Yes, Fundraising is Hard Work!

Connection Cafe

I stopped in my tracks and chuckled as I was getting ready for work this morning. Fundraising is hard work; sometimes hand cramping work. Maybe fundraising isn’t for everyone. Be great to your donors, embrace the hard work and know that it does make a difference.

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Facebook is Great, but Does it Really Work for Fundraising?

NetWits

Fundraising via Social Networking. So, the question remains, Facebook is a great platform for many things, but is it useful for fundraising? Online Fundraising Social Media #nptech Facebook fundraising Non-Profit Social Media Strategy

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Keep Calm and Write On| The Guide to Creating Fundraising Appeals that Work

Connection Cafe

As you know, a successful fundraising strategy takes months, sometimes a full year, of preparation. If your donors inboxes are anything like Steves, your end of year fundraising appeal is one in a stack of a few hundred. Real-world examples of successful fundraising appeals.

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P2P Fundraising: Expanding Beyond the Fundraising Event

Connection Cafe

Peer-to-peer fundraising or P2P fundraising is a style of fundraising where an organization recruits supporters to solicit donations from their friends and family on behalf of that nonprofit. Your supporters expect fundraising tools that are accessible via a mobile device.

Work Smarter, Not Harder

Connection Cafe

As you look at your fundraising calendar, you can easily become overwhelmed. People … Fundraising planning

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Fundraising at the Speed of Life

Connection Cafe

Maybe you’ve felt the effects of reduced alumni participation, or maybe you’re worried about the sustainability of a fundraising model that draws wealth from a few, volatile sources. Work focuses on engaging donors at all levels of the giving pyramid through sustained programming.

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3 Steps to Getting Your Board More Involved in Fundraising

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

Getting development teams and their nonprofit boards to work in alignment can be challenging. Fundraisers often lament that board members are shirking their commitment to helping fundraise. Luckily, fundraising is a learnable skill. fundraising

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The Nonprofit Fundraising Strategic Plan Guide

Everyaction

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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Happy or Sad Fundraising Stories: Which Works Best?

John Haydon

The single most important element of any fundraising campaign are the fundraising stories. The post Happy or Sad Fundraising Stories: Which Works Best?

8 Best Practices for Nonprofit Event Fundraising

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Okay, so you’ve decided you’re going to throw a nonprofit fundraising event… virtual high fives. And while charity events can be important for raising funds for your cause, it’s no secret they can also be a lot of work. 6) Add social fundraising to your event.

The 6 Scariest Monsters Nonprofit Fundraisers Are Facing This Halloween

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

This October 31 st , it’s not ghosts and ghouls that most nonprofit fundraisers are worried about. Rising email spam rates Many nonprofits depend on email as the backbone of their digital fundraising programs. fundraising nonprofit tools

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Social media's impact on charitable fundraising: Does it work? - USATODAY.com

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Social media's impact on charitable fundraising: Does it work? USATODAY.com

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Fundraise Across Borders with International Giving on EveryAction

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

based nonprofits working in the areas of international development, refugee services, and environmental conservation, among other sectors, perform a significant amount of work and raise a significant amount of money in the United Kingdom, Europe, and Canada. fundraising digital

44 Ways to Turn Nonprofit Supporters into Fundraising Superstars

Connection Cafe

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.

EveryAction Development: Make Your Fundraising Tools Work For You

Everyaction

As a major force behind this powerful, unified fundraising solution, Melissa is our go-to guru for learning how EveryAction Development is a better, more user-friendly platform to cultivate donor relationships, track major gifts, run direct mail & telemarketing campaigns, segment custom reports, and at the end of the day, raise more money. The first time fundraisers use our tools, they’re pleasantly surprised. We can work with them. fundraising CRM donor management

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5 Reasons Nonprofits Need to Invest in Annual Fundraising Campaigns

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

However, just because they are a fundraising staple doesn’t mean that annual campaigns don’t require the same amount of attention, creativity, and work that other campaigns do. fundraising nonprofit campaigns Development

The Best Way to Thank Your Nonprofit’s Facebook Fundraisers

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Any fundraiser worth their salt knows they should be thanking people who donate or fundraise for their cause. However, there seems to be confusion around the best way to thank Facebook fundraisers, with many nonprofits not thanking them at all. The Best Way to Thank Fundraisers.

What Fundraisers Can Learn from Direct Marketing

Connection Cafe

Prior to working at Blackbaud, I spent 10 years working in annual giving. I’m embarrassed to admit that it hadn’t occurred to me in those years that all my work in annual giving was really direct marketing. Segmentation works. This strategy works.

Nonprofit Hub’s Favorite Fundraisers

NonProfit Hub

Here at Nonprofit Hub, we believe the most successful fundraisers are hybrids of innovation and tried-and-true ideas. Dinner galas and silent auctions are effective to an extent, but when someone asks you, “What’s the best fundraiser you’ve ever been to?” Here’s how it works.

How to Include Matching Gifts in Your Fundraising Plan

Connection Cafe

As a nonprofit organization, the work you do is dependent on the generosity of your supporters. A clear and well-planned fundraising strategy is key to successfully raising the funds you need and retaining more support year over year.

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Three Tips for Common-Sense Fundraising

Connection Cafe

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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DIY Fundraising – Easy Money for Your Nonprofit?

Connection Cafe

“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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T-Shirt Fundraising: A New Take on Crowdfunding

NonProfit Hub

If your nonprofit is looking for a new fundraising idea that will get your supporters excited to make a donation, then t-shirt fundraising could be exactly what you’re looking for. What is T-Shirt Fundraising? Benefits of T-Shirt Fundraisers for Nonprofits.

3 Tips that Make Every Holiday Campaign Work

NetWits

By now many of you have been working on your end of year campaigns, but if you haven’t started planning the good news is you still have time to put a plan in place to maximize end of year giving. Online Fundraising holiday campaign holiday fundraising nonprofit fundraising

User-Generated Content: Put your constituents to work!

Connection Cafe

Nonprofit Marketing #nptech Content marketing Online Fundraising websites For many nonprofits, writing new online content can be a huge burden. It always seems to be the most daunting task in a website redesign project.

82 Fundraising and Social Media Stats for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Fundraising Stats. of overall fundraising in 2018 came from online giving ( Charitable Giving Report ). The number of new retained donors dropped 14.9% ( Fundraising Effectiveness Project ). Email Fundraising. Peer-to-Peer Fundraising.

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3 Steps to Creating Your Perfect Advocacy Fundraising Moment

Connection Cafe

In the 400-odd days since Donald Trump’s inauguration, fundraising in the nonprofit space has been more competitive and chaotic than ever before. With so much competition, organizations can no longer rely on #GivingTuesday or year-end pushes to meet their fundraising marks.

3 Principles Fundraisers Should Adopt from Service Providers

Connection Cafe

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. My success and joy as a lawyer had little to do with actual legal work.

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GUIDE: Using Donor Personas to Maximize Your Nonprofit Fundraising

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

Did he engage with a recent fundraising email? You can show Susan that the feeling is mutual by tracking her interests and sharing stories that demonstrate how her support moves your work forward. Reward his volunteerism by offering Vince the opportunities that work best for him.

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3 Tips that Make Every Holiday Campaign Work

NetWits

By now many of you have been working on your end of year … Online Fundraising holiday campaign holiday fundraising nonprofit fundraising

Why Healthcare Nonprofits Need Analytics-Driven Fundraising

Connection Cafe

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

EveryAction

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. When he isn’t working, he is an avid kickball player.

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Make No Mistake: Fundraising IS Mission

Connection Cafe

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. These experiences were important and necessary, pointing to the fact that we have more work to do.

What’s to Come in Digital Fundraising?

Connection Cafe

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?

EOY Hacks: 8 Online Fundraising Ideas to Save Money + Time

EveryAction

Me: I know our readers are up to their eyeballs in work from now until January. What can I write about to help them through this crazy time besides end-of-year fundraising? Brilliant Nonprofit Guru: End-of-year fundraising. fundraising

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Staying Competitive in the Battle for Fundraising Talent

Connection Cafe

Staying competitive in the battle to attract and retain fundraising talent matters now more than ever. With the right people in the right positions, you’re better able to meet your fundraising goals. Infographic: How Gift Officer Management Impacts Fundraising Goals.

[New Report] 3 Key Findings for University Fundraising

Connection Cafe

Blackbaud recently released its fifth annual Charitable Giving Report, and it offers major lessons for institutions of higher education looking to increase fundraising capacity over the coming years. Online Fundraising is Creating Big Opportunities for Schools.

5 Ideas for University Fundraising Campaigns at Year-End

Connection Cafe

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.

Storytelling Workouts for Year-End Fundraising

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

As End of Year Fundraising quickly approaches we've started to think of what you can do now to ensure a successful fundraising season. No matter what’s on your fundraising to do list this fall, there’s one must have that you can’t afford to leave off that to-do list – stories.

7 Tips to Make Sure That Your Nonprofit Fundraising Event Doesn't Flop

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

Nonprofit fundraising events are a great way to raise money and increase your organization’s profile at the same time. Follow these steps to make sure your event is a fundraising success rather than a financial flop. Set a Fundraising Goal. After the event, the work doesn’t stop.

5 Standout Strategies for Year-End Fundraising Success

Connection Cafe

For nonprofits, the year-end fundraising season always seems to creep up when you least expect it. Summer fades, the leaves start to change, and before you know it, it’s time to kick your fundraising strategies into high gear again! Fundraising software. Now get to fundraising!

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

Connection Cafe

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?

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Knock Your Third Party Fundraiser Out of the Park

Connection Cafe

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.