[New Report] Giving in an Uncertain Year

Connection Cafe

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.

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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.

[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. Key findings from the 2016 Charitable Giving Report.

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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.

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. More sophisticated corporate giving.

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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? Implemented a website lightbox asking donors to opt in to monthly giving.

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[New Quiz] Test & Refresh Your Knowledge of Trends in Charitable Giving

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The Blackbaud Institute for Philanthropic released the fifth-annual Charitable Giving Report at the beginning of the year. Take a quick quiz to test and refresh your knowledge of trends in Charitable Giving.

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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. Make monthly giving the website default.

4 Ways to Optimize Your Donation Pages to Grow Monthly Giving

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With online giving now a major component of most organizations’ monthly giving programs, it’s imperative that your donation forms are fully optimized. By making monthly giving the website default, you are signaling that sustaining support is your organization’s priority.

[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. An election year always focuses the mind—on many different things.

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Actigiving—The Next Phase in the Evolution of Episodic Giving

Connection Cafe

In recent months, there have been numerous media reports of significant giving surges to nonprofit organizations following the 2016 U.S. What we are witnessing is not a revolution but the evolution of episodic giving. Goodbye, slacktivism. Hello, actigiving.

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Preparing for the Season of Giving: Steps to Ready Your Year-End Appeal

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Organizations, large and small, should capitalize on the Season of Giving. In 2015, charitable giving continued its upward trend: An estimated $373 billion was donated, with individuals representing 71 percent of the total. Online Giving.

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25 Must-Know Global Trends in Giving

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Based upon the survey results of 4,084 donors worldwide, the 2017 Global Trends in Giving Report is an annual research project that examines how donors prefer to give and engage with their favorite causes and charitable organizations. 57% of religious giving in Asia is online.

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3 Employee Giving Lessons Corporations Can Learn from Nonprofits

Connection Cafe

But that’s not the only area where corporations can glean lessons from their nonprofit counterparts – for companies looking to boost their employee workplace giving , it could be worth borrowing some ideas from nonprofit donor engagement best practices. .

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100-Percent Board Giving

Connection Cafe

The infamous fundraising expression “give, get or get off,” is a great rule of thumb to help guarantee board giving. Simply put, board members can either give a certain amount of their own finances, solicit others to give toward an agreed upon goal, or step down from the board.

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2015 Charitable Giving Report: Fundraising Continues to Grow

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Blackbaud’s 2015 Charitable Giving Report includes more than $18.2 billion in online giving data from 2015. It reveals that overall giving in the United States increased 1.6% and online giving grew 9.2% K-12 schools also had an increase in online giving during 2015.

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Monthly Giving: 4 Ways to Improve Donor Retention and Recruit Sustainers

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In the second installment of the Blackbaud Institute’s Sustainers in Focus series —research-backed best practices for marketing, promoting, soliciting, and fulfilling a sustained giving program— Best Practice # 1 was to ask new donors to give on a monthly basis.

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. Overall Giving Trends.

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Giving should hurt.

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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?

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The Three Major Components of a Successful Annual Giving Campaign

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Americans are generous and enjoy the sense of being a part of a worthy cause achieved by charitable giving. In 2015, America set a record for charitable giving, beating the previous record by four percent. The most common appeals are Mid-year, Giving Tuesday and the Season of Giving.

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[Infographic] 2013 Charitable Giving Report

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The 2013 Charitable Giving Report includes 24 months of overall giving data from 4,129 nonprofit organizations representing more than $12.5 The report also includes online giving data from 3,359 nonprofits representing $1.7 2013 Charitable Giving Report INFOGRAPHIC.

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[New Report] Proven Practices for Monthly Giving Success

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Monthly giving programs remain one of the best ways for nonprofits to dramatically increase the lifetime value of their average donor. I have been building monthly giving programs for more than 35 years. The good news is that monthly giving is popular for all charities.

University of Michigan – Setting a Higher Standard for Giving Days

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On Giving Tuesday 2015 , The Office of University Development at University of Michigan set an example for how this kind of thoughtful planning and preparation can dramatically increase results: 1000 donors completed gifts online within the first 49 minutes. $1 Sometimes we get lucky.

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. United Ways no longer dominate workplace giving. Usher in a dozen or so service companies targeting the workplace giving needs of companies.

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. According to Giving USA, total giving in the U.S. Sector Giving Trends.

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Why Does Microsoft Give?

TechImpact

Giving has been part of the company’s culture since its beginning, and it remains an important part of its global efforts. But why does one of the largest and most successful companies in the world place so much emphasis on giving back and helping others?

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What’s Really Driving the Increase in Online Giving?

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If you’re like most nonprofits and charitable organizations you’re seeing growth in online giving. How fast is your online giving growing? The latest figures from the Blackbaud Index for Canadian giving and U.S. giving both show that online giving continues to grow approximately 7% year over year, while overall giving remains relatively flat, growing only 1-3% per year. So what’s driving this increase in online giving ?

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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. In fact, he says, the lifetime revenue of these supporters is 600 to 800 percent higher than annual giving donors.

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8 Steps For Preparing For Giving Tuesday

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Giving Tuesday is essentially ‘Black Friday,’ but for nonprofits. Just like Black Friday, Giving Tuesday can be highly beneficial to your organization. Some explanation might be necessary as to what Giving Day is.

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Infographic: Giving Tuesday 2013

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The 2013 installment of Giving Tuesday has come and gone. Here are some stats about 2013, according to Giving Tuesday’s official website. The average donation on Giving Tuesday rose to $142.05 How did your nonprofit benefit from Giving Tuesday?

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Charitable Giving Grew to $373.25 Billion in the U.S. in 2015

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According to Giving USA, total charitable giving in the U.S. 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. Who is Giving.

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5 Essential Controls for Charities during the Holiday Giving Season

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The unofficial kickoff of the charitable giving season occurs on Giving Tuesday, which takes place the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday here in the United States.

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5 Ways Your Nonprofit Website Can Promote Planned Giving

Everyaction

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.

Lowering the ‘Giving Barrier’ for Millennials

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According to the Millennial Impact Report , 72 percent of Millennials are eager to join a nonprofit and a little over 50 percent would like to give monthly to a charitable organization. Why is the ‘Giving Barrier’ so high?

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Planned Giving 101: What Nonprofits Need to Know

Everyaction

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?

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Celebrate #GivingTuesday by Teaching About Giving

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You can imagine how pleased I was when I was introduced to an organization that combined my two loves, #GivingTuesday and teaching kids about giving. They do this by educating kids, giving them the knowledge to engage, and then encouraging action. I love #GivingTuesday.

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The Digital Giving Index 2012

TechImpact

Check out these 5 stats we thinks speak volumes about donors and technology: Donors gave an average of $127 in a single gift to charities with a branded giving page. Online giving peaks during December, specifically between 12 and 7 PM on December 31st.

Ensure Sustained Giving by Planned Gift Donors

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How Volunteers Can Organize a Giving Day

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You spend hours volunteering your time, try to raise awareness and give financially where you can. WonderWe, a crowdfunding platform, offers a solution to this issue by providing the tools to help organize a successful giving day. There’s a cause near and dear to your heart.

How Can You Grow Your Sustained Giving Program?

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But when you’re talking about recurring giving , what worked for Kevin Costner in Field of Dreams doesn’t always work in the nonprofit world. Make Giving Easy. If prospective constituents can’t find it, they can’t join your sustained giving program.

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