More free stuff and this time we focus on email templates. Emails are a key method for non-profits to communicate with your supporters and getting the design right is key in getting your message read.
Really Good Emails is an amazing resource with over 4000 real email campaigns to inspire you PLUS if you sign up for free, the code behind the email for you to tailor to your needs.
Every week, Mary Cahalane provides expert fundraising advice in her blog – I could easily reshare her blog here every week (hint – sign up to the Hands on Fundraising blog).
Anyway, Mary’s post at the beginning of the month really stood out for offering links to loads of free content to help fundraisers get creative. There are sites listed which offer free photos, photo editing, graphic design, office tools but what really stands out is the list of writing tools!
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Hundreds of development professionals shared their views in the sector’s first professional study into what it takes to deliver an outstanding donor experience.
Holly Palmer, Lee Durbin and their team on volunteers crunched and analysed the results to produce a pretty unique report, chock-a-block full of insight. This is an essential read for everyone involved in HE fundraising.
While organizations focus on their development goal and raising money through major gifts, events, direct mail, grants and online, it is often stewardship and retention that fall by the wayside.
According to Adrian Sargeant and Elaine Jay, a 10% increase in donor retention can enhance the lifetime value of your donor base by up to 200%.
Those are sobering statistics and make it pretty clear what we should be focusing on. Here, Danielle J Vermenton provides 10 tips on how to embrace donor retention.
Retention is one of the Big 5 KPIs to measure, but why is it so important?
A 10 percent improvement in attrition can yield up to a 200 percent increase in projected value, as with lower attrition significantly more donors upgrade their giving, give in multiple ways, recommend others, and, ultimately, perhaps, pledge a planned gift to the organization.
In this sense the behavior of “customers” and the value they generate appear to mirror that reported in the for-profit consumer sector, where similar patterns of value and behavior emerge. Indeed, the marketing literature is replete with references to the benefits that a focus on customer retention can bring.
Adrian Sargeant explains more in this article.
Philippa Christoforou has been part of the OxReach team at Oxford University Innovation since 2016. Since then over £200,000 for social good projects originating at the Uhttps://www.linkedin.com/pulse/why-crowdfund-philippa-christoforouniversity of Oxford has been raised.
But why crowdfunding? Why not just apply for grant applications? What is the benefit to the project in watching the pledge count slowly creep towards the target, whilst the anxiety builds that we might not make it?
Here, Philippa describes her experience of crowdfunding and the benefits gained.
Getting alumni, especially younger graduates, to donate is a challenge for many colleges and universities, especially those that rely on approaches that could end up in voicemail or the rubbish bin.
Crowdfunding models are increasingly popular for students to undertake peer-to-peer and social fundraising on behalf of a fundraising program to bring in new donors.
In this article in the Washington Post, Danielle Douglas-Gabriel provides a number of real life examples of crowdfunding campaigns and the impact they’ve had on college and university fundraising.
Crowdfunding campaigns aren’t just successful by chance. They require a lot of planning to ensure you’re reaching the right people to propagate your message.
In this essential guide, Jonathan May from hubbub provides excellent tips on how to plan your crowdfunding campaign.
Crowdfunding isn’t a new concept; it’s been around for nearly two decades. However, it has recently become more prominent as an alternative tool for the Higher Education sector.
In this blog, Eliott Falvert-Martin explains how Crowdfunding gives donors a unique opportunity to get interested in a cause on an emotional level and becomes an acquisition tool.
Smart Handpumps get fixed within 3 days – not 30, letting people get on with their lives, instead of spending hours collecting water.
Many rural communities across the developing world rely on hand pumps for their daily water needs. However, at any one time, one in four pumps is broken. Smart Handpumps have a transmitter that show how much they are being used, and if they are broken. In the areas where they have been installed in Eastern Kenya 98% of repairs are now completed within three days, rather than weeks or months, as was the case before. With your help, we can bring this technology to more communities in other parts of Kenya, and beyond, so that more people can benefit from sustainable water supplies.
Gifts to this appeal will be matched by the Global Challenges Research Fund, which means your money will go twice as far.
This appeal runs for the month of June on the University of Oxford’s crowdfunding site Oxreach. Their Twitter feed will be featured on this site during June 2019.
Visit the site to find out more about the project, and how you can help – and please spread the word!
This is a special post highlighting a real appeal. If you would like to feature an appeal that is special to you, please contact me. Hopefully, we can make this a regular feature.