The Essential Guide to Donor Retention in the Digital Age

J Campbell Social Marketing

Nonprofits, we are failing our donors. The overall number of people giving is declining: The total number of donors dropped by 4.5%. Getting new donors is an uphill battle: New donors to an organization dropped by 7.3%. Keep more of your donors with thank you videos!

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Growing your Existing Donor Base

A Small Change

Everyone is always looking for ways to grow their donor base so I thought I’d offer a few suggestions and tips that I’ve used myself. The first step would be to figure out what you mean when you say “donor base.” Are we talking about monthly donors or annual donors?

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Alert! Missing Middle Donors

Getting Attention

Mix these insights on giving patterns of rich vs. middle- and lower-income donors with Sea Change Strategies’ take— The Missing Middle: Neglecting Middle Donors is Costing You Millions —and you get a clear call to action for every fundraiser and nonprofit communicator.

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Re-Prospecting Donors

A Small Change

There are always donors that have a personal relationship with other people in the organization. Often times the donors who have these friendships make judgement calls about their “donor friends” without consulting the individual donors.

Donor Advised Funds – Episode 12

iMarketSmart

On today’s episode we discuss donor advised funds. Related Posts: >>It’s time for the nonprofit sector to stop whining about donor advised funds. >>6 6 ways you should suggest your donors use their donor advised funds.

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The State of Nonprofit Donor Retention (And What To Do About It)

EveryAction

As a general rule, retaining existing donors costs less than acquiring new ones. Current donors are a curated universe who have already demonstrated a belief in your organization’s mission, and willingness to take action toward it. Start with a donor stewardship program.

6 Ways to Engage Millennial Donors

EveryAction

We’ve rounded up six ways to reach out to millennial donors to help boost your fundraising efforts. If they are, then they’re hearing your asks there, and like other donors they don’t want to feel bombarded. Additionally, if a donor keeps giving online, despite your repeated mail asks, consider dropping them from the mail list or include a mail opt-out button. fundraising donors donor management millennials

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GUIDE: Using Donor Personas to Maximize Your Nonprofit Fundraising

EveryAction

Using this process to identify different types of donors in your universe is extremely useful in guiding your efforts to segment your list and fine tune the messaging that you use for each group. Oscar One-Off Donor 2. Luna Lapsed Donor. Oscar One-Off Donor.

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Entice Your Donors With Visual Stories

Ann Green

In these days of information overload, it can be hard to get your donors’ attention. Written stories are great, but since donors get so many messages from different sources they may not want to read another word. . You can capture your donors’ attention in an instant with a great photo.

Are your letters to major donors and donor prospects any good?

iMarketSmart

Direct mail letters are powerful because, when done right, they make donors feel good. Your communications will either make a donor feel good, bad or indifferent. I’ll bet you have rarely (if ever) read the letters your co-worker’s sent to their portfolio of donors.

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5 Inventive Ways Donor Data Can Boost Your EOY Fundraising

EveryAction

The giving spirit is high, and donors want to know how they can contribute to the causes that they care about. Your organization needs to do more than simply ask your donors for contributions. Retain more donors. Your data, after all, provides insight into your donors.

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More on All Donors as Major Donors

A Small Change

I was blown away with the incredible responses in the All Donors as Major Donors post. ” One major point was that treating all donors as major donors is not possible either logistically or cost-wise. Capital & Major Donors major donors transformational giving

How to Attract and Keep More Monthly Donors

EveryAction

Monthly donor or sustainer programs are a relatively low-effort and high-impact way to increase donor retention and donor lifetime value, while also providing a steady and predictable stream of revenue that can help your nonprofit better budget and plan for the future.

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Are You Shortchanging Your Donors?

Ann Green

Your donors made a commitment to your organization by giving to you. Donors have a choice. Donors can also choose to stop giving to your organization and this could happen if you shortchange them by not giving them the recognition and appreciation they deserve.

Don’t Ignore Your Donors This Summer

Ann Green

This is often a quieter time for most nonprofits, but you don’t want to be too quiet and ignore your donors. You should be communicating with your donors at least once a month and that includes the summer months. This is a donor communication win-win. Summer is almost here, yea!

3 Ways to Turn #GivingTuesday Donors Into Year-Round Supporters

J Campbell Social Marketing

I have seen nonprofits spend so much time this year working on their campaigns, creating buzz and excitement, thinking of ways to bring in new donors and get supporters excited before year-end. We know what donors want. The donor knows what to expect with each interaction.

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16 Simple Things Your Best Donors Want

iMarketSmart

Here’s my list of essential major donor needs that you must aim to fulfill: 1. Your best donors want you to do the important work they can’t or won’t do. Your best donors want you to give them the credit and praise for your achievements. Your best donors want empathy.

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Why your wealthy donors love donor advised funds and why you should care

iMarketSmart

Donor Advised Funds… There are plenty of people who don’t like ’em. Instead, I want to point out why they work, why your donors love them and why you should care— NOW! Donor Advised Fund products are solid because they: 1.

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6 Effective Ways to Thank Donors for a Lasting Relationship

EveryAction

It’s a time to thank your most loyal supporters and make all donors, new and old, feel appreciated. When done well, these expressions of gratitude can build a lasting relationship with donors, leading to continued involvement. Donors like to be recognized for their work.

Donor Transformation

A Small Change

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve talked with a donor about the difference they are making. Donors provide food for a food bank, money to renovate a new play house, scholarships for low-income students, or whatever it is that your organization does.

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Show Some Donor Appreciation by Holding an Open House

Ann Green

Many nonprofits do a poor job of showing appreciation to their donors, but you don’t have to be one of them. . There are many ways to show some donor appreciation. This could be a great way to convert these supporters into donors. Encourage your donors to bring a friend, too.

Is donor qualification more important than donor identification?

iMarketSmart

If you are a major or legacy gift fundraiser, you’re probably responsible for a group of donors on your caseload or portfolio. Or you might enlist the help of a wealth screening or predictive analytics and modeling firm to help you identify the best donors for your portfolio.

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How Will You Welcome Your New Donors?

Ann Green

One of your year-end fundraising goals may be to get new donors. That’s fine, but a better goal is to keep these donors. The retention rate for new donors is a dismal 23%. Put simply, over ¾’s of your new donors won’t donate again. Make sure these are actually new donors.

Are you avoiding your donors?

iMarketSmart

Too often I’ve seen some ‘fundraisers’ do whatever they can to avoid actually talking to donors. Here are 5: Plain and simple, your donors pay the bills, including your salary. More engaged donors, give more. The post Are you avoiding your donors?

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Top 10 reasons why donors like taking donor surveys

iMarketSmart

Here are the top 10 reasons why donors like taking donor surveys: 1. The post Top 10 reasons why donors like taking donor surveys appeared first on MarketSmart | . They want to be perceived as (or see themselves as) a helpful person.

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That ole donor database

A Small Change

It is the <drum roll please> Donor Database ! Raiser’s Edge, Salesfore, E-tapestry, Neon, Donor Perfect, and Kindful are all popular and helpful options, though some non-profits are still rolling Excel style. Capital & Major Donors

How to effectively interact with donors

Fundraising Coach

So many fundraising problems can be solved by interacting with donors. I call it "seeing donors in their natural habitat.". But if you've had years and years of only focusing on your nonprofit and what you do and how great your staff is, interacting with donors can be really hard.

How to Build Donor Loyalty

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

We are very excited to have donor research expert Adrian Sargeant join us for a brand new webinar this month on donor loyalty. Adrian will show you the latest research and findings from the world of donor retention and how you can apply it during a BRAND NEW WEBINAR you won’t want to miss: How to Build Donor Loyalty: Lessons from Testing and Research. Adrian knows why some donors stick around and others disappear.

5 Simple Strategies to Organize Your Nonprofit’s Donor Data

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Luckily, there are many simple strategies your team can try to make the most of your donor data. Maintain clean donor profiles. Track individual donor relationships. Think your team needs to learn how to better organize its donor data? Maintain clean donor profiles.

Why You Should Start Creating a Mid-Level Donor Program ASAP

EveryAction

By focusing a little extra energy on your mid-level donors, you can raise more money and create a quality pipeline for your major gifts officers. How can we cultivate new donors while continuing to steward the supporters that we already have? So, who are these donors?

7 simple steps to qualify your donors

iMarketSmart

Now that you’ve properly engaged your donors and put forth some effort to properly understand them, it’s time to segment the data based on a variety of factors. Based on your segmentation, some donors will require highly personal, one-to-one outreach (such as a telephone call or a visit) while others would probably prefer a letter or email. Be there for the donors that want personal contact. Be available for the donors that don’t (at least not yet).

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4 Ways to Retain More Online Donors With Your Thank You for Giving Redirect Page

J Campbell Social Marketing

On Twitter recently, Pamela Grow was asking around for some examples of stellar donor thank you redirect pages. The thank you redirect page, also called the confirmation page, is the page on your website where a donor is sent immediately after making an online donation.

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Make Event Donors Your Next Organizational Donors

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Event 360 recently released a report that suggests if you don’t try to cultivate those who donate at your events, you could be missing out on potential major and recurring donors. Question: Who are the some of the best candidates to become your next organizational donors?

Better Data, Better Donors

EveryAction

Working in major gifts means tracking relationships, points of contact, and data with multiple high-level donors. Moves Management helps you organize all this information from the stage of your ask, the point person on the prospect, to the projected gift, all with a focus on the donors. For example, we see there are eight potential donors still in the qualification stage. Good reporting is just one way to keep your major donors prospects organized.

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Thanking Donors: 10 Ways To Show #DonorGratitude On A Shoestring Budget

J Campbell Social Marketing

No matter what time of year, it’s always the perfect time to show your donors some love. If you wait until year-end when thanking donors, or right before you are asking for another gift, it may be too late. Just speak from the heart and I guarantee your donors will respond.

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Get More from Your Donor Database

Getting Attention

The new Salesforce1 app for iPhone and Android helps front-line fundraisers and marketers solicit and enter more information about donors when out of the office (no chance of forgetting key elements) in a flash. Welcome to guest blogger, James Porter.

GUEST POST: A Great Idea… Connecting With Donors Through Photo Books

iMarketSmart

But when I saw what Daphne Powell was doing to grow relationships with her donors, I reached out to her to see if she might consider telling you her story. So, here goes… Introducing Daphne Powell and her magical use of photo books for donor stewardship. This is a first!

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Improving Donor Communication: A Q&A Guide for Nonprofits

Ann Green

One of the most important assets of a nonprofit is its donors. Donors are crucial to the growth of your nonprofit, so it is key to both attract new donors while also keeping up relationships with previous donors. How can I learn more about my donors?

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Tell the Stories Your Donors Want to Hear

Ann Green

How often do you use stories when you communicate with your donors? Donors want to hear your stories. Keep in mind that donors want to hear your stories. That was about to change because thanks to donors like you, Janet and her family will be moving into a home of their own.

Donors Aren’t Stupid

iMarketSmart

High-capacity donors aren’t stupid. They might feel donor remorse. You, your donor and the beneficiaries of their gifts will be glad you did. Related Posts: >>Think your donors are stupid? Donors give when THEY want to give, not when YOU want them to give. The post Donors Aren’t Stupid appeared first on MarketSmart, LLC |. They know a good ‘deal’ versus a bad one. They know what’s fair and what isn’t.

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3 Online Donor Retention Tips That Everyone Should Know

J Campbell Social Marketing

So how do you maximize donor retention? Start with prioritizing donor engagement. Use available technology to its fullest extent in order to retain your donors by maintaining high engagement levels. Focus your engagement efforts not just on gaining but also retaining more donors.

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It Takes More Than Luck to Keep Your Donors

Ann Green

Donor retention rates continue to be poor, especially for first-time donors. Donors don’t keep magically donating to your organization and you can’t hope you’ll get lucky and they’ll donate again. You need more than luck to keep your donors. You need good donor relations.

Are All Donors Major Donors? In Social Medialand, Yes!

Social Media Bird Brain

Image via Advisor to Superheroes Over at A Small Change, Jason Dick had an interesting idea: how about treating every donor as a major donor? You''re probably already thinking about your response.