Donor retention was 45.5% at the end of 2017, which is not an inspiring number. So, why should my organization be focused on donor retention? One major reason is financial – it costs less to motivate an existing donor to donate again, versus attracting new donors. In addition, you already know that they believe in … Continue reading Does Your Nonprofit Need a New Donor Retention Strategy?
The hero image trend in web design is still going strong. Don’t believe us? Just take a look at the top-half of this page. How a website is designed directly influences how a user feels about the brand behind the site. Using a hero image on your site can help to establish trust among new … Continue reading 20 conversion-boosting hero image website examples
It is often difficult to find similarities between philanthropy and the commercial world (asking for a donation is not the same thing as sales). One area where commonality can be found is the drive for change. The impact of fundraising drives change within your organisation, your community and maybe even the world. Driving change is … Continue reading Leadership and the art of plate spinning
Want to know who’s cooler at using technology to raise money than your average well-funded university or nonprofit? Malala, that’s who. Also, the United Way. The Count Basie Center for the Arts, Wake Forest University, Cushing Academy, and 200+ other nonprofits that have signed up with The Giving Block to accept cryptocurrencies. “Oh, cryptocurrency. Pfft!” you might be thinking. … Continue reading Is your nonprofit missing out on a huge crypto-tunity?
We all have something in common – we don’t want to be bored. A common thread among all nonprofits is that they need to raise money in order to do their good work. Now, combine that with the above fact about not wanting to be bored and gamification websites for nonprofit fundraising was born. Gamification … Continue reading Gamification Websites for Nonprofit Fundraising
‘Building a Storybrand’ – This is not a book about telling your company’s story. A book like that would be a waste of time. Customers don’t generally care about your story; they care about their own.’ Such was the overarching message of the Lucidity Business Book Club’s book of choice for the June meeting as … Continue reading Customers generally don’t care about your story; they care about their own storybrand
What is the best way to drive innovative work inside organizations? Important clues hide in the stories of world-renowned creators. It turns out that ordinary scientists, marketers, programmers, and other unsung knowledge workers, whose jobs require creative productivity every day, have more in common with famous innovators than most managers realize. The workday events that … Continue reading The Power of Small Wins
Did you know that legacy fundraising produces the most ROI (return on investment) of any fundraising activity? Stephen Pidgeon states in his book How To Love Your Donors to Death that the average amount of a bequest in the US is about $37,000. Compare that to the average major gift of $5,000. With that kind … Continue reading Successful Legacy Fundraising | 12 In-depth Insights and Tips
Wouldn’t it be amazing if you could count on a certain percentage of people in your email list to donate to your organization, and a certain percentage of those donors to become passionate, sustaining members or even board members? Just like traveling through a forest, a guide can show your audience how to move on … Continue reading How to guide your audience to support your mission
With all that’s gone on this year, if you’re still sending generic, organization-centered communication, you’re doing a huge disservice. There has been some conflict about donor-centered vs community-centered, and Ann Green thinks we can have both. What you don’t want is to be organization-centered. You can’t communicate with your donors without focusing on them. This … Continue reading On the Road to Better Donor Communication