GUIDE: Growing and Sustaining your Volunteer Program

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A thriving volunteer program can help maximize your organization’s impact. By evaluating your existing volunteer program and renewing your focus on recruitment and retention, you can build a thriving and sustainable volunteer program that will propel your work forward.

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

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Successful mid-level donor programs are all about providing donors with a personal touch while maintaining the analytic discipline that allows you to scale your programming. Once you’ve identified your mid-level donors, it is time to start developing a mid-level donor program.

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

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For most nonprofits, email is the backbone of their digital fundraising program. Here are three things you can do today to make your email program more personal, engaging, and persuasive, to increase long-term donor retention and fundraising.

6 Creative Program Ideas for Arts & Cultural Organizations

Connection Cafe

That experience got me thinking about other ways arts and cultural organizations are innovating with their programs. From food festivals to light shows to lectures, there’ve never been more options for arts and cultural programming.

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8 Key Aspects for a Successful Sustainer Donor Program

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Sustaining donors represent a critical segment for any annual fund program. As the philanthropic sector battles shrinking donor files and increased acquisition costs, a sustaining program can go a long way toward improving retention. Listen to the sgEngage Podcast Episode 128: Building a Sustainer Giving Program. Here are 8 key aspects of successful sustainer programs: It all starts with the data. Consider naming your sustaining program.

Executive Support in Driving and Maintaining CSR Programs

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The management of these programs is typically in the hands of the CSR team, but to fully leverage an organization’s resources to do good, the discussions and execution need to extend to the leadership team.

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. Today’s episode, recorded live at bbcon 2019, is all about how to build and grow a successful sustainer giving program.

Reinvigorate your Employee Giving Program

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There are many ways to reinvigorate your program. The following information and guidance are intended to inspire you to take a new look at your employee giving program or employee crisis fund through a fresh lens. Many leaders and colleagues may still view CSR programs as extra or separate, important work in this day and time, but not truly connected to the business strategy. CSR programs were once kept separate on purpose, to protect the integrity of the programs.

The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 142: Tips for Virtual Volunteer Programs

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This episode is about understanding and expanding virtual volunteer programs. Danielle Holly, CEO of Common Impact, an organization dedicated to skills-based volunteerism, joins the Podcast to share her insights and expertise on how nonprofits and corporations can better work together on virtual volunteer programs. Standout examples of virtual volunteer programs. In the midst of COVID-19, virtual volunteerism opportunities are more important than ever.

Community Impact: Using Patient Data to Measure Program Success

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As I am sure we all have heard over the past few years (or maybe much longer), we need to demonstrate the results of our programs and tell our organization’s impact story in order to update our board, grow our donor base and develop new programs. Program Action / Activity.

When Fundraising Programs Stop Running Like Clockwork

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The intricacy of the clock movement is much like our fundraising programs. And sometimes, the only option is to take them apart, figure out what’s broken or just worn out, fix it and then put the program back together again. But when the problem is deeper, we may have to tear a program apart before we can completely fix it. As with the clock, sometimes even the most brilliant fundraising program breaks down. Have you ever taken apart a mechanical clock? (Or

5 Steps to Running a Campus Voter Registration Program

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For universities searching for ways to both grow students' engagement on campus and develop their education and participation as active citizens, voter registration programs have become an increasingly popular activity. While they have received increasing attention in the recent years, on-campus voter registration programs aren’t a new phenomenon.

The Crux – Aligning Fundraising and Programming

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The reality is: Good programs need good fundraising, and good fundraising needs good programs. Your nonprofit cannot operate programs at their maximum effectiveness without adequate funding. But if your organization’s programs aren’t optimized for fundraising, you’ll struggle to raise the funds to keep them operational, let alone to increase their success. Get to know your program staff. Visit a program site or a project.

Building Loyalty Through a Different Kind of Membership Program

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Many membership programs reward their loyal members with things like free admission, gift shop discounts, and invitations to special events, but what if you let your members choose which benefits they want? What if your membership program allowed members to earn points they could use to redeem the rewards they wanted? Even if a points based membership program isn’t right for your institution, what aren’t you doing that you could to encourage your members to engage with you more?

7 Tips for Building a Healthcare Fundraising Program

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I honestly don’t know how to build a full fundraising program.”. Many organizations are also realizing that it is time to expand into a true fundraising program. There are many ways to start or build a robust philanthropy program. “All I do is special events.

How to Create a Sustainable Volunteer Program

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That’s why establishing a sustainable, organized and engaging volunteer program should be one of your organization’s top priorities. It’s important to know whether you met, exceeded or fell short of your goals in order to properly evaluate your volunteer program. Whether they comprise your entire staff or are only needed at the occasional fundraising event, creating a sustainable program for them will make the job easier for everyone.

Budgeting for Your Company’s Matching Gifts Program

Connection Cafe

At Blackbaud, we take a unique approach to our employee matching gift program, one that is popular amongst other corporate giving programs. With our matching program, Blackbaud empowers employee philanthropy through individual choice. Second, how “open” will your program be?

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The 2019 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar

EveryAction

With more than 50+ breakout sessions, roundtable discussions, short talks, and plenaries on the program agenda, there’s sure to be knowledge-sharing, career-building, networking, and solutions that you can take home with you. It's finally here!

How to Create a Highly Successful Major Gifts Program

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What tools and information are needed to manage a major gifts program most effectively? . We’ve tracked the shrinking donor pipeline and proposed the lifetime value strategy as a way to engage with donors and correct a trend that threatens the future of higher education fundraising programs. . The Problem: . I’ve spent a great deal of my career exploring what it takes to sustain a sort of paradox: a highly profitable fundraising organization. .

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Nonprofit Membership Programs: A How-To Guide

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If you’re looking for new ways to keep your supporters engaged, consider launching a membership program. Choose your type of membership program. Determine the end goal of your program and let that shape how you interact with your members—are they more likely to be donors, consumers or advocates? This type of program relies on a more abstract exchange of benefits, where members offer up their skills and voices and the organization provides a formal way for them to use them.

Predictive Modeling vs. Wealth Screening: Effective Segmentation Programs Require a Healthy Mix

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The most successful and fully developed prospecting and segmentation programs require a healthy mix of multiple techniques. In today’s age of big data, staff at the most sophisticated programs that I have worked with understand that advanced analytics should be used to fuel a well fleshed out prospect identification program for all program areas.

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The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 131: Tips for a Successful Direct Marketing Program

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Direct marketing is an important part of any social good organization’s strategy, but it’s critical that the program is well designed and reaches the right people with the right messages.

How to Build a Grateful Patient Program to Drive Lifetime Donors

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These types of constituent programs are formed at the intersection of clinical and philanthropic experiences and should involve hospital executives and foundation leadership. A well thought-out grateful patient program provides the guidelines to cultivate relationships with patients and turn those patients into lifetime supporters and donors. Refinement as program evolves. Once established, regularly evaluating your grateful patient program is crucial.

How Corporate Volunteering Programs Benefit Everyone

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In addition to attractive employee perks, building transformative employee volunteer and giving programs and embedding them within the organizational culture is key to promoting happy employees who stay with their companies. In turn, organizations that develop and implement strategic philanthropic programs that include transformative employee giving and engagement opportunities reap the rewards and return on their investment as well. Be sure the program has impact.

Diversifying Fundraising Programs: A Q&A with the CEO of Emancipet

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In order to secure the charitable gifts that allows nonprofit organizations to fund their missions and work, they must invest in a smart, strategic, and diversified approach to fundraising to build a strong and resilient program. She answered a few questions for us about their success with alternative funding and the journey they went on to create a diversified program.

3 Ways to Spotlight Your Monthly Giving Program on #GivingTuesday

Nonprofit Tech for Good

A monthly giving program is the most effective and effortless way to retain #GivingTuesday donor support beyond the 24-hour social media buzz. On average, nonprofits who launch a monthly giving program boost their donor retention rate by up to 90%, so it’s important to spotlight your monthly giving program on social media, emails, and your donation form itself for Giving Tuesday. . Don’t Have A Monthly Giving Program? .

11 Hispanic and Latino Organizations Everyone Should Know

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Through HHF’s award-winning LOFT leadership and workforce development program, tens of thousands of students and young professionals are connected to each other and to mentors and resources.

4 Essential Steps for Growing Higher Ed Scholarship Programs

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These programs are possible because of generous donations to scholarship funds. Fundraising is essential to the growth of any scholarship program, but it can be challenging to come up with fresh ideas that resonate with donors and prospects. So today, I’d like to take you through the four essential steps of successful scholarship fundraising and share some ideas that can help you receive transformative gifts for your scholarship programs.

6 Proven Best Practices for Your Sustained Giving Program

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In Sustainers in Focus Part 1 , the Blackbaud Institute uncovered the justifications for a sustained giving program. The next step is mapping out the practices that you can implement to make your sustained giving program a success. That’s why, in the newly released Sustainers in Focus Part 2 , we’ve shared six best practices for supporting a sustained giving program. The top six best practices for sustained giving programs: Ask new donors to give on a monthly basis.

What is the Youtube Nonprofit Program?

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What is the Youtube Nonprofit Program? We’ve discussed that a Google for Nonprofits account has a whole host of benefits and one of those is access to the Youtube Nonprofit Program. Best of all, accessing the program is free, so you’ve got nothing to lose!

5 Easy Ways Nonprofits Can Use Testing to Increase Digital Engagement

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If you’re ready to start improving your digital program through testing, here are five places to get started. There’s no secret trick to instantly improving digital engagement for nonprofits.

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Tips for Maintaining Successful Scholarship Programs While Planning for an Unpredictable Fall 2020 Semester

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Based on recent conversations I have had with some of our higher ed customers (which included associate directors and directors of financial aid and scholarships), here are four key areas to keep in mind as you identify ways to make the most of your scholarship program despite an unpredictable semester ahead. I hope these provide some food for thought as you plan for the future of your scholarship and financial aid programs.

YouTube for Nonprofits Program

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Came across this nice video presentation by our buddies over at See3 Communications, all about Youtube for Nonprofits, when doing research for a client. Check it out. YouTube for Nonprofits from See3 Communications. See also the full YouTube Nonprofit Playbook for more on using YouTube. ————-. This post includes a cool slide deck. Click through if you can’t see it. Implementation

Five Reasons Why Every Nonprofit Needs a Sustained Giving Program

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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. Donors enrolled in a monthly giving program are retained 70 to 80 percent of the time. Sustained giving. Recurring giving. Monthly giving.

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How to Identify the Right Partner for Employee Matching Gifts Programs

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Increasingly, though, employees are asking to have a voice in their matching programs, wanting their donation and associated match to go to an organization close to home (physically or emotionally). An excellent example is a matching program in response to disaster relief.

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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? How much depends on how big your sustainer program is and how often you engage your constituents. For example, World Food Program USA was able to recapture $177,000 in one year alone at a total cost of just around $460! 1,200,000,000.

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Betsy Beaumon on Benetech's Literacy Program

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

The Year That Was and the New Year Ahead Guest Beneblog by Betsy Beaumon, Benetech's VP and General Manager of the Literacy Program 2012 was a year of titanic shifts in the fields of consumer technology, education, and publishing, along with the requisite challenges brought about by such rapid change. One of the biggest changes to Bookshare in the last ten years has been in the area of education, through funding from the Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).

How to Start Your Own Nonprofit Sponsorship Program

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In fact, most small to mid-size nonprofits struggle to maintain enough funds to continue their regular programming. A potential solution to this issue is a sponsorship program , a tit-for-tat transaction between your nonprofit and another company, be it a for-profit or not. Sponsorship programs aren’t for every organization, but they can provide some much-needed relief when money is tight. Most nonprofits don’t have a surplus of cash on hand.

7 Tips to Make This Year Your Best #GivingTuesday Ever

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Our Development Program Planning Guide includes great strategies for donor retention to help you maximize your investment in Giving Tuesday donors. #GivingTuesday is right around the corner!

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What We Learned About Digital Engagement from the 2019 M+R Benchmarks Report

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What’s the state of your monthly giving program? To truly understand the long-term value of acquisition to your nonprofit, you’ll need staff who are able to dig deep into the return on advertising spending (ROAS) and guide your digital ad program in the right direction. Every year, nonprofit consultants M+R release their annual Benchmarks report , which provides an overview of digital trends in the sector.

How To Evaluate The Effectiveness Of A Training Program?

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While it is important to ensure that the employees are put through a right set of training sessions, it is equally important to evaluate the effectiveness of training programs. Here are some ways you can do it

Using National Doctors’ Day to Cultivate Your Grateful Patient Program

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Some offer a year-round program touting, “Every day is Doctors’ Day,” offering continuous opportunities for special recognition. Development offices that are getting serious about their Grateful Patient programs are seeking the engagement of physicians. Those with true physician champions see the positive impact on their giving program. Checklist for Creating a Doctor’s Day Program. Promote and track the program!

7 Keys to an Effective Social Media Ambassador Program

Nonprofit Tech for Good

But, wait – before you go recruiting your most outspoken supporters to shout about you in their Instagram stories, make sure you know these 7 keys to an effective social media ambassador program: . 7 Keys to an Effective Social Media Ambassador Program. I especially love how the library messages the program as one about the volunteers, not the organization. Here’s a list of 13 programs you may find useful.