GUIDE: Growing and Sustaining your Volunteer Program

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

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.

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

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

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.

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

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

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.

When Fundraising Programs Stop Running Like Clockwork

Connection Cafe

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. Have you ever taken apart a mechanical clock? (Or

Building Loyalty Through a Different Kind of Membership Program

Connection Cafe

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? Nonprofit Marketing Arts & Cultural loyalty programs Membership rewards programs

How to Build a Grateful Patient Program to Drive Lifetime Donors

Connection Cafe

These types of constituent programs are formed at the intersection of clinical and philanthropic experiences and should involve hospital executives and foundation leadership. Refinement as program evolves. Once established, regularly evaluating your grateful patient program is crucial.

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

Connection Cafe

The most successful and fully developed prospecting and segmentation programs require a healthy mix of multiple techniques. Applications include major giving, annual fund, direct mail, planned giving or even niche/sector specific programs like athletic fundraising or grateful patient programs.

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How Corporate Volunteering Programs Benefit Everyone

Connection Cafe

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. Be sure the program has impact. Programs need to be inclusive.

6 Proven Best Practices for Your Sustained Giving Program

Connection Cafe

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. Recurring donations aren’t a new concept.

Grateful Patient Program Basics

Donor Search

Grateful patient programs are fundraising initiatives that allow hospitals and other healthcare organizations to find more major gift prospects among their patients.

The Crux – Aligning Fundraising and Programming

Connection Cafe

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.

The Must-Have Accessory for Your Monthly Giving Program

Connection Cafe

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? 1,200,000,000.

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7 Tips for Building a Healthcare Fundraising Program

Connection Cafe

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.

Box.org Announces Nonprofit Program

SocialFish

…meaning the cloud storage company is giving away 10 starter licenses for free to all eligible nonprofits (so if you’re very small staff in particular, this means you).

Five Reasons Why Every Nonprofit Needs a Sustained Giving Program

Connection Cafe

Unlike installment giving, this financial commitment is ongoing and not typically designated for a particular program or organizational goal. 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 Finance Can Partner with Program for Audit Success

Connection Cafe

And we may not have fully tapped into the potential for our partners in Program to lift the monkey off our backs; after all, they’re on the front-end of most transactions. Partner with Program. Together, we can ensure that resources are available to meet and exceed program goals.

20 Holiday Gift Programs That Benefit Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

For environmentally friendly and socially conscious holiday shoppers that prefer to give donations to nonprofits as holiday gifts, the 20 holiday gift programs listed below are a good starting point for your holiday shopping.

Introducing the TechSoup Ambassador Program

Tech Soup Blog

" We present you the TechSoup Ambassador Program , TechSoup's very own volunteer program and community. This program provides the tools for TechSoup supporters to help nonprofits take full advantage of all that TechSoup has to offer.

5 Steps to Running a Campus Voter Registration Program

Everyaction

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.

How Can You Grow Your Sustained Giving Program?

Connection Cafe

In fact, despite careful planning , your sustainer program may eventually hit a plateau—making it seem nearly impossible to raise more money or acquire more donors. If prospective constituents can’t find it, they can’t join your sustained giving program. If you build it, they will come.

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Measuring the Impact of Your Nonprofit Program

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

A few months ago, I facilitated a mini-innovation lab on measuring impact for grantees of the Google Nonprofit program at the Impact Hub. Many times, nonprofits, especially smaller ones, do not have the resources to hire outside consultants to measure the impact of their programs.

The Best Thing You Can Do for Your Sustainer Program in 2016

Connection Cafe

The best thing you can do for your sustainer program, hands down, is to subscribe to a credit card updater service. Lots of organizations put time and money into “lapsed sustainer campaigns,” where they reach out to lapsed sustainers and try to get them to re-commit to the program.

YouTube for Nonprofits Program

SocialFish

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.

Utilizing Analytics to Upgrade Your Annual Program

Connection Cafe

Whether or not you did an internal or externally-procured predictive analytics endeavor, the same issue comes up time and again: How can I utilize this to upgrade donors and increase my annual giving program? Let’s say you just starting looking at the results of an analytics project.

Do Capacity Building Programs Help Nonprofits Achieve Better Results?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Note from Beth: My long-time colleague, Teresa Crawford, Executive Director, Social Sector Accelerator, shares some thoughts about nonprofit capacity building programs based on extensive research.

Why And How to Manage Your Volunteer Program Professionally

Connection Cafe

So let’s take it step by step and look at why and how to manage your volunteer program professionally: 1. Delegation is one of the most important aspects in managing organizations or programs. Give those with responsibility for implementing a program a voice in the decision-making.

Seven Steps to Ensuring a Successful Sustained Giving Program

Connection Cafe

But, there’s a big difference between understanding its importance and actually creating a successful recurring giving program. However, you and your staff must commit to investing the time and talent needed to develop the program. You know that sustained giving is important.

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5 Things To Stop Doing If You Want A Successful Employee Engagement Program

Connection Cafe

Therefore, when I looked at 2017, I decided to take a similar tact when laying out my tips for building and revamping corporate giving and engagement programs. It is important to take a step back and look more holistically at your overall program.

Twitter for Nonprofits Program

SocialFish

Twitter has recently announced their Twitter for Nonprofits Program. This program is booked solid with a 6-month waiting list right now, so organizations must apply early. As always, some conditions apply to each program.

The 6 Scariest Monsters Nonprofit Fundraisers Are Facing This Halloween

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

Rising email spam rates Many nonprofits depend on email as the backbone of their digital fundraising programs. This October 31 st , it’s not ghosts and ghouls that most nonprofit fundraisers are worried about.

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How to Start A Grateful Patient Program at Your Healthcare Organization

Connection Cafe

Increasingly, organizations of all types and sizes are seeing success with setting up Grateful Patient Fundraising Programs. The main goal of these programs is to raise awareness of your institution and communicate the heartfelt stories of your patients.

Program Sustainability is Not Just About Funding

NonProfit Hub

Then one day I had the opportunity to research what factors are actually associated with greater program sustainability, and my world changed. Why Should We Care About Program Sustainability? 1] Compare the two programs below.

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2014 SXSW Interactive Scholarships Program

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

What is the 2014 SXSW Interactive Scholarship Program ? What creative ways are people using tech for good? The folks at SXSW Interactive want to know! They are seeking the latest and greatest ideas in the social good / nonprofit space, and will reward you for telling them all about it.

7 Tips to Make This Year Your Best #GivingTuesday Ever

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

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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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).

10 Holiday Gift Programs That Benefit Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

As a follow-up to 25 Online Gift Stores That Benefit Nonprofit s , below are 10 holiday gift programs that benefit nonprofits. These gift programs are ideal for socially and environmentally conscious holiday shoppers that would prefer their holiday spending directly empower nonprofits.

Get Smart(er) About Your P2P Recognition Program

Connection Cafe

The Turnkey study examined 93 programs from 33 organizations between 2012 and 2015. Programs were excluded if only one level of recognition was offered, where recognition was given regardless of whether it was desired, or for which non-product based experiential rewards were offered.

How to Identify the Right Partner for Employee Matching Gifts Programs

Connection Cafe

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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Class 12 Ally Shares Experience in Program

ASU Lodestar Center

Going into the program, I had a general idea of where I wanted to go in my career but was unsure how to accomplish my goals. As a community engagement coordinator, I developed a volunteer program and worked toward building community knowledge about AFH and its programs.

17 Ideas For Employee Programs

Eric Jacobsen Blog

As you select the employee programs you'll offer at your company during 2017, consider choosing one or more from this list of 17 from Richard P. Employee Programs Eric Jacobson on Leadership and Management Leadership Management Richard P.

13 Students Graduate ITWorks Fall 2013 Program

TechImpact

It’s the December 19 graduation of the Fall 2013 cohort of the Information Technology Workforce Program (“ITWorks”) program. Through the course of the program, ITWorks students get internship experience while they earn a professional certification in IT.

A Community-Driven Approach to Program Design

Museum 2.0

How do you develop programs that are responsive to your community in a meaningful way? At the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History (MAH), we've started experimenting with a "community first" approach to program development. Six goals for MAH community programs.

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.