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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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). Nonprofit Nonprofit Fundraising bequest giving planned giving

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The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 162: Why You Need a Planned Giving Strategy

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Too many nonprofits overlook the opportunities for planned giving. While planned giving may not be the most typical type of gift, it can be a powerful driver of growth for nonprofit organizations and can be a way of deepening donor relationships. Giving donors choices.

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.

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. Social media has played a significant role in every giving day for Brown.

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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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.

The Ultimate Guide to Year-End Giving

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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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7 Steps for Giving Effective Feedback

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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.

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. planned giving

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4 Steps to Making Planned Giving More Effective Than Ever, Right Now

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The COVID-19 pandemic provides a unique challenge for nonprofit fundraisers: While most recessions can hurt people’s ability to give, this one can also affect our ability to ask. Here are four steps for making your planned giving program even more effective than it is in a normal year.

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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.

It’s Time to Get Ready for Giving Tuesday!

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In fact, perhaps one of the most encouraging statistics of last year’s #Giving Tuesday is this one: Large organizations represented only 57 percent of revenue in 2017.

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

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If you have a spring giving day, let me encourage you to take parts, it not all of it online. General Tips to Keep Your Giving Day Going at Full Steam. Livestream Ideas for Giving Days. Use Facebook to host live streams or post specific messages for your Giving Day.

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The 2019 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar


Planned Giving Primer. Planned Giving Primer. Participants will acquire a foundational understanding of this increasingly important component of fundraising strategy and will be able to identify and distinguish between the most common planned giving vehicles. It's finally here!

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

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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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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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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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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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The End of the Beginning of Online Giving

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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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Why You Should Start Creating a Mid-Level Donor Program ASAP


Although these donors make up only 1% of the overall donor pool, their giving constitutes over a third (34%) of philanthropic contributions. Your mid-level giving manager should be the primary point of contact for these donors. Brand your Mid-Level Giving Program.

How To Give Praise

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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.

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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How to Plan Your University’s Best Giving Day Yet

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A successful day of giving makes the news: the 2018 Purdue Day of Giving brought in a record $37 million in 24 hours. When a high-profile giving day smashes participation and dollar goals, annual giving teams across the country double down on strategies to cement their own success.

[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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5 Strategies to Implementing a Successful Employee Giving Campaign

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Starting your own employee giving campaign is not for the faint of heart! Tip: Personalized emails to leadership will help secure total giving. Ask managers to put forward their best talent and give them a chance to shine.

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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20 Resources for Your Year End Giving Campaign

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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.

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.

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?

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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GUIDE: Growing and Sustaining your Volunteer Program


Giving volunteers increasing levels of responsibility demonstrates that their contributions to your organization are appreciated, and increases their sense of ownership and commitment to the work. If you work at a nonprofit, you know what it feels like to have too much on your plate.

10 Ways Hospital Foundations Can Use Giving Tuesday to Enhance End-of-Year Giving

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I thought about this and realized I haven’t seen many people talking about using #GivingTuesday as an opportunity to not only generate donations, but also to acquire, retain, and engage supporters for future giving. Unless you live under a rock, you’ve probably heard about #GivingTuesday.

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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 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.

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.

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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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 Easy Ways To Make Your Nonprofit's Email Program Stand Out Today [With Free Templates]


Donors give financially because they care about your organization’s mission, and it is important to them to be seen and treated as the passionate, dedicated supporters that they are. For most nonprofits, email is the backbone of their digital fundraising program.

2 Opportunities for Higher Ed Institutions to Improve their Online Giving Experience

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How does the online giving experience to higher ed institutions compare to other types of nonprofits? These two areas are also… 2 Opportunities for Higher Ed Institutions to Improve their Online Giving Experience. Reduce Friction In The Giving Experience.

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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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[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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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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