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The Surprising Truth About Online Donors and Offline Fundraising


The Importance of Moving Donors Offline. However, this only holds true when the online donor has been converted to offline giving. Our study also found that when online-acquired donors move to an offline giving channel, they tend to do so soon, in their first renewal year. They then continue to give offline in similar proportions in subsequent years, although the amounts are typically not as large as the initial online gift.


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Bridging Offline/Online: Tweetups

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Networked Nonprofits know how to close the loop between social media and offline actions. Tags: Tips Tools and Tactics online-offline tweet up They understand that it is a scaffolded process. Whatever channel they use, they’re building a bridge from online to onland. They’re masters at meeting their audience where they’re at and bringing them further along the ladder of engagement. Take Twitter for example.

The Surprising Truth About Online Donors and Offline Fundraising


Such messages are able to reach large audiences, present … Online Fundraising 2011 donorCentrics Internet and Multichannel Giving Benchmarking Report Blackbaud direct mail fundraising multichannel fundraising offline fundraisingOnline donor solicitations are powerful.

Tweetcamp: Online network moves to offline community

Amy Sample Ward

What this created was a chance for people who use Twitter to come together offline to create community. This month’s Net2 Think Tank asks: How do real-world (offline) events fit into social media conversations and campaigns? And I hope they help you think about the way your organization uses opportunities online and offline to create community. Space : This is both online and offline. This past Saturday, I participated in an experiment: Tweetcamp !

The Multichannel Giving Paradox: Online Donors vs. Offline Donors


Online acquired donors are significantly younger, more affluent, and more generous than their offline counterparts. While the number one reason for giving, both online and off, is for emotional reasons, the online donor is more likely to respond only once to fulfill that emotional need, whereas the offline donor is more likely to give repeatedly. Follow-ups to initial online giving should be designed to move online donors to offline giving.

What do Mac folks use to edit their blogs offline?

Judi Sohn

I’m amazed that after all these years, no one has come out with a killer offline blog editor for the Mac yet. As I see it, if you want to use an offline editor on a Mac you only have 3 choices, each with its own strengths and overwhelming weaknesses. Tags: Geek Posts Blogo Ecto MacOSX MarsEdit offline blog editor WordPress It seems like there’s more development energy going towards iPhone blog editors than desktop versions.

On Vacation. Offline. In Nature. Viewing Wildlife. Will Reconnect on August 27!

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Back in 2009 I wrote up 10 tips for managing social media burnout and taking my own advice, I am going offline for three weeks. On vacation… in remote areas in a distant land… viewing wildlife (hopefully)… and 100% offline. No smartphone. No tablet. No work. Just a camera, a couple of good books, and a journal, a pen, and a glue stick.

Nurture Online Efforts with Offline Activities

Connection Cafe

When we discuss peer-to-peer fundraising our focus often is on the online components; however, the offline activities surrounding our event allow us to improve relationships and connections with our supporters, thus potentially improving our online outcomes. Below are some ideas on how your organization can engage your supporters by paralleling some offline activities with those online.

October Community Builder Chat – Connecting On and Offline Communities #commbuild

Amy Sample Ward

Today’s Community Builder chat focused on examples and best practices for connecting on and offline community activities, events, and organizing. Some of the examples and recommendations from this month’s chat included: UN Food&Ag Org (FAO) has done a great job with their Share Fairs – sharing the discussions and training on and offline.

Nonprofit Giving on the Rise [Online and Offline!]


We recently released a pretty cool resource for the nonprofit industry – The Blackbaud Index ! It contains both The Blackbaud Index of Charitable Giving and The Blackbaud Index of Online Giving. The charitable giving index reports that overall revenue increased by 6.2 percent for the 3 months ending May 2010 as compared to the same period in 2009 while the online giving index reports that online revenue increased by 23.0

Doing What You Do Best Offline, Online


Online, we look for the same things we look for offline: connection to something genuine, and a way to share that connection with other people. Anne Diaz. Nonprofit Services Manager. Causes. Raising money online can be approached in the same way as you approach that lunch meeting with a potential funder, or a site visit with a friend of a board member. Online audiences aren't foundation program officers.

An Offline Social Media Exercise That Improves Online Content

Tech Soup Blog

For the Professional Social Media class I teach at Sonoma State University , I created an exercise designed to help folks practice both content creation and looking at metrics. Nonprofits can use this at a staff meeting or other gathering to help people improve their content creation skills as well as their skills with looking at social media data. The equipment is mostly analog: the index cards and colored dots pictured below, plus a place to record the results.

How Independent Schools Can Embrace Online and Offline Worlds


But I’m talking major mind shifts here, stay with me… No longer is the world of independent schools separated into segments of online/offline communication. In the past year, I’ve come to a realization. The independent school arena has changed. Yes, you will say (and you would be right) it is constantly changing and has been for years!

Closing the Loop Between Social Media and Offline Action

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

But as a bonus, I learned from Facebook expert Mari Smith , that sandwich boards and window clings with Facebook and Twitter IDS are an effective technique to close the loop between offline and social media. In the nonprofit world, we've been focusing on the online to offline connection, or more specifically how to turn Slacktivists into Activists with Social Media. to track how your online social network activities are driving offline actions.

Top 10 Free Offline Games: No Wi-Fi Games & Free download to paly everywhere!

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The post Top 10 Free Offline Games: No Wi-Fi Games & Free download to paly everywhere! There may be times when you aren’t close to a Wi-Fi connection but still want to beat boredom paying games on your handset. What do you do when caught up in such a situation? Well, such are the times you wish you had some no Wi-Fi games in your handset. If you don’t have any. appeared first on PhreeSite.com. Gaming

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Mobilizing Online Community for Offline Action

Tech Soup Blog

Appearing as her super hero alter ego, complete with green cape, Super Green, Kroll spoke about how online activity can be used to inspire offline action. Kroll’s steps to taking community from online activity to offline activity, much like growing crops, are cyclical in nature: Invite people to play : Kroll advises community managers to give their community members a reason to get physical.

From Offline to Online and Back Again: The Bike Equity Network


Adonia Lugo. Creator. Bicicultures. From building a movement to groundtruthing an organization's policies, a listserv can be a powerful tool for a revolution within and beyond an organization. I am a big fan of email listservs. They can be a great tool to bring together people virtually who will not cross paths in life. My first experiment with online networking was creating the Bicicultures list in 2012. Advocacy listserv online community Organizational Culture Program

Weaving Together Online/Offline Collaboration In A Network Context

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

As he shared the story, I had some questions about weaving offline/online collaboration within networks. We most typically think of the offline/online as a sequence somewhat like this: Small group meets face-to-face - builds trust. How can you effectively weave offline/online work in a network? Eugene Eric Kim pointed to the presentation above, plus this post further explaining online/offline collaboration differences. Collaborating Via Artifacts.

Online + Offline = Integration

Connection Cafe

However, it’s really interesting how integrated online and offline marketing has evolved into in 2011. Ten years ago online/offline integration meant sending similar messages at similar times to a direct mail list, complimenting with a single email and maybe a landing page and special donation form. Author: Cheryl Black. Guest blog alert : The following post was contributed by Donna Wilkins of Charity Dynamics , a Convio Solution Provider. Thanks for contributing Donna!

Mapping Your Online/Offline Activism: Surfrider Foundation

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

One of the slides that struck me was a map that look at the full range of their activities offline and online (including social media) using two data points (numbers of people and ladder of engagement ). The levels of engagement included: stranger, friend, supporter, member, activist and leader. He talked about the balance between "atom-based" work -- staffing, offline activities, showing up at hearings, etc and "bit-based work" their work online - Facebook pages, etc.

Showing YouTube Videos Offline

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I've been doing more and more presentations that are dependent on having Internet access and I've learned over the years, to always have a backup. I'm glad I went to the trouble of having a backup plan, particularly for the Screencasting Session at NTC which include showing some screencast. What I did was download local copies. Michael Stein (East Coast), who attended the session, emailed me today and asked how I managed to download the screencasts on YouTube.

Online and Offline Community Building

Tech Soup Blog

TechSoup community leader Megan has a new honorific to add to her growing list : " ultimate online party host." " Katrina at Hot Tub had a chat with Megan about online community building, and Katrina's notes are well worth the read. One of the big takeaways is the importance of hands-on leadership. What makes TechSoup's forums work is that each forum has multiple people monitoring it and making sure that no question or inquiry goes unanswered.

Google Labs Introduces Gmail Offline

Wild Apricot

Many organizations use Gmail to manage their email, because its generous storage space, ability to use your own domain , and system of tags and filters make it easy to organize email communications. One drawback of Gmail, however — as with any web-based email — is the need for an internet connection to be able to use it.

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Grassroots Campaigning: How to Use Online Channels to Build Offline Support

Connection Cafe

At ACS CAN, we’re seeing this newly inspired level of activity reflected in our offline recruitment as well. While the effort to recruit offline volunteers is never easy, the timing for such a campaign has never been better. If your organization has been waiting for the right moment (or perhaps the extra motivation) to invest the staff and financial resources necessary to build your offline infrastructure, this is that moment.

How to Grow Offline Support by Executing Stronger Online Strategies

Connection Cafe

With proper planning and execution, a stronger online fundraising and marketing strategy can grow all of your avenues of offline support. Last week I kicked off the Blackbaud Power Hour series with a webinar on tips to get donors into the pipeline. For me it all comes down to a renewed focus online. While I could have easily come up with 20 ideas and tactics for building a sustainable pipeline of support, I narrowed it down to 6. Optimize your website for conversion.

Shopify POS: Bridge the Gap Between Online and Offline Sales!

Tech Soup Blog

TechSoup donor partner Shopify recently introduced its new, fully integrated point of sale (POS) system. The Shopify POS lets you synchronize sales from your online store with those made at an event or in a brick-and-mortar store (museums with gift shops, take note!). Check out this post on the Shopify Blog for more information. To learn more about the TechSoup Shopify program, be sure to read this overview. on how your nonprofit or library can get started building an online store.

Social Media for Good and Evil, Strong and Weak Ties, Online/Offline,and Orgs and Networks

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

He also makes a false distinction between online/offline or as Allison and I have called it “online and onland&# activism. “The two interactions — infrequent passing interactions offline and our near daily reading of each other’s thoughts online — seem, to borrow and slightly twist a phrase from Tufekci, “one of complementarity and support.&#

Getting More out of Online & Offline Events

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We've been helping groups for many years with ways to have a little more influence and get a little more impact out of their online and offline events. If the event is offline, conduct follow-up online discussion using a simple listserve or a group collaboration tool to keep the lively discussions going. With users' increasing confidence in participating together online, there's never been a better time to take a leap and try a new tactic to engage a group.

Open Space Offline

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Michael Gilbert of Online Nonprofit News points to Open Space User's NON-Guide (114 page PDF) as part of his observation about the popularity of open space meeting process. The best ever professional development experience use this model. It was an annual week-long arts & education workshop where I taught technology integration and half the session was open space. We organized the computer lab trainings as open space too.

Connect Your Nonprofit's Offline and Online Activities

Wild Apricot

Those are impressive numbers on the surface,” says Jayne Craven of Coyote Communications, but it’s vital to evaluate your organization’s online activities in terms of offline actions: “If they don’t translate into more volunteers, repeat volunteers, new and repeat donors, new and repeat clients,( read more Your nonprofit’s website gets tens of thousands of hits every month.

The Multichannel Giving Paradox: Online Donors vs Offline Donors | NetWitsThinkTank.com

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The Multichannel Giving Paradox: Online Donors vs Offline Donors | NetWitsThinkTank.com : The Multichannel Giving Paradox: Online Donors vs. Offline Donors

Real-Time Web Social Action Events: Blurring the Offline/Online Distinction?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

My guess is as we enter 2010, might we see the invention of Real Time Web fundraising events As more nonprofit explore the possibilities of location-based social networks and fundraising , the distinctions between online/offline fundraising will melt away. Two weeks ago, I wrote up my prediction for fundraising trends for 2009.

Take Your Activists from Online to Offline Action (Plus: the Tools You Need to Track Them)


At our upcoming webinar, " Up the Leadership Ladder: Taking Activists from Online to Offline Action and the Tools You Need to Track Them ", Sarah Alexander from Food & Water Watch will share ways online activists can actually be moved to take action offline. > You'll learn: How to transform online engagement into offline action. The pandemic success of the Kony 2012 video has rekindled the debate over slacktivism.

Why Online Donors are Worth More than Offline Donors [INFOGRAPHIC]


The majority of giving still comes from offline channels, but online fundraising continues to be a significant source for acquiring new donors. Plus, revenue and household income for online acquired donors is significantly higher than for offline acquired donors. Every year, large proportions of online-acquired donors switch from online giving to offline sources – primarily to direct mail.

Offline-to-Online-to-Offline: Lessons Learned in Building a Custom Community Platform


The ambition of the online organizing platform never matched the success of the offline organizing community and strategy. The goal was to create a unified online community for the climate movement to reflect and spur more of the movement’s offline collaboration.

Vote With Your Purse 2.0: Women's Online Giving, Offline Power

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

s Online Giving, Offline Power ,??? WCF Foundation has just released a new report: ??? Vote With Your Purse 2.0: Women???s a study of women online donors and how the Internet is changing the nature of political engagement for women. The study (which was also featured in the Wall Street Journal , summarizes the results of a poll of 600 women. Some key findings: The Internet enhances key values that motivate women to give.

Solutions to Turning Offline Donors into Online Supporters

Connection Cafe

While beautiful charity galas and creative offline campaigns still gather support for nonprofits’ causes, they slowly slip away from donors’ focus. Guest post by: Laura Iancu, 123ContactForm. Online fundraising has seen a remarkable rise in the past few years. Being able to give with a minimum of effort and enabling donations with just a few mouse clicks or taps on a smart device has changed the way we want to act.

Joe Solomon, Guest Post: What's the Right Offline Event for Your Organization's Online Community?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

This month's Net2 Think Tank question is: How do real-world (offline) events fit into social media conversations and campaigns ? We need offline events to meet each other, bond eye-to-eye, and forge the collaborations that will make our social networks stronger, better connected, and ultimately transformative. What kind of offline events are the best fit for your community? Courtesy of Joe Solomon.

New on SSIR: Slacktivism, the gateway to change?

Amy Sample Ward

Create opportunities for taking action that bridge online and offline, and start moving people on both sides of the computer. Getting Offline. I’ve worked with communities to build online spaces where people of all ages, accessibility, and interests can come together to share, learn, and more directly build a community that they can take offline. So, what are you doing to connect your online community with offline actions?

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September Wrap-Up Community Builder Chat: Online, Offline, and Migration


Question 2 : asked how to build a loop between on and offline engagement. Most agreed that it is harder to move from online to offline, where engagement may be strong because of the access or timing that can’t be accomplished with the physical world. These monthly chats part of the #4Change network and are open to anyone interested in learning and sharing about building community, on and offline, with the use of social media or other technology tools.

September 2010 Community Builder Chat: How to Participate

Amy Sample Ward

Building a loop between online and offline community activities. Tags: community events 4change chat community building monthly chat offline community online community The monthly Community Builder chat series is part of the #4Change community of regularly scheduled chats, bringing together people from around the world to talk about examples, practices, tips and more as we all explore the way technology can be used for social change.

The Future of Media: Bridging the Offline and Online World


The future of our media is about a whole lot more than whether another season of Jersey Shore gets made (but that’s part of it…). It’s also about whether we can organize on Facebook, or communicate with our smartphones, without cable, telephone and cellular companies discriminating against what we say or where we are saying it. It’s about whether cable news outlets and blogs and newspapers will discuss and debate important issues in a meaningful way.