December is the hands-down most powerful month to fund-raise and to strengthen relationships for the year to come. So stop cranking it out right now — for one to two hours — and start your last-chance marketing audit to uncover if you’ve been doing the right things and should quickly do more of what’s worked, or whether you need to retool pronto to wind up strong.
If your planning year is a fiscal year, rather than a calendar year, I urge you to shape your outreach to your donors, volunteers and program participants who live on the calendar year model. It’s your job to match their outlook, rather than shoehorn them into yours.
No matter if you’re scrambling to increase year-end impact or hoping to shape your 2014 plan to surpass 2013 results, jump into these four last-chance marketing to-dos today. Continue reading →
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! Continue reading →
The general premise is that you should spend 20 percent of your time cultivating new contacts and 80 percent of your time strengthening the relationships you already have.
Which metrics do you value?
Many of our metrics seem to weigh heavily on the side of acquiring new donors, new names for the list, new event attendees. As a result, I feel like there’s often not enough appreciation, and therefore not enough time devoted to, building relationships with those who are already on our lists. (This can vary, depending on the culture of your organization, of course.) Continue reading →
Target audience: Nonprofits, cause organizations, foundations, NGOs, social enterprises, businesses, marketers, Facebook users. When you think about calls to action on your website, you typically think about landing pages. For example, your donation page or your email sign-up form.
But how often do you think about the calls to action in the blog posts you’re publishing each week?
Before we get into the nitty gritty, let’s get one thing straight:
The chief purpose for your website is to encourage people to act. Whether it’s making a donation, joining your email list, signing a petition, or changing a habit, the purpose of your website is to encourage actions.
Here are six simple ways to improve the calls to actions in your blog posts: Continue reading →
After Superstorm Sandy hit in October 2012, individuals created campaigns and inspired people to donate money using online fundraising tools (including the ones mentioned in this article). These people raised millions of dollars and made many people’s lives a little bit easier.
This type of crowdfunding may not be new, but in increasing numbers, people around the world are creating all kinds of campaigns — for creative projects, technology, nonprofits and much more.
Individual fundraising, which we’ll examine in this article, means money raised from individuals. Two types exist:
Let’s go back in time five years to 2007. You’ve got a great idea to build a watch with built-in Bluetooth, allowing you to control and access your phone or tablet from your wrist. Unfortunately, you’re a relatively broke hobby designer working a 9 to 5 technology job.
How do you proceed? Call up your rich uncle and ask him to back you? Go to the bank and apply for a loan?
Five years ago, any method of raising capital for a project would generally require a substantial profit share once the product came to fruition. Continue reading →