21 Ways to Give Back Through Your Holiday Shopping

J Campbell Social Marketing

Love it or hate it, the holiday hysteria is upon us! Thankfully, there are quite a few ways you can give back and pay it forward this holiday season. Here are just 21 ways to give back through your holiday shopping. photo credit: Rev.

7 Steps To More Online Donations This Holiday Season

J Campbell Social Marketing

Charity Navigator found that while charities on average receive 13% of their total annual donations online, this number is growing. A study conducted by market-research firm Millward Brown Digital found that three quarters of donors begin their research of charities online.

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How to Get Your Nonprofit Into the News During the Holidays

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

But smart organizations are also planning ahead for another year-end tradition: increased coverage of charities during the holidays. Some newspapers and TV news programs even take the step of running series that profile local heroes or charities.

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#SocialNetworks: Bring Them Back To Facebook For The Holidays

Non Profit Marketing 360

The holiday season is prime gift-giving and donation-giving season. We also reach out to family and friends to share our holiday memories and traditions. Larger charities could encourage daily micro-donations to their various projects, each tied to a personal story.

A Simple Way To Get More Social Media Engagement This Holiday Season

J Campbell Social Marketing

As the holiday season approaches, everyone is going to have “giving” on the brain (at least, we hope). Take a photo of yourself holding a sign that says, “#IGive4 [cause/motivation] [favorite charity].”

13 Secrets of Holiday Fundraising Online | Online Fundraising & Nonprofit Marketing Resources & Tips | Network for Good Learning Center - Learn how to raise money online for your nonprofit

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Email: First Name: Last Name: 13 Secrets of Holiday Fundraising Online Print this Article By Katya Andresen: Nov 26, 2007 Average: 3.4 This holiday, ask some of your biggest supporters to invite their friends and family to support you. Tis the season for email marketing. We can help.

10 Christmas Fundraising Ideas Guaranteed to Spread Holiday Cheer

Fundraiser Ideas

The following Christmas fundraising ideas are designed to not only help your organization raise much-needed funds but also spread holiday cheer in the process. Publicize the charity you support and offer free hot cocoa or hot apple cider to set your tree lot apart from others in town. There’s no need to wait for the holidays to start the second of our Christmas fundraising ideas. Host a Christmas charity dinner. The holidays are no exception.

Case Study: How can you make your letter appeal better?

Wild Woman Fundraising

Draft 1 of the letter, page 1. If you’re like most people right now, you’re either sending your appeal letter or writing it furiously, to get it sent out ASAP. The founder of H.O.P.E. Inc, Kenita Pierce-Lewis , asked me to have a look at her appeal letter, to see what I could do with it.

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New Charity Widgets May Increase Holiday Giving

Marketing for Nonprofits

Looking for a way to increase holiday giving? Many individuals are using widgets to raise money for the charities that they care about. To learn more about how individuals and nonprofits are using charity widgets to raise money for their cause read this report. Consider adding widgets to your fundraising mix. A widget is a piece of content that you can paste on your website, blog or social networking page. Widgets can contain pictures and text.

Getting Your Donation Web Page Ready For The Holiday Rush

Non Profit Marketing 360

Most any nonprofit or charity has a website. As Allyson Kapin pointed out on the FrogLoop blog , this is the perfect time of year to work on your organization’s donation page/form, because the late fall/holiday season is generally the period of greatest fundraising for charities.

#FUNDRAISING: The Holiday Season For Donations Begins Now. Ready?

Non Profit Marketing 360

One of the traditional/old-fashioned ways to disrupt the heat is to hold a “Christmas in July” party , and your nonprofit or charity should be having one. Yep, the groundwork for a successful holiday season needs to start soon, like tomorrow. The pools are open and busy.

Givewell talks about their mistakes

Wild Woman Fundraising

It started simply by saying, Who will give you the most bang for your buck, charity-wise? So a Missouri domestic violence nonprofit should be evaluated differently than an international malaria charity. And they started a blog, where they talked about the various merits of international charities, or giving a goat for the holidays, like, should that family get that goat? Which raises important points about the true efficacy of charity.

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Now is the time to send your Holiday Appeal!

Wild Woman Fundraising

So how to make sure your holiday appeal works for your organization? Maybe you’re an arts organization and the business case for giving is that the arts invigorate your local economy, driving up tourism, holiday spending, etc. Or perhaps you’re an environmental organization, and you can show the business concretely what they stand to gain by using environmentally friendly practices and giving to your nonprofit this holiday season.

6 Thanksgiving Cause Marketing Promotions I’m Thankful for

Selfish Giving

This promotion is part of Harpoon Helps , which in 2010 alone raised more than $270,000 for local charities, donated more than 33,000 pints toward local charity events with approximately 144 local non-profits supported, and has performed hundreds of volunteer hours at local organizations.

The Top 10 Free Fundraising Ideas

Fundraiser Ideas

Especially during difficult economic times, charities and nonprofit organizations should consider fundraising strategies that require little or no cash outlay. By enlisting the help of a local radio station, charities and nonprofits can often achieve significant donations without any cash investment on their part. By offering a lawn care service for a minimal donation, charities can often achieve significant donations and beautify their neighborhoods at the same time.

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Holiday Conundrum

Donor Power Blog

Retailers and non-profits have a lot in common, especially as we near year-end: there are too many stores/charities chasing too few customers/donors. We also share a marketing tactic – both sectors have been starting the season earlier each year. The question is, have we changed the amount of consumer spend or just moved it around ? . The other practice we share is that we follow others’ successes.

What's the Best Holiday Fundraising Campaign?

Getting Attention

We just received the Heifer holiday catalog last week and my daughter Charlotte went nuts marking the pages with the animals she wants to give. He remembers being struck by the prevalence of holly pins -- sold as a Christmas campaign by the ISPCC 's (Ireland's most well-known children's charity). What is the single most effective holiday fundraising campaign you know of?

#HowTo: Online Anonymity & Security Pivotal For Holiday Season

Non Profit Marketing 360

group whose members provide technology assistance to charities. We don’t intend to be scare-mongers on this blog with so many stories on internet/cloud security. A minority of us will ever have our organization’s site hacked or email breached.

Strategic Fundraising: 10 Tips for Better Financial Results

Fundraiser Ideas

While Christmas is a season of need for many charitable organizations, it is also the time of year when many individuals and families are least financially able to donate due to gift purchases, travel expenses and other holiday obligations. While financial donations are essential for the continued health of your nonprofit or charity, volunteers who give their time and efforts can be equally important. 6 Simple Tips for Outstanding Charity Events.

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First Returns Indicate Record-Shattering #GivingTuesday 2016 Results

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

2,556 charities. I see plenty of fundraising pros poo-poo the holiday. First thing’s first – if you participated, how was YOUR #GivingTueday ? Share your results, frustrations, celebrations and ruminations in the comments section. Next, WHOA.

3 Bonus Holiday Fundraising Tips: A Companion the Procrastinator's Guide to Year-end Fundraising

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In addition to the 10 holiday fundraising tips from Sea Change Strategies and Care2 in the "Guide to Year-end Fundraising," here are three bonus tips to consider. This holiday, ask some of your biggest supporters to invite their friends and family to support you.

URGENT ACTION REQUEST: Jailed in Dubai for Helping Children

The Agitator

A British-Australian dual national living in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates city that bills itself as a “friendly holiday resort”, has been detained for weeks because he tried to raise money for Afghan child refugees using his Facebook page. Scott Richards, a volunteer fundraiser, has been charged by Dubai authorities for “fundraising without permission” He faces up to a year in prison under a new law regulating charities amid regional concerns about donations reaching extremists.

The Top 22 Art Fundraising Ideas

Fundraiser Ideas

Creating custom postcards and stationary with student art would make a great fall fundraiser, as many parents would love to transform their child’s art into attractive holiday cards that they can send to family and friends.

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Giving Thanks

The Agitator

The one holiday all Americans seem to agree on and celebrate. charities fundraising nonprofits premium Chances are there’s not a U.S. Agitator reader online or reading The Agitator today. You see, it’s Thanksgiving. The preeminent day in the U.S. Even celebrate to the extent of traveling thousands of miles, paying exorbitant airfares or increased gas prices for horrendous road trips, all to be with family members they normally avoid like the plague. Every U.S.

Fine-tuning your holiday appeal

Nonprofit Marketing Blog

Tonight and tomorrow, I’m online at The Network for Good , our online community of nonprofits, providing advice on appeals that charities have bravely posted for comment. Come by to weigh in. Here is the advice I’ve been giving: 1. A year-end online appeal should be short and sweet. It has only two functions: to inspire and to ask. Grab the reader immediately with a vivid story, idea or quote.

Holiday Online Giving Will Top $4 Billion

The Agitator

Based on research conducted for them by Forrester Research, Convio estimates that online giving to nonprofits in the US will top $4 billion this holiday season (Nov 1-Dec 31 — up from $3.1 Some items that caught my attention (all figures are US) … More than 63% of online consumers (111 million people) plan to use the Internet to donate to charities of their choice during the upcoming holiday season, up from 51% in 2008.

Fewer Gifts Expected This Holiday Season

Donor Power Blog

charities are bracing themselves for a disappointing Christmas this year, according to a new Harris Interactive s urvey being released today.   The study, which was commissioned by World Vision , found that less than 40% of Americans expect to give a charitable donation as a holiday gift this year, compared with nearly 50% last year. But you still have time to reach out to your most valuable donors with an incremental request for a holiday or year-end contribution this year.

Get Off Your Butt Or Get Out

The Agitator

In the meantime I wish you the best for the holidays and the joy of making even more of a difference in 2013. accountability charities Don't Miss these Posts fundraising nonprofit management nonprofitsI only wish I could stop crying as I write this, my last post of the year. 28 dead from the Newtown shootings in Connecticut. Lives that will never progress, will never be part of our shared future. All a result of an unspeakable tragedy.

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It Feels Great To Give

The Agitator

Apropos of our conversation the past two days regarding the downside of expecting or making donors think about their impulse to give, check out this article from NY Times yesterday: Charity Campaigns Try Gentle Approach to Get Shoppers to Spend on Good Deeds.

Help End Hunger This Holiday Season

Marketing for Nonprofits

A new charity will benefit each day. What do Kevin Bacon, Lindsay Lohan, Jeff Bridges, Charlie Sheen, Jeff Gordon and John Stamos have in common? They are all participating in a 6-day campaign to help end hunger in the U.S.! From Dec. 1 (today!) until Dec. these celebrities, their friends (and you?!) will be raising money to help end hunger. Check out the video below, learn more about the campaign and donate if you can. Cheers!

10 Safe and Fun Youth Fundraising Ideas

Fundraiser Ideas

A bucket of soapy water, a sponge and a hose is all that kids need to host a charity car wash. Have the kids make signs detailing which charity they are doing the car wash for, in order to maximize donations. A lemonade stand is not only a great way for kids to raise money for their favorite charity, but it can teach them the basics of business as well. Set up a booth at a local festival or carnival and be sure to indicate to which charity the proceeds will be going.

Veteran’s Day Cause Marketing with Outback Steakhouse

Cause Related Marketing

Holidays are natural hooks for cause marketers to hang their promotions on and Veteran’s Day in the United States is increasingly a favorite peg. What are the advantages of pegging your cause marketing to a holiday?

Straight Talk on the Give Local Crash from a Nonprofit Tech CEO #GiveDayLessons

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

For some small charities without large marketing budgets, these online events have become critical tools for funding their mission. Rather than putting all of our eggs in one basket as so many do (a gala, an online day of giving, a holiday appeal, etc.),

Flat Earth Fundraising: Wasting Time By Exalting The Trivial

The Agitator

It makes me cringe every time our agency says, ‘The holidays are coming, we need another match! accountability charities creativity direct marketing Don't Miss these Posts Flat Earth Fundraising fundraising innovation marketing metrics nonprofit management nonprofits

10 ways to thank your donors

Nonprofit Marketing Blog

A great example of this are charity: water’s 5th birthday thank you videos. Many organizations send thank you cards and year-end appeals during the November/December holiday season. Don’t overlook other holidays as occasions to express your love and thanks.

Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

If you need to update your website and are looking for some inspiration, look at these 6 Charity Website Designs (from Nonprofits Like Yours). And here’s another infographic that has 7 Fresh Ideas for your Holiday Social Media Posts.

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Ep170: How GameStop Took a First Year Cause Partnership from Zero to $1.2M

Selfish Giving

What's GameStop's process for evaluating charities before they partner with them. Matt discusses GameStop's holiday campaign for St.

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Ep193: Virgin America's 'Operation Chihuahua' Airlifts Dogs to Forever Homes

Selfish Giving

Also this week, the airline hosted its seventh “Operation Chihuahua” airlift – flying Chihuahuas in style from San Francisco to New York so they can be adopted into loving homes – just in time for the holidays.

Father's Day Ad Can't Save the Manatee

Cause Related Marketing

One of the oldest tricks in the retail promotions handbook is to base your promotion around a holiday. Merchants and retailers use holidays as a hook to hang their promotions on. The point being, effective marketers are able draw connections that didn’t exist before between holidays and sales promotions. The cause is the Save the Manatee Club, a 501(c)(3) charity founded by Jimmy Buffet and Florida politician Bob Graham in 1981, and headquartered in Maitland, Florida.

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Creative Fundraising: The Groundhog Day Campaign

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Here’s a great example: A Groundhog Day campaign from House of Charity in Minneapolis. Melissa Musliner, House of Charity’s Marketing & Development Director, is a Nonprofit Marketing Guide All-Access Pass holder.