The BIG 5 in fundraising performance metrics

Reinier Spruit discusses how we’re in the relationship building business and how we need to measure and register every response.

Ironically, we must quantify the relations with our donors, so we can improve the quality of the contact we have with them.

There are a ton of metrics we can track, and should track, like email open rates, sign-up rates per hour, one-off cash donations and appeal response rates. But there are 5 that are simply much more important. Mainly because they are the building blocks for making sensible decisions for the longer term.

I call them the Big Five. The Big Five are Volume, Expenditure, Income, Retention and Return on Investment.

Find out more by clicking the link below:

https://101fundraising.org/2014/05/big-5-fundraising-performance-metrics/

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Why crowdfund?

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.

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/why-crowdfund-philippa-christoforou

Colleges are going online to crowdsource donations, and they’re raising millions

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.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2016/04/19/colleges-are-going-online-to-crowdsource-donations-and-theyre-raising-millions/

How to plan a major nonprofit crowdfunding campaign

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.

https://www.hubbub.net/blog/how-to-plan-a-major-nonprofit-crowdfunding-campaign

Should you be Crowdfunding?

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.

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/should-you-crowdfunding-elliot-falvert-martin

Charity governance, finance and resilience: 15 questions trustees should ask

To deliver against their duties, charity trustees need to be able to identify the critical issues – the charity’s purposes and plans, its solvency, its resilience and quality of governance – and to be able to review these at regular intervals.

In this post, the Charity Commission has designed 15 questions to help charity trustees carry out such a review and decide what they need to focus on.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/charity-trustee-meetings-15-questions-you-should-ask/charity-trustee-meetings-15-questions-you-should-ask

Funders can unlock good charity governance

Boards play a crucial role in helping a charity achieve its mission and deliver the greatest impact possible. Sonali Patel discusses that when charities follow best practice in governance, they are more effective, forward looking and efficiently run.

Funders of charities require good governance for a charity to be effective. While there are exceptions, it is therefore surprising that there are not more funders who provide investment for charities to improve governance.

https://www.alliancemagazine.org/blog/funders-can-unlock-good-charity-governance/

Nonprofit Board Members Have The Potential To Become Great Ambassadors!

Nonprofit board members have the potential to be exceptional ambassadors for the charity. However, finding the time to coach board members in the art of putting the organization’s public face on view can be tricky.

In some cases, the CEO simply doesn’t encourage contact between the board and staff. At other times, they fail to include selected directors in important conversations with key public figures and/or major donors or foundation executives.

In this article, Eugene Fram highlights a number of ways to develop “ambassadorships” on the nonprofit board:

https://non-profit-management-dr-fram.com/2019/06/23/nonprofit-board-members-have-the-potential-to-become-great-ambassadors-2/

11 Mind Tricks That Win People Over and Help You Get Ahead

The reference to mind tricks makes this blog by Dr Travis Bradberry sound a little sinister, but making yourself more astute and aware of your surroundings, and the way people engage with you, can give you an edge when dealing with prospects.

As soon as you become aware of these 11 tricks, they start popping up wherever you look. With minimal effort on your part, their unconscious influence on behavior can make a huge difference in how you handle your prospects and in your day-to-day life.

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/12-mind-tricks-make-people-like-you-help-get-ahead-bradberry/?trk=hp-feed-article-title-share

Here’s How to Establish Rapport with a Donor or Prospect

How do you set the right tone when you meet a donor or prospect for the first time?

Martin Leifeld has recorded an 8 minute video in which he discusses how you can pose meaningful questions, combined with gratitude and compliments to effectivley engage with your prospect.

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/case-you-missed-heres-how-establish-rapport-donor-prospect-leifeld-1/

Charity fundraising: how do you ask for, and get, a million pounds?

Raising mega-gifts may be the fastest way for charities to achieve a step-change, but securing such large donations is easier said than done.

Matthew Ferguson and Gemma Peters provide invaluable insight into how major gift fundraising from those who have a net wealth of at least £50m is very different to other types of fundraising.

https://www.theguardian.com/voluntary-sector-network/2016/jun/17/charity-fundraising-ask-for-a-million-pounds

How impact investing can complement but not displace philanthropy

Impact investing, which aims to generate measurable social and environmental impact as well as financial return, is a wealth management buzz term right now. Yet while wealthy individuals and foundations are drawn increasingly to impact investing to advance their social missions, it is creating a few tensions in the philanthropic community. Some argue that impact investment does not always complement philanthropy and could even harm it. Others say it cannot replace donations.

Sarah Murray explains on this article from the Financial Times (subscription may be required).

https://www.ft.com/content/4fc97720-86d3-11e9-b861-54ee436f9768

7 key considerations before you embark on major donor fundraising

Major donor fundraising is not about quick wins. Instead, careful and considered relationship building between key stakeholders can support the process in much more effective terms.

How can this be achieved and institutional expectations met? UKFundraising comes to the rescue with 7 key considerations to make.

https://fundraising.co.uk/2016/02/03/7-key-considerations-before-you-embark-on-major-donor-fundraising/

How Will I Know (if my Development Director is doing a good job)?

What are the expectations a new Development Director faces when they start? Are they facing realistic objectives?

Susie Hills shares some important concepts in this fun blog to help institutional leaders and Development Directors avoid common pitfalls.

https://www.halpinpartnership.com/debate/how-will-i-know-if-my-development-director-doing-good-job

A simple predictive score you can probably build in Excel

Many smaller fundraising and non-profit teams can’t make the investment to fully utilise analytics.

In this blog, the great Peter Wylie uses data from two schools to demonstrate how to build a very simple predictive score using nothing but Excel.

https://cooldata.wordpress.com/2016/07/05/a-simple-score-you-can-probably-build-in-excel/

How data analysis can help your charity to enhance its fundraising results

This article by Becky Slack first appeared in the Guardian some time ago, but it’s still a great starting point for those interested in understanding how analytics can drive insight and aid decision making in non-profits.

Don’t be put off by data. It’s all about understanding your audiences. This guide contains some straight forward steps to get you started.

https://www.theguardian.com/voluntary-sector-network/2014/mar/04/how-to-use-data-analysis-to-enhance-fundraising

How To Get Better At Saying “No”

Do you always find yourself saying “yes” to requests and then wondering what to do? While it is always worth being helpful, not delivering on promises made isn’t being helpful either.

In this blog, Mikaela Kiner provides helpful thoughts on how to say “no”. Food for thought.

https://www.fastcompany.com/40561649/how-to-get-better-at-saying-no

Is Your Project Urgent or Important?

How do you cope when others decide which of your tasks take priority? Some tasks seem important and others come by that need your immediate attention.

Urgent tasks out us in a reactive mode, so how can we become better at spotting the longer-term important tasks?

Fundraising author, speaker and consultant Lynne Wester provides useful guidance in the blog below.

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/your-project-urgent-important-lynne-wester

Prospect Research and GDPR-compliant wealth screening

Prospect research and wealth screening do not sit easily with GDPR:

  • Can individuals reasonably expect to be researched for wealth?
  • Would they expect to charities to find public information about them and use it?
  • How about if the charity uses a third-party supplier?

Nicola Williams, MA in Philanthropic Studies, has written several helpful guides at Factary to help you answer those questions for your own charity.

https://www.factary.com/docs/Factary_Legitimate_Interests_and_Prospect_Research.pdf

https://www.factary.com/docs/Factary_Guide_to_GDPR_Compliant_Screenings.pdf