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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The Secret To Successful Work/Life Balance When You Work From Home

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The workshop, Work/Life Balance: Tips Fundraisers During A Pandemic included fundraisers from many different countries. One thing I shared was the importance of creating a “shutting down from work,” ritual. Happy Healthy Nonprofit Remote Work

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Social Media Fundraising: 6 Tips to Make It Work for You

Wild Apricot

Interested in using the power of social media in your fundraising but unsure of where to start? We’ve outlined 6 tips to make the platforms work for you

Two Keys for Successful Virtual Challenge Fundraisers

Connection Cafe

In the day job, peer-to-peer fundraising at Blackbaud, we have seen the proliferation of the term ‘Virtual event’. It’s no surprise that nearly every nonprofit is working to move physical events online and searching for ways to diversify more traditional fundraising channels.

8 Things Resilient Fundraisers Should be Doing Now

Connection Cafe

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.

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.

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?

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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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The Time Has Come to Reinvent Fall 2020 Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Events

Connection Cafe

As the COVID-19 pandemic has unfolded across the world, nonprofit fundraisers have been required to take one of three actions for their spring peer-to-peer fundraising (P2P) campaigns : cancel, postpone, or take it virtual. Three Reinvented Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Campaigns.

Resilient Fundraising: Show Donors the Love

Connection Cafe

We were leaning on event day to do all the work, when our audience told us they needed more. What I am describing is a lot of work. Your support of the work of the XYZ Association allows kids like Tom to have a meal every day.“. Mother Nature just ripped our shorts off.

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A Nonprofit Guide to DIY Fundraising

NonProfit Hub

The concept of ‘DIY Fundraising’ has been quite popular in the nonprofit world for some time now. Lately, the DIY fundraising mentality has been adopted by the for-profit world as well. What is DIY Fundraising? Trends in DIY Fundraising. Why DIY Fundraise?

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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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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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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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3 Emerging Fundraising Trends for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

For nonprofits, fundraising can be a challenging proposition. As technology continues to advance, new fundraising techniques and trends are emerging. What are the most exciting new nonprofit fundraising trends to appear in 2020, and how can you utilize these for your organization?

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5 Ways to Keep Your Fundraising Strategy Fresh

Connection Cafe

If you’re looking at your organization’s fundraising strategy and trying to find areas where you can improve it before the year-end rush, you’re in luck! With each new year comes improved technology and plenty of new ways to enhance your fundraising. Peer-to-peer fundraising.

Why Now is the Time to Focus on Long-Term Relationships for Fundraising

Connection Cafe

Relationships are the foundation of fundraising. Even in uncertain times you still have a fundraising goal to meet, so this is the perfect strategy. Face-to-face meetings are the preferred communication method for fundraisers, but sometimes that just isn’t possible.

The Keys to Conducting Feasibility Studies for Fundraising Campaigns

Connection Cafe

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

Getting Started with Peer-to-Peer Fundraising

Connection Cafe

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?

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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15 Utterly Insane Fundraising Ideas People Actually Thought Would Work (And 3 That Do)

Wild Apricot

And to make up for it, at the end of this post I share three simple, yet highly effective strategies from some of the best fundraisers I’ve come across. Fundraising fundraising-ideasI was on a thread recently where folks listed some of the craziest suggestions they’ve received from well-meaning know-it-alls. I thought I’d share 15 of the most utterly insane ones.

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10 Things Fundraisers Can Do From Home During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Connection Cafe

If you are a front-line fundraiser, work with your annual giving team. The folks working in your annual giving team are likely reeling right now as they cancel content and rework their plan for the end of the fiscal year. Work on stewardship.

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

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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Lessons from the Field: How Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound Turned a Major Event into a Virtual Fundraiser

Connection Cafe

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound was excited to host their annual Big Breakfast, a celebration of their impact on the community and their second highest grossing fundraiser of the year , on March 26, 2020.

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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.

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

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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The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 126: Engaging Individual Fundraisers

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Peer-to-peer fundraising is an important part of a social good organization’s overall fundraising strategy. Caroline shares her experience creating and properly supporting her campaign as a working professional, mother, and first-time fundraiser.

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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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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When Two Worlds Collide: Why Marketing and Fundraising Should Work Together

NonProfit Hub

Which side are you on—marketing or fundraising? As development director, she had a hard time getting her marketing director to understand and work with her. They’ll show us firsthand that marketing and fundraising can (and should) be one team.

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

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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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

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.

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

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.

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

Connection Cafe

It is very clear now that this pandemic is likely to affect our work for the foreseeable future. This list comes after a myriad of conversations with both donors and fundraisers who have helped me see a path forward. Work with mid-level donors.

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.