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. Donors deserve engagements with fundraisers that are just as passionate about the cause as they are.

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.

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

Wild Woman Fundraising

Last week I went to London to speak at the Institute of Fundraising’s National Fundraising Convention. At the convention, I shared some tips and tools I’ve found useful when helping people click donate on your nonprofit website. Too many doors out on the donate page.

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.

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


I don’t think questions like those should ever be absent from any fundraising action plan or flowchart. I sincerely hope all gift planners recognize that and operate as facilitators of giving to help donors find meaning in their lives, not fundraisers operating to close gifts.

2 Data-Powered Steps to Boost Donations

Getting Attention

Guest blogger Heather Yandow brings more than a decade of experience as an outreach coordinator, coalition leader, project manager, and fundraiser to Third Space Studio’s clients. The latest Individual Donor Benchmark Report is now available with groundbreaking findings to support small nonprofits with their fundraising efforts. Organizations retain just 60% of their donors from year to year, so finding new donors is a critical element of fundraising on an ongoing basis.

Drive Donors to your Online Donation Page with These Six Marketing Strategies, Part 1

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Today we have part 1 in a two-part series by Abby Jarvis of Qgiv on how to promote your online donation page. So you’ve got a beautiful online donation page up and running. Let’s talk about marketing your online donation page! Donation type. Abby Jarvis.

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7 Common Donation Form Mistakes (And How to Avoid Them!) – Part 1

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Last week, Abby Jarvis finished her two-part series on marketing strategies to drive donors to your donation pages. Today, she starts another two-part series on how to avoid common mistakes on your donation forms. Your nonprofit’s online donation form is quite another.

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3 tips to dramatically increase website donations

Wild Woman Fundraising

Ever since Kiva/org ‘s record amount of donations in 2007. I wish we all could be like Kiva and make our programs rotate on our front pages with 1 click donation. Have you ever bought something online? OF COURSE! You know it! What did you buy? Was it a book from bookfinder.com?

This is What Nonprofits Need More Than a Facebook Donate Button

J Campbell Social Marketing

This week Facebook rolled out the Donate Button for nonprofits. In the wake of this announcement, I am standing with a dozen other nonprofit bloggers to advocate for something that nonprofits need even more than a Donate Button: Facebook Ad Grants.

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Drive Donors to Your Online Donation Page with These Six Marketing Strategies, Part 2

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Today, Abby Jarvis is back with 3 more ways to promote your online donation page. Last week , we talked about the first 3 strategies for marketing your online donation page: 1. Collect donations on Facebook. Use it to effectively drive traffic to your online donation page!

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12 Nonprofit Donation Pages That Don’t Suck


In our last post, we explained why donation pages on nonprofit websites are repelling potential donors. Now we''re back with a list of nonprofits that are doi ng online donation pages right with the 12 Best Nonprofit Donation Page Examples guide

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? . And their organization’s marketing/fundraising tactics would improve, become more successful, and be more donor-centric.

7 Online Donation Page Mistakes to Avoid

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Has it been a while since you''ve updated your organization''s online donation page? It''s time to get down to business and whip your donation form into shape before the year-end stream of donations begins. Get better online fundraising results by avoiding these donation page mistakes: 1. Once your donor has landed on your donation page, don''t confuse, overwhelm, or bore them with paragraphs of text. Web Site 101 Donation Pages

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. Does the “donate” button stand out, or is it hidden away?

The Rage-Donation

The Agitator

Ashley Fetters has written an interesting pice in GQ magazine titled, The Rise of the ‘Rage-Donation’ A fun read. What she’s talking about is the flood of post-election donations to nonprofits in the US.

Donation Page Blunders

The Agitator

They’ve ‘opened the envelope’ They’re checking out the ‘order card’ But then they walk away … without making a donation. And the same — including the same mistakes to avoid — applies to online Donate pages. Online fundraising and marketing premiumYou had them right on the verge. Possibly, just confusion, discordant message, too many choices.

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


Most fundraiser’s LinkedIn profiles are screwed up! Is it written and designed to help you generate more donations or to help you get a job? They look like resumes, not invitations. After all, are you trying to raise money or are you looking for another job?

4 Ways to Incorporate Corporate Philanthropy into your Digital Fundraising

J Campbell Social Marketing

If your nonprofit is smart (and I know it is), you want to make the most of the generosity of companies as it relates to your digital fundraising efforts. Here are the top four ways to use corporate philanthropy to boost your online fundraiser. On your online donation forms.

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.

8 ways to ask for a donation without actually asking


Here are 8 ways to ask for a donation without actually asking. The post 8 ways to ask for a donation without actually asking appeared first on MarketSmart | . Fundraising donor cultivation fundraising ideas PhilanthropyMany of us don’t feel comfortable asking. This is because many of us have never had anyone teach us that we don’t always need to blurt out an ask. In fact, in many cases, there are more subtle ways to move the process forward.

7 Common Donation Form Mistakes (And How to Avoid Them!) – Part 2

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Abby Jarvis is back with more tips on avoiding donation form mistakes. Last week, I covered four common mistakes I see on donation forms. Today, we’ll look at 3 more: Including recurring donations. Mistake #5: Forgetting Recurring Donations. Abby Jarvis.

5 Ways to Use Stories to Increase Donations

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There are infinite ways to tell your nonprofit stories, but do you know which ones will lead to more donations? Check out these great tips from our free webinar, How to Use Content to Boost Your Donations with Hubspot''s Nonprofit Marketing Manager Taylor Corrado. Close the loop for your supporters by letting them know exactly what their donation will give someone else. Including a visual makes the story of a donation more compelling to a potential donor.

NEW Webinar: Advanced Presentations To Get Mega-Donations Mar 20th

Wild Woman Fundraising

Have you done tabling and just not gotten enough donations or email signups to make it worthwhile? NEW Webinar: Advanced Presentations To Get Mega-Donations Mar 20th originally appeared on Wild Woman Fundraising on January 31, 2013.

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No donor wants to make a donation

Fundraising Coach

No donor wants to make a donation. Donors want the value the donation will make. Rather than talking about donations, talk about the great things donors are making possible. The post No donor wants to make a donation appeared first on FundraisingCoach.com.

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. Don’t be afraid to spend money on fundraising. Extend relationships with donors beyond the fundraising team. The post Want to get a $1 million dollar donation?

How to Inspire More Donations at Your Next Event

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Of course, nonprofit fundraising events can also help you raise more money for your cause. Here are four strategies for opening the door to more donations at your next event: Auctions & Raffles: Auctions, games and raffles are a popular way to raise even more money at your fundraising event. Mobile Donations: At your event, supporters will feel a strong connection to your cause and are often inspired to do more. Don’t have a mobile-friendly donation solution?

Losing Donors Through Your Donate Page

The Agitator

We also spend much time and effort waxing eloquently on fundraising trends. Donor acquisition Donor retention / loyalty / commitment Fundraising analytics / data Integrated fundraising and marketing Mobile marketing and fundraising Online fundraising and marketing premium

5 reasons fundraisers won’t call their hot leads


Here are 5 proven reasons why fundraisers won’t call their leads to ask for donations: Fear of rejection: This is the most common reason for call reluctance. The post 5 reasons fundraisers won’t call their hot leads appeared first on MarketSmart | . It’s simple and basic. No one likes to be rejected but it is part of your job. Just reach out. Nine out of ten times, your hot lead will be glad you did.

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6 Things Wrong With Your Nonprofit Donation Page (and How to Fix Them)


End-of-year fundraising and #GivingTuesday are around the corner , so it’s time to pull up your donation page and make sure it’s up to scratch. Once someone has arrived on your donation page, it’s your job to make sure the experience is as painless and quick as possible.

Five Ways to Market Matching Donation Programs

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


Kicking off with #GivingTuesday, year-end fundraising season will be in full swing. 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.

13 Tips to Double Your Digital Fundraising Donations

J Campbell Social Marketing

Check out my 13 tips that will help double your digital fundraising donations: 1) Go Mobile. 2) Brand Your Donation Page. But is your donation page? Your website and donation page must include compelling images. 5) Make Donation Buttons Stand Out.

You Can Now Fundraise on Facebook for Your Favorite Charity

J Campbell Social Marketing

Facebook recently announced a new tool designed to give individual users the power to fundraise on Facebook for their favorite verified US-based 501(c)3 nonprofits, directly within the platform! will be able to create fundraisers. Donation amount suggestions. **A

Email as a Fundraising Tool – Episode 4


The post Email as a Fundraising Tool – Episode 4 appeared first on MarketSmart, LLC |. Learn how to use email in a way donors love, how to use it to track engagement, some pitfalls to avoid, and much more. Visit iMarketSmart.com to learn more about MarketSmart.

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Your 3-step plan to get 100X more revenue


Yet, most fundraising efforts and the costs associated with them are focused on getting cash (a liquid asset) from donors. Want to learn more about how we help people like you maximize the effectiveness of their fundraising efforts? Most money is not cash.

Online Giving — 7 Tips For Maximum Donations

The Agitator

Here’s their latest wise advice — 7 tips on maximizing your online fundraising success by using proven practices in designing your donation pages. From mobile friendly to asking specific donation amounts to auto-fill forms. The infographic speaks for itself … Fundraising philosophy/profession Online fundraising and marketing premiumWatch out Australia and New Zealand … Big news below about Roger! But first our post.

Are fundraising tricks and gimmicks worth doing?


Also, go ahead and replace salesperson with fundraiser and selling with fundraising. Smart fundraisers know that the point of acquisition fundraising is to get people into the funnel so they can take a donor journey that leads to a major gift (including a legacy gift).

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Reader Questions: How to get businesses to give you donations in 3 steps?

Wild Woman Fundraising

I have 20 years of fundraising experience, but with that said, ALL of the nonprofits I’ve worked for previously had donor databases, major donors, fundraising history, and a fundraising committee to hold special events. 1) Cold calling on small businesses for donations – does this work? Off the top of my head, here’s the FIRST place I would look for potential sponsors and corporate donations: 1. We are answering reader questions this week!