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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

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 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

Art vs. Science in Fundraising? It’s Neither. Try Evidence Based.

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Does this shift in thinking mean that fundraising is more science than art? I don’t think so. It could be that the entire argument is actually broken. Successful fundraising relies on neither art nor science to perform its best. Let’s add another phrase to the conversation: evidence based. The post Art vs. Science in Fundraising? It’s Neither. Try Evidence Based. appeared first on Fundraising Report Card. Analysis

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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

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)".

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

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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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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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

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)".

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

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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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)".

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?".

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

Verbs Aren’t Hashbrowns. Don’t Smother Them

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If you have never been to a Waffle House, the title of this blog post made absolutely zero sense to you. If you have been to a Waffle House, then you know they have yummy hashbrowns. And you also know they can be ordered in a variety of delicious ways: Scattered on the grill (in other words, plain).

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How to Make Your Nonprofit Writing More Conversational

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Are you struggling to inspire your readers? It may be your style of writing. Many of the words we use in our writing would never come out of our mouths in everyday conversation. You need to write like you’re in a conversation as opposed to a lecture. Who wants to be lectured to?

Do You Think Cybersecurity is Someone Else’s Job? Guess Again.

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Thomas Negron. Today, Thomas Negron joins us to stress the importance of locking your organization’s digital door and taking charge of your online accounts. Kristina. Guest Post by Thomas Negron. “I I don’t get the whole lock and key thing. Do I turn the key left? Do I turn it right?

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3 reasons why I use curse words (but only one that matters)

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She told me others would say I was unprofessional. I was asked to lead a roundtable discussion at a conference recently. So I did. And afterward one of the attendees approached me as I got a cup of coffee in the sponsorship expo room.

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How to Prep a Board Member to Be a Media Ambassador in 10 Minutes 

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“So many times the PR staff would schedule interviews with the big names in the agency but when they sat down with us they had no idea what they were talking about.” This was a major problem for live television or radio and resulted in producers calling on nonprofits with “subjects” they could trust.

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Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators – June 22, 2018

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Santa Fe, NM Photo Credit: Deena Davis. It’s Friday! Let’s dive right into the best articles, posts, tips, and more from around the world of marketing and fundraising. Today we have Instagram TV news, email marketing tips, and more.

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Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Jenna Czaplewski

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Jenna Czaplewski. Welcome to our latest installment in our series on the “Day in the Life” of nonprofit communicators! This series lets you describe your workday in your own words. We’d love to feature YOU in this series!

Set Goals for What Matters

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Goals are powerful, especially if you choose only a few. A laundry list is almost impossible to stay focused on. But if you choose two or three realistic, specific goals, and write them down, you are likely to achieve them. But first, make sure you set goals for what matters most.

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10 traits of terrible major and legacy gift fundraisers

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Sadly, I’ve witnessed all of these but I truly believe #1 is the worst. Here are my top 10 traits of terrible fundraisers that drive major donors away: . Showing up late; 9. Failing to do something that was promised; 8. Talking about how great they are at raising money; 7.

Ditch Your Nonprofit Website Slider or Carousel and Do This Instead

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We are planning to refresh our website design later in the year, but there’s one thing we decided to get rid of sooner than later: the image slider we had at the top of our homepage.

Professional Photography: 4 Reasons to Invest In It

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Angela Crist. Self-proclaimed “recovering nonprofit CEO, Angela Crist, joins us again to talk about the importance of professional photography. Kristina. Guest Post by Angela Crist. Have you ever pulled back on a marketing piece to avoid scrutiny for “spending too much on marketing”?

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Is Your Content Too Wordy? Consider These 6 Alternative Formats

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Nonprofit leaders often complain about limited resources — and with good reason. After all, even the best-run nonprofits lack the money or the staff to accomplish everything they set out to do. But while money is tight, there’s one resource that is almost always in ample supply: words.

What everyone is missing about the 2018 $410 billion giving figure from Giving USA

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$410 billion. Hooray! Right? Not so fast! Lots of folks are not so happy. So today I’m going to tell you what they are missing that makes them all wrong for being so salty. First, here are some of the downers I recently read and heard after the $410 billion figure was announced. . Holding pens. The biggest surge was in giving to holding pens such as foundations. Many philanthropists gave their money to their own foundations and donor-advised funds, not directly to charities.

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Make Peace with a Fraction of What’s Possible

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We are wrapping up the 13th session of the Communications Director Mentoring Program this month and preparing to work with the 14th class ( yes, we still have space available! ).

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How to Collect Donor Data Without Being Annoying

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Rachel Clemens. Do you worry you’re being too intrusive when you ask for information about your supporters? Today, Rachel Clemens shares some tips on getting that information the right way. Kristina. Guest Post by Rachel Clemens of Mighty Citizen.

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Share Your Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator with Me!

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I need more submissions for our Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator blog series! Won’t you please share all the things you do on a daily basis to make the world a better place ?

Facebook’s Latest News Feed Changes: What Nonprofits Can Do

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Another week, another change to Facebook. ( See Mark Zuckerberg’s post from January 11, 2018.). This one actually may make a big difference in how nonprofits use the networking site though. In case you haven’t heard, Facebook is changing what you see on your news feed.

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Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Caroline Guy

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Caroline Guy. Welcome to the latest installment in our series on the “Day in the Life” of nonprofit communicators! This series lets you describe your workday in your own words. We’d love to feature YOU in this series!

Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Angel Mills

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Angel Mills. Welcome to our latest installment in our series on the “Day in the Life” of nonprofit communicators! This series lets you describe your workday in your own words. We’d love to feature YOU in this series!

Top 2 cringeworthy things some fundraisers say to major donor prospects (and what they might want to say instead)

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“I’d like to meet you to update you / tell you what we do / tell you what we’ve been doing , etc.” ” I’ve had fundraisers approach me this way. It’s all about them and their organization.

Are You a New or “Accidental” Communications Director? Join Us Tomorrow

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If you just started your nonprofit communications job OR if you have a communications job, but no formal communications background, our FREE webinar tomorrow is for YOU ! Join us tomorrow for: What Every Newbie and Accidental Nonprofit Communications Director Needs to Know Now.