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.

44 Ways to Turn Nonprofit Supporters into Fundraising Superstars

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Turning your supporters into fundraising superstars isn’t easy. It requires the right combination of fundraising expertise, engaged staff members, and savvy technology. So, how can you help supporters become fundraising superstars? Offer rewards for fundraising levels achieved.

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Three Tips for Common-Sense Fundraising

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Fundraising is certainly not exempt from this problem; we base decisions too often on expediency rather than an analysis of long-term consequences. As fundraisers, facts are the basis of much of our work, especially with the direct response portion of our program.

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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.

The Future of Peer-to-Peer Fundraising

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It’s safe to say that our peer-to-peer fundraising world is different today than it was ten years ago—or even two years ago. So what’s a fundraiser to do? These warm leads have the potential to be great fundraisers; they just may need more coaching on why their support matters.

When Fundraising Programs Stop Running Like Clockwork

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The intricacy of the clock movement is much like our fundraising programs. If you’re a fundraiser who loves your work because of the action and the often-immediate results, it can be painful when chaos meets fundraising. Some fundraisers won’t stick around to fix it.

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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Technology and the Shift to Donor-Centric Fundraising

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On December 31st, 2015, the busiest day of the year for online fundraising, we had just one email queued up to go out from NTEN. But NTEN is certainly not the only organization leveraging advances in technology to make fundraising a donor-centric process.

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4 Ways Smart Integrations Can Improve Nonprofit Fundraising Results

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Nonprofits rely heavily on online fundraising campaigns, but raising money can sometimes feel like throwing things at a wall and trying to see what sticks. For example, let’s say an annual donor recently attended a fundraising event for a particular cause.

How Independent Fundraising Momentum is Reshaping Traditional P2P

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The peer-to-peer fundraising marketplace has undergone a transformation with momentum rapidly shifting toward individually directed fundraising and “DIY” or independent campaigns. What’s the Future of Traditional Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Events?

4 Ways Religious Organizations Can Talk About Fundraising with Supporters

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Yet, far too many religious organizations shy away from talking about fundraising with donors, members and other friends of the organization because they worry that doing so will turn off supporters or otherwise compromise their spiritual mission. When approached correctly, your fundraising message can not only honor your spiritual work, but can also help to deepen the relationship between your organization, your donors, and the people that you serve.

19 Proven Fundraising Ideas from Nonprofit Experts

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If you’re looking for Fundraising Ideas you’ve come to the right place. The npEXPERTS e-book includes Forbes’ most influential, top bloggers, CFRE/ACFREs, animal lovers and association pros, pioneers and innovators, peer-to-peer fundraisers, and direct response agitators all in one place.

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Developing Fanatic Discipline to Meet P2P Fundraising Goals

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As we prepared to produce this year’s Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Study, I decided to dust off my copy of Great By Choice and re-read it. What does Great By Choice have to do with nonprofit organizations and peer-to-peer fundraising? Life is unpredictable.

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Make No Mistake: Fundraising IS Mission

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But then, later in the summer, I found myself in different rooms filled with people who were just learning about nonprofits and fundraising, rooms where the thinking was different. We have more room to tell the story and build understanding that fundraising is not separate from mission.

3 Nonprofit Fundraising Lessons Learned from Political Campaigns

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Campaigns push staff, vendors, and consultants to stretch and test the limits of best practices and tools in communication, fundraising, advertising, branding and targeting. Lesson One: Online Organizing and Fundraising. And who could forget Howard Dean’s turkey sandwich fundraiser?

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The 2016 Nonprofit Fundraising Strategic Plan Guide

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For some things, spontaneity is highly desirable, but any fundraising professional will tell you that planning a campaign isn’t one of them. But it isn’t enough to have a rough idea of messaging, an incomplete timeline, some scheduled tweets, and an arbitrary fundraising goal.

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5 Myths of Mobile Fundraising, Debunked [INFOGRAPHIC]

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I’m a designer who, up until recently, held some pretty naïve opinions about mobile fundraising. At the end of the 2014 giving season, we completed a mobile fundraising study across 343 nonprofit websites to help separate our facts from our opinions. I have a confession.

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DIY Fundraising – Easy Money for Your Nonprofit?

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“Do-it-yourself” (DIY) fundraising has long taken a back seat to more traditional run, walk, or ride fundraising events. No matter the reason, I’ve never heard more chatter about DIY fundraising than I have over the past year.

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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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The Secret to Raising $1M During Your First-Year Fundraising Event

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I recently returned to Blackbaud after a 3-year stint working for a large cancer hospital where I established a brand new institutional P2P fundraising event—The Boot Walk to End Cancer. 3 Reasons Why Leadership Volunteers Are Pivotal to a Successful P2P Fundraising Strategy: 1.

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Strengthen Fundraising Before the Next Recession

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Whether or not a recession is here, coming, or somewhere in the far distant future, one thing can’t be ignored: fundraisers need to manage a program that—while maybe not recession-proof—is constructed in such a way that one more recession won’t force the nonprofit organization out of business.

What’s to Come in Digital Fundraising?

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This milestone got me thinking about how fast time flies, but also about the huge changes the company has seen in the digital fundraising space. The digital fundraising space has changed so much in the last ten years, what will the next ten hold?

8 Fundraising Tools to Watch in 2017

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That said, launching a fundraising start-up is not easy and the odds of making it long-term are slim. Brackets for Good hosts online, bracket-style fundraising tournaments that encourage donors to out-fundraise their opponents on behalf of their favorite nonprofit.

20 Email Fundraising Best Practices

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Even some of the largest organizations have a lot of low hanging fruit and aren’t leveraging the best email fundraising practices. Online Fundraising Digital StrategyIs your nonprofit struggling to raise money online? You’re not alone.

3 Keys to Lasting Participant Retention in P2P Fundraising 

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If you’ve been in peer-to-peer fundraising for any length of time, you don’t need a study to tell you how valuable repeat participants are to your event and your organization. This year’s Blackbaud Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Study shows retention rates declining for Walks and 5Ks.

What Funders Want: Outcomes 101 for the Frontline Fundraiser

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Tracking and measuring outcomes is no longer a nice to have or a buzzword, it is now imperative for fundraisers to embrace and communicate their organizations’ outcomes and results in order to stand out when competing for dollars and resources.

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Honoring both Funders and Fundraisers on National Philanthropy Day

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In 2009, when I was serving as the President of the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ South Carolina Lowcountry Chapter , I found myself in front of a group of 400 generous, deeply caring people. Happy Thanksgiving…a week early.

Four Trends to Follow at AFP’s 2017 International Fundraising Conference

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This year’s AFP fundraising conference is all about disruption. How are the rules of philanthropy changing, and what does that mean for fundraisers and the supporters they’re accountable to? Fundraising Bright Spots – Jeanne Bell, CompassPoint and Kim Klein, Klein and Roth Consulting.

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.

Why Advocacy Organizations Must Keep Sustainers Top of Mind During EOY Fundraising

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Money funds the mission, and a more efficient fundraising operation will help you direct the maximum amount of revenue toward the mission. While the tax deduction is part of the reason, it’s also true that the culture of EOY fundraising campaigns perpetuates itself.

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The New Normal in EOY Multi-Channel Fundraising

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No longer does multiple-channel fundraising mean a home page mention and few Facebook posts during online campaigns. Multi-channel fundraising has evolved to include more donations driven from a nonprofit’s home page, digital advertising and social ambassadors.

4 Fascinating Facts about Online Fundraising (and some ideas to help boost your fundraising results)

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If you had to guess how much charitable giving grew in 2012, what … Online Fundraising 2012 Charitable Giving Report by Blackbaud fundraising best practices fundraising ideas fundraising tips

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The Essence of Fundraising Ethics at Year-End

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With just weeks remaining in 2016, many fundraisers will adopt the stance, “Ask early, ask often, and ask boldly.” It’s the time of year when we really crank up the volume (quantity and intensity) of our fundraising messages, knowing that how the year ends will greatly impact 2017.

Nonprofit Fundraising Basics: Matching Gifts

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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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The Secret to Achieving 3X Better Fundraising Results [INFOGRAPHIC]

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If you’ve been in the nonprofit industry for a while, you’ve likely heard that “direct mail is dead” or that offline fundraising is on the decline. That online fundraising is the way for your organization to break through its fundraising ceiling and raise millions of dollars tomorrow.

Social Fundraising: Expanding Beyond the Fundraising Event

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The term social fundraising or peer-to-peer fundraising describes a style of fundraising where a nonprofit organization recruits volunteers to solicit donations from their friends and family on behalf of that nonprofit. Sign up today for our webinar on May 8 on P2P fundraising.

Kick-start Your Year End Fundraising with Two Persuasive Techniques

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Year end fundraising is a big deal. About one-third of all charitable giving … Online Fundraising end of year fundraising event fundraising Friends Asking Friends fundraising kickstarter peer-to-peer fundraising persuasion scarcity Social Fundraising social proof

The Future of Fundraising is Already Here. Stop Fundraising! Start Inspiring!

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When asked about what I think the future of fundraising looks like, my best advice? STOP FUNDRAISING! In the ever-evolving world of philanthropy, your success is not in the tools you use to fundraise, but in your donors.

4 Ways To Diversify Your Fundraising

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Does your nonprofit rely one type of fundraising to bring in revenue or is it diversified? For example, a diverse fundraising program would include direct mail, telemarketing, foundation grants, online fundraising through email appeals, your website, social media, etc.

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450 Email Subject Lines From End of Year Fundraising

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For several years now, January 1st not only means the beginning of the New Year, but also an opportunity to look at trends in year-end fundraising emails from nonprofit organizations. Here is the 2015 edition of my annual review of year-end nonprofit fundraising email subject lines. (Be

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