Fundraising is all about people connecting with people. The question is, how well do you know yours?

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These are simple questions but incredibly difficult to answer without spending quality time with your people – grabbing a cup of coffee , going to dinner, meeting in their home. Carving out time to really get to know your donors can have a profound impact on your fundraising performance.

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Are You Playing ‘Twenty Questions’ with Your Event Registrants?

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Just because ‘Twenty Questions’ is a good way to pass the time during road trips, does not mean the game has a place on your event registration form. We get it; you want to gather information from participants during the registration process for your peer-to-peer fundraiser.

Are you asking the right questions in your peer to peer fundraising survey? #TT

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Jen initially wrote this post for me to share a highlights from a webinar we hosted: Are you asking the right questions in your post event survey? Best Practice 2: Only ask questions about things you can change. Best Practice 3: Ask questions about things you care about.

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Buying Fundraising Software: 20 Questions Answered

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Although many nonprofit organizations understand the value of fundraising software and want to make the switch, many are stumped by how to approach the buying process.

7 Questions To Ask First

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So leaning on that background, as well as my more recent decade in nonprofit technology, I offer the following interview questions that an interviewee can ask of a hiring organization, to determine whether a given group is where you should place a career bet. The Seven Questions.

The Nonprofit Fundraising Strategic Plan Guide


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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Ask These Questions Before Changing Your P2P Program in 2016

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Either way, I spend more of my personal time than I like to admit keeping up to date on all things peer-to-peer, social media, technology, marketing, fundraising, and serial commas. The question itself signified one of our biggest struggles in the nonprofit sector.

Volunteers Or Donors: The Millennial Question


The question has to be asked, then. Whether it is online through social media networks, or in person at the local pub running a fundraising event, making ensuring your nonprofit is visible and always in front of your target audience is important.

4 Questions to Ask Before Going Mobile

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Here are four groups of strategic questions to help guide your thinking: Who are your constituents and what are they like? Author: Guest Blogger. An extraordinary thing happened last year. For the first year ever, total PC sales around the world were outpaced by total smartphone sales.

3 Questions Environmental Organizations Should Ask When Evaluating a CRM


While this may be an intimidating proposition, the process can be made easier by keeping a larger value framework in mind and making sure to ask a few key questions. For environmental organizations, these are three questions that should be asked about any potential new CRM.

What Fundraisers Can Learn from Direct Marketing

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Generate a list of metrics or questions you’d like to know about. Fundraisers who can take these best practices and reinvent them for university fundraising will more effectively raise money for their organizations.

What Does Spam Do to your Email Fundraising? [INFOGRAPHIC]


If you’re sending fundraising emails, then you’re losing money to spam. The question then, is how much + why? email fundraising deliverability infographic

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5 Questions for Pamela Grow

NonProfit Trends

This is a continuing series of 5 Questions for experts from across the nonprofit sector: 5 Questions for Pamela Grow. Author, coach, copy-writer, nonprofit marketing consultant and political junkie, Pamela Grow is the author of “Five Days to Foundation Grants” and the creator of Simple Development Systems , the only online coaching program created for the overwhelmed fundraiser in the one-person marketing and development shop. 5 Questions Fundraising Grants

5 Ways To Optimize Your Donation Pages for End-of-Year Fundraising

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

The unfortunate reality is that the average fundraising page completion rate is only 17%, according to the M+R 2017 Benchmarks Study. Feature a Clear Headline The first two questions of any visitor to a web page are: Where am I? End of Year fundraising

3 Principles Fundraisers Should Adopt from Service Providers

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I left private legal practice for nonprofit fundraising to get away from the less relational aspects of the service provider-client relationship. I thought nonprofit fundraising was the opposite of lawyering. But the provider-client model is potentially valuable to fundraisers, too.

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Why Healthcare Nonprofits Need Analytics-Driven Fundraising

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The most successful healthcare nonprofits and foundations are laser focused on this and have shifted from fundraising for “nice to haves” to focusing on day-to-day priorities. Few industries have seen as much change in the past decade as healthcare.

5 Inventive Ways Donor Data Can Boost Your EOY Fundraising


EOY (or end-of-year) fundraising can be a critical time for nonprofits. You need to create personal, targeted appeals that show donors how they fit into your fundraising and how their gifts impact the recipients of your aid. fundraising prospect research donor research

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To Analyze or Not to Analyze… That is the Question

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I do highly recommend that you look for a company that has vast experience in analyzing fundraising data for nonprofits, as well as providing direction on how to utilize the results. Keep in mind that if you don’t analyze your database every few years at least, you are leaving potential fundraising dollars on the table. So your organization mails to the same group of prospects for your annual giving program year after year, looking at LYBUNTs, SYBUNTs, etc.,

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5 Ideas for University Fundraising Campaigns at Year-End

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5 Ideas for University Fundraising Campaigns at Year-End. Having one alumni ask their social networks of former classmates to donate is another flavor of peer-to-peer fundraising. In 2016, higher education institutions saw 17.7% of total giving occur in December.

Year-End Giving Prep: 21 FAQs Answered by Fundraising Experts

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Recently, Brock Warner (Senior Manager, Fundraising at War Child) and I hosted a webinar regarding end of year fundraising for nonprofits —the things we need to stop doing and things we should be doing instead. What are the 5 W’s for a fundraising appeal? Great question.

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Knock Your Third Party Fundraiser Out of the Park

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Baseball season is in full swing this time of year and so are multitudes of fundraising events. Alongside the rides, walks and runs, many organizations are utilizing Third Party or Independent Fundraising Events (IFE) to raise money for specific campaigns.

The Answers to Your Crowdfunding Questions

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He’s the writing whiz for WonderWe —a crowdfunding social network that provides free viral tools for nonprofits to fundraise, recruit and measure impact like a pro. The post The Answers to Your Crowdfunding Questions appeared first on Nonprofit Hub. Featured Fundraising

7 Techniques for Event Fundraising Success


Register for our monthly Event Fundraising eNewsletter to receive more practical fundraising tips like these in your inbox. Starting too late tends to result in participants raising an average of 27 percent less online than if they were given six months or more to fundraise.

More fundraising software = more data headaches

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Let’s face it … there is a direct relationship between the number of fundraising software systems we are using and the data problems we are creating for ourselves. More fundraising software = more data headaches. What sort of fundraising software are we talking about?

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What You Can Learn About Online Fundraising from 152 Canadian Charities

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I did this to learn more about how Canadian charities were doing online fundraising in 2018 by becoming a follower and donor to these organizations and then created a report based on what we found to help marketers and fundraisers in 3 critical areas for online fundraising: Email Signup.

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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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4 Easy Ways to Prepare Your Website for End-of-Year Fundraising

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

It’s a busy time for fundraising, which means you’re competing with a lot of other nonprofits and causes for their attention and support. Check out 5 Ways to Optimize Your Donation Pages for End-of-Year Fundraising for more! End of Year nonprofit websites fundraising

5 Questions for Pamela Grow

NonProfit Trends

This is a continuing series of questions for experts from across the nonprofit sector: 5 Questions for Pamela Grow. Author, coach, copy-writer, nonprofit marketing consultant and political junkie, Pamela Grow is the author of “Five Days to Foundation Grants” and the creator of Simple Development Systems , the only online coaching program created for the overwhelmed fundraiser in the one-person marketing and development shop. Nonprofit Trends 5 Questions Fundraising Grants

10 Ways to Make Your Nonprofit’s Fundraising More Social

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Online fundraising is becoming more popular each year. It is offering new opportunities for nonprofits to improve their fundraising success while trying out new channels. So, how can you make your fundraising more social? Fundraising should not be just about making the ask.

The Answer to Nearly Every Online Fundraising Question Is.


Yes, there are some very well established best practices for online fundraising, but testing always helps you improve your own performance.This is especially true when you are trying something new or outside the norm. Over the years I've gotten countless questions about how should nonprofits setup their online fundraising programs. Many of the same questions came up during NetWits Summer Camp and in the numerous emails I received following the sessions

5 Questions for Jay Frost

NonProfit Trends

This is a continuing series of 5 Questions for experts from across the nonprofit sector: 5 Questions for Jay Frost. Jay Frost is a 25 year veteran of the fundraising field. He has played a leadership role in a number of companies including (FRI), WealthEngine and Wealth ID, as well as serving as a fundraiser in New York and Washington and a grantmaker with the federal government. 5 Questions

How to Nail the Soft Skills of Fundraising: The Face-to-Face Ask

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Take heart fellow fundraiser, practice makes perfect. Solid Face-to-face fundraising requires: A true understanding of your donor. If your voice inflects to a higher pitch at the end of your sentences like you are asking a question you will not sound confident or credible.

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Diversifying Fundraising Programs: A Q&A with the CEO of Emancipet

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In the Blackbaud Institute’s report, The Right Mix , Anne Wallestad spoke about the Measuring Fundraising Effectiveness framework that quantifies the risk associated with a lack of diversification in fundraising.

When Fundraising Programs Stop Running Like Clockwork

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Or maybe the better questions is, “Have you ever tried to put a mechanical clock back together again?”) The intricacy of the clock movement is much like our fundraising programs. As with the clock, sometimes even the most brilliant fundraising program breaks down.

15 Techniques Used by Top Nonprofits to Boost Donor Acquisition and Online Fundraising Results

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Online fundraising isn’t a fad. As a matter of fact, online fundraising accounted for seven-percent of total fundraising in 2016. Online fundraising has also proven to be an extremely effective donors acquisition vehicle.

Turning Low-dollar Fundraisers Into Money Raising Superstars


Register for our Event Fundraising eNewsletter to receive more practical fundraising tips like these in your inbox. Have you ever thought to yourself, “ hummm, I wish I could turn my non-fundraising participants or low-dollar fundraisers into money raising superstars! ”?

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Lost the Luster? 3 Steps to Bring Back the Joy of Fundraising

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I was the proverbial mouse on the wheel, constantly racing to “keep up” with everything I needed to know and thought I should do in fundraising. In short, I had lost the joy of fundraising because I was bogged down in the job of fundraising.

Are We Approaching the Fundraising Cliff?

NonProfit Trends

Over the past few months I’ve been asked a lot of questions about … Research & Trends #nptech annual giving communication economy fundraising Goals individual fundraising Online Fundraising relationship management Social Media for Nonprofits

6 Tips from Valencia College Foundation for Virtual Fundraising Success

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This year the foundation took their six-week fundraising campaign online using peer-to-peer fundraising to supplement their offline campaign activities. Hey, this is our yearly fundraiser, won’t you gives us money to help current students have a great experience at our university?

A Fundraiser’s Secret Weapon: Data Analytics

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And we all have likely asked these same questions: How much do I really know about my donor’s relationship with my charity? For me, I needed data to help focus on four things: Data to measure and monitor the performance of the individual giving fundraising program.

44 Ways to Turn Your Supporters into Fundraising Superstars


Register for our Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Newsletter. One that's passionate about a cause and ready to be a fundraising super star! Turning your everyday supporters into fundraising superstars isn’t easy. So, how can you help supporters become fundraising superstars?

Tips for a Rockin’ Top Fundraiser Club

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A Top Fundraiser Club can be a great tool to show appreciation to the participants who are raising the most for your events. My first gig as a peer-to-peer fundraiser was working on the MS Walks and MS 150 Bike Tour in the Houston office of the National MS Society.

Could your non-profit generate revenue? (5 questions to ask yourself)


Building on the discussion of revenue generating non-profits from Monday, this article talks about five questions you should ask yourself when considering if your non-profit could fundraise via revenue generation. This five step process will take you a long way in the direction of seeing if this is a fit for you