Major Gifts and a $260,000 Online Donation


Guest post by Bill Connors , author of Fundraising with The Raiser’s Edge: A Non-Technical Guide. >> Join his free webinar on 4/17/12 @ 2pm ET - Making a major impact with your major gifts program. — Larger and larger gifts are being given online. In fact, Blackbaud’s 2011 Online Giving Report , noted that the largest online gift in 2011 was $260,000 ! The question for me is, “Is this major gifts fundraising ?” For making the actual gift.

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7 Essential Matching Gift Steps to Take in the New Year

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That’s the magic of matching gift programs, which enable companies to donate the same amount of money as their employees to eligible organizations. Research local companies with matching gift programs. Include matching gifts on your donation form. Emphasize matching gifts on acknowledgement messages. Promote matching gifts on social media. Work matching gifts into your events. Employ a matching gift software. Promote matching gifts on social media.

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Gift Type Parity: An Emerging Best Practice for 2014

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But what does Dylan’s changin’ times have to do with gift type parity? Despite this growth, many organizations fail to create an equal playing field for the recurring giving gift type on their donation forms. I certainly understand the benefits of single gifts, and desire to acquire a greater number of higher, one-time gifts from your general donation form, but this may be a missed opportunity for your organization if the objective is to grow your recurring giving program in 2014.

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Nonprofit Fundraising Basics: Matching Gifts


New to matching gifts or interested in understanding the basics a bit more? 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. Matching gifts are almost exactly like those chocolate chip cookies. What are matching gifts? Matching gifts are contributions that donors’ employers give to eligible nonprofits after an initial donation has been made.

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7 Must-Haves for Major Gift Success

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There is huge potential for impact when you connect your nonprofit organization to individuals with the capacity to make a significant gift. But what does it take to be successful with major gift fundraising? As a start, here are seven must-have tools and tactics for launching a major gifts program at your nonprofit. Gift Acceptance Policy. Access to accurate donor information is critical for fundraising success, especially when working with major gift donors.

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Linking Planned Gifts To Social Media | The NonProfit Times

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Linking Planned Gifts To Social Media | The NonProfit Times : “The Internet is the great equalizer. Those were the words of said Kristen Jaarda, senior vice president at Crescendo Interactive in Camarillo, Calif., If you are a small organization, you can have a big presence.” during a session at the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) 2013 International Conference on Fundraising (ICON) in San Diego, Calif

The Nonprofit Weekly Roundup: Texting For Good, Killing Your Annual Appeal, and The 2nd Gift.

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Here are this week’s nonprofit highlights: The 2nd gift. In this post, How to Get a 2nd Gift from New Donors , Joe Garecht shares his 4 step new donor stewardship process to help nonprofits plan beyond the first contribution and get retention rates up past 22.9%. Interactive #fundchat donor retention Farra Trompeter fundraising appeals Jeff Brooks Joe Garecht Lori Jacobwith marc pitman Mary Cahalane Mobile fundraising npNEXT on Penelope Burk Steve MacLaughlin storytelling

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GUIDE: Using Donor Personas to Maximize Your Nonprofit Fundraising


Marta Major Gifts 4. Use your software’s data and analytics to understand how your donors arrive at their decisions to donate - that way, you can strategically encourage additional gifts by putting “signs” along that journey and make giving convenient. With that information, you can then make a tailored ask to turn that occasional gift into a monthly donation. Marta Major Gifts.

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Your Brand Story: Change the Fundraising Game by Driving Donations and Building Relationships

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Fundraising professionals continuously seek better methods to cultivate individual donors and obtain major gifts. We expected the answers to vary, depending on the type of interaction each person had with the Center. After reading it from cover-to-cover, the donor reached into his jacket pocket and pulled out a pre-written check for $10,000 – his annual gift. The new brand story changed the game – and more than doubled an annual gift.

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Our EveryAction Hero: Middle East Children's Alliance


How has it changed the way you interact with donors and supporters? You should segment by gift level, how long someone has been a donor, how frequently they give and then you can target them with the right ask. The Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA) works to protect the rights and improve the lives of children in the Middle East through aid, empowerment and education. This year they're celebrating 30 years of serving the region.

Keep Better Contact Records with the Personal Email to Notes Feature


This feature will increase the information stored on contact records, and save Major Gift Officers, Events Directors, and Donor Services Managers time, by allowing them to BCC a unique address on emails they want to record rather than copying and pasting the text in manually. It's also possible to search for contacts who have had Personal Email to Notes recorded on their record, and to see the interaction in Notes. For fundraisers, the clarity of each donor contact record matters.

3 Tips and a BIG Christmas Bonus to Supercharge Year-End Online Giving

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They’re going with the intent to make a gift. Have you tested making a gift? Kerri Karvetski of Company K Media recommends giving two to three friends $10 or $20 and having them make a gift and report back on the good, the bad and the ugly. In keeping with our focus on the donor, where do they land after making a gift? Announcing the second annual 12 Days of Christmas Nonprofit Gifts Giveaway! free gifts guaranteed to skyrocket your fundraising.

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Key Findings from the 2020 donorCentrics® Sustainer Summit

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Originally scheduled as a live event, the summit was transformed in less than one week to an interactive virtual event , with the COVID-19 pandemic and its short and long-term impacts on fundraising, the primary concern. . Benchmarking d ata, drawn directly from participant CRMs and standardized to allow for consistent comparisons, included 16 million donors who gave 56 million gifts for a total of $2.3

Uncomplicate Your Communications Strategy

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Once you’ve managed to untangle your audiences, or key stakeholders, and put them into an order of prioritization, they probably look something like this: Major Gift Donors, Internal Staff (Physicians and Nurses), Prospects (Grateful Patient and others), and Community. For instance, we often take our Major Gift Donors somewhat for granted and fail to invent new ways to keep them engaged. How should we interact with them?

Data Appends: A Guide for Your Nonprofit

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It helps you ask the right people for the right sized gift. You can use analytics to ask for gifts according to the likelihood and capacity of the donors instead of some standard formula based on recent giving. Instead use predictive models to find those who not only have financial capacity, but are also likely to make a major gift to your organization. Analytics is all the rage in development offices.

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Diamond-Encrusted Skull Spawns Video Feedback Interactive: News at 11

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The reason I’m writing about For the Love Of God is not the skull but the post-visit feedback interactive that accompanied it. At the physical museum, visitors who wished to provide feedback on the skull were instructed to leave the building and walk into a temporary structure that served as both a For the Love of God gift shop and feedback environment. Projects design usercontent interactives

See What’s Out There » Blog Archive » Gift Catalogue – Obama Style

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Home • About Us Mission Team News Partners Careers • Services Overview Interactive Marketing Video Web Design and Development • Clients Clients List Client Login • Resources Overview Events YouTube for Nonprofits Guide to Online Video Video FAQs Our Blog • Contact POSTED BY Michael Hoffman DEC 17, 2007 Gift Catalogue – Obama Style This time of year the nonprofits bring out the gift catalogues.

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Test Your Security Knowledge and Win an Amazon Gift Card!

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We'll be doing a random drawing weekly for a $100 Amazon gift card. And if you answer all four quizzes correctly, you might win a $500 Amazon gift card. This type of malicious file can propagate without human interaction: A) Virus. Are you a trivia master? Or a security enthusiast? Put your security smarts to the test and take the weekly security quiz brought to you by Symantec !

Tis the Season for Charity Gift Cards | Nonprofit Trends with.

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All Blackbaud Blogs Contact Us About Nonprofit Trends Books Research Reports Speaking Tis the Season for Charity Gift Cards Posted by Steve MacLaughlin on November 9th, 2010 The Los Angeles Times had an article the other day called “Causes offers gift cards for charitable giving.&# Jessica Guynn covers the launch of charity gift cards by Causes that are available in 800 Safeway and Vons supermarkets in California.

10 Lists of Holiday Gifts That Give Back

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According to the recent Chronicle of Philanthropy article, Americans Rate Charity Gifts a Priority This Holiday Season , a study conducted for World Vision by Harris Interactive found that 84% percent of people surveyed, "would prefer to receive a gift that would benefit someone else rather than a traditional present, such as clothing or electronics." When I posted my list of 10 Holiday Gifts That Give Back last year, there weren't many lists like it, but now there are tons!

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We’re Giving You the Gift That Keeps on Giving!

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As a thank you, we’d like to invite you to spread some holiday cheer with your colleagues, friends and family, by using our interactive Holi-dazzler. It’s been a wonderful year helping amazing organizations like yours. We love our work and are thankful to have the opportunity to make a difference. Create and share your own card with our holi-dazzler! While sitting at your desk, or relaxing with your laptop by the fire, it’s quick and easy to create and share your own photo holiday card.

Participation through Gifting: Pass It On

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donation to the universe, is a gift. We've all received (and hopefully given) gifts from strangers before--the woman who lets you go to the bathroom first, the family that hands you some carnival tickets on their way out and your way in. We're suspicious of gifts given by corporations and organizations, casting a wary eye on the cheerful Red Bull guy or anyone handing out religious leaflets. But a gift given from one person to another, however small, feels magical.

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Four Easy Ways to Land Corporate Donations

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McKinney also encourages cross-departmental interaction as it is a great way to eliminate barriers between employees and managers. Fundraising Major Gifts corporate donations corporate giving csr Robert Bellovin is a Media Relations Coordinator at Software Advice. Before joining Software Advice, he worked as an Account Manager for Granite Public Affairs and as a Deputy Campaign Manager for a U.S. Congressional campaign.

Nonprofit Web Design Process Part 2d: Usability Tests

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Usability Tests provide insight into how your users interact with your website. Moderated testing, conducted 1 on 1 with participants, takes longer and is more expensive but allows us to dive deeper with constituents to not only see how they interact with the website but also to find out why they make the decisions they do. We like Amazon gift cards. Your prototype can be something as simple as paper sketches or wireframes or a more complex, interactive prototype.

Help Shape the Future of TechSoup (and Win an Amazon Gift Card!)

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How do you want to interact with TechSoup? Plus, everyone who completes the survey will be entered into a raffle to win one of three $50 Amazon gift cards! Education is a critical part of TechSoup's mission. We want every nonprofit and library to have access to the right technology. But we also want everyone to have the knowledge and skills they need to effectively use technology to achieve their missions.

5 steps to a Holiday Out-of-Office that inspires

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You have a golden opportunity to create an out of office that inspires your donors to make a year-end gift! Here’s how your gift can make a difference. Have you ever been lucky enough to get a large unsolicited gift you were not expecting over the holidays? A donor might want to call you in person to tell you about the gift they have decided to make. Email Marketing Interactive email communication best practices eMail marketing

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Nonprofit Web Design Process Part 2c: Card Sorts

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Incentives are a nice-to-have for card sorts and we usually go the route of doing a drawing for an Amazon gift card instead of offering one to each participant. The other type of usability test that we’ll cover next is a task-based test where we observe users interacting with your website. Interactive Web Design communication discovery interactive Nonprofit web design nonprofit website nonprofits user experience web design

Will Kiva Kill Your Nonprofit? We hope to tell you at SXSW Interactive

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They’ve been such a game-changer in the nonprofit fundraising space that we want to bring Kiva together with other national nonprofits at SXSW Interactive 2010 to talk about the future of online fundraising. Donors know exactly where their money is at all times and can see the tangible effects of their dollars – if desired, they can completely avoid a general fund, symbolic gift, or representative success story.

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Testing Your Donation Form Part 4: Running a Usability Test

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Another variation is: “Tell me 3 things you liked about the website and 3 things which could be improved” From here, you can just thank them, give them a gift card if doing incentives, and say good-bye. Interactive Online Fundraising Research & Trends Web Design design interactive non-profit nonprofit web design website user experience user research online fundraising online giving donation form end of year testing

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The 7 Keys to a Donor Retention Strategy Full of Thanks

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loses 70% of donors after the first gift. And to make matters worse, the probability that a donor will make five consecutive gifts is only 10-15%.These Frankly, I believe developing a robust gratitude program is the most important thing you can do if you want repeat gifts. That gift can be a one-time transaction, or a transformational experience — which is so much more. The gift is the first step towards joining our community.It’s Gifts.

End-of-Year Campaign Planning: 6 Things to Get Done in September

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Secure a matching gift donor. If you’re going to offer constituents the chance to double their gift, now’s the time to find a matching gift donor. Work with your major gifts team to identify a recent or upcoming donor who’ll anonymously match end-of-year campaign gifts. Email Marketing Interactive Online Fundraising #nptech email end of year fundraising nonprofit Have you peeked at your calendar today?

Nonprofit Web Design Process Part 2b: Surveys and Interviews

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A $20 Amazon gift card will usually do the trick. Interactive Web Design communication discovery interactive Non-Profit nonprofit Nonprofit web design nonprofit website nonprofits user experience web design website Note: This is the third in a series of posts about the Nonprofit Web Design Process. See the end of this post for a linked index of other posts in the series. Purposes.

7 Ways to Integrate Stories into Your Nonprofit’s Donor Stewardship Strategy

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Take a Cue from Major Gifts. While most major gifts folks would probably tell you that nothing could replace the value of an in-person visit or phone call, the real magic of those activities comes for the opportunity to tell the donor a story. Donors consistently tell us through surveys that they want to hear how their gift was used and what kind of impact they have had. This could even be a page that they are redirected to after they have made a gift online.

Getting Rich off the Gift Economy

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gift economy,??? There is another post called " The Future of Open Business " riffing off the recent Times Magazine article which defined the Gift Economy : People who are creating OpenSource Software on a volunteer basis. and how do they interact A few months ago, I wrote a post called " Is some big old mean commercial scanvenger getting fabulously rich off my photos?

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Nonprofit Feasibility Studies: 6 Game-Changing Best Practices

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Planned gift donors. Some strong areas where your nonprofit can promote engaging storytelling may include: Face-to-face donor interactions at fundraisers and volunteer opportunities. You can also find community donors by looking into corporations with a matching gift program to determine which businesses are already making nonprofit contributions. Nonprofit Fundraising capital campaign Feasibility Study major donors Nonprofit Feasibility Studies planned gift donors

The 2018 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar


It also offers an interactive opportunity to discuss key forms and governing documents(Form 1023 and Forms 990 and 990-PF.). The Nonprofit Learning Lab presents Institutes nationwide that showcase interactive workshops focusing on fundraising, donor relations, board and volunteer management, marketing, event planning, communications, social media, and more! Structuring Major Gifts Conference. Structuring Major Gifts Conference. InterAction Forum 2018.

5 Ways Nonprofits Can Harness Mobile Technology In 2018


Optimize website and donation pages In M+R’s study, researchers found that after visiting a nonprofit’s donation page, desktop users completed a gift 20% of the time. On a small mobile screen, the more content being displayed, the smaller and harder to interact with it becomes, so minimize as much as possible for a positive mobile experience. According to the recently released.

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5 Ways Your Nonprofit Website Can Promote Planned Giving


Donors considering their legacy often turn to nonprofit websites for information, and what they find can make a big difference in their decision to pursue a planned gift to your organization. Featuring it prominently is a great way to catch the eye of browsers who are open to the idea of Planned Giving, even if they haven’t yet considered this type of gift. Planned Giving is a steadily growing area of focus for nonprofit fundraisers.

Testing Your Donation Form Part 2: Designing Your Test

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Note: This is the second in a series of posts about usability testing your website from guest author Brandon Granger, Senior Interaction Designer for Blackbaud. Will donors understand how to make a recurring gift made in honor of a family member? How easily can donors sign up for your email newsletter while making a gift to a specific campaign? #2: understanding the purpose of site, finding specific content, making a gift). You want to make a gift of $50.00

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The 2016 - 2017 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar


It also offers an interactive opportunity to discuss key forms and governing documents(Form 1023 and Forms 990 and 990-PF.). Structuring Major Gifts Conference. Structuring Major Gifts Conference. Examine major gift planning in the context of current economic conditions, changes in donor populations and increased competition for the charitable dollar.

Testing Your Donation Form Part 1: Why do it?

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Note: This is the first in a series of posts about usability testing your website from guest author Brandon Granger, Senior Interaction Designer for Blackbaud. These are the exact same steps that Blackbaud’s product and interactive designers use every day when testing our products and websites. Content Marketing Interactive Online Fundraising Web Design fundraising tips online giving

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Is December Really the Best Time for Fundraising Emails?

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And how people give larger gifts. Honor dad with a gift to prostate cancer research. Email Marketing Interactive Online Fundraising email end of year fundraising online giving Strategy One of the more interesting findings from the recently released 2014 M+R Benchmarks Study was that fundraising emails did not have a higher conversion rate in December. The study found that December fundraising email conversion rates were 0.06%, slightly lower than the overall rate of 0.07%.

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Don’t Trust Me, Trust Science!

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Define your key metrics – Do you want to increase form conversion rates, or increase average gift size, increase the number of people signing up for sustaining gifts, or some other factor? Content Marketing Interactive Online Fundraising Web Design How can you increase your online donations by 20 percent? I don’t know for sure, but I can show you how to answer that question for yourself using the good ol’ scientific method and Google Analytics.