Recession? What Recession?

A Small Change

As we talked about what is successful and what is not one strong theme was that as a nonprofit we should not use the “recession” as a reason to give money. A few weeks ago I was in a meeting of philanthropy professionals from all over Seattle, it was an encouraging coming together of minds. Everyone is trying new and creative ideas to be successful. Many of them talked about how important is it to keep the donor in mind and serve and do what you can to benefit your donor.

Recession Advertising Opportunity

Cause Related Marketing

You don’t have to look at the official figures from Association of Magazine Media (AMM), the trade group for the magazine industry, to see that magazines remain mired in the recession right now in the United States.

A small eBook for a big recession

Public Sector Marketing 2.0

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Recession-proof your nonprofit

Blue Sky Collaborative

Make your nonprofit recession proof. Here's a link to one of a long list of articles that shows that there is a lot of anxiety in nonprofit circles over the economy. link] S--t happens and it's happening now. Here are. Free Resources for Nonprofits Fundraising Tips Mobile Fundraising Online Fundraising Software for Nonprofits Viral Fundraising Web/Tech

Biggest Jump In Giving Since Great Recession

The Agitator

Blackbaud is out with its 2013 Charitable Giving Report documenting the largest year-over-year increase in charitable giving since the Great Recession of 2007-2008.

10 Strategies for Recession Fundraising

Fundraising 123

The Chronicle of Philanthropy has a great series up right now with 10 things to do now, to raise money during the downturn. You need a subscription to read the full articles but here’s their list. It is based on interviews with a variety of organizations. Some of these are back-to-basics ideas, which is what a lot of people are focusing on. Others are about being frugal and innovative. All excellent ideas these days. Don’t treat giving as a financial transaction.

5 Nonprofit Marketing Innovations for Recession Survival

Getting Attention

Marketing your way through a recession is gritty, sweaty, get-your-hands-dirty work. Just when the need is greater than ever, resources are way down. And that's exactly how Tracy Mitchell, General Manager of Sag Harbor, NY's nonprofit Bay Street Theatre, tackled her marketing dilemmas, even before the recession hit in full force.

#Fundraising: Smaller Donations Can Bring Bigger Change During Recession

Non Profit Marketing 360

The definition of a ‘microdonation’ can be tricky, or at least scalable. For many of us, a $50 donation to our favorite cause is no micro-gift. To the CEO of a bank, a $1 million gift might be small price to pay for some good PR.

When the recession will end

Donor Power Blog

From Dilbert, advice for organizations wondering about the recession: Glad I could be of help.

Four Essential Tweaks to Your Appeals in a Recession

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The Chronicle of Philanthropy this week said the nation's biggest charities are forecasting a nine percent decline in giving this year - the biggest drop since the publication started tracking private donations in the early 90s.

More about surviving the recession

Donor Power Blog

From the recent AFP conference, a summary of what some of the speakers said about surviving the recession (as reported in the Chronicle of Philanthropy at Focusing on What Works: Veteran Fund-Raising Consultants Offer Their Ideas ). Tags: Recession Among the ingredients given for success: Focusing on the mission, not the dollars that need to be raised. Understanding which fund-raising efforts are productive and which are not. Thanking donors. Listening to supporters.

Don't let the recession break your spirit

Donor Power Blog

Some are humming along at normal funding levels as if the recession were just a disturbing news report from a distant country. Respond to the recession and call on donors to respond. You can think and talk and act like a victim of the recession -- but you know where that will get you. Don't act like there's no recession. That way you can minimize the impact of the recession. Tags: Recession Things are rough for nonprofits. But not for all of them.

How some nonprofits are surviving the recession

Donor Power Blog

That's how to thrive in a recession. Tags: Recession Another survey. This time of the fundraising results of a group of nonprofits in the Pacific Northwest (mainly Oregon): Nonprofit Fundraising Trends 2009 (PDF, from Retriever Development Counsel ). In this one, 46% of the groups surveyed said they got higher fundraising results in 2008, while 39% did worse. Not bad.

#Tech: CES 2012 Shows Off The Flat Entertainment Coming Post-Recession

Non Profit Marketing 360

Not the back end of the financial crisis/Great Recession, not the fact that Apple has not attended in over a decade, or that Microsoft is attending this year for the ‘last’ time could stop the show from breaking attendance records at over 153,000.

Free podcast: Fundraising in a Recession

Fundraising Coach

Fundraising in a recession of course! Fundraising in a Recession. (c) Share and Enjoy: Other Possibly Related posts: Tips for Fundraising in a Recession New Author Gives Three Ways to Recession-Proof Your Nonprofit Recession proof your fundraising. Tags: fundraising secrets fundraising leadership Specials recession 3.

Why the End of the Recession Could Bring Hard Times to Cause Marketing

Cause Related Marketing

The end of the recession could bring new challenges to cause marketers.I don’t think I’m looking too far ahead, either. The Index of Leading Indicators turned slightly positive in April, suggesting the economy has troughed.

The secret for nonprofits recovering from a recession

Fundraising Coach

With 50 years of tracking giving, Gregg shared his take away: nonprofits that kept asking for money during the 2007 – 2009 recession and even made investments in fundraising, have recovered from the recession faster and are even seeing record giving levels.

What it really takes to successfully fundraise in a recession

Fundraising Coach

Here’s a great piece from Lois Lindauer ’s latest “Development News&# email: AHP Study Demonstrates Value of Fundraisers in Recession. The Association of Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP) just released results from its 2007 benchmarking survey, which examines nonprofit hospital giving during a period encompassing the early months of this recession. For a synopsis see, Hire More Fundraising Rain-Makers During Recession, New AHP Study Concludes.

Your key to recession survival: focus on donors

Donor Power Blog

But the funny thing is, you're going to have to keep thinking this way when the rest of the economy turns around, or you're going to stay in your own private recession for a long time. Technorati Tags: recession , marketing. Here's Katya Andresen 's column in this month's FundRaising Success : Pulling Out of the Nonprofit Nosedive. Her important point: When times are hard, the best thing to do is to give donors what they want.

Video: non-profits turning to social media during recession

Donor Power Blog

Over the weekend, we came upon this segment from Current TV , discussing how non-profits are using social media in innovative ways to battle the economic downturn. Particularly interesting information on "aggregators." Enjoy!

Great Depression: The Sequel

Non Profit Marketing 360

Fundraising Research economy Great Depression major gifts recessionThese are not easy times for securing major gifts. In fact, the current economic doldrums bear an eerie resemblance to another era – the Great Depression. In the Chronicle of Philanthropy , Holly Hall compares current Giving USA data with historical data on 1930s fundraising. In both periods, major gifts dropped sharply and have been slow to recover.

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#ProAging: Social Security Recipients Enjoy COLA For First Time In Two Years

Non Profit Marketing 360

Those prices have, if anything, fallen during The Great Recession, so recipients have not seen a COLA since 2009. Social Security has built into its law and budgets a ‘ Cost of Living Adjustment ‘ (COLA) tied to inflation and/or rising prices.

#Aging: Social Security Recipients Enjoy COLA For First Time In Two Years

Non Profit Marketing 360

Those prices have, if anything, fallen during The Great Recession, so recipients have not seen a COLA since 2009. Social Security has built into its law and budgets a ‘Cost of Living Adjustment’ (COLA) tied to inflation and/or rising prices.

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#Economy: The Loss Of A Functional Middle Class

Non Profit Marketing 360

The oft-discussed possibility of a double-dip recession still looms darkly on the near horizon. For the rest of the economy, and the people who built it, the shocks of ‘The Great Recession’ are still coming.

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Four essential tweaks to your appeals in a recession

Nonprofit Marketing Blog

The Chronicle of Philanthropy today said the nation’s biggest charities are forecasting a 9 percent decline in giving this year - the biggest drop since the publication started tracking private donations in the early 90s.

#Philanthropy: Livestrong Bucked Economy & ROI Expectations Via SM

Non Profit Marketing 360

The Great Recession hardly seems over, though most are confident that we have worked through the deepest part of the proverbial woods. But a few were able to fight the long dark night by sticking to a simple strategy that proved effective before the recession and even helped them expand their Return On Investment (ROI) through the downturn. The recession feels for most of us like it continues.

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#ProAging: GAP Index Highlights Global Challenges Of Care For Aging

Non Profit Marketing 360

Something well worth noting as nonprofits, charities, and government agencies contend with The Great Recession and an aging population of Boomers moving toward retirements: The country whose position flipped to the two extremes of Income Adequacy and Fiscal Sustainability was Mexico.

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What happens when you don’t pay a living wage

Wild Woman Fundraising

According to The Guardian , we are still in an economic recession due to income inequality.

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#Interview: Rob Wu, Founder of CauseVox, On Building Online Tools For Nonprofits (Part 2 of 2)

Non Profit Marketing 360

We asked Rob if the ongoing Great Recession has been hard on the company and how he and his colleagues see CauseVox going forward through this recession. So in a way, we’re not too worried about a double-dip or triple-dip recession. But in a way a recession drives nonprofits to look for new sources of funding.

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#Aging: Medicare’s Open Enrollment Opens & Can Save Elders From Poverty

Non Profit Marketing 360

One of its many less surprising findings is that the incomes of all Americans fell from 2009 to 2010, as the Great Recession continued to choke those millions citizens not working for the half-dozen largest banks and investment firms. Since 2007, the year before the most recent recession, real median household income has declined 6.4 Click to Enlarge.

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#ProAging: Guidance For Older Americans Looking For Work

Non Profit Marketing 360

The unemployment rate for Americans over 50 has more than tripled during the Great Recession, leading some analysts to define the ‘grey wall’ or ‘grey ceiling’ stopping opportunities for advancement, much less re-employment. Advice Aging Blogs Communications Independent Living Marketing Report Resource Social Media AARP Business Great Recession Online Communities Social network UnemploymentThe unemployment rate of 9.1%

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#Aging: Guidance For Older Americans Looking For Work

Non Profit Marketing 360

The unemployment rate for Americans over 50 has more than tripled during the Great Recession, leading some analysts to define the ‘grey wall’ or ‘grey ceiling’ stopping opportunities for advancement, much less re-employment. Advice Aging Blogs Communications Independent Living Marketing Report Resource Social Media AARP Business Great Recession Online Communities Social network UnemploymentThe unemployment rate of 9.1%

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Are you a wage slave at your nonprofit? Take this quiz!

Wild Woman Fundraising

Are You a Wage Slave? Do you spend more each month paying down your debts than buying new things? Do you depend completely on your job for money? Do you have a giant school or credit card debt you’re paying down right now? Do you worry every week about losing your job?

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Survey: Not too bad, but take it seriously

Donor Power Blog

Not every look at the recession is equally horrifying. Fortunately, the surveyed organizations are not ignoring the recession. Tags: Recession A recent survey by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability shows a that fundraising is impacted but not all that much. Survey results here. Seems among these evangelical nonprofits in 2008: 44% met fundraising goals. 28% were within 10% of goals. 28% were more than 10% below goals.

hard times — the portal

Sea Change Strategies

Exceptional compendium on fundraising during a recession!

What can we learn from TV’s most popular curmudgeon?

Donor Power Blog

  Well, in case you hadn't noticed, most of us are working in mature media or in mature organizations; now add in the effects of the “Great Recession”.   Tags: Fundraising Marketing revolution Recession I am referring to Gregory House , the brilliant medical diagnostician who is the poster-child for unconventional thinking.      Season 4 introduced a group of Fellowship candidates that had to compete to make the final team of three.

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What can we learn from TV’s most popular curmudgeon?

Donor Power Blog

  Well, in case you hadn't noticed, most of us are working in mature media or in mature organizations; now add in the effects of the “Great Recession”.   Tags: Fundraising Recession I  am referring to Gregory House , the brilliant medical diagnostician who is the poster-child for unconventional thinking.    Season 4 introduced a group of Fellowship candidates that had to compete to make the final team of three.

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Who's down -- and why

Donor Power Blog

They aren't responding to the recession, so they aren't calling on donors to respond. Tags: Recession A new study from Target Analytics, Index of National Fundraising Performance - Fourth quarter of 2008 (PDF), has the bad news: Fundraising revenue (among study participants) is down 3.3%. The number of new donors down 6.9% (and that's more worrisome because that's future revenue not to be had). 63% of organizations in study had lower revenue.

An Equal Opportunity Stimulus

Donor Power Blog

Tags: Donor psychology Fundraising Recession

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Fundraising Secret #38: Make Online Fundraising Easy

Fundraising Coach

As the recession continues, and our need for funds grows, I continue to believe we’ll need a combination of face-to-face experiences with donors augmented by a robust, but appropriate, use of online tools. Ask Fundraising Secrets giving in a recession online fundraising Websites