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3 Tips to NAIL Your Year End Board Report

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Take these 3 motifs and apply them over the next few months. You can do this, your board will be appreciative, and your organization will grow stronger because of it. The post 3 Tips to NAIL Your Year End Board Report appeared first on Fundraising Report Card. Culture

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One Simple Rule for Fundraising Success

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Yogi Berra once said, “If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll wind up somewhere else.” That sentiment couldn’t be more true when it comes to achieving fundraising success. The post One Simple Rule for Fundraising Success appeared first on Fundraising Report Card. Culture

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How to Stand out in the #GivingTuesday Crowd

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To suggest that fundraising has become saturated would be an understatement. There are more than 1.5 million nonprofits in the United States alone, many with overlapping missions and visions. Nonetheless, each works tirelessly to secure your financial contribution. The post How to Stand out in the #GivingTuesday Crowd appeared first on Fundraising Report Card. Culture

The Plan for Fundraising Success – Season 2, Episode 8

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Achieve fundraising success by creating a plan. Zach and Tim discuss the components of a successful plan and how to create one for your organization. Click here to listen on YouTube! Topic Timestamps Introduction [00:00] Success [00:36] Defining Success [01:22] FundraisingReportCard.com/Benchmarks [04:23] Heather Yandow [04:35] A Plan [05:33] Blog Post on FRC [06:24] Is anything … Continue reading "The Plan for Fundraising Success – Season 2, Episode 8".

How Your Nonprofit Can Find the Time to Be More Data-Driven

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As a development professional, it’s safe to say you have a lot on your plate. Coordinating appeals, engaging constituents, helping with programs; the list of responsibilities you oversee is undoubtedly long. The post How Your Nonprofit Can Find the Time to Be More Data-Driven appeared first on Fundraising Report Card. Culture

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Do You Really Want Every Donation? – Season 2, Episode 7

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Zach and Tim discuss the Pearson Family Members Foundation vs. The University of Chicago lawsuit and when you should turn down a major gift. Read this blog post for additional context for this episode: [link] Click here to listen on YouTube! Topic Timestamps Introduction [00:00] Lawsuits! [00:34] 00:34] Pearson Family Members Foundation vs. The University of … Continue reading "Do You Really Want Every Donation? – Season 2, Episode 7". The post Do You Really Want Every Donation?

3 Tools Our For Profit Company Uses That Your Nonprofit Should Too Pt. 2

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Let’s discuss apps, tools and other resources you could (and should) be using at your development shop to save time and reduce inefficiencies. The post 3 Tools Our For Profit Company Uses That Your Nonprofit Should Too Pt. 2 appeared first on Fundraising Report Card. Culture

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What You Should Include in a Board Presentation (with Examples & A Free Template)

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Reporting to the board may be daunting, but it’s incredibly important. Your board is tasked with overseeing your organization, and providing them with a snapshot into the health of the organization’s fundraising is critical to their success. The post What You Should Include in a Board Presentation (with Examples & A Free Template) appeared first on Fundraising Report Card. Culture

Apps, Services, and Tools For Nonprofits (Season 2, Episode 6)

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Zach and Tim discuss some of their favorite apps, services, and tools. Have your question answered on the podcast by calling in to (575) 815-4573. Click here to listen on YouTube! Topic Timestamps Introduction [00:00] Tools! [01:16] 01:16] 2017 Blog Post [01:35] 2018 Blog Post [01:43] Evernote [02:17] Blog Post (Evernote Tagging) [03:38] Slack [06:08] Workflow’s … Continue reading "Apps, Services, and Tools For Nonprofits (Season 2, Episode 6)".

One Simple Tactic You Can Use to Be More Effective at Everything

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I wish I didn’t have such a “clickbait” title. Even I’d think twice before reading a blog post that suggests it can make you more effective at everything. But, before you press the back button or open a new tab, please hear me out. The post One Simple Tactic You Can Use to Be More Effective at Everything appeared first on Fundraising Report Card. Culture

What Data Can Be Ignored and Does the Approach Change for Small and Big Nonprofits (Season 2, Episode 5)

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Zach and Tim answer questions on what data can be ignored and how the approach changes for a larger nonprofit. Have your question answered on the podcast by calling in to (575) 815-4573 or by emailing tim@imarketsmart.com. Click here to listen on YouTube! Topic Timestamps Terry from San Francisco, California [01:58] Blog Post – Nonprofit … Continue reading "What Data Can Be Ignored and Does the Approach Change for Small and Big Nonprofits (Season 2, Episode 5)".

Do You Really Want Every Donation?

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Spoiler alert: the Family Foundation is suing the University for not meeting all of the requirements outlined in the 60-page charitable bequest agreement. As a result the Foundation would like the $22.9 million they’ve already given returned, and to revoke the rest of the donation. The post Do You Really Want Every Donation? appeared first on Fundraising Report Card. Culture

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3 Key Fundraising Metrics Your Board Members Want to See at the Next Annual Meeting

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Today we’ll walk through 3 metrics you’ll absolutely want to share with your board members at the next annual meeting. These metrics come from our team’s experience presenting to dozens of boards over the past few years. The post 3 Key Fundraising Metrics Your Board Members Want to See at the Next Annual Meeting appeared first on Fundraising Report Card. Analysis

How to Become a Data-driven Nonprofit (in 3 Simple Steps)

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The quest to become a data-driven nonprofit is not simple or easy. Use these three steps as guidelines. If you had a checklist for “becoming a data-driven organization,” these three steps would be on it. The post How to Become a Data-driven Nonprofit (in 3 Simple Steps) appeared first on Fundraising Report Card. Analysis

How Big is a Major Gift?

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When it comes to major gifts can we use the concept of the outlier to determine our major giving threshold? Since we qualitatively and psychologically agree that a major gift is one that has a major impact on your organization, would it also be fair to then suggest that an outlier gift is the same thing? The post How Big is a Major Gift? appeared first on Fundraising Report Card. Analysis Culture

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2 Outcomes You Should Arrive at after Analyzing Your Fundraising Data

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It may be disappointing, but one of the best outcomes you can arrive at after analyzing your organization's data is to realize that you need to measure a different set of metrics. The post 2 Outcomes You Should Arrive at after Analyzing Your Fundraising Data appeared first on Fundraising Report Card. Analysis Culture

Building a Fundraising Program Takes Time

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Fundraising plans, starting a major gifts program, engaging in a capital campaign and a host of other nonprofit initiatives are like caverns — they take time, diligence and patience to develop. The post Building a Fundraising Program Takes Time appeared first on Fundraising Report Card. Culture

Handling Negative Metrics, The One Metric To Track, and In Tribute Donation Metrics (Season 2, Episode 4)

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Zach and Tim answer questions about handling negative metrics, what the one monthly or weekly metric every fundraiser should monitor is, and benchmarking in tribute donations. Have your question answered on the podcast by calling in to (575) 815-4573 or by emailing tim@imarketsmart.com. Click here to listen on YouTube! Topic Timestamps TJ from Indianapolis, Indiana … Continue reading "Handling Negative Metrics, The One Metric To Track, and In Tribute Donation Metrics (Season 2, Episode 4)".

How to Improve and Develop Process at Your Nonprofit

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Unlike other business-focused resources though, I have great empathy and understanding for the unique circumstances and challenges nonprofit organizations face. How then can we take what is considered best practice in the for-profit space and make use of it at your development shop? The post How to Improve and Develop Process at Your Nonprofit appeared first on Fundraising Report Card. Culture

What to Include in Your Organization’s Fundraising KPI Dashboard? (Plus a FREE Template!)

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Dashboards, and the information that they provide, can be useful — the operative word being can. Thinking through what’s needed and setting up a fundraising dashboard is the tricky part of the process. The post What to Include in Your Organization’s Fundraising KPI Dashboard? Plus a FREE Template!) appeared first on Fundraising Report Card. Analysis

Advice for Small NonProfits, Data Outliers, and Getting Your Team Onboard (Season 2, Episode 3)

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Learn what database a small nonprofit should use, how to deal with data outliers, and how to get your team onboard with making data-driven decisions in this special Michael Jordan themed episode. Call (575) 815-4573 to leave a voicemail with your questions. Write in to tim@imarketsmart.com to email in your questions. Click here to listen … Continue reading "Advice for Small NonProfits, Data Outliers, and Getting Your Team Onboard (Season 2, Episode 3)".

3 Steps to Build a Data-Driven Organizational Culture

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The biggest barrier to entry that I have discovered over the past 4 years isn’t being unsure what to measure, or having access to information. No, it is a lack of organizational culture that supports this new way of thinking. The post 3 Steps to Build a Data-Driven Organizational Culture appeared first on Fundraising Report Card. Culture

Beyond the Basics with Donor Retention (Season 1, Episode 5)

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Learn just how important donor retention is and how to make smarter decisions to improve retention and donation revenue. Download the Metrics That Matter eBook at [link] Click here to listen on YouTube! Topic Timestamps Donor retention [02:00] Overall revenue impact? [03:10] 03:10] What mistakes do people make analyzing this data? [06:06] 06:06] Segmenting your data [06:46] … Continue reading "Beyond the Basics with Donor Retention (Season 1, Episode 5)".

Healthy Growth, Database Management, and Major Gifts (Season 2, Episode 2)

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Zach and Tim respond to three listener questions that include: what is a healthy percentage of donor increase year to year, when should you add a donor or prospect to your database, and what should be considered a major gift? Have your question answered on the podcast by calling in to (575) 815-4573 or by … Continue reading "Healthy Growth, Database Management, and Major Gifts (Season 2, Episode 2)".

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Three Steps to Build Meaningful Relationships in Life (and with Your Donors)

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Philanthropy tends to be fairly transactional — I give you some money, you send me a year-end appeal — and less relational — I give you some money, you ask me about my life story and connection to your mission. This could be (and most likely is) a contributing factor to dismal donor retention rates. The post Three Steps to Build Meaningful Relationships in Life (and with Your Donors) appeared first on Fundraising Report Card. Culture

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Your Questions: (575) 815-4573 (Season 2, Episode 1)

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Season 2 is here and for this season Zach and Tim will be answering your questions. You can call in to leave a voicemail at (575) 815-4573 or write in to tim@imarketsmart.com. Click here to listen on YouTube! Topic Timestamps Season 2 [00:35] Greg from Eugene, Oregon [02:52] Erica from Tasmania [11:02]. The post Your Questions: (575) 815-4573 (Season 2, Episode 1) appeared first on Fundraising Report Card. Podcast

How Often Should You Measure Fundraising Metrics?

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Measuring key metrics monthly provides the president to “move fast.” Take for instance a three month trend in donor lifetimes values. If month over month over month you see LTV decreasing it would be a sign that something is going on in the minds of your supporters. The post How Often Should You Measure Fundraising Metrics? appeared first on Fundraising Report Card. Analysis

Original Content is Crucial For Fundraising Success

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Engaging with donors (just like I engage with my clients) takes thought, skill, and care. Your content — the materials you use to interact with your constituents en masse — carries great weight with them. The post Original Content is Crucial For Fundraising Success appeared first on Fundraising Report Card. Culture

Fundraising Analytics for the Small Nonprofit

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Organizations of all sizes can benefit from analyzing their data. Here’s what your small shop could, and should, be doing. The post Fundraising Analytics for the Small Nonprofit appeared first on Fundraising Report Card. Analysis

Knapp’s Relational Model: The Key to Raising More Major (and Planned) Gifts

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Relationships are tricky. They’re also scientific. Many smart people have dedicated their lives to researching and understanding why human beings interact with one another. As fundraisers, we can leverage this research to inform how we approach raising major and planned gifts. The post Knapp’s Relational Model: The Key to Raising More Major (and Planned) Gifts appeared first on Fundraising Report Card. Research

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Applying Concepts with Direct Mail Metrics (Season 1, Episode 6)

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Learn how to apply the concepts discussed in season 1 of the podcast by using the example of a direct mail campaign. Download the Metrics That Matter eBook at [link] Click here to listen on YouTube! Topic Timestamps Direct mail [01:47] Culture and infrastructure [02:52] Who should you send direct mail to? [04:27] 04:27] What is … Continue reading "Applying Concepts with Direct Mail Metrics (Season 1, Episode 6)".

Measuring Fundraising ROI with Donor Lifetime Value (Season 1, Episode 4)

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Learn how to make better fundraising decisions by measuring ROI and donor lifetime value. Click here to listen on YouTube! Topic Timestamps Frequency of donation [02:34] What is LTV not? [03:03] 03:03] Segmenting [05:30] Viability [08:03] Goal ratios? [11:19] 11:19] The Starbucks example [14:04] Profit margins? [19:35] 19:35] Customer satisfaction [21:17] Any forgotten channels? [22:19]

Part 2 — Knapp’s Relational Model: The Key to Raising More Major (and Planned) Gifts

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Earlier in this series we defined what each step is and how it functions within the larger “coming together” phase of relationship development. It may have felt a bit like we reviewed how to fall in love, but today we’ll get a bit more practical. The post Part 2 — Knapp’s Relational Model: The Key to Raising More Major (and Planned) Gifts appeared first on Fundraising Report Card. Research

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Diving in with Donor Acquisition Cost (Season 1, Episode 3)

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Learn why Donor Acquisition Cost is so important, how to gather this data, and how to use this data to make better decisions. Mentioned in this episode: DAC Cheat Sheet: [link] DAC Excel Calculation Template: [link] What is overhead: [link] Expenses: [link] Click here to listen on YouTube! Topic Timestamps Donor Acquisition Cost [01:40] What is … Continue reading "Diving in with Donor Acquisition Cost (Season 1, Episode 3)".

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Fundraising Metrics 101 (Season 1, Episode 2)

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Learn about the top fundraising metrics, why they are important, and what questions you should be asking that these metrics can help answer. Download the Metrics That Matter eBook found for free at FundraisingReportCard.com/book. Download your copy to follow along and find some tidbits we didn’t have time to cover on today’s episode. Click here … Continue reading "Fundraising Metrics 101 (Season 1, Episode 2)".

Learn from Experiences (and Build Stronger Relationships as a Result)

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Whereas most nonprofits send the same old mail to each and every donor (a newsletter, an annual report, a solicitation), the “learn from your experiences” organizations send out something different: they survey their donors. The post Learn from Experiences (and Build Stronger Relationships as a Result) appeared first on Fundraising Report Card. Culture

New Year, New Benchmarks: How Does Your Organization Stack Up?

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What would you do with $20,447,633,199.37? Fund a new program? Hire more staff? Buy that new database software you desperately need? Our team here at Fundraising Report Card has $20,447,633,199.37 and we decided not to buy anything with it. Instead, we wrote some complex algorithms and made a free website to talk about nonprofit fundraising … Continue reading "New Year, New Benchmarks: How Does Your Organization Stack Up?".

Introducing Metrics That Matter (MTM-S01E01)

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Discover what this new podcast is all about, learn what data-driven fundraising is, how to build a data-driven culture, the basic metrics you’ll need to understand, and how to start using this at your nonprofit. Discover what this new podcast is all about, learn what data-driven fundraising is, how to build a data-driven culture, the basic … Continue reading "Introducing Metrics That Matter (MTM-S01E01)".

Goal Setting for 2018: Three Metrics You Must Measure

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Yes, it is busy right now. Yes, we are in the midst of a heavy fundraising season, but in two weeks, when we all return to our offices after a brief holiday respite, it will be a clean 12 month slate for us to work with. The post Goal Setting for 2018: Three Metrics You Must Measure appeared first on Fundraising Report Card. Analysis

Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators – October 12, 2018

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Before we get into the finest links of the land, it’s my birthday this weekend and we are celebrating by inviting all of you to become All-Access Pass Holders AND save $200 while you’re at it.

Need Something Like Canva But for Video?

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Nonprofits love Canva for creating quick, good-looking graphics. Don’t you wish there was something just as quick and easy for video? I know I do. Yes, I have video editing software, but sometimes it’s overkill and takes too long to work through.

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BEYOND CUTE: Why Nonprofits Should Try Emoji In Their Digital Marketing

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Emoji! These little symbols are exploding in number and placement in our digital lives. Wired called them “the first language born of the digital world.”.

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Share G.R.E.A.T. Stories to Advance Your Goals

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Best Buddies International. Like many of you, I’ve been working with storytelling for more than a decade now. And, like many of you, I know we need to do it better. We use too many over-simplified stories—black-and-white stories that don’t ring true.

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