis of online and offline giving data from sixteen large national nonprofits in the United States during 2016 and represents more than 6.5

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The One-Size-Fits-All Donor Model Is so Last Century

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As the United States population becomes even more diverse, fundraisers have an unparalleled opportunity to employ strategies that engage new audiences , bring new voices to the table, and enrich the nonprofit sector with new talent and leadership.

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[Book Interview] Nonprofit Example of Social Media Excellence: The Humane Society of the United States

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Organization: The Humane Society of the United States. Organization Size: 11 million supporters, 500+ staff. What was the very first social media tool your organization utilized, and when? Name: Carie Lewis. Title: Director of Emerging Media.

13 Nonprofit Statistics You Never Knew


There are currently 1,409,430 tax exempt nonprofit organization in the United States $316.23 billion was donated to United States based charities in 2012. Total fundraising in the United States increased by 4.9% i nthe United States in 2013.

Understanding the Rage-Donation: How to Engage Beyond the Episodic Gift

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One dynamic area for acquiring new donors is from episodic giving. Episodic donors give to nonprofits in response to disasters and tragic events, viral campaigns, and in reaction to the latest headlines. Today, we are seeing activists-turned-donors responding to the 2016 U.S.

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6 Ways to Keep Your Organization Secure

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Like most nonprofits, your organization likely deals with a lot of data: donor contacts, details about the clients you serve, and data collected in the field. We think that every organization should make security a priority, and we want to help you do that.

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Admitting the Problem: Your Donor Retention Needs Work

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In our January/February edition, we explored how to keep donors around all year. The biggest issue with donor retention is that most people don’t even realize it’s an issue. If you focus on donors who give just once, it’s a sad position to be in as an organization,” Sargeant said.

Data Hygiene: Is a bad address costing your organization?

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The summer was spent getting organized and planning for the following year among other things. My duty for the week was to mill over local and state newspapers for obituaries, clip them and document accordingly in the alumni database.

Best Strategies to Mobilize Supporters and Donors


What are the secret ingredients to mobilizing a base of supporters and donors? Always remember that your supporters and donors are real people (not ATM machines). They have different preferences in how they like organizations to communicate with them. Out of 14 nonprofits that M&R studied using a multichannel approach, first year donor retention rates increased by 61% vs 32% for offline donors and 24% for online donors.

A Brief History of Nonprofit Organizations (And What We Can Learn)

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Though the idea of helping and giving back to others has existed since Biblical times, nonprofit organizations in the United States have a much shorter history. Let’s take a look at what we can learn from the history of nonprofit organizations. Though the organization had been around for years, in the early 1900s we saw the U.S.’s Work with the government to apply for the legal status that best fits your organization.

5 Research-Backed Lessons on Major Gifts Fundraising

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The study provides useful and interesting insights on general philanthropic trends across the United States and confirms common wisdom about the anecdotal characteristics of our industry’s best donors.

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What Your Nonprofit Needs to Know About Facebook’s New Fundraising Tools

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Essentially a digital payment system that allows 2-tap giving by using a donor’s saved credit card information in their Facebook account, we are definitely entering a new era in online and mobile fundraising. View: Humane Society of the United States Facebook Page.

Overhead: Time to Pull Our Heads Out of the Sand?

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Some say it’s the wrong measure of a nonprofit organization’s success; others say it is the gold standard for measuring worthiness for support. My research was done via a survey directed to employees and board members of nonprofit organizations.

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Emotions vs. Numbers| Developing the Right Strategy for Your Next Fundraising Appeal

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There are two ways these posts about soliciting donors start: Either we begin with a metaphor about how asking a donor for time or money is like a. While both are apt comparisons to soliciting donors, they actually represent entirely different ways of asking for money.

Donor Spotlight: Lavelle Fund for the Blind

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It funds primarily organizations that serve the New York City metropolitan area or New York State. It is Benetech’s largest social enterprise and is making excellent strides towards solving the “accessible book famine” in the United States.

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

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The 2016 Charitable Giving Report includes overall giving data from 6,845 nonprofit organizations representing $23 billion in total fundraising from 2016. For example, in 2016, the average age of a donor in the United States was 62 years-old and on average they made 1.4

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How to Create a Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Campaign on Facebook

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Currently only nonprofits in the United States can take advantage of Facebook Fundraisers. The Humane Society of the United States is an organization regularly in the habit of early adoption of new social media tools and trends.

Which Crowdfunding Platform Is Best for Your Organization?

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Amazingly, the organization has surpassed this goal and (as of this article) has raised $11,547. Nonprofit Success Story: The American Childhood Cancer Organization recently raised over $7,000 with a T-shirt featuring the international symbol of support for those living with childhood cancer.

2015 Charitable Giving Report: Fundraising Continues to Grow

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It reveals that overall giving in the United States increased 1.6% A few highlights from the report: International Affairs organizations had the largest year-over-year increase in charitable giving. Blackbaud’s 2015 Charitable Giving Report includes more than $18.2

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Which Crowdfunding Platform Is Best for Your Organization?

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Amazingly, the organization has surpassed this goal and (as of this article) has raised $11,547. The Scoop: CauseVox (a TechSoup donor partner) is a platform tailored for nonprofits and social good projects.

HSUS YouTube User-Generated Video Competition Grows List - Online Fundraising, Advocacy, and Social Media - frogloop


57) Mobile (15) Nonprofit Benchmark Studies (15) Nonprofit Events (36) nptech (8) Online Advertising (5) Online Advocacy (47) Online Fundraising (97) Online Marketing (59) Online Organizing (32) SEO (3) Social Networking (109) Technology (31) Trends (51) Video (27) Volunteering (2) Web 2.0 (60)

5 Facts About Online Average Gift Size

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billion in online gifts in 2016 from more than 4,000 nonprofit organizations in the United States. Medical Research Organizations have the Smallest Online Gift Size: The Medical Research sector has an online average gift of $89. I have a confession to make.

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The 2014 Charitable Giving Report

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The 2014 Charitable Giving Report includes 24 months of overall giving data from 4,798 nonprofit organizations representing more than $16.2 In 2014, overall charitable giving in the United States increased 2.1%

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4 Ways to Optimize Your Donation Pages to Grow Monthly Giving

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With online giving now a major component of most organizations’ monthly giving programs, it’s imperative that your donation forms are fully optimized. By making monthly giving the website default, you are signaling that sustaining support is your organization’s priority.

Five Reasons Why Every Nonprofit Needs a Sustained Giving Program

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In the sustained giving model, donors regularly contribute a set amount to your nonprofit. In fact, he says, the lifetime revenue of these supporters is 600 to 800 percent higher than annual giving donors. It will boost donor retention rates. Sustained giving. Recurring giving.

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10 Nonprofit Statistics You Have To See


of all fundraising in the United States was from online giving in 2013. Source ) 13% of all charitable giving goes to Education organizations. Source ) 50% of donors say a personalized ‘thank you’ is more important than a speedy one. Image courtesy of Harvard.

Blackbaud Charitable Giving Report Proves Nonprofits Should Focus on Donor Retention in 2013

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A down economy continues to challenge fundraising efforts for all size organizations. Small nonprofits grew the most for overall giving (7.3%) , but medium organizations grew the most for online giving. Giving to religious organizations grew by 6.1%

Upcoming Webinar April 3: Four Nonprofit CRM Strategies

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This webinar is best suited for nonprofits and public library staff in the United States, but is open to participants worldwide. Donors Event Running Your Organization nonprofits community TechSoup Event webinars nonprofit CRM tsevent constituent relationship management NetSuite Nonprofits looking for constituent relationship management systems. CRM) are often enamored by the features and bells and whistles.

12 Demographic & Technology Trends Changing the Nonprofit Sector Worldwide

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Social good organizations will also be needed to apply pressure on institutions to prioritize diplomacy, human rights, to act on climate change, and to protect the world’s remaining biodiversity. Source: United Nations Population Fund. Source: United States Census Bureau.

How Can My Nonprofit Get Started with Measurable Advocacy?

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How can advocacy make a measurable difference for your organization? Leslie Crutchfield and Heather McLeod Grant suggest that “[a]n organization… has to walk a tightrope of building the skills necessary to engage in advocacy, while continuing to provide services (or vice versa).”[1]

How the Alabama Eye Bank Runs Its Entire Organization on FileMaker

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Most organizations nowadays, TechSoup included, rely on their databases to do their work. Whether it be donor and grantmaker tracking, client tracking, e-commerce, or inventory, we probably couldn’t survive very long if our databases didn’t do their jobs.

The Future of Nonprofit Engagement Strategies

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Donald Trump lost nearly every editorial board in the United States but won the election anyway. Think of it this way: If I told you in 1995 that you needed a website for your organization you probably would have seen it coming.

ASU Lodestar Center Blog: How to Start a Nonprofit Organization.

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Disclaimer Wednesday, June 1, 2011 How to Start a Nonprofit Organization: Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Make the Leap posted by Robert Duea , Professional in Residence ASU Lodestar Center and Pat Lewis , Senior Professional in Residence ASU Lodestar Center So, youre thinking about starting a nonprofit organization. Why do I want to start a nonprofit organization rather than a for-profit organization?" Both types of organization could be the right choice for you.

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Why Individual Giving Strategies Often Don’t Work for Communities of Color

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Every time that I talk about how arduous grant writing is, inevitably someone will say something like, “That’s why you should focus on individual donors! Statistically, individual donors provide 72% of the funds for nonprofits!”

Inside Goodwill’s #LaborofLove Campaign

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There are 164 local and independent Goodwill nonprofit organizations in the United States and Canada. Last year, Goodwill placed 312,000 people in employment in the United States and Canada. We’re approaching Labor Day Weekend.

5 Essential Controls for Charities during the Holiday Giving Season

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The unofficial kickoff of the charitable giving season occurs on Giving Tuesday, which takes place the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday here in the United States. Each organization must decide what works for them based on their size and staffing.

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Free Webinar on June 6! 10 Common Mistakes Nonprofits Make in Social Media

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The Social Web has dramatically changed how nonprofits communicate with supporters, donors, and volunteers. Date: Wednesday, June 6, 2012. Time: 1pm-2:30 EDT. Cost: Free. How to Register: Sign up! Presented By: Heather Mansfield.

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The Must-Have Accessory for Your Monthly Giving Program

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That’s how many credit cards were in circulation in the United States in 2015. In addition, when a recurring payment fails to process due to outdated credit card information, your philanthropic organization loses revenue. 1,200,000,000.