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. Evaluating Your Existing Volunteer Program. Before you attempt to create a program from scratch, evaluate what you have already in place.

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. This program will borrow from the strengths of your development team as a whole. Brand your Mid-Level Giving Program.

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

EveryAction

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. It’s certainly not talked about as much as the previously mentioned emails, but the way you talk to disengaged members of your email list is an often overlooked, but extremely important part of managing an email program.

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.

6 Creative Program Ideas for Arts & Cultural Organizations

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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. Offering programs that are related to your main programming can be a great source of additional revenue—and also spread your mission in new ways to new audiences. . Want more tips and tricks for improving programs at your organization?

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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.

How Changes to the U.S. Paycheck Protection Program Affect Nonprofit Organizations

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Changes in Store for the Paycheck Protection Program: H.R. 7010, Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act, Signed into Law. Senate, makes changes to the Paycheck Protection Program , a signature initiative of the CARES Act. Since the launch of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), small businesses and 501(c)(3) organizations with 500 or fewer employees have received approximately $550B in forgivable loans to assist them in weathering the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.

How to Create a Member Referral Program that Actually Works

Wild Apricot

Here's how to take advantage of this by setting up a member referral program The most effective way to get new members is by asking your current members to refer a friend.

The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 168: Looking Inside Blackbaud’s Social Good Startup Program

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Recognizing the power of partnerships to build a better world, Blackbaud launched a unique year-long accelerator in 2019 designed to support early-stage startups with the potential to impact the Ecosystem of Good®, and formalized it as the Blackbaud Social Good Startup Program in 2020. Blackbaud Social Good Startup Program Application. The social good community has massive opportunity and meaningful challenges before us.

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.

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

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.

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. While they have received increasing attention in the recent years, on-campus voter registration programs aren’t a new phenomenon.

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?

How to Create a Sustainable Volunteer Program

NonProfit Hub

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.

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.

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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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. For example, how does a hospital, health system or community health program demonstrate its impact within and on the community without violating patient rights? Program Action / Activity. Program #s.

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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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.

Strengthening program evaluation in your nonprofit

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As nonprofits attempt to tackle some of our communities' most difficult problems; funders, government agencies and the general public are actively calling for accountability, transparency and proof that a program is producing change. Illustration by Jocelyn Ruiz.

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.

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. Taking that first step to build a simple, manageable program that will return needed philanthropy is huge, but doesn’t have to be difficult. There are many ways to start or build a robust philanthropy program. Have a thank you plan in place before you kick off your program. “All I do is special events.

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.

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.

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.

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? .

Budgeting for Your Company’s Matching Gifts Program

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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. Through this approach, Blackbaud achieves much higher than the average participation rates of 9% for year-round matching programs – in fact, in 2017 22.7% Second, how “open” will your program be?

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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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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. The program also features sessions on enhancing management and leadership skills for advancement professionals of diverse backgrounds. It's finally here!

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.

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.

Corporate Giving Programs – The Basics

Wild Apricot

Are you new to corporate giving programs? In this guest post, Adam Weinger outlines the most common types of corporate giving programs; explains how they work and how valuable they can be for your non-profit. Fundraising

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

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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. If you don’t yet have a robust sustainer program, here are several ideas for how to build and grow one.

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. John Wilburn, director of direct response for the National Park Foundation, joined guest host Christine Newman at bbcon to talk about how being data-driven and open to innovation has helped him develop a successful direct marketing program at the organization.

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!

How Can You Grow Your Sustained Giving Program?

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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. However, with a little patience and an ongoing investment of time and resources, you can grow your program and continue using it to sustain your mission, both now and in the future. 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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Why And How to Manage Your Volunteer Program Professionally

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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. If you do this you are seen as being a serious program, and volunteers will surely apply themselves harder to the job. Improve your volunteering program and volunteer experience as a whole.

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. If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are a great fit for our ambassador program. Sign up for the TechSoup Ambassador Program Course to join our program.