November 20, 2013

How one nonprofit dominated their giving day

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Target audience: Nonprofits, cause organizations, foundations, NGOs, social enterprises, fund-raising professionals.

John HaydonJDLasica and I had the honor of working with Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity to plan and prepare for Give To The Max Day in Minnesota last Thursday.

Giving days are becoming a popular way for local nonprofits to share resources, expertise and experience to achieve more together than they would individually. And Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity achieved amazing results!

A few highlights:

  • Total donations via GiveMN: $215,973 (compared to $55,000 in 2012)
  • Total donors via GiveMN: 694 (compared to 350 in 2012)
  • Matching gifts: $110,000 (compared to $15,000 in 2012)

Can you believe it? A 4x increase in donations and a 7x increase in matching donations!

How Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity became a force at GTMD13

According to Brian Juntti, Director Marketing & Communications, there were several things Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity did to achieve their impressive results:

  1. Create a strong message – Clear, consistent message (across channels and social platforms) that people care about: “Give to the Max. Impact a child’s life forever” (see below).
  2. Make it easy to share – We had a shareable video about this impact, with links embedded to take viewers to our GiveMn page. During the week, we directed every visitor to our website to our GiveMn page to schedule or make a gift.
  3. Start early – Started promoting the day earlier than ever: the first week in October. Got over 100 people signed up to get a reminder email.
  4. Schedule gifts – Actively promoted the Give to the Max Day scheduled giving option, achieving over $80,000 in scheduled gifts going into GTMD.
  5. Leverage matches – Recruited a major donor to set a matching gift of $75,000.
  6. Leverage friend networks – Promoted their peer-to-peer campaign, “Habitat Builders” (individual fundraisers), who created their own pages off the main Twin Cities Habitat page and raised funds from their personal networks. Habitat Builders raised over $50k.
  7. Stay on top – All of these strategies enabled them to stay on the Razoo Leaderboard the entire day of GTMD13. This visibility created even more exposure for the campaign during GTMD13.

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What else?

I’ll add that they took GTMD13 seriously.

Brian and his team (along with JD and me pitching in from Socialbrite) planned months in advance. During 2012, they also made a serious effort to improve their website and use social channels more strategically.

If you’re considering a giving day in 2014, make a point of exploring how TCHabitat used Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest to get their community amped up!

John Haydon delivers social web strategy solutions for “the quick, the smart, and the slightly manic.” Curious? Then connect up: Contact John by email, see his profile page, visit the John Haydon blog, follow him on Twitter and Google Plus or leave a comment.

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