If asking for donations makes you uncomfortable, read this now!


You don’t passionately believe in your organization’s mission and its ability to accomplish great things with donations. Similarly, if you ask for a donation when the time is wrong, you probably won’t succeed.

7 steps to decline donations you can’t accept


The post 7 steps to decline donations you can’t accept appeared first on MarketSmart, LLC |. She was really ticked off because they wouldn’t accept her gift. One of my customers got the following response to a survey request: “Why on earth would I respond to this survey when the gift of property I offered to the university was declined (which I sold within the year for $150,000.00).

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Do you donate to your employer?


Do you donate to your employer? If your answer was, “No, I donate my time… I work here!” ” For fundraisers, I think he meant that someone who is charged with asking another for a donation should do some donating on their own first.

Do fundraisers donate to charity?


But I’ve been wondering (from a marketer’s point of view): Do fundraisers donate more money and/or more frequently to charity than others? . They’d understand precisely how their donations are making an impact.

The 5 Most Dangerous Donation Page Mistakes & How You Can Fix Them

Wild Woman Fundraising

At the convention, I shared some tips and tools I’ve found useful when helping people click donate on your nonprofit website. Once you’ve got people on your website, how do you get them to donate? Okay, finally they get to your donation page.

5 Ways Your Nonprofit Can Raise Money Like charity:water

J Campbell Social Marketing

You may have heard of the mammoth success of the nonprofit charity:water and its effectiveness in raising money online. Here are 5 ways that your small nonprofit can start raising money and awareness just like charity:water: 1) Learn the model.

Is A Donate Button Coming To Twitter?

J Campbell Social Marketing

The ability to donate directly inside Twitter may be coming to a nonprofit near you! The first question on my mind was, of course, what about a Donate button for nonprofits? The post Is A Donate Button Coming To Twitter? photo credit: mkhmarketing via photopin cc.

You Can Now Fundraise on Facebook for Your Favorite Charity

J Campbell Social Marketing

They want to give their users more control in setting up and promoting individual fundraising pages for the causes they care about, as well as an easy way to spread the word and solicit donations from friends, family, and other connections. Donation amount suggestions. **A

Are you a cold-hearted fundraiser or a warm-hearted facilitator?


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Book Reviews: With Charity for All VS. Charity Case

Wild Woman Fundraising

Charity Case, Dan Pallotta’s new book, about what’s wrong with the sector and what to do about it, following up from his book, Uncharitable, in 2010, which I wrote about here and here and here and here. Finally, “Pool your donations” and put more into one organization.

How to Make Online Donations Simple for Potential Donors

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

A potential donor visits your website, but never makes a donation. Abby Jarvis joins us today to share some tips on creating a simple online donation process.~Kivi. The decision to donate to a charity is an emotional one. Keep your donation page simple.

10 Charity Fundraising Events to Raise Large Amounts of Money

Fundraiser Ideas

When your charitable cause needs large amounts of money, charity fundraising events can be your best option. The following are 10 charity fundraising events that, if implemented correctly, are sure to raise large amounts of money for your organization: Charity walk. Big name charities, like the American Cancer Society, use charity walks as one of their primary charity fundraising events. Charity 5K. Charity concert. Charity dinner.

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4 Donor Newsletter Changes to Increase Donations

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Tom knows how to take a floundering charity newsletter and make it successful with his proven methods – methods that have generated results in the real world. Thinking of axing your donor newsletter because it costs more than it’s worth?

What Will Replace 'Checkout Charity' After Big Retailers are Gone?

Selfish Giving

Also on the chopping block are big donations to nonprofits. Checkout fundraisers, which typically involve an "ask" at the register for consumers to donate a dollar or two to a cause are the backbone of retail fundraising. 2016 America’s Charity Checkout Champions.

The most powerful motivators of major gifts and legacy gifts.


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


Is it written and designed to help you generate more donations or to help you get a job? 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?

REVEALED: Jerry Panas’ secrets of attracting wealthy supporters


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There Are Only Three Ways to Raise More Money


You’ve most likely received mail from a nonprofit that you’ve never donated to before. It’s also likely that the mailer you received is from an organization with a similar mission to a different nonprofit that you have donated to before.

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What’s your fundraising asking style?


Recommendations: >> 8 ways to ask for a donation without actually asking. >> Are we sometimes asking donors the wrong questions? >> 12 fundraising questions gift officers should be asking.

Ep199: How One Vermont Grocery Store Raised $300,000 for Charity

Selfish Giving

Since the program's inception, City Market has raised over $300,000 for charities. Why did City Market choose a round-up instead of donation boxes or charity pinups? How City Market distributes the money it raises to charities.

Want to get a $1 million dollar donation? Here’s how:


Here are their bullet-points (straight out of the report) for generating $1 million+ donations. Many charities are reluctant to invest in this, but it pays off in the long term. Involve your donor in the charity and talk to them about their interests.

Here’s What Supporters “Buy” When They Donate to Charity


I think buying and donating are the same. When I give money to a charity, I am buying: A chance to be moved by someone’s story in an emotional way. A way to continue my family tradition since I was raised to give to charity. Here’s why.

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Are face-to-face meetings with donors overrated?


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Donor Psychology: Do you know what really makes your supporters feel good?


Funny thing about fundraising is that it all boils down to this: Making sure that your supporters feel good! I know, I know. In the books and webinars, they’ll say, “It’s all about proving impact and results.” ” Others will say, “It’s all about relationships.”

Giving Tuesday #Inspo: 14 Donation Pages That Know What They’re Doing


But one of the easiest things you can check off your to-do list is perfecting your donation page. The reality is, an organization’s donation page is often its own greatest enemy. Below, we chronicle 14 donation pages, providing takeaways from each one, so you can apply some of these strategies to your own fundraising campaigns as you close out the year. Holocaust Memorial Museum has a clean and effective donation page and does something incredibly powerful—it tells a story.

Ep201: SoCal Honda Dealers 'Causejack' Super Bowl for Charity

Selfish Giving

They're not advertising during the Super Bowl, but they will be donating money based on the commercials.

Ep187: Evite, Pledgeling Team Up to Turn Birthday Parties Into Fundraisers for Charity

Selfish Giving

Today on CauseTalk Radio , Megan and I talk to James Citron , CEO, of Pledgeling and Victor Cho , CEO of Evite about Evite Donations , which has raised over $1M in donations for 20,000 nonprofit organizations across the United States. How companies could use Evite Donations.

Just How Hard Is It to Donate to You Online?

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

A friend recently recalled how I had critiqued her website during a webinar a couple of years ago, and though I don’t remember it exactly, apparently we were both somewhat appalled by how many clicks were required to make an online donation to the organization.

The Importance of Proper Positioning for Charities in Today's Economy

Cause Related Marketing

Warm regards, Paul If like me, you believe that charities (or, nonprofits, or causes) have a vital role to play in the American civil society then you have to acknowledge that charities are being pressed from two sides right now and that many face existential crisis.

Why Steve Jobs and I Hate Charity

Selfish Giving

When I was a kid charity was for chumps. Despite the fact that my family, and most of our neighbors, got all types of government and public charity, we saw how carelessly and unevenly it was spread to the deserving and not so deserving. Charity started at home. Charity matters.

McDonald’s Lesson to Companies: Charity, Impact Better be on the Menu

Selfish Giving

In a new report, Clowning Around with Charity , McDonald’s is portrayed as cheap, deceptive and selfish. Compare that to the one percent of pre-tax profits that generous companies donate to good causes. McDonald’s has a public relations problem.

New report: Who is giving through your charity’s website?

Nonprofit Marketing Blog

The fundraising researchers at Dunham+Company have released a fascinating new report that looks at the online giving behavior of donors making donations through charity websites. Check out The Growing Importance of Charity Websites to Philanthropy for more stats and charts.

9 Ways that Charities Get Grey-Sky Thinking

Wild Woman Fundraising

How do Charities engage in grey-sky thinking? We can’t afford new computers so we’ll make do with these ten year old ones that we had donated, that crash every couple of hours. Picture from Elsie Esq from Flickr Creative Commons.

Ep172: A New Report Reveals How Checkout Charity Can Continue to Thrive

Selfish Giving

How Catalist defines "Checkout Charity." How checkout charity drives customer loyalty. What consumers want after they donate at the register. Consumer feelings on donating through PIN pads. How much do consumers want to donate at the register?

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Donate-Your-Kids Campaign Gets Attention

Getting Attention

Kars4Kids , which funds educational and youth charities, just launched a timely (i.e. Claiming to accept donations of children “in any condition,” the Kids4Kars program offers a free, lifetime vacation to all donors. Not till donors submit the donation form are they hit with the true purpose of the Kids4Kars campaign. What a morning!

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Charity: Water Is Special. But It’s The Video!

The Agitator

I suppose Charity: Water’s key breakthrough was its offer to direct marketed donors — ‘all of your donation will go to program, our overhead is covered by major gifts’ And the money has poured in, as the organization has matched its unique offer with brilliant online marketing technique.

Foursquare, Cause Marketing Find Home with Housing Charity

Selfish Giving

I love this cause marketing promotion from a UK housing charity that brings together eight Edinburgh thrift shops with the leading location-based service, Foursquare. 16 percent of Shelter’s annual donations come from its two dozen thrift shops throughout Scotland.

3 Resources to Help You Raise Six-Figures with Charity Pinups

Selfish Giving

That’s why I call them charity pinups. Done right, they are a license to print donations,” said Paul. Here are three sources that will help you join the six-figure club of charity pinup fundraisers. How One Nonprofit Raises Millions with Charity Pinups. Paul R.

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6 Ways Nonprofits Are Getting Online Fundraising All Wrong

J Campbell Social Marketing

Almost every article I read about online fundraising and online giving starts out something like this: Despite the hype and the assurances of social media experts, online fundraising still accounts for an abysmal 2% of total dollars raised by charities.

Top 10 Ways You Can Benefit from Conducting a Donor Survey


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