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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

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

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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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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?".

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

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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Cold calling major donors to arrange appointments doesn’t work— but this method does

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No one likes getting cold calls and you probably don’t like making them.

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Why Fundraisers Won’t Call Major Donors (EF-S02-E02)

iMarketSmart

On today’s episode we continue our discussion on phone calls. The big topic this week is why fundraisers are afraid to call major donors. Make sure to listen to the season 1 finale for the first part of this discussion.

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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Nonprofit Web Design 101: 5 Strategies for Beginners

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Jeff Gordy. If your nonprofit’s website hasn’t been a top priority, it’s time to change that. But don’t worry, if you don’t know what to do. Today’s guest post will help you get started. Kristina. Guest Post by Jeff Gordy.

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5 Clever Online Engagement Ideas for Nonprofits

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Looking for ways to engage supporters online? Get inspired by these real nonprofit digital engagements! Ask An Artist To Illustrate. Take that hashtag contest to the next level. Invite an artist to illustrate your supporter’s thoughts submitted online. Make a Reading List. Summer’s coming.

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A 2017 Media Relations Calendar for Resource-Strapped Nonprofits

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Let’s face it, media relations isn’t near the top of the priority list at most nonprofits. Nor should it be. Nonprofits don’t exist to grab sexy headlines.

Why fundraisers shouldn’t be making friends with donors

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A true story. I was talking to one of our customers two weeks ago. She had been working for an organization for almost two and a half years and she said, “You know, I think over time I must have met with about 100 people. But I don’t think even 2 or 3 were really, really, really highly qualified.”. She continued saying, “Most of them love us. They adore our staff. They understand and support our mission. They wanted to talk and I wanted to listen. Our meetings were great.

20 Tips to Energize Dull Nonprofit Writing

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Is your writing dry and boring? A lot of nonprofit messaging is. Eliminating jargon and overall wordiness is a great place to start, but here are 20 more ways that you can bring your writing back to life. Use more descriptive nouns and verbs.

3 Surefire Communication Strategies to Follow Your Events

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Kerri Moore. This summer, Kerri Moore gave us The Ultimate Checklist for marketing events. Today she’s back with some ideas on what to do after your event is over. Kristina. Guest Post by Kerri Moore of Booster.

3 Techniques to Avoid Getting Overwhelmed in 2017

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Guest bloggers Beth Kanter & Aliza Sherman wrote The Happy, Healthy Nonprofit , a must read for communicators & fundraisers. If there is one thing we can agree on, it is that that last quarter of 2016 was especially stressful.

Why your job is to get donors to talk to themselves.

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Your job is not to come up with words and images that will persuade or convince people to give. Instead, your job is to come up with words and images that will inspire people to persuade or convince themselves to give. You cannot make people do anything. Inspiring self-talk is the key. . It’s only when people talk to themselves that they make decisions. Therefore, your job is to engage donors in a way that inspires self-talk that makes them feel good.

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You Still Have Time to Try These 7 Giving Tuesday Tactics 

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Giving Tuesday is 12 days away. Are you ready? Whether you’re almost done with prep or seriously behind the eight ball, here are some flourishes and finishing touches you still have time to implement. Open Your Donation Form As Soon as Possible. If people want to give early, let them.

Should Nonprofits Use Video for Internal Communications?

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Damien Johnson. Distributing information to your entire organization can be difficult, especially in a time of transition. Damien Johnson was a member of our Communications Director Mentoring Program and shared this great idea on using video for internal communications. Kristina.

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3 Things Successful Nonprofits Do NOW to Prepare for December Online Fundraising

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Source: https://flic.kr/p/8q7cDb. p/8q7cDb. The other day my daughter and I were walking down an aisle in a department store and she noticed a huge Halloween products display. “Oh Oh come on!” she said. TOO SOON. I agreed, and we had a laugh about how I forbid holiday music until after Thanksgiving.

3 Ways to Stay Safe from Cyber Attack

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Yes, this has to matter to you. The current global cyber attack , built on ransomware, could wreck your communications impact and a lot more. If or when your organization gets hacked, it’ll bring all activity—including communications and fundraising—to an absolute standstill.

3 Realistic Social Media New Year’s Resolutions for Nonprofits

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I apologize for the headline (and the macarons). I had to get you here and I knew “New Year’s Resolutions,” and sweets, might work. But here’s the thing – I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions. I think if you want to make a change, now is as good a time as any.

Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Seth J. Katzen

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Seth J. Katzen. Welcome to the latest installment in our series on the “Day in the Life” of nonprofit communicators, where we ask you to describe your day in your own words. We’d love to feature YOU in this series!

There Are Only Three Ways to Raise More Money

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Every nonprofit organization needs more of two things: time and money. Okay, every organization (nonprofit or for-profit) could use more of those two resources.

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The Big Difference Between Marketing and Fundraising and Why It’s Important

J Campbell Social Marketing

In my years as a full-time nonprofit employee, I was often a one-woman Marketing, Communications, Development, Outreach, Kitchen Sink department. In one position, I was all of those things plus the Volunteer Recruiter and Coordinator!

How Nonprofit Communicators Spend Their Time (Infographic) #NPCOMM2017

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Do you wonder if other nonprofit communicators are spending as much time on certain tasks as you? Check out the results from the 2017 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report and see for yourself.

How Nonprofits Can Be #InstaAwesome on Instagram

J Campbell Social Marketing

Instagram is a marketing powerhouse for brands, companies, and nonprofits alike. If you want to target a younger demographic, Instagram could be for you, with 59% of online adults ages 18-29 active on the network.

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Building awareness for planned giving is easier and less expensive than ever

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Promoting planned giving doesn’t have to be expensive. If you have traffic on your website, you have a chance to promote planned giving for pennies per click. Try retargeting ads! What is retargeting?

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Nonprofit Communications Budgets: How Big Should Yours Be?

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I know many of you are working on your 2017 budgets now, so rather than make you wait until mid-January to get the budget information from our 2017 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report, I’m sharing it with you today. I hope you can use this data to make the case for increasing your budget!

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And another thing about donor-advised funds…

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I know, I disagree with many others on this issue. But the value proposition offered to donors by donor-advised funds is fair and good. It motivates lots of people to move money into DAFs. Then money gets distributed. In fact, on average, about 15% to 20% of DAF dollars get distributed each year (depending on who you ask).

7 Planning Steps for a Short Annual Report

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One of the beautiful things about a short annual report (think 2-4 pager, infographic or video) is that you don’t have to spend nearly as much time creating the thing. But there is a catch. . . You have to spend more time planning it.

4 Easy Ways to Get Closer & Boost Action

Getting Attention

There’s a proven way for your organization to start and strengthen vital relationships with the people whose support, loyalty, and actions you want—donors, volunteers, and even staff (too often overlooked here). This approach is easy to learn and execute.

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How to Get Your Nonprofit Into the News During the Holidays

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But smart organizations are also planning ahead for another year-end tradition: increased coverage of charities during the holidays.

8 Productivity Practices You Might Want to Try

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It’s tough to implement methods that keep your nonprofit marketing organized and on track when you can’t effectively manage your own time, attention and energy.

3 reasons why you need to stop worrying about the darn tax law!!!

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Tons of writers in major media have been fretting about the new tax law. “Tax bill could turn philanthropy into a pursuit only for the rich.” ” – 12/23/17 Todd Frankel [ Washington Post ] “Nonprofits are the unintended victims of the new tax bill.” ” – 12/29/17 Chris Gates [ The Hill ] “The sky is falling!” ” – 12/17/43 Chicken Little [ Wikipedia ]. Don’t listen to naysayers and doomsday prognosticators. .

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3 simple ways fundraisers can improve their LinkedIn profiles to land more meetings and raise more money

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Most fundraiser’s LinkedIn profiles are screwed up! They look like resumes, not invitations. After all, are you trying to raise money or are you looking for another job?

Why Deleting People from Your Email List is a Good Thing

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Kristina and I are on the verge of deleting about 10,000 people from our email list here at Nonprofit Marketing Guide. It’s the same exercise we went through last year when we removed about 15,000 people.

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5 Steps to Consistent Communications (+ Instant Connection)

Getting Attention

Whether you’re all in on year-end fundraising or working in some 2017 prep, I bet you have some pretty ambitious goals to meet. You wouldn’t be reading this otherwise. Here’s a proven but frequently overlooked method to help you get there: consistent communications.

Does fundraising training focus too much on the ask?

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Often I find that major gift (and legacy gift) fundraising education, training, and advice places too much emphasis on ‘the ask’ Yet, in many ways, the ask is the smallest part of most fundraiser’s jobs. For instance, I bet most of your time is probably spent doing so much besides asking. And, frankly, I think most of the decision has already been made by your donors well before you pop the question.

How We Cleaned Up Our Email List and Re-Engaged Our Subscribers

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Aubrey Brennan. We love to hear how it goes when you’ve used one of our tactics! Today’s post comes from Aubrey Brennan of Green Bay Botanical Garden who took our suggestions regarding finding engaged email subscribers and deleting everyone else.

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