8 Things Resilient Fundraisers Should be Doing Now

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Resilient fundraisers stand ready to take on whatever the day brings, even if it wasn’t part of the plan. We talked about the tactics that resilient fundraisers should be embracing and they offered advice on how to build new processes and define strategies differently.

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 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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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.

Resilient Fundraising with One Focus: Caring for Our Supporters

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What should be the focus of our fundraising during this time of crisis? So yes, focus on how to help people feel better in each fundraising communication. Learn more in the free webinar on resilient fundraising hosted by Blackbaud Nonprofit Solutions! .

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 Keys to Conducting Feasibility Studies for Fundraising Campaigns

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Conducting a comprehensive feasibility study is a critical first step in every major fundraising effort. I think of it as determining how much water is in the pool before you “dive in” to a fundraising campaign. Nonprofit Nonprofit Fundraising Feasibility Study fundraising strategy

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.

Getting Started with Peer-to-Peer Fundraising

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Peer-to-peer fundraising campaigns are popping up everywhere as they continue to grow in popularity. By now, most people have encountered several peer-to-peer fundraising campaigns whether they realize it or not. Peer-to-peer fundraiser. Peer-to-peer fundraiser. Donating to a friend’s Facebook Birthday Fundraiser ? Peer-to-peer fundraiser! sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 107: The State of Peer-to-Peer Fundraising. What Is Peer-to-Peer Fundraising?

What Previous Crises Can Teach Us About Navigating the Current Fundraising Environment

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Whether it be the tragedy of 9/11, a tsunami, an economic recession, an earthquake in Haiti, a country divided by an election or a devastating brushfire, there are many high-profile events of the past that have threatened to push the fundraising landscape to its limit.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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

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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6 Steps to a Successful Celebrity Fundraising Partnership

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When organizations partner with celebrity influencers and online giving, their mission can get maximized through social sharing and fundraising. When you combine a fundraising call to action with a celebrity influence, the impact can be so meaningful to your mission.

10 Things Fundraisers Can Do to Adapt During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond

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This list comes after a myriad of conversations with both donors and fundraisers who have helped me see a path forward. Ten ways to adapt your fundraising efforts right now: More meetings will still produce more support.

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.

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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The Top 5 Fundraising Trends in 2020

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By Scot Chisholm , CEO and Co-founder of Classy ––a social enterprise that creates world-class online fundraising software for nonprofits, modernizing the giving experience to accelerate social impact around the world. 30% said they planned to leave fundraising altogether.

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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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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.

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.

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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Nonprofit Experts Elizabeth Engel and Sohini Baliga Tackle Your Tough Questions on Growth, Fundraising and More

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Last month, experts Elizabeth Engel and Sohini Baliga presented a free webinar titled, "Steal These Ideas: 3 Growth Strategies From Top Fundraisers." Unfortunately we ran out of time during the Q&A period, but luckily Elizabeth and Sohini wrote down all the extra questions. Here are their answers

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 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.

5 Questions for Jay Frost

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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 FundraisingINFO.com (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

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

Fundraising from 6 Feet Away: Tips for Making Your Giving Day an Online-Only Event

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Livestream Fundraising 101: What is Livestream Fundraising? Know what you plan to discuss, when you plan to ask questions, what you plan to encourage people to do, etc. Prepare open ended questions that are simple, fun and engaging that you can ask your audience. Here are a few questions to get you started: What is your favorite memory from one of our past events…? Phone calls for fundraising.

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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.

5 Questions to Ask Before Sending That Email Blast

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Email newsletters, emails about upcoming events, and emails about fundraising and volunteer opportunities. The post 5 Questions to Ask Before Sending That Email Blast appeared first on John Haydon.

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8 Tips for Fundraising When You Hate Networking

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Try these tips for fundraisers who hate networking: 1. ask them questions and see if they have any recommendations for who to talk to.” The post 8 Tips for Fundraising When You Hate Networking appeared first on Nonprofit Hub. Events Featured Fundraising

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.

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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7 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Crowdfunding Platform

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She brings more than 11 years of experience as a marketing and communications professional and a passion for helping fundraisers succeed. _. Before you begin your crowdfunding journey, here are seven questions to ask yourself to help you choose the perfect platform for your needs.

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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Disaster Fundraising, Dressing Up That Dog, Serious Questions and More

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Here are 5 fresh links we've bookmarked on Apricot Jam this week - from tips on fundraising after a disaster, to dressing up boring news to the fate of associations. Apricot Jam

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.

Donation Forms Dissected: Where We’re Winning & Losing in Online Fundraising

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Were there any segmentation questions? Based on these 10 organizations and the much larger sample size we’ve seen in 2019, here’s where the nonprofit sector is winning and losing in online fundraising. We’ve filled out a lot of online donation forms.