Alert! Missing Middle Donors

Getting Attention

Try this fundraising mash-up to close the giving gap you might not know you have! Here’s the data and analysis to help you close your organization’s giving gap: Middle-Income Donors Give MORE of Their Income to Charity than the Wealthy Do.

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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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3 Ideas for Getting the Word Out to Your Donors About Online Fundraising Campaigns

J Campbell Social Marketing

How can you expect donors to find your organization and contribute if you don’t make them aware of your campaigns? That’s fundraising 101. Below, you’ll find three ideas for promoting online fundraising campaigns to donors. That’s where donor segmentation comes in.

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The 4 levels of donor commitment according to Mal Warwick

iMarketSmart

For those of you who are new to the field, Mal Warwick played a tremendous leadership role in fundraising and direct marketing. In his book titled How to Write Successful Fundraising Appeals , he outlined the 4 levels of donor commitment.

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Dear Donor: You Suck

The Agitator

Sometimes the behavior of folks who call themselves ‘fundraisers’ leaves me speechless. For this example, I’ll let Adrian Salmon ‘s first-hand report speak for all the real fundraisers who care about donors.

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The 5 p’s of engagement fundraising

iMarketSmart

Donors have immense power these days. that provides value to your target audience of potential donors. Most fundraising is very short-sighted. The post The 5 p’s of engagement fundraising appeared first on MarketSmart, LLC |. 1- Permission.

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Is Your Donor “Endangered”?

iMarketSmart

“Welcome customers [donors] as you would guests in your home.” It demonstrates that the customer [donor] is important and worthy of your respect.” “Questions are the sign of a fully engaged customer [donor]. The post Is Your Donor “Endangered”?

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Donor Complaints: Why it’s a bad idea to get upset with donors when they complain

iMarketSmart

Here’s why: Donor complaints are opportunities in disguise. Are fundraisers less equipped to handle donor complaints? Over 3 years ago I was asked to pay $10,000 to sponsor a fundraising conference event in D.C. No one likes to hear complaints. .

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Show some donor appreciation!

iMarketSmart

The post Show some donor appreciation! Fundraising Major Giving Planned Giving charity blog donor appreciation donor cultivation legacy gifts major gift marketing tips nonprofit marketing philanthropy blog planned gift marketingYou should know that lots of people try to tell me how to market MarketSmart. They tell me I need to drive tons of traffic to my website. They call me up and tell me I should speak at or sponsor this or that event.

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4 Doable Steps to Donor Love—Via Mal Warwick

Getting Attention

Donor communications that connect—that appreciate, energize and activate your prospects and donors—are THE key to fundraising success. What you may not know though, is how few organizations do donor communications well. How do you nurture and energize your donors?

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Claire’s 9 ways to get the major donor visit

iMarketSmart

Getting a donor to see you might actually be the hardest part of your job. . In fact, some fundraisers feel that, once they get the meeting set, they are 80% of the way there! She’s provided 9 useful, proven strategies for getting the major donor visit on her blog. SEE ALSO: >> 6 Ways to Get The Most Out of a Major Donor Visit. The post Claire’s 9 ways to get the major donor visit appeared first on MarketSmart, LLC |.

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Why not create a donor appreciation department?

iMarketSmart

Only I think they should be called donor appreciation departments. Imagine a team serving and supporting the fundraisers by helping them come up with creative yet efficient and effective ways to thank and engage donors. The post Why not create a donor appreciation department?

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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?

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Educating donors is not fundraising

Fundraising Coach

I've been hearing a well-meaning but fundraising killing myth while talking to many groups and training many boards over the last few months. Educating is not fundraising. Or fundraising? The same is true with fundraising. Ask Fundraising Secrets ask education

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Almost four years ago I declared: “The Fundraising Pyramid Is DEAD!”

iMarketSmart

Is the fundraising donor pyramid dead? Here’s what some said about the blog article I wrote back then : “Your assertions demonstrate that you clearly ARE from outside the fundraising world.” And by the way, fundraising is not a subset of anything.

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How Does Your Nonprofit’s Donor Retention Rate Stack Up?

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

In today’s post,we dive into the Individual Donor Benchmark Report by Third Space Studio and focus on donor retention numbers. What the average organization’s donor base looks like? The Individual Donor Benchmark Report answers all those questions and more.

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Engagement Fundraising in 7 simple bullet-points

iMarketSmart

Related Posts: >>The 8 Core Components of Engagement Fundraising and Why You Desperately Need Them. >>Introducing >>Introducing the Four Selfs of Engagement Fundraising. The post Engagement Fundraising in 7 simple bullet-points appeared first on MarketSmart, LLC |. Focus- Focus your marketing (especially your expensive marketing like face-to-face meetings) on people who have a lot of money.

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4 Ways to Use Social Media to Strengthen Donor Relationships

J Campbell Social Marketing

Donor retention (how many donors continue to give to your organization after their first gift) is at an all-time low. The Association of Fundraising Professionals found that 70% of all donors that nonprofits recruit into giving a gift never donate again to that organization!

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12 Ways One Nonprofit Kept A Donor Loyal And Engaged For 27 Years

The Agitator

Few organizations have practiced donor-centered fundraising as well as SPLC. No detail involving a donor is seemingly too small. Donor Centricity Donor Centricity - Case Studies Donor retention / loyalty / commitment Fundraising philosophy/profession Nonprofit management premiu

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Are You Quarantining Your Major Donors?

The Agitator

That’s what my fundraising buddies told me 47 years ago when I left university major gift fundraising to help launch a new, direct mail-driven nonprofit called Common Cause. It’s as though exposure to direct mail or email will somehow infect their major donors and prospects.

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Most fundraisers use email the wrong way

iMarketSmart

Sadly most fundraisers are using email the wrong way. Email should NOT be used primarily for fundraising. Think of an email to a donor as you would an email to your friend. I wish fundraisers would finally learn to stop “blasting” and “start engaging” Too many treat email like the button they press to get money out of an ATM. That’s not how donors want to be treated. But donors first need to get value.

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4 Ways to Segment Your Donors for More Effective Marketing

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Today, Sarah Tedesco, Executive Vice President at DonorSearch , shares some ways to segment your donor lists specifically. Donors want and need to be treated like the unique people that they are. The effective and efficient solution is segmenting your donors. Sarah Tedesco.

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I must sound like a broken record but here’s more nonprofit data that will inspire you to focus more on major donors

iMarketSmart

First I think you’ve got to assess your fundraising strategy. Are you focused on events and low-dollar donors? If you’re not focused on major donors with capacity, it’s time to alter your strategy. Populist fundraising will sink your ship.

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14 things you must know about your donors to win major gifts (including planned gifts)

iMarketSmart

Here are 14 things you must know about your donors if you want to raise major and planned gifts (13 of which can be obtained from a donor survey ): 1- Why do they care about your nonprofit’s mission? >> Do You Know the Names of Your Donor’s Influencers?

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3 amazing quotes from major donors

iMarketSmart

The post 3 amazing quotes from major donors appeared first on MarketSmart. Fundraising Major Giving major donors major gift fundraising“I walk over to my desk, take out my pen, and get ready to sign a check for an important program. It’s a great thrill!

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The simplest way to acquire a new major donor— FAST

iMarketSmart

Everyone wants new major donors. Related Posts. >> 3 Amazing Quotes from Major Donors. >> Get Started with 3-to-1 Major Gift Fundraising. The post The simplest way to acquire a new major donor— FAST appeared first on MarketSmart | .

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Should your CRM include photos of each of your donors?

iMarketSmart

After I read this I began to wonder if, perhaps, fundraising CRM should include photos of each donor by syncing with open API’s that social media like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter provide. The post Should your CRM include photos of each of your donors?

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How to Turn Donors Into Raving Fans

J Campbell Social Marketing

4 things that this thank you note does right: 1) It’s personalized with the donor’s first name. This is absolutely KEY to getting a donor’s attention and get them to keep reading. Know your donor and make them the hero of the story!

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Your donors want to find meaning in their lives. But are you helping them?

iMarketSmart

I’ve droned on and on about the fact that your job is to make your donors feel good and to facilitate the exchange of dollars for value. And, of course, value is in the eye of the beholder (the donor’s eyes). The post Your donors want to find meaning in their lives.

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6 Ways to Get More Online Monthly Donors

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

We all know why nonprofits want monthly donors — fantastic ROI, high retention rates and higher lifetime value. Once you are ready to receive monthly donors, here are 6 proven ways to rev up your online sustainer program: 1. You must recruit donors. Photo Credit: https://flic.kr/p/aVmeYp.

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Why fundraisers should take some lessons from stockbrokers

iMarketSmart

Major donors stop giving for those very same reasons. Then it dawned on me that wealthy people make financial transactions with stockbrokers and fundraisers in similar ways. Similarly, donors don’t give to nonprofits. >> Donor offer value checklist.

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Putting the Donor in Control of Fundraising

The Agitator

Much of what we fundraisers practice and preach will eventually be shown to be wrong or out of date. requiring charities to get donors’ permission to make future solicitations. Some of us believe that the new and hopeful antidote to these trends and events is to put the donor in control. For organizations to become ‘donor. Donor retention / loyalty / commitment Fundraising analytics / data Fundraising philosophy/profession Nonprofit management Research premium

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

iMarketSmart

Funny thing about fundraising is that it all boils down to this: Making sure that your supporters feel good! So now the question is: Do you know what will make each major donor and each planned gift lead or supporter feel good about their decision give to your organization?

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6 reasons why some donors prefer to stay anonymous

iMarketSmart

They do not want fundraisers from other organizations to ask them for money (this is the #1 reason according to the Center on Philanthropy study conducted in 1991 titled “Survey on Anonymous Giving”). >> Fundraising vs. Facilitating. >>

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A Brilliant Stewardship Plan for Legacy Society Donors From Down Under

iMarketSmart

A while back on my LinkedIn Group (Major and Planned Gift Marketers) , Sharon Wangman outlined a stewardship plan for Legacy Society donors/members. Sharon said, “ If your donors have included you in the Will you should visit; if you have bequest prospects you should visit.

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Writing a Donor-Centered Website [This Week]

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Join us this week for Writing a Donor-Centered Website with Tom Ahern. So any number of things can detract a potential donor from completing the donation: What you say and how you say it. Like all of your communications, your website needs to focus on your potential donor.

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How fast do you respond to your major and planned gift donors’ needs?

iMarketSmart

Yet, in the nonprofit sector fundraisers don’t seem to care as much about generating leads or responding to them. I say this because very few nonprofits make it easy for donors to become leads. How much money do you think your organization could raise if it developed more effective and fluid two-way communication channels that facilitated giving (especially for high-value donors)? The post How fast do you respond to your major and planned gift donors’ needs?

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35 amazing ways to engage and involve your donors and supporters

iMarketSmart

Recommendations: >> 13 Ways To Engage Major Donors. >> >> Find Ways To Engage With Your Donors. >> >> The Definitive List of Engagement Fundraising Channels. >> >> Five Resources to Help You With Donor Engagement. The post 35 amazing ways to engage and involve your donors and supporters appeared first on MarketSmart | .

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Which Donor Database is Right for YOU?

Wild Woman Fundraising

Last month I co-moderated the Small Nonprofit Chat (#smNPchat), created by Pamela Grow, and we had lots of people in the chat talking about donor databases. And I tweeted about NTEN’s 2008 report on donor databases. Which Donor Database is Right for YOU?

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Where are your donors going if not to you?

iMarketSmart

Oddly, for each organization, they are losing more donors than they are acquiring. So where do you think all the donors are going? Related Posts. >> 16 experts tell you how to keep your donors wanting to come back. >> Words That Work: The Phrases That Encourage Planned Giving.

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