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Fundraising Experiments using your Analytics Dashboard

Posted by Alexis Nadin on July 28th, 2014

Earlier this year, GlobalGiving announced a new Analytics Dashboard– a feature designed to give you insight into your GlobalGiving project and report activity. Nick Hamlin, GlobalGiving’s Business Intelligence Analytst, joined us to talk about ways that organizations can use this tool to analyze their GlobalGiving activity and design experiments to improve communications and fundraising efforts.

Watch the webinar recording here. Check out a summary of the session below.

Why should you care about data?

Have you ever said to yourself “There’s never enough time, money, or resources to have the impact we’d like!” Well, with good data you’ll be able to make the greatest impact with the resources you DO have!

Running a non-profit organization is like driving a car

You only have one tank of fuel and limited time to arrive at destination. Without a map, you find yourself driving around lost and in search of your destination. That wastes time and gas! With a map, you have a clear path to get where you need to go as quickly and efficiently as possible!

Data is like a map. It will help your organization work effectively and use their resources efficiently. It can help you see where you need to go, how to get there as quickly as you can, and help you use your resources as efficiently as possible.

Use your Analytics Dashboard to analyze your fundraisingAnalytics dashboard link

Access your Analytics Dashboard from the Project Entry System dashboard. See a complete summary of the information that is available in the Analytics Dashboard here. Visit your Analytics Dashboard here.

Design an experiment to identify areas for increased potential

  1. Identify a specific metric that you would like to improve—time on project page, number or project reports opened, etc.
  2. Formulate a hypothesis using an “if à then”  statement
  3. Make one specific, isolated change to your project or your next report on GlobalGiving– such as replacing the main photo, changing the title, or trying something new with the subject line. It is best to make these changes one at a time, so you can isolate what factor is responsible for an increase or decrease in your metrics.

Example 1

Hypothesis: If I make a change to my project page, visitors will stay on it longer.

Steps:

  1. Make a change to your project page. Try not to do this during other campaigns so you can make sure that the difference in results you gather are due to that change and not due to the campaign.
  2. Use the slider to compare the average time on the page before you made the change to after you made the change by examining different time periods

Example: Make a change to project page on February 14th

Result: You can see that the average time on page has increased after you made the change – showing that the change you made was successful at holding donor’s attention for longer!

example 1Example 2

Hypothesis: If we do an outreach campaign via Facebook, more people will donate to our project through Facebook than in the past.

Steps:

  1. Start reaching out to supporters on Facebook
  2. Use the slider to compare your top donation sources before and after the campaign. Does the proportion of Facebook donors increase?

Example: Same time of year, different strategy

Result: You can see that the number of donors who arrived at your project page by Facebook has increased by a significant amount. Reaching out to people by Facebook was a success!

example 2Example 3

Hypothesis: My last report didn’t get a very good open rate. If I change the tone of my subject line, more people will open my report.

Steps:

  1. When you send your next report, include a subject line that gives people a concrete or intriguing reason to open your report.
  2. Compare the open rates for each report as a percentage of how many people received the message to see if your subject line helped.

Example: Let’s try a better subject line

Result: You can see that the open rate nearly doubled with the more exciting, more informative subject line! A future experiment could be trying to increase the click through rate by offering multiple links to the GlobalGiving page throughout the email, or by making the report as engaging and inspiring as possible.

example 3Got ideas? Now it’s your turn to start creating hypotheses and experiments to improve your fundraising on GlobalGiving. Share your experiments, results, and learnings on the Project Leader Facebook group.

If you have any questions, please email us at projecthelp@globalgiving.org.

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Get Effectivness Points for watching this recording!

You even get credit on your Effectiveness Dashboard for listening to webinars! So everyone who listens to this webinar, even the recording of it, will receive a point for “Listen.” Again, the link to the webinar recording: https://www.anymeeting.com/WebConference-beta/RecordingDefault.aspx?c_psrid=EF58DC85834F

Day 2 Recap – Summit on Social Media and Online Giving

Posted by Alexis Nadin on July 15th, 2014
Jai Bhujwala, VP, Online & Retail Giving, GiveIndia

Jai Bhujwala, VP, Online & Retail Giving, GiveIndia

Did you miss GlobalGiving’s Summit on Social Media and Online Giving in New Delhi? Don’t worry! We’ve provided a brief recap of the second day, which focused on strategies and techniques for raising funds online. Check out the Twitter conversation and the event photos online.

Online Community & Social Fundraising: India 2.0Session Presentation

Jai Bhujwala, VP, Online & Retail Giving, GiveIndia
Fundraising has evolved with the invention of the internet. Is it no longer a one-way effort of gathering contributions by soliciting donations. Instead, Fundraising 2.0 is an effort to empower your supporters to raise funds using their networks and communities. Jai shares GiveIndia’s tips for harnessing the power of this new phenomenon to raise funds for your organization.

Corporate Engagement in India

Shefali Arora, Account Planner, Google IndiaSession Presentation

Namrata Rana, Director, FuturescapeSession Presentation

Moderator: Courtney Eskew, Senior Partner Services Associate, GlobalGiving

Panel Discussion: Corporate Engagement in India

Panel Discussion: Corporate Engagement in India

What can happen when the interests of companies and nonprofits collide? Shefali Arora shared five exciting ways that Google is working with NGOs in India and around the world including the Global Impact Awards, GooglersGive, GoogleServe, The NGO Consultant, and Google Ad Grants. Namrata Rana spoke about an exciting new law in India that requires Indian companies to donate 2% of their net profits to Indian NGOs.

Turning Volunteers into Long-Term AdvocatesSession Presentation

Vishal Talreja, CEO & Co-Founder, Dream a Dream
Dream a Dream has successfully engaged hundreds of volunteers over the past several years, including hundreds of corporate volunteers who have become lasting advocates for the organization. Vishal shared insights about the volunteer lifecycle that he has seen at Dream a Dream and provided tips for developing a volunteer engagement strategy.

Building Lasting Donor Relationships

Nandita Mishra, Director of Programs, South Asian Fund Raising Group (SAFRG) – Session Presentation

Priyanka Singh, Chief Executive, Seva Mandir – Session Presentation

Elsa Varghese, Officer – Grants and Communications, Mumbai Mobile Creches – Session Presentation

Moderator: Neeharika Tummala, India Field Representative, GlobalGiving

Attracting donors is one thing, but getting them to continue give is a whole new challenge. Panelists shared their organizations’ secrets to engaging long-term donors: developing a strong donor stewardship plan, building meaningful relationships, showing recognition and appreciation, and communicating impact regularly.

K. Thiagarajan, Agastya International Foundation on Effective Campaign Fundraising

K. Thiagarajan, Agastya International Foundation on Effective Campaign Fundraising

Effective Campaign Fundraising

K. Thiagarajan, Chief of Operations, Agastya International Foundation – Session Presentation

Vasumathi Sriganesh, Founder/CEO, QMed Knowledge Foundation – Session Presentation

Shalia Brijnath, Chairman, Aasraa Trust – Session Presentation

Moderator: Michael Gale, Senior Program Manager, GlobalGiving

These panelists have raised lakhs of rupees from one-month fundraising campaigns! Shaila Brijnath reminded us that if you don’t ask, people won’t give. She talked about the power of hard work and passion in developing a fundraising campaign. K. Thiagarajan shared how to develop a successful campaign strategy and how to leverage trusted donor relationships. Vasumathi Sriganesh wrapped up the session with a discussion about overcoming challenges in online fundraising.

How to Tell Compelling Stories OnlineSession Presentation

GlobalGiving Team at the end of the Summit

GlobalGiving Team at the end of the Summit

Kyla Johnson, Communications Associate, Educate Girls

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but a powerful story is priceless. Kyla Johnson shared how Educate Girls uses inspiring stories and reports to motivate donors to give. She provided practical tips for telling engaging stories that keep your network engaged.

Question or comments? Keep the conversation going using the hashtag #SMG14 on Twitter.

Day 1 Recap – Summit on Social Media and Online Giving

Posted by Alexis Nadin on July 15th, 2014

Did you miss GlobalGiving’s Summit on Social Media and Online Giving in New Delhi? Don’t worry! We’ve provided a brief recap of the first day, which focused on using social media to further your cause online, below. Check out the Twitter conversation and the event photos online.

Mobilizing Youth: Transforming Dialogue to ActionSession presentation

Ritu Sharma on Social Media Strategy

Ritu Sharma on Social Media Strategy

Samyak Chakrabarty, Managing Director, Electronic Youth Media Group & Chief Youth Marketer, DDB Mudra Group
India’s youth aren’t waiting for change to happen – the time is now. How can NGOs leverage the energy of today’s engaged youth to strengthen their organizations and ultimately make a difference both on and offline? Samyak Chakrabarty, one of India’s foremost experts on youth engagement and marketing, shared insights based on his research on youth in India.

Social Media Strategy: How to Think About Social Media as Part of an Integrated Market Strategy – Session Presentation

Ritu Sharma, Director and Co-Founder, Social Media for Nonprofits
Social media presents new and exciting opportunities for NGOs to advance their missions, raise much-needed funds, and mobilize huge bases of support, but how exactly can NGO leaders harness its potential? Ritu proposed a four step plan: identify your audience; recruit supporters; engage your audience; and activate your superfans.

Deepa Saptnaker on LinkedIn for NGOs

Deepa Saptnaker on LinkedIn for NGOs

LinkedIn for NGOs - Session Presentation

Deepa Saptnaker, Head of Communications – India & Hong Kong
More than 26 million Indian professionals and hundreds of millions of individuals around the globe use LinkedIn to facilitate meaningful connections, making it the world’s largest professional networking site. Is your organization using LinkedIn to connect with volunteers, board members, new staff, and supporters on LinkedIn? Deepa Saptnaker shared best practices for strengthening your organization’s brand, building and engaging your network, and leveraging your networks on LinkedIn. Learn more about nonprofits.linkedin.com.

Drive Change with Online Advertising: Google Ad GrantsSession Presentation

Mohita Mathur, Google-Give Team, Google
More than 14,000 organizations are using Google Ad Grants globally to drive change using online advertising. This program provides eligible nonprofits, ranging in scope and focus from healthcare to arts and culture, with free advertising via Google AdWords to attract volunteers and supporters online. Indian nonprofits can learn more about http://www.google.co.in/grants/apply.html.

Measuring What Matters: Do-It-Yourself Analytics with Syed Khalid Jamal

Measuring What Matters: Do-It-Yourself Analytics with Syed Khalid Jamal

Measuring What Matters: Do-It-Yourself AnalyticsSession Presentation

Syed Khalid Jamal, Digital Communications Manager, U.S. Department of State’s Education USA Program
We gather data to determine what is effective and to improve our efficiency. Data helps us fix what’s broken and it helps us find our advocates, ambassadors, and heroes online. Syed shared what to measure—reach, engagement, competitive data, sentiment, and conversions—and how.

Creating a Movement Through Social MediaSession Presentation

Lavanya Madhyanam, National Development Associate, Teach for India
More than 470,000 people have joined Teach for India’s movement via social media. Using campaigns on Facebook and Twitter, Teach for India is sparking an important conversation about education in India and engaging a large network of fellows, donors, and supporters. Lavanya shared tips for building a brand on social media.

Experiments in Mobile: The Next FrontierSession Presentation

Priyanka Batra, Former Presdient – Delhi, Make a Difference, Anshal Jain, Delhi Fundraising Team, Make a Difference

That piece of metal in your back pocket can help you do a lot more than make calls – it can be a transformative instrument for social change. Make A Difference shared their mobile application, Donut, which they designed to engage Indian youth.

Panel Discussion: Turning Failure into Success

Panel Discussion: Turning Failure into Success

Turning Failure into Success

Sonali khan, Vice President & India country Director, Breakthrough
Tejas Patel, coordinator – Digital Partnerships, Amnesty International, India
Anshu Gupta, Founder and Director, GOONJ
Moderator: Shabnam Aggarwal, CEO, Perspectful Advisors
When we talk about failure, it’s often in the context of what we did wrong. But it’s important to see failure as just a stepping stone on the path to success. In this session, leaders in prominent Indian organizations Amnesty International, Breakthrough, and GOONJ shared how their organizations have embraced opportunities to learn and grow from failure and created a “failure-friendly” culture that encourages experimentation.

Question or comments? Keep the conversation going using the hashtag #SMG14 on Twitter.

Top Take Aways from Summit on Social Media and Online Giving

Posted by Alexis Nadin on July 15th, 2014
Rita Soni, CEO, NASSCOM Foundation

Rita Soni, CEO, NASSCOM Foundation

The GlobalGiving team was thrilled to host our first ever two-day Summit on Social Media and Online Giving in New Delhi at the beginning of July. The event was presented in collaboration with Social Media for Nonprofits, the premiere global event series on social media for social good.

I think Deepa Ranganathan put it well when she said:

@SinfullyAlive: It’s unbelievable and inspiring to be in the company of such changemakers representing orgs doing incredible work doing what they do #SMG14

More than 150 nonprofit professionals and fundraising and communications practitioners came from all over India and South Asia to learn how to collaborate to find ways to tackle their funding needs and further their causes using online tools and social media.

Weren’t able to join the Summit? Don’t worry! Here are some important take aways from the event’s Twitter conversation. See the complete Twitter conversation at http://bit.ly/1j0j9Pk . Stay tuned for a summary of Day 1 and 2 coming soon on the Tools & Training Blog

Participants engaged in group discussion

Participants engaged in group discussion

@socialgoodR: Want to have great campaign fundraising? Communication is the key. #smg14#ngopic.twitter.com/ZXQarrqag4

‏@sudeshna09: Use #scheduling tools like #HootSuite to keep your #twitter#engagement regular even while you’re traveling – @ritusharma1#sm4np#SMG14

@ritusharma1: People give from heart, not from rational thinking, communicate impact & use compelling positive images. #smg14 pic.twitter.com/pkkedhXMj4

@sudeshna09:  “Do not refrain from evoking #emotional response from #audience”: Kyla Johnson @educategirls on #storytelling #SMG14 pic.twitter.com/AAsPtF1iOf

@marcmaxson:  13% of donors leave bc they aren’t thanked within first 48hrs… Wow. NGOs thank your donors! #realtalk #SMG14 @KBradd @sudeshna09

@priyakamal: #SMG14 Make the #donate button on ur org website most visible

@socialgoodR: New @CSR law in India means potentially billions of rupees will now be available from the nation’s most profitable co’s. #SMG14

@fattechy: If you do not ask, people will not give, says shalia brijnath of @AasraaTrust on effective #campaign#fundraising #SMG14

Question or comments? Keep the conversation going using the hashtag #SMG14 on Twitter.

Securing Monthly Donations Online – Recurring Donations

Posted by Sylvia Lorenzini on June 30th, 2014

Webinar link: https://www.anymeeting.com/WebConference-beta/RecordingDefault.aspx?c_psrid=EF57D781824B

Guest speaker: Chris Hines, from Apopo US

Why do recurring donations matter?

Because they are a consistent and reliable source of income! Recurring donors are your most loyal supporters. Once a donor signs up, they give on average for 8 consecutive months, and the main cause of cancelation is expired credit cards.

A little background on Apopo

Apopo trains rats to detect landmines and TB in Tanzania and Mozambique. Their Adopt a HeroRAT campaign where donors could “adopt” a rat was starting to stagnate. Donors would get updates and pictures, but no interaction or social media engagement. So, Apopo launched a new recurring donation experience with myapopo.org, a personalized, engaging platform for donors.

apopo

Experimenting to increase recurring donations!

-Testing on the website homepage

  • Support button – changed the color, background, and added small animation to the button and found that it drew more clicks and a higher percentage of website visits
  • “Help us save lives” banner – moved up the banner higher on the homepage and received more clicks and more donations

-Testing on donation page

  • Donation pictures – saw increase in recurring donations when switched the Adopt image. Always test new images to see which ones attract the most clicks
  • Donation amounts – track how many donations received for the amounts and descriptions given
  • Default to monthly donation instead of annual donation – Focus more on monthly donations and had more engagement and less cancellation
  • Put video on page to better explain recurring donations
  • Added other currencies to donation pages to make it easier for more donors to give
  • Got feedback that PayPal page discouraged donors from giving. Made changes and got a higher completion rate for recurring donations

-Testing communication frequency

  • Allow donors to choose how frequently they want to get emails – give more options to customize for donors
  • FB sharing link on top right – to make donors feel comfortable sharing stories on FB, Apopo provided examples of what stories will be shared that has increased FB sharing among donors

-Testing subject lines

  • Fun, mysterious, unique subject lines got higher open and click through rates

Lessons learned

  • Plan campaigns well in advance and know when communications are going out
  • Inspire, motivate and engage donors so they feel more involved and get others to join
  • Bring in more interactive, fun elements
  • Reward recurring donors with exclusive content – make donors feel like they’re getting something in return
  • Keep testing!

How much did experimentation cost? The A/B testing that Apopo did cost only Chris’ time. There are a lot of free tools you can use to do A/B testing including tools on GlobalGiving and on Optimizely.

How GlobalGiving Doubled Recurring Donations

GlobalGiving experimented with different calls-to-action to get one-time donors to upgrade to monthly recurring donations. Here are the three types of calls-to-action GlobalGiving put on donor’s shopping cart pages:

-          Simple call to action

-          Call-to-action offering different match percentages for new recurring donations

-          A group offer, so the more people who upgraded got a higher match percentage

We found that the group offer with the 75% match drove the highest number of upgrades.

Here’s a blogpost explaining more on how we doubled recurring donations on our site: http://tools.blog.globalgiving.org/2012/07/31/how-to-double-your-recurring-donations/

What did we learn?

Never Settle! Always keep experimenting to improve your fundraising. Run your own recurring donation experiments. Look at how you communicate with your recurring donors. And take advantage of week-long recurring donation matching opportunities on GlobalGiving.

 

All the best,

Jen Masutani

 

Improve your fundraising with GlobalGiving Analytics

Posted by Alexis Nadin on May 15th, 2014

You asked and we delivered! Based on your feedback, GlobalGiving has developed the Analytics Dashboard, a new feature designed to provide insight into your GlobalGiving project and report activity. Check it out here to see how many people are visiting your project pages, reading your project reports, and donating.

Why is data important?

Your organization is providing lifesaving services and advocating for world-changing causes and I bet you’re doing it all with limited staff and financial resources. That’s why data is so crucial to your organization’s decision making! Data allows you to determine how to best allocate your precious time and resources. It makes it possible to maximize the effectiveness of your communications and campaigns to generate more funds for your work. With data, you can set more accurate fundraising goals and measure progress so you can maximize funds to support your mission.

Analytics Dashboard Guide – Visit your Analytics Dashboard here.

Analytics 2The Analytics Dashboard includes the following information:

Date Range: Data is available since the beginning of your account with GlobalGiving! Use the slider to set the date range that you would like to view.

Number of donations: The total number of donations received during the selected period of time.

Number of pageviews: The total number of times your project(s) was loaded on a device during the specified period of time.

Average time on page: The average amount of time that a user spent on your project page(s) before clicking away. Average based on pageviews during the specified period of time.

Number of donations: All the donations received in the selected period of time. (more…)

How to Collect Stories from Your Community

Posted by Alexis Nadin on May 5th, 2014

Last week, GlobalGivng staff Britt Lake, Marc Maxson, and Sarah Hennessy held a webinar on the recently announced Storytelling Fund. We reviewed some definitions and background on feedback, learned more about using the Storytelling Tool, and finally learning about applying to the Storytelling Fund.

Watch the recording here.

What is Feedback? Why is it important?

Collecting feedback is an important way for you to gather information from your community to improve the services you offer to your beneficiaries or constituents. Closing feedback loops helps you move beyond simply collecting data in community surveys- by acting on that information, and communicating those actions back to your constituents, you can engage your community in a more impactful cycle of learning and improving your work. You’ve heard us talking about listening, acting, and learning- closing a feedback loop helps your organization do all three.

Collecting and acting on feedback from your constituents is analogous to conducting consumer satisfaction surveys in a for-profit setting. These surveys help businesses measure their performance and adjust their activities accordingly. The same principle applies to collecting feedback from the community in which you work. This type of “bottom-up” information helps you adjust your programming to ensure that you are meeting the needs of your community, and amplifying your impact as much as possible.

There are a variety of effective ways to collect and act on feedback- and, with the new GG Effectiveness Dashboard, we are giving you credit for doing it! One method of collecting feedback from your community is through the GG Storytelling Tool. This tool guides you through the collection of stories from your community about the issues that they find most pressing, and then helps you analyze that qualitative data in order to help you discover how best adjust your programming. In short, this tool helps you make sense of a large amount of qualitative information (stories) by turning it into quantitative information (like more traditional M&E approaches).

What is the GG Storytelling Tool?

So how does the tool work? Here’s what the Storytelling Cycle looks like:

Storytelling lifecycle

Find information on the tool, as well as a step-by-step guide, here.

After building your storytelling form online, you can train a group of volunteers to take those forms into your community (using a computer or via paper) and collect stories. We call these volunteers “scribes”. We have found that using volunteers from your organization, rather than staff, can help in obtaining the least biased and most helpful stories. Remember, you should not just collect stories from your direct beneficiaries, but also look to your community at large for feedback. While it may seem like your direct beneficiaries would give you the best information about your programming, the most useful feedback will actually be both from those closest to your work, as well as those tangentially affected: parents, neighbors, and friends of your direct beneficiaries, who are all, in one way or another, effected by your organization. (more…)

Apply for Professional Storytelling Support

Posted by Katherine Sammons on May 5th, 2014

 

GlobalGiving is excited to offer a new storytelling support program! GlobalGiving’s Angela Wu will visit an organization in August to help capture stories of impact through photographs, video, or short narratives. Angela is a professional photographer and has her own photography company, Mustard Tights. Stories, whether visual, oral, or written, capture an audience and succinctly show the work and impact of your organization. Storytelling isn’t just about posting a photo on Facebook, rather, storytelling is intentional and creates lasting connections. Click here to learn three reasons why nonprofits should practice storytelling. Learn more about the application below and apply today!

Angela Wu

Angela Wu

Application Highlights          

Due Date:  June 13, 2014

Application: Click here 

Selection Date: July 3, 2014

 

Please send questions about the application or program  to ksammons@globalgiving.org. Thank you!

 

Online Fundraising Academy: Fundraising Evaluation and Analysis

Posted by Alexis Nadin on May 1st, 2014

kaylanKaylan Christofferson, GlobalGiving’s Business Intelligence Analyst, joined us for the final session of the 2014 Online Fundraising Academy to talk about Fundraising Evaluation and Analysis. Kaylan and her team support GlobalGiving in financial goal setting and benchmarking and lead the charge in tracking annual progress and evaluating year-end results. She is responsible for compiling a weekly analysis of site activity and donations. She discussed the value of goal-setting and ongoing monitoring of fundraising activities and provided concrete tips to get started!

Session recording: https://www.anymeeting.com/WebConference-beta/RecordingDefault.aspx?c_psrid=EF56DA888348  

Session notes:

Fundraising Analysis

WHO should be using data to drive fundraising strategy?

  • If your organization has limited resources and if your organization is working for an important cause (which should be everyone!), you should be looking at data.
  • With limited resources, you need to use resources as efficiently as possible. 
  • If working for important cause, data can help to maximize effectiveness to generate more funds for your work

AdWords-Best-Practice_Loves-DataWHY should we use data?

  • Data analysis is using the numbers to help guide your actions, set fundraising goals, and measure progress so you can maximize funds to support your mission
  • When resources are limited, using your time efficiently and effectively is even more important!
  • Example: Look at time spent on different fundraising activities to compare how effective each activity is. Can see that board outreach is more time-efficient. This is not saying that you should only focus on your most efficient activity, but this can help you be more efficient and help you stay on track with your fundraising goals.

Fundraising Activity

Time Spent on Activity

Total Donations from Activity

Email outreach

10 hours

$1,000

Board outreach

3 hours

$1,000

Social media

5 hours

$300

WHEN should you use data to set goals?

  1. Before a particular fundraising campaign or event
  2. Annual strategic planning and throughout the year

Example 1: Set a goal before a particular campaign/event – Bonus Day

How much money can your organization raise on Bonus Day? (more…)

Online Fundraising Academy: Donor-Centered Retention Strategy

Posted by Alexis Nadin on April 24th, 2014

CCA_Brochure_6We were fortunate to have David Schaeffer, the Vice President of Development at the Children’s Cancer Association, join us for the eighth session of the Online Fundraising Academy! David has close to twenty years of fundraising experience, having worked in development for multiple organizations including Make A Wish Foundation, the American Cancer Society, and now, the Children’s Cancer Association. He is joining the Academy for the second year in a row to share his organization’s donor-centered approach to retention.

Watch the session recording here.

Session notes:

Children’s Cancer Association – A nonprofit based in Portland that provides support and joy to children with cancer and their families

Donor Retention – measure of how many donors continue to donate to your organization

  • High retention rate means you have a strong base of donors – the longer donors give, the more likely they will continue to give
  • Low retention rate means you have to keep finding new donors – difficult and expensive, not an effective use of money or time
  • This study Fundraising Effectiveness Project (FEP) found that:
    • Between 2006 and 2011, donor retention rates decreased by about 10%
    • Overall donor retention was 39% in 2012, down from 41% in 2011
    • Repeat donor retention was 61%
    • New donor retention was only 23%
    • Attrition eating into ability to retain donors – For every 100 donors gained, organizations lost 105 donors

Some causes of donor attrition

  • They have no memory of supporting the organization – make sure they know where they’re money is going; connect back to the mission
  • The organization asked for an inappropriate amount – create gift arrays starting with your organization’s average donation amount (the amount your donors like to give)
  • They were not reminded to give again – reach out to people at least 2x year to give them a chance to give
  • They didn’t feel connected – help them understand why they give
  • The organization didn’t tell them how donations were used

Ways to increase donor retention

  • Know who donors are, metrics, donor analysis for communications
  • 91 days is the lapsed period – if you don’t reach out to donors 91 days after their initial donation, you’ll most likely lose them. Need to acknowledge them right away.
  • Personalize your communication – build one-on-one relationships
  • Show donors how their funds help you achieve your mission
  • Send thank you letters
    • Be brief, personal
    • Include a story of a beneficiary, how donor dollars are being used, and give them a chance to contact you
    • Don’t ask for another gift – donor may not see it as a sincere thank you
  • Segment your communication to donors
    • Send specific communications to certain groups of donors (making sure it’s personalized)
    • Segment by past giving, zip code, age – send emails to people it’s most relevant to
  • Create a donor stewardship moves management plan

CCA Acknowledgment Standards
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