2018's Best Giving Tuesday Campaigns


With Giving Tuesday behind us, it's time to highlight just a few of the organizations who ran stellar campaigns, activated supporters, and beat their fundraising goals. Their header clearly states and quantifies the impact that Giving Tuesday donations will have, and a goal thermometer displayed underneath allows donors to see how their participation will bolster the campaign’s progress. giving tuesday #givingtuesday

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The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 184: Running a Successful Giving Day

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For a number of years now, more organizations have been running their own giving days as part of their regular giving and fundraising programs. But how do you make sure your giving day is successful and engaging as many supporters as you can? Planning for a giving day.


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5 Tips for Successful Online Giving Days

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Higher education giving has traditionally relied on major gifts, annual funds, and direct mail as the primary means of engaging new donors. The giving day isn’t exclusive to universities and colleges. So what makes for a great giving day in 2021 and beyond?

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Big Data on Planned Giving

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The pledges have been enabled by our free estate planning tool, which nudges people to think about charitable giving while making a will (or guides them through the process with a lawyer). In working with hundreds of nonprofits , we routinely encounter the same problem: while annual giving has become a data-driven science, quantitative data and insights around planned giving is extremely scarce, even for the most sophisticated organizations.

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Fundraise Across Borders with International Giving on EveryAction


Many large U.S. 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. Those nonprofits should be able to easily raise money and process contributions across international borders without complication or difficulty.

The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 176: Giving Effective Feedback

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Feedback is a gift, but the thought of giving feedback can be scary. However, whether you are giving the gift of feedback to an employee, a manager, a teammate, a donor, a supporter, an advocate or a peer there is a process you can use to ensure your gift is better accepted.

Giving Tuesday!


Make a difference and give today. Yes, during a pandemic it's hard to take the time. But perhaps now is the best time. And if you're reading this after Tuesday--so what? To whom? How about your local newspaper or faith-based organization, or a community service organization stretched to the max responding to COVID? Your alma mater is facing an uncertain fall semester, the community orchestra needs your help. A small business with a curbside pickup could use some support.

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Breaking Giving Day Records at Brown University

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In 2018, higher education institutions accounted for a third of all #GivingTuesday revenue , and many of those institutions additionally raised millions of dollars on their other designated giving days. With the demonstrated power of giving days for higher ed, now is a perfect time to start thinking about adding one to your fundraising strategy like we did at Brown University. million from over 8,100 donors over its two giving days, setting a new, collective giving day record.

7 Steps for Giving Effective Feedback

Connection Cafe

Regardless of the type of feedback you are giving – the praising or the coaching type – giving the gift of feedback costs you something. For some of us, giving feedback is easy. For the rest of us, giving feedback is uncomfortable at best…ulcer inducing at worst. There is a cost to giving feedback no matter what type is given or by what personality type. There is a risk to giving the gift of feedback. Giving Feedback.

The Ultimate Guide to Year-End Giving

Wild Apricot

Follow these steps to make your year-end giving campaign the best yet, as well as getting inspired by three great examples

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5 Ways Your Nonprofit Website Can Promote Planned Giving


Planned Giving is a steadily growing area of focus for nonprofit fundraisers. With such a large group of potential donors waiting to be engaged, more and more nonprofits are devoting time and resources to Planned Giving programs. In the realm of Planned Giving, as is the case for any type of fundraising, you rarely get what you don’t ask for. Asking someone to consider Planned Giving, however, is a more sensitive and complicated task than others.

Giving should hurt.


Society is overly focused on giving that is easy for the giver - volunteers give ''spare time'' and supporters donate ''spare cash''. But what if we started encouraging our communities to give in ways that cause them to sacrifice in other areas of life? That''s what we at VolunteerMark are doing with our challenge to stop Ebola - and here''s why

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The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 128: Building a Sustainer Giving Program

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Sustainer giving programs provide donors an easy, automatic way to donate while also giving organizations a reliable source of income. In fact, research by the Blackbaud Institute revealed that sustained givers can increase giving to an organization by as much as 300% over two years. Today’s episode, recorded live at bbcon 2019, is all about how to build and grow a successful sustainer giving program. Experimenting with a sustainer giving program to increase success.

[New Report] Online Giving Increased by 7.9% in 2016

Connection Cafe

Overall charitable giving increased 1% in 2016 and online giving was up 7.9% This is based on the latest findings of the Blackbaud Institute for Philanthropic Impact in the 2 016 Charitable Giving Report. The 2016 Charitable Giving Report includes overall giving data from 6,845 nonprofit organizations representing $23 billion in total fundraising from 2016. The report also includes online giving data from 5,210 nonprofits representing $2.6

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Why Even a Pandemic Can’t Stop Our Employee Giving Campaign

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Since 2001, Shepherd Center has run an employee giving campaign. Download 5 Tips to Surpass Your Employee Giving Goal . See how technology can simplify tracking for your employee giving program . Companies Healthcare employee giving campaign

The New Era of Year-End Giving Campaigns

Connection Cafe

While some tried and true strategies exist, 2018 will have a twist that nonprofit organizations need to plan for as they establish their end-of-year giving campaigns. While giving is an emotional response, not a tax benefit , due to this year’s tax law changes, donors may choose to bundle their giving so that they can itemize their charitable contribution. Many nonprofits rely on year-end campaigns to fund their organization.

The 2014 Charitable Giving Report

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The 2014 Charitable Giving Report includes 24 months of overall giving data from 4,798 nonprofit organizations representing more than $16.2 The report also includes online giving data from 3,724 nonprofits representing over $2 billion in online fundraising. It is the largest analysis of actual overall and online giving data in the nonprofit sector. Overall Giving Trends. In 2014, overall charitable giving in the United States increased 2.1%

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5 Trends in Giving That Will Reshape Philanthropy in 2017

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percent rise in overall giving in 2017, and another 3.8 As the year unfolds, it’s critical for these organizations to keep donors engaged, using news hooks to emphasize the importance of ongoing giving. Organized, planned giving. There’s a parallel and complementary movement in philanthropy, with organizations like ideas42 and The Gates Foundation working to help people become more goals-focused and plan-oriented with their giving. More sophisticated corporate giving.

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[New Report] Giving in an Uncertain Year

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This 2017 Charitable Giving Report gives us our first means of answering that question through data. Giving platforms and other intermediaries such as donor-advised funds (DAFs) continued to proliferate, allowing donors even more avenues for giving. Though the donor may enjoy the increased options, organizations still struggle with the complexities of not having a direct tie to the people giving them money.

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The End of the Beginning of Online Giving

Connection Cafe

2019 marks 20 years since online giving first began in any significant way. Fast forward 20 years to today and online giving now represents tens of billions of dollars in charitable giving each year. The last three years, in particular, have shown how online giving continues to be a growth engine for fundraising in the nonprofit sector. We are 20 years into this online giving adventure and there is still a tremendous amount of up-side for nonprofit organizations.

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Planned Giving 101: What Nonprofits Need to Know


One of today’s biggest areas of growth for nonprofit fundraising is Planned Giving. Most nonprofit fundraising databases are able to mark a gift as a bequest, but this only captures a fraction of the entire Planned Giving process. What is Planned Giving? Planned Giving is the process of arranging a contribution that will be allocated at a future date. Tracking Planned Giving Relationships.

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The Ultimate Guide to Year-End Giving

Wild Apricot

Follow these steps to make your year-end giving campaign the best yet, as well as getting inspired by three great examples. year-end-giving-campaign year-end-giving

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20 Resources for Your Year End Giving Campaign

Connection Cafe

By understanding sector trends, database insights, how to build an effective year end giving campaign, and remembering to share gratitude, you’ll arrive at the end of the year ready to engage your donors and support your mission in a big way. End of Year Giving Trends and Opportunities. Fifth-Annual Charitable Giving Report : Did you know that 17% of all giving happens in December? Download this report for even more insight into year-end giving.

Charitable Giving Grew to Record Levels in 2014

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Americans were more generous than ever in 2014 according to the latest Giving USA report. Just released today, Giving USA: The Annual Report on Philanthropy is the longest running annual report on U.S. charitable giving and estimates sources of giving and amounts received by type of organization. According to Giving USA, total giving in the U.S. Giving USA is researched and written by the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

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3 Annual Giving Strategies for 2019 

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When it comes to resources, most annual giving teams have limited time and money for annual?giving?appeals. giving?appeals. repeat donors like to give in the same month they?donated?in of people who will give,?have giving programs have traditionally?relied?heavily together, annual giving teams?have?a Why a strong annual giving strategy ma tters. . your ability to bring in dollars and donors, even as the annual giving landscape changes.? .

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A 2-Day Plan for Launching a Library Giving Day Campaign

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Developed in 2019 and envisioned by the Seattle Public Library Foundation, Library Giving Day was created to support libraries nationwide. This one-day giving event was formed to encourage patrons to support their individual library systems and this year will be held on April 23. This is a sizable average for a newly developed day of giving. Do you work for a library that is interested in participating in Library Giving Day but hasn’t had the time to prepare?

5 Ways to Optimize your Donation Forms for Giving Tuesday

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As you start planning messaging and emails for Giving Tuesday, spread a little love to your donation forms too. Below I will outline the five tips that can help you stand out from the crowd on a day like Giving Tuesday but are also good enhancements for your everyday forms. Make it easy to give monthly. How to optimize your donation forms for Giving Tuesday. Make it easy to give monthly.

A New Standard for Board Giving

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I specifically focused on board giving at their nonprofits and the responses I got back were a bit surprising. Although nearly 90% of those responding had a requirement that board members either give and/or solicit donations, nearly 60% had no minimum giving requirement. Research on the true drivers of fundraising success reveals just how important board giving is to the success of the fundraising program. Engaged board members give more.

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5 Online Strategies to Encourage Recurring Giving

Nonprofit Tech for Good

To address this, our team studied the campaigns of our top recurring giving customers within the MobileCause platform to identify some best practices and strategies. Take a look at some of the examples and strategies below for ideas for your own recurring giving campaigns.

Giving Tuesday: Steps to Create a Stellar Campaign

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When Giving Tuesday started six years ago, it was about sparking a movement—giving people and organizations a day specifically dedicated to giving back. Created by 92nd Street Y , a cultural center in New York City focused on bringing people together around the values of giving back, #GivingTuesday is now a global movement that connects individuals, communities, and organizations around the world to celebrate and encourage giving. Supporters are ready to give.

Five Reasons Why Every Nonprofit Needs a Sustained Giving Program

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Sustained giving. Recurring giving. Monthly giving. In the sustained giving model, donors regularly contribute a set amount to your nonprofit. Unlike installment giving, this financial commitment is ongoing and not typically designated for a particular program or organizational goal. And if that’s not enough to convince you, here are five reasons every nonprofit should start a sustained giving program or renew their investment in a flagging program: 1.

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3 Reasons Your Church Needs to Offer Online Giving

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That is increasingly true of business operational aspects as well, like providing various channels for giving. Churches that offer options like online giving make it simpler and more routine to give. They also demonstrate their understanding of how their congregants manage other parts of their lives, which helps promote consistency and generosity in giving itself. Online giving helps with that. Reduction of giving slumps during vacation seasons.

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[New Report] Giving in an Election Year

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As fundraisers and nonprofit leaders, we’re taught to be careful at these times—that donors who give to political candidates and causes will naturally turn away from charitable causes to focus on the issue in hand. I know, after nearly a quarter of a century in the field of fundraising and philanthropy, that it’s hard for one campaign to cannibalize support for another, and that those who are inclined to give typically give more freely to multiple causes.

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

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We covered everything from what a successful fundraising appeal should look like to ensuring that your Giving Tuesday efforts are part of your overall end of year strategy. Here are the top 21 questions (and answers) we received around planning for year-end giving success : When and how to start planning for year-end giving. How should you target users for holiday giving vs. other campaigns? Are they waiting for you to kick off a campaign before they will give?

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The Must-Have Accessory for Your Monthly Giving Program

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In Sustainers in Focus Part 2 , the Blackbaud Institute provided six best practices for building and maintaining successful monthly giving programs. Why is this important to your monthly giving program? Dan Reed, Director, Digital Fundraising & Engagement at World Food Program USA, knew how important it was to develop a dependable revenue source for his organization through sustained giving so he: Created a series of targeted email appeals. 1,200,000,000.

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The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 148: Planning a Successful Giving Day

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Giving days are an increasingly important fundraising tool for social good organizations. And while #GivingTuesday may be the most well-known event, there are a variety of ways to hold a giving day, from organization-specific to regional to national or international, each with their own benefits. Principal Solutions Engineer at Blackbaud, about how to plan a successful giving day for your organization. Technologies that organizations should consider when planning giving days.

10 Breakthrough Planned Giving Insights from Chronicle of Philanthropy’s Latest Report


In the Chronicle of Philanthropy’s recent report, 9 Trillion And Counting: How Charities Can Tap Into the Transfer of Wealth , researchers undertake a qualitative and quantitative study of the state of nonprofit planned giving programs. This extensive report offers analysis of generational wealth data, in-depth case studies of multiple nonprofits’ planned giving efforts, and detailed instructions on how to approach planned giving conversations with your donors.

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Workplace Giving Data Problems Just Got Worse

3rd Sector Labs

Nonprofits everywhere are struggling to get their hands on reliable, useful workplace giving data from corporate giving programs. “We own the workplace giving data,” was the typical United Way response to charities wanting to know more about the donors supporting them, “because they are United Way donors – our donors.” United Ways no longer dominate workplace giving. “Workplace giving” is actually yesterday’s news.

2021 Cause Awareness & Giving Day Calendar for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Cause awareness and giving days can be very powerful themes upon which to launch online fundraising and social media awareness campaigns. 30: Giving Tuesday — #GivingTuesday.

Ensure Sustained Giving by Planned Gift Donors

Connection Cafe

Annual Fund Planned Giving Stewardship Sustained Giving annual fund annual giving Peer to Peer Fundraising planned giving stewardshipDid you know that more than 70% of people who have already made planned gifts also continue to make annual gifts to the organizations they’ve named in their estate plans?

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6 Proven Best Practices for Your Sustained Giving Program

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It’s no surprise that sustained or recurring giving continues to justify its worth as a valuable fundraising technique. In Sustainers in Focus Part 1 , the Blackbaud Institute uncovered the justifications for a sustained giving program. If you’re wondering if sustained giving is applicable to your organization, spoiler alert: the answer is YES! The next step is mapping out the practices that you can implement to make your sustained giving program a success.

How To Give Praise

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Entrepreneur magazine's February 2012 issue offered these great, timeless tips on how to give praise : Praise followed by criticism is not praise. Eric Jacobson on Leadership and Management Giving Praise Leadership PraisePraise followed by praise is probably a little too much praise. Ending an expression of praise with ".and and stuff" nullifies the praise. And, Make it timely. The closer the recognition is to the behavior, the more likely the behavior will be repeated. Be sincere.

The Ultimate Guide To Text-To-Give Fundraising

Wild Apricot

Have you dipped your toes into the world of text-to-give fundraising? text-to-give-fundraising text-to-donate text-to-giveWhether you've tried it yet or not, we have the ultimate guide to help you succeed.

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