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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

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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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

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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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)".

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)".

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

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

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

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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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

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)".

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

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

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)".

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

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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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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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

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)".

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

We Launched a Product Feedback Group to Help Us Create Better Products

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We're always looking for ways to incorporate user feedback in our product development process. That’s why we’re launching the Product Feedback Group , to connect EveryAction users directly with our product team.

The Nonprofit Fundraising Strategic Plan Guide

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For some things, spontaneity is highly desirable, but any fundraising professional will tell you that planning a campaign isn’t one of them.

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Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators – August 17, 2018

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The Hound. Auburn, AL. Hello, all you awesome nonprofit communicators out there! I’ve got the best articles, posts, tips, and more from around the world of marketing and fundraising especially for you.

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Bloggers, Here’s Where Nonprofits Say They Need Your Help

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I just finished presenting a free webinar with 25 real-world examples from 25 different nonprofits that communications directors can use to inspire their own work.

The First 100 Days of Your New Nonprofit Marketing Job

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Whether you are new to the world of nonprofit marketing or a veteran who has recently switched jobs, our free e-book will help you succeed personally and will also help your nonprofit create a marketing program that works well for your good cause.

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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.

Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators – August 10, 2018

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Cane and Table. New Orleans, LA. Good Friday to you all! Join me as I gather the best articles, posts, tips, and more from around the world of marketing and fundraising.

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How to Plan a Media Tour to Tell Your Nonprofit’s Story

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One way to earn better coverage is to get out of the office and meet reporters face to face. Flickr Creative Commons photo by Per Egevad. If you’re like most nonprofit communicators, your go-to move is to send a press release to the media whenever your organization announces something new.

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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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10 Awesome LGBTQ Organizations You Should Support This Pride Month

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June is observed as LGBTQ Pride month to commemorate the June 1969 Stonewall Riots and celebrate the vibrant and diverse LGBTQ community.

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!

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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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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