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Online Fundraising Academy: Building a Donor Community on Facebook

Posted by Alexis Nadin on April 10th, 2014

ListbuilderIn the sixth session of the Online Fundraising Academy, Alison McQuade, the Digital Press Secretary for EMILY’s List, shared tips and recommendations for growing and engaging your network on Facebook.

Session recording link. 

Session notes:

Emily’s List – A political organization committed to electing pro-choice Democratic women to office

Edgerank – Facebook’s algorithm that decides what you see in your feed

  • Affinity – how much people like the post. Counts people’s interactions (commenting, liking, sharing, clicking on link)
  • Weight – posts that require more user engagement has more weight (i.e. sharing has more weight than a like)
  • Time decay - how old the post is. Most posts have a shelf life of one day

Different types of posts – use different posts to reach different goals

  • Link post – Post a compelling story for your audience
    • Have intro text (not just the link)
    • Timely post
  • The mobile phone post – take a picture on the ground with your mobile phone
    • Exciting, unfiltered picture, readers feel like they’re participating, doesn’t look advertised
    • Timely post – as it’s happening
    • Call to action – specifically ask them to do something “like picture and tell us in the comments what would you do”
    • Got lots of interactions because asked for it. Encourage them to interact so they feel like they’re a part of it
  • Go-to post – post what your audience loves.
    • Exciting picture and great quote that audience
    • Find out what your audience finds compelling to get them excited
    • Call to action to build email list (asked people to write thank you card for Hilary Clinton while getting people to sign up for emails)
  • List-builder post – have a call to action that gets people to join email list
    • Had people sign birthday card to Emily List’s president and subscribe to emails
    • Language corresponds with message and then transitions to why they should join your community and subscribe to emails
    • Simple graphic, creates emotion (happy/angry)
    • Easy lift – take advantage of milestones, holiday, birthdays, etc. as an opportunity to build list (more…)

Online Fundraising Academy: How to Write Earth-Changing Emails

Posted by Alexis Nadin on April 4th, 2014

In GlobalGiving’s fifth Online Fundraising Academy session, we invited our own Alison Carlman, to share tips and key lessons she’s learned in donor communications. In her role as Unmarketing Manager, Alison is responsible for engaging the GlobalGiving community and for telling the stories of GlobalGiving and its partner projects. In 2013, Alison and her team raised $270,000 from donor emails. 

Session Recordinghttp://www.anymeeting.com/globalgivingUS/EF54D686844C

Listen, test, learn, repeat – experimentation and testing key to improving work

  • Listen to your audience, peers, research
  • Test assumptions in experiments
  • Learn from your experiments
  • Do it again and again and again!

This is how GlobalGiving Listens, Tests, Learns and Repeats:

Listen

  • Users – your audience, the people who receive messages
    • To improve our e-newsletter, we got feedback from users – who opens, donates, clicks
    • What we learned:
  1.  Keep it short – people don’t read news
  2.  Talk about the users, not you – what’s relevant to them, why they should care
  3. Made it even shorter
  4. Use big images  – people click on the header image
  5. Use clear images with one person making eye contact.
  6. Add humor, make it clever and unexpected – include jokes, puns
  7. Have a big and clear call-to-action – make your ask clear and easy for users to do
  8. Personalize it! – add people’s names, send personalized thank you. Users like to know they’ve been thought of, not just written to the masses.
  • Peers – similar organizations you can learn from
    • charitywater emailcharity: water – use beautiful image, well laid-out, formatted for mobile phones, very little text, interesting lead text, unexpected, humorous and large call-to-action
    • donorschoose.org – personalized by state, simple and short, made it sound urgent, very clear request
    • Kiva – personalized, clear call-to-action, made it look like it was forwarded by a staff member
      • Did A/B testing (divide users into 2 groups and provided a different email to each group to see which email did better)
      • Kiva’s “trick” forwarded email performed 2x as well
      • Personalizing really works!
  • What we learned:
  1. Use beautiful imagery.
  2. Make it mobile friendly
  3. Keep it brief.
  4. Use interesting lead text.
  5. Try unexpected/humorous (but still visibly clear) calls-to-action.
  6. Try unexpected subject lines and formats
  • Project report titles are now the subject line when project reports are sent out to GlobalGiving donors
  • Theory – what does the research say?
  1. Shorten distance between user and subject matter – connect them to one person/animal/object. Easier to feel like you can make a difference in one person’s life than a big group.
  2. Tell a compelling story about that one person – how a person has overcome an obstacle or how they have potential to overcome obstacles
  3. Donors will give if they feel it will bring them close to people in their network – focus on what you can do for your users. Give them something to share so they can connect to their social network.
  4. People give more when it’s easy – Make the process to give as easy as possible. And give reminders
  5. Not all donors are the same – these tips won’t work for everyone. Need different messages for different donors.

Test, learn and repeat

  • Look at metrics to measure success of email

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Online Fundraising Academy: Cultivating a Fundraising Army

Posted by Alexis Nadin on March 26th, 2014

Marshall

In GlobalGiving’s fourth session of the Online Fundraising Academy, we invited Marshall Bailly, the Executive Director of Leadership Initiatives, to share tips for cultivating a donor network. Marshall and his team have raised $1 million through GlobalGiving, especially through targeted  matching campaigns. He has built relationships with a core group of donors that regularly support Leadership Initiatives via various promotions.  He has developed a comprehensive strategy for campaign outreach and communications, including local donor mobilization in Nigeria, where Leadership Initiatives operates.

Session Recording: www.anymeeting.com/900-634-271/EF54DA87884B

Session Notes:

Leadership Initiative (LI) – Finds community leaders in Nigeria, give them business training, give them investment to jumpstart their business, helps them build community from bottom up

  • For real donor growth, they have to feel they are a part of the organization, so they’ll want to contribute more than just money to your org
  • Give them a sense of ownership and show them their impact on the organization

Donor Committees – You can’t do it alone!

  • A group of 5-7 people that help raise money and set fundraising agenda
  • Create one month, six month, one year and five year plan for where you want your fundraising goals to be. And each person takes charge of one goal
  • Have reachable goals to motivate your committee
  • LI’s donor committee members
    • Met members through friends (and friends of friends), events, own social/family circle, staff on the ground
    • Developed relationships over years
    • Keep changing people when you can, so they don’t get burnt out. Want people coming in with new voices, new eyes

Donor Captains

  • Donor Captains go out and achieve goals
    • Allows you to spread the burden of finding more donors
    • Brings new people into the organization and allows them to take a leadership role
    • For last bonus day, had 15 donor captains, and each person was in charge of reaching 10 people.
      • Individual communication with donors get them excited and committed to donate
      • Reach out to active donors and donors with potential resources
        • Research all donors  – Google them, look at LinkedIn profile to see if they could be a resource
        • Reach out to them, ask for help growing your organization, contribute more than money

LI’s five types of donor network leaders

  • Social Leaders – people who know a lot of people
    • Goal: Create a generation of donors who stay connected with LI over many years
    • Specialty Type Donors – people with jobs that can help you get a special service and connections to improve your organization
      • Host an event to learn about organization with the extra fun factor to get people more excited
      • High End Donors – people who donate over $1,000 at a time
        • Slowly tell them about organization, build up trust, show you care, why they should care
        • Allow people to bring their ideas of how to make the organization better
        • Corporate Sponsors – organizations who donate over $1,000 at a time
          • Find corporations with a vested interest in the community you’re working in or some part of your organization
          • A wider networks helps to find connections with corporations
          • Business Alliance Program Students – high school students get help to get into college while they help solve development problems for businesses in Nigeria
            • Address needs of both students and businesses
            • Keep partnership with those students as they leave high school

Don’t chase “white whales”

  • Don’t keep chasing those who aren’t interested – chase those who care and ask questions
  • Don’t leave your donors angry – donors might test the waters to see if you care

LI Fundraising Timeline

  • Fundraising goals and donor network started out small, grew bigger and better each year
  • In the beginning was mostly donor committee, then events after three years, then first corporate sponsorship after five years
  • It takes time to build up, piece by piece

Get Ahead in this Competitive Environment  

  • Need to have something interesting, why people should care, an emotional connection and a call to action
    • Donors respond better to a problem, emotional story, and how they can change it
    • Put a face to the problem – donors can talk/skype to people on the ground
    • Need to grab their attention. Need to have good fundraising stories
    • Comparison chart – show what makes your organization unique and why it’s better than other organizations
    • Make sure donor captains are on the same page – they know mission statement, why you matter, how to elevate organization above the rest
      • Donor captains can give an elevator speech (30 second pitch for organization)

Communicating with Donors

  • Have different impact messages, communications for each group of donors (corporations get different message from GlobalGiving donors because have different interests in organization)
  • Have specialized social media, blogs, messaging for different donor groups
  • Refine, strengthen and sharpen key messages is important at any stage of an organizations growth and development every year
  • Have a goal for each donor to rally around

Extra resources

Click here for Marshall’s campaign fundraising webinar

Click here for Marshall’s bonus day how-to manual

Email Marshall at mbailly@leadershipinitiatives.org

Q: Is a donor committee and board the same thing? Is there significant overlap between the two?

A: Board does much more to grow and develop the organization than just fundraising. There are some overlaps though. LI has some board members in donor committees.

Q: What is your communication stories system to feed the stories in the field to people in the US?

A: LI has a key sponsorship program in Nigeria where they provide technology to Skype with businesses in Nigeria. LI has on the ground employees who provide stories. Each donor group is connected with different businesses.

Q: Do you utilize media?

A: Utilizing media comes from meeting people and following up with them. Marshall wrote letters and met with people who wrote reports. LI hasn’t gotten a media contact without investing in relationships, and they always reach out to media first. Be the group that’s so passionate and won’t go away.

Q: Do you have a template letter to reach out to corporations?

A: Have a specific letter for each corporation. Personalize the letter! Know their background and make any connections you can. Put a little personal hand written message in the letter or on the envelope.

*Trends from past sessions: Develop a personality. Make sure you’re real with the individuals you interact with. Build strong relationships with donors and make them feel appreciated and needed. Get out there, seek opportunities to meet new people, reach new audiences.

Online Fundraising Academy: Creating a Campaign Strategy

Posted by Alexis Nadin on March 19th, 2014
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Arlington Academy of Hope

In GlobalGiving’s third session of the 2014 Online Fundraising Academy, we invited Maureen Dugan, the Executive Director of Arlington Academy of Hope, to talk about getting ready for a GlobalGiving Bonus Day. Maureen and her team raised $82,000 in matching campaigns on GlobalGiving in 2013! After participating in GlobalGiving’s first Online Fundraising Academy last year, Maureen is returning to share her advice and insights with this year’s cohort.

Session Recording: www.anymeeting.com/837-520-433/EF54DE848249

Session Notes:

Arlington Academy of Hope

  • Implements education and health programs in Uganda
  • Donor profile – middle aged or older; most not on social media, so didn’t utilize social media

Build Consensus

  • Discuss with Board of Directors – proposed using social media and GlobalGiving; asked them to be ambassadors
  • Create a Q&A – explains online giving to minimize confusion, create enthusiastic supporters, provides a resource for ambassadors/donors to share information with others
    • Put on website, given to Board and other volunteers
    • Take time to talk to advocates to prepare them for questions before Bonus Days

Make a plan – who to target

  • Regular donors –people who give annually
  • Lapsed donors – people who haven’t given in the past few years
  • Board members – ask them to give, be ambassadors

Messaging

  • Email (Constant Contact), Facebook, Twitter
    • Keep basic facts the same, but tell the story differently on different platforms
    • Generate excitement, empowerment, time sensitivity, why it’s important
      • Empower donors, tell them their money will go further on matching days
      • Explain how they can make a difference
      • Explain importance of giving on specific day to compel them
  • Timing – 1 month, 1 week, day before
    • Need to do what works best for your donors

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Online Fundraising Academy: Building the Foundation for Successful Fundraising

Posted by Alexis Nadin on March 12th, 2014

Fundraising toolboxIn GlobalGiving’s second session of the 2014 Online Fundraising Academy, we invited a panel of fundraising professionals from GlobalGiving’s partner organizations to answer questions about the fundraising tools that their organizations use to manage and engage their individual donors and track their fundraising activity.

Meet our panelists:

Kathy Baczko, Vice-President, Chief Development Officer and Diana Corrales, Director, Marketing & Communications, Fabretto

Beth Eisenstaedt, Chief Development Officer, Wildlife Alliance

Kay Helm, Executive Director, Friends of TOUCH

Session Recording: www.anymeeting.com/067-031-377/EF53D883894C

Session Notes:

What donor database do you use? What do you like about it? What don’t you like about it?

Fabretto: DonorPerfect

  • Pros: User-friendly; you can create pledges for monthly donations; you can segment donors and you can create as many relevant tags as you want.
  • Cons: It only has space for up to 6 sponsorships per donor;
  • Price: $60-265 a month. Fabretto pays $265/month

Wildlife Alliance: eTapestry

  • Pros: Built to capture info for fundraising; user friendly; excellent reporting capabilities to analyze and segment your donors
  • Cons: With greater sophistication, comes greater expectations and analysis doesn’t always meet that; must use their software for online donations and mass emails, can’t integrate own services
  • Cost: $99-399 a month. Wildlife Alliance pays $4,300/year for 15,000 records and 5 user licenses

Friends of TOUCH: NeonCRM

  • Pros: Web-based; versatile; lots of reporting options and capabilities; provides security.
  • Cost: $49-324 a month. Friends of TOUCH pays $49/month for less than 1,000 records

Q: What is the value of having a database?

A: A database is the only way to know anything about donors. It is great having it in all one place and for targeted approaches. You can reach out to donors based on their specific interests to turn them into bigger donors or recurring donors.

Q: How do you gather contact lists? Are your contacts gathered through donations or do databases provide contacts? What about security? How are contacts used in terms of privacy?

A: Contacts are gathered over the years. You can purchase lists from other services but not database services. As for security, no one has access to information except for staff users.

What donation information do you track? How?

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Online Fundraising Academy: How charity:water is Harnessing the Power of Online Fundraising

Posted by Alexis Nadin on March 7th, 2014

technology to end water crisis_croppedKaitlyn Jankowski, charity:water’s Supporter Experience Manager joined us earlier this week for GlobalGiving’s first Online Fundraising Academy session of the year!

charity:water raised more than $8 million from more than 11,000 individual fundraisers in 2012. How did they do it? Kaitlyn shared charity:water’s approach to raising funds online! Kaitlyn manages mycharity:water, helping fundraisers become rockstars!

Session Recording: www.anymeeting.com/901-831-832/EF53DC82874D

Session Notes:

charity: water founded with two goals: end water crisis and reinvent charity

charity: water values

  • 100% model – all donations go towards funding water projects. Overhead costs covered by the Well (private donors, sponsors, board of directors)
  •  Proof – prove every dollar goes to projects. Email reports that provide information about the community money went to. Local partners contribute pictures and GPS coordinates.
  • Brand – having a brand like Apple or Nike. Building campaigns, invest in a creative team, cool corporate partnerships, no advertising or marketing budget. Everything done in house
    • Invest heavily in social media – Twitter, Instagram, Facebook. Posting updates and stories daily, give sneak peak of campaigns, let team travelling in field take over social media
    • Show what people have done in the past to raise money.
    • Use of photos to show brand

Online fundraising platform

  • Birthday model – Individuals raise money on their birthday.
  • People create their own campaign to raise money
    • Ex. Sarah Peck swim to Alcatraz if raise $29,000

Campaigns – charity: water holds 3 campaigns every year

  • World Water Day campaign
  • September campaign
  •  Holiday campaign – When you give clean water, you give other things like hope, beauty, future, etc. Launched new image every day
  • Campaigns focus on a story. Want to inspire people, not to make them feel guilty to give.
  • Specific campaign to buy drilling rig. To stay true to proof model, campaign broke down entire cost, put GPS on truck and can follow on Twitter.

Engage fundraiser and report back on GlobalGiving

  • Project pages allow donors to get a sense of what they’re giving to
  • Quarterly project reports – emailed to all supporters. Good communications tool. Can tell stories, statistics, and impact. Successful organizations report once a month to keep donors engaged.
  • Donors can fundraise themselves – click “+fundraiser” link on your project page. Donors can create their own page to raise money on behalf of an organization.  See example here: http://www.globalgiving.org/fundraisers/7852.

Question & Answer

Q: “How do you get campaigns to go viral? How do you find trendsetters to make campaigns work?” 

A: Campaigns don’t have to go viral to be successful. Fundraisers work really hard. Sarah Peck made goals to get interviews, have pieces published, post blog posts, sent lots of emails, utilized social media. A lot of it comes from the people’s story, not charity: water’s story.

Q: “Is it better to have multiple networks and less frequent posts, or less networks and more frequent posts?” 

A: charity: water has one twitter handle plus one for the drilling rig, and only one Facebook to keep things all on one page. The frequency of posts depends on channel. For Twitter, charity: water posts every day and retweets throughout the day, posts on Instagram every day, but Facebook is different. charity: water posts on Facebook only a few times a week so don’t clutter people’s news feeds. Call to action is different on the each social media site, so utilize it accordingly.

Q: “What channels drive the most conversions to donations?” 

A: Email is very good for fundraising. Give people a call to action and send 3 emails. People need reminders. You can also encourage others to give by recognizing people who already gave. Conversions over social media are smaller because of plausible deniability – you don’t know if people saw the post and people feel like they don’t have to act.

Q: “What are some tips for small organizations that can’t hire a creative team?” 

A: charity: water is good at asking for things for free. There are lots of design agencies who can help and avenues to get marketing and advertising for free. You can also take advantage of volunteer platforms like Sparked (https://globalgiving.sparked.com/welcome/nonprofit/globalgiving#1) and VolunteerMatch (https://surveyglobalgiving.wufoo.com/forms/volunteer-information/).

Q: “How does charity: water find fundraisers? How do people find out about charity: water and start the fundraiser process?”

A: Mostly through word of mouth. charity: water works on getting donors to become fundraisers.

2014 Campaign Calendar Sneak Peek

Posted by Alexis Nadin on December 11th, 2013

Happy-New-Year-2014-1 (1)We’re excited to share a sneak peek of GlobalGiving’s 2014 Campaign Calendar. These fundraising and training opportunities were designed based on feedback from you, our project partners.

Stay tuned! The complete calendar, including promotions for Microsoft’s YouthSpark initiative and GlobalGiving UK’s website, will be released soon.

Join us on Wednesday, December 18th for an overview of our fundraising campaigns and promotions taking place in 2014. We’ll equip you with strategies for successful fundraising in the New Year!

What: 2014 Calendar Sneak Peek
Times: 9 am EST (Find this time in your city) and 3 pm EST (Find this time in your city)
Webinar link: anymeeting.com/globalgivingus1
Sign up for the webinar here.

Bonus Days

In 2014, GlobalGiving is focusing on what you want most: matching campaigns! GlobalGiving will offer four Bonus Days available to all of GlobalGiving’s partners.

  • February 12th: 30% match; $75,000 available in matching
  • May 7th: 30% match; $75,000 available in matching
  • July 16th: Matching based on Partner Rewards Status (30% for Partners, 40% for Leaders, 50% for Superstars); $120,000 available in matching
  • October 15th: 30% match; $75,000 available in matching

All four Bonus Days will begin at 9 am Washington, DC time. Matching is available until funds run out or until midnight Washington, DC time. GlobalGiving offers two $1,000 bonus awards for each Bonus Day: One bonus award for most money raised and one bonus award for most individual donors.

Do-it-Yourself Campaign Fund

For the first time ever, GlobalGiving is offering your organization the opportunity to apply for funding to use in your own online fundraising campaign! You set the dates and create an incentive structure that best fits your supporters. Promotions can take place anytime in 2014, but the deadline to apply is Friday, March 7th.

Online Fundraising Academy

Supercharge your organization’s fundraising with GlobalGiving’s Online Fundraising Academy, back by popular demand! A small cohort will be selected to participate in this two-month course, made up of nine online sessions about donor acquisition and retention, effective social media fundraising, fundraising analysis and evaluation, and successful campaign planning. The deadline to apply is Friday, February 7th.

Ambassador Program2013 Ambassadors

Apply to represent GlobalGiving in your country in 2014! Selected individuals will help to foster a non-profit community in their country by hosting workshops and information sessions, meet-ups of local GlobalGiving partners, and conducting in-country site visits and meetings. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 7th.

Leadership Council

Have ideas to improve GlobalGiving’s online fundraising platform? Apply for our Leadership Council, an advisory committee made up of representatives from our non-profit partners (like you!). The Leadership Council will participate in regular discussions online and the Leadership Council will meet via conference call twice a year to discuss important topics for GlobalGiving. Apply by Friday, March 7th.

Video Contest12 PLUS

Use GlobalGiving’s Video Contest to share your organization’s story! Five videos will be selected by an expert judge to be featured on GlobalGiving’s Facebook and Twitter. One grand prize winner will be featured in GlobalGiving’s donor communications (last year’s winner raised close to $6,000)! Videos must be 30 seconds to 3 minutes in length and they must be embedded on the GlobalGiving project page to qualify. Submissions are due Friday, March 7th.

Professional Storytelling Support

Need help telling your story? Apply to have GlobalGiving’s professional photographer, Angela Wu, visit your organization in 2014 to help capture the stories of impact in the communities that you serve through photographs, video, or short narratives.

Photo Contest

GlobalGiving’s fifth annual Photo Contest is a great way to grow your supporter base without asking for donations. You are invited to submit up to three photos between July 14 and July 25. Seventy-five photos will be selected by an expert judge for voting on GlobalGiving’s website between August 18 and August 29. The photo with the most votes at noon Washington, DC time on August 29 will be awarded a $1,000 bonus and will be featured on the GlobalGiving homepage for a full day! One runner-up from each of the remaining categories will be featured for a full day on the GlobalGiving homepage and will be highlighted though GlobalGiving’s social media.

December Campaign

The average American organization raises 30-40% of their annual income in the last several weeks of the year. The December campaign will be designed to help you take advantage of this tremendous fundraising opportunity! More details coming in 2014.

Holiday Fundraising Training – recording & slides

Posted by Alexis Nadin on November 14th, 2011

On Tuesday, November 8th GlobalGiving hosted a training on holiday fundraising. You can listen to the recording here. Read through the slides here.

The following blog posts provide an excellent summary of the information covered in the training:

GlobalGiving Holiday Promotions

Posted by Alexis Nadin on November 2nd, 2011

Competition for your donors’ attention and dollars is fierce at this time of the year. We want to help your organization stand out with some exciting holiday promotions.

Tribute Card Campaign$10,000 in bonus awards!

Did you know that donors can make donations to your project as gifts to friends and family? GlobalGiving will send the gift recipient an email, print-at-home, or physical tribute card. See an example of an email card here. It’s the third giving option under the orange “donate” button on every project page.

This holiday season, we’re giving away $10,000 in bonus awards to the top 15 projects with the most donors who make donations as gifts. This campaign gives your donors an extra incentive to give to your organization during the holiday season. The campaign launches at 12:01 am EST Wednesday, November 23rd and lasts through 11:59 pm EST December 31st.

Terms and Conditions:

  • $10,000 will be awarded in a total of 17 prizes
    • $1,500 will be awarded to the project will the most tribute card dollars
    • $500 will be awarded to 15 projects with the most unique donors giving tribute cards
    • An additional $1,000 will be awarded to the project with the most unique donors giving tribute cards
  • A project must have at least 10 unique tribute card donors to be eligible for bonus awards.
  • The campaign will begin on Wednesday, Nov 23 at 12:01 am EST and will end on Saturday,  Dec 31,  2011 at 11:59 pm EST (GMT-4);
  • Paper cards, print-at-home cards, and e-cards are all eligible to be included in the campaign;
  • Donations made on www.globalgiving.co.uk or any GlobalGiving corporate sites (including Nike, Global Action Atlas, etc) are NOT eligible for this campaign.
  • Only permanent GlobalGiving partners (not those participating in an Open Challenge) are eligible for this campaign.
  • Projects must be live on the GlobalGiving site by 5 pm EST on Tuesday, Nov. 22 to be included in this campaign.

PSST…As part of this exciting campaign, GlobalGiving will be launching e-cards that are branded for your project. Donors will be able to choose an email tribute card customized with your project’s main photo to send to family and friends.

Gifts for Good

Attract new donors to your project through our Gifts for Good campaign! Give away a gift—jewelry, scarves, and more—in exchange for donations of a certain amount ($25, $50, $75). Your gift will be visible in GlobalGiving’s Gifts for Good “store,” which will be featured in our holiday outreach. Use this opportunity to get your project in front of GlobalGiving’s 100,000 newsletter subscribers, 30,000 Twitter followers, and 28,000 Facebook fans.

Participating organizations are responsible for the gift fulfillment (including shipping and handling) of the gifts. GlobalGiving will provide you with the mailing addresses of participating donors. In exchange, you are required to mail (at your organization’s expense) the gifts to the donors. Only organizations based in the U.S or with volunteers in the U.S are eligible to participate.

Submit the Gifts for Good form by November 10th to participate. Email Alexis Nadin at anadin@globalgiving.org for more information.

Mobile Giving

Are you planning a holiday fundraising event? Use GlobalGiving’s text-to-give option to raise money for your GlobalGiving projects at the event! Your projects has its own specific keyword that people can text to donate $10 to your project. The $10-per-text donation is charged to the donor’s phone bill and the donation shows up immediately in our project entry system where you manage your donations.

Your text-to-give call-to action is: “Text GIVE <space> [PROJ. ID] to 80088 to give $10 to [PROJECT NAME] on GlobalGiving.” Wherever you include this call-to-action—brochures, slide show presentation, etc.—you MUST include the carrier compliance disclaimer verbatim visibly on the same page (see examples below).

Remember that text donations aren’t disbursed for about 3 months after they are made. You also do not receive names or contact information for your text-to-give donors. So think carefully about when mobile giving is the best donation option. Read more about mobile giving.

For messaging in print:
$10.00 donation to [PROJECT NAME] on GlobalGiving. Charges will appear on your wireless bill, or be deducted from your prepaid balance. All purchases must be authorized by account holder. Message and Data Rates May Apply. Text STOP to 80088 to STOP. Text HELP to 80088 for HELP. Full Terms: mGive.org/T. Privacy policy: goto.gg/privacy

  • This disclaimer must be in at least 12 pt font and not blend in with the background. IT must be viewable on the same page without scrolling.
  • “Help” and “Stop” language must be in bold
  • The Privacy policy and mGive.org/T hyperlinks must be active for web promotions

For announcements at events:
Strive to have a visual call-to-action with the full disclaimer visible during the event, but if it’s verbal only, please include: “Message and data rates may apply. Full terms at mGive.org/T”

Find the correct disclaimers for Facebook, Twitter, and other mediums here.

Want help developing your holiday fundraising strategy?

Join us on Tuesday, November 8th for our Holiday Fundraising Training or sign up for a one-on-one call with GlobalGiving to help plan your holiday fundraising strategy.

Date: Tuesday, November 8th
Times: 9 am EST (This time in your city) and 3 pm EST (This time in your city)
Webinar link: anymeeting.com/globalgiving1 *
*Audio will be available via the webinar link.
Sign up for a reminder.

Planning for success this holiday season

Posted by Alexis Nadin on November 2nd, 2011

Did you know that 33% of online giving happens in December?!

Why the flurry of online giving?

In the U.S., all tax deductible donations to non-profits must be made before the end of the year (Dec. 31st) to be eligible for deduction from that year’s taxes. December is also the month of popular American holidays, such as Christmas and Hanukkah. Last year, US retail e-commerce spending for the entire November – December 2010 holiday season reached a record $32.6 billion.

In the U.S, year-end fundraising traditionally begins the Monday after Thanksgiving (Nov. 28), otherwise known as Cyber Monday (which was the largest online spending day of 2010!) but it starts to ramp up for several weeks before. The fundraising seasons lasts until the end of the day on December 31st.

What should you do to get ready?

Make a strategy! Fundraising doesn’t just happen. You have to plan for it. Here are some basic tips for creating a holiday fundraising plan:

1) Set goals. Take a look at your holiday fundraising volume from last year. How much did you raise? How much do you need to raise this year? How much would you like to raise this year? How much do you think you can raise online? In checks? Via text-to-give? Give yourself a specific monetary and donor goal. You may even consider sharing your goals with your donors in your messaging.

2) Mobilize through a campaign. You won’t be the only organization fundraising this holiday season. You will be competing with other organizations for donations from your donors. Use a campaign to galvanize support. Looking for ideas? GlobalGiving has great holiday promotions going on this year. Read more here.

3) Create a communications calendar. Determine how you are going to communicate with your donors—email, Facebook, Twitter, etc.—and when. Think strategically about important dates in November and December:

Remember that you want to be present in your donors’ minds as they’re making giving decisions throughout the holiday season but without being annoying!

4) Develop your messaging. What are you going to say to stand out this holiday season? What photos are you going to show to introduce your donors to the people that they’re helping? What stories are you going to tell to help your donors understand the impact of your organization’s work?

Remember to keep your emails, project reports, and Facebook posts short and sweet. Make your messages about your beneficiaries—what they need and how your donors can help—not about you and your organization. Include a clear call to action and a link to your project page in each of your messages.

5) Evaluate your progress and prepare to be flexible. Why do you set goals? So that you can set benchmarks and evaluate your success. Set some time aside each week during the holiday season to evaluate your fundraising progress. Determine if you’re on track towards meeting your goals and, if not, what you need to do to meet your fundraising goals. Be prepared to be creative and to make last minute changes to your plan.

 

Want help developing your holiday fundraising strategy?

Join us on Tuesday, November 8th for our Holiday Fundraising Training or sign up for a one-on-one call with GlobalGiving to help plan your holiday fundraising strategy.

Date: Tuesday, November 8th
Times: 9 am EST (This time in your city) and 3 pm EST (This time in your city)
Webinar link: anymeeting.com/globalgiving1 *
*Audio will be available via the webinar link.
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