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Celebrating our best year yet

Posted by Alexis Nadin on January 8th, 2015

It’s official! 2014 was GlobalGiving’s best year yet. More than 1,800 organizations raised more than $32 million from individual and corporate donations this past year—wow!

So, before we begin the hustle and bustle of the New Year, we want to pause to say thank YOU. Thank you for the amazing work that you are doing here in the U.S. and in 149 countries around the world. In 2014, you gave hundreds of children a life-changing education in Kenya, Peru, and Afghanistan. You provided crucial healthcare in Liberia, India, and Guatemala. You empowered communities in Cambodia, South Africa, and the Philippines to be financially sustainable. And so much more.

To recognize your great work on and off GlobalGiving, we have put together the 2014 Superlative Awards! Check out the ‘best of 2014’ here.

Superlatives 2014

Your world-changing work inspired more than 60,000 donors to give in 2014!  Your quarterly reports, openness, and transparency gave our 60 corporate partners the confidence to invest in your GlobalGiving projects. Check out some exciting stats from 2014.

2014 in Numbers

  • More than $32 million was donated to projects through GlobalGiving. That’s a 45% increase from the year before!
  • Our Product and Business Development Teams continued to work hard to drive traffic to the site—we had 3 million visitors in 2014!
  • 60,000 individuals made donations on GlobalGiving in 2014. And 52% of donors chose to add-on a portion of GlobalGiving’s fee to their donation, helping to direct more dollars to your projects!
  • Thanks to corporate partners like VMware and EMC, we sent out more than $2.4 million in gift cards in December alone (gift cards can be redeemed on any GlobalGiving project!);
  • Monthly recurring donation volume on the site continued to increase. We processed $1.66 million in monthly recurring donations, that’s 18% more than 2013!
  • 60 companies gave a whopping $22.7 million through cause-marketing, grants management, gift card, and employee giving programs with GlobalGiving in 2014! That’s almost $10 million more than last year.

Blown away? The growth that we experienced in 2014 was no coincidence. The team at GlobalGiving worked hard to attract new donors, develop and manage valuable corporate partnerships, and provide you with a better user experience and more opportunities to reach out to your own networks.

Here are some highlights:

  • Our mission is not only to help you access more funding, but also to connect you to information, ideas, and tools so you can be a more effective organization. So, in 2014, GlobalGiving launched our new Effectiveness Dashboard to help your organization listen, act, and learn on and off GlobalGiving. Visit your organization’s Effectiveness Dashboard and check out our new effectiveness tools!
  • GlobalGiving continued to facilitate Microsoft’s YouthSpark initiative on GlobalGiving, making it possible for GlobalGiving Leaders and Superstars providing education, job training, and entrepreneurship opportunities to youth to benefit from incredible matching opportunities. Microsoft offered $350,000 in matching funds to eligible GlobalGiving partners on #GivingTuesday in December. More than 200 projects raised $530,000 (not including matching) in one day!
  • Last year, GlobalGiving’s representatives visited 300 of GlobalGiving’s partners in the field. Site visits make it possible for GlobalGiving to better advocate for our partners in conversations with donors and corporate partners. These visits also help us strengthen our relationships with you, our partners!
  • In 2014, we doubled down on what you told us that you wanted most: Bonus Days. We offered $345,000 in matching funds to all GlobalGiving partners—that’s $145,000 more than the year before! Our partners raised more than $1.5 million in our four Bonus Days and our Year-End Campaign.
  • GlobalGiving has raised more than $3 million to combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. We are working closely with more than 20 organizations to support local response efforts. Time and time again we’ve found that after a disaster, locally driven organizations are best positioned to respond to the nuanced needs of their communities, and they are the ones most likely to bring about lasting recovery in the area.

Ok, so 2014 was amazing but 2015 is going to be even better!

We are excited to share our 2015 Campaign Calendar. Take some time to explore and identify promotions that are right for your organization.

Want to learn more about our 2015 calendar?

Join us for a webinar on Wednesday, January 14th for an overview of our fundraising campaigns and promotions taking place in 2015. We’ll equip you with strategies for successful fundraising in the New Year.

Date: Wednesday, January 14

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.

Haiyan Recovery 100% Matching Campaign

Posted by Alexis Nadin on October 10th, 2014

We are excited to announce GlobalGiving will be offering a 100% match for all projects supporting recovery after Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.  The match will begin on 00:00:01 PHT on November 8 (see what time this is in your city) and end when matching funds run out.

The Haiyan Match Campaign is running concurrently on the GlobalGiving.org and GlobalGiving.co.uk websites! This is a fantastic opportunity for all eligible partners to gain additional funding, gain more exposure, and offer your UK & US supporters a direct and relevant way to give to your project while also gaining country-specific tax benefits. If your projects are not currently on both globalgiving.org and GlobalGiving UK, now is the perfect time to cross post!

If your project is currently listed on globalgiving.org and you would like to cross post your project to GlobalGiving UK‘s site, let us know here.

If your project is currently listed on globalgiving.org and you would like to cross post your project to globalgiving.org, let us know here.

The US & UK campaigns will start at the same time, however please note that there are different match funding pots available, different leaderboards (found on the GlobalGiving.org and GlobalGiving.co.uk websites respectively), and different terms and conditions

To make things a bit simpler, we have created a quick comparison table of the two campaigns to help with your campaign planning and communications.  The full terms and conditions for each campaign are included below.

HAIYAN MATCH CAMPAIGN Receive donations in the UK Receive donations in the US
Eligible projects Projects listed on GlobalGiving.co.uk by 1st November that are working on relief or recovery efforts related to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines are eligible for these matching funds. Projects listed on GlobalGiving.org by 1st November that are working on relief or recovery efforts related to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines are eligible for these matching funds.
Match Available £25,000 (i.e. $40,000) $100,000
Match  100% 100%
Max donation value per donor £600 $500
Max match funding per project £12,500 $20,000
Start date / time November 7, 2014 16:00:01 PM GMT November 7, 2014 11:00:01 AM EST
Tax relief Donations from UK tax payers are eligible for Gift Aid (25% extra on your donation for your chosen charity project). Gift Aid is not matched. GlobalGiving UK claim Gift Aid on a monthly basis. Donations made on globalgiving.org can only be claimed as a tax deductible contribution on United States tax returns.
Donation method Online donations – credit card, debit card, PayPal, CAF Online, Official Gift Cards Online donations – credit card, PayPal, CAF Online, Official Gift Cards
Where to send people Use your project link or project widget on globalgiving.co.uk Use your project link or project widget on globalgiving.org

 

GlobalGiving Haiyan Matching Terms and Conditions

Please note: These Terms and Conditions relate to the GlobalGiving campaign on globalgiving.org; please refer to the GlobalGiving UK Terms and Conditions on globalgiving.co.uk separately.

  • The Haiyan Matching Campaign begins at 11:00:01 AM EST (Nov 8, 2014 00:00:01 AM PHT) on November 7, 2014 and ends when the matching funds run out.
  • There is $100,000 in matching funds on GlobalGiving.
  • Only organizations that are working on relief or recovery efforts related to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines are eligible for these matching funds.
  • Projects that are located in the Philippines, but not working on Haiyan relief- and recovery-related issues, are not eligible for this matching campaign.
  • Projects must be approved and live on the globalgiving.org website by November 1, 2014 to be eligible.
  • Matching is applied at 100% up to $1,000 per donor per project during the campaign on GlobalGiving.
  • GlobalGiving will match up to $20,000 per project.
  • Only donations made by unique donors per project will be matched. Unique donors are determined using numerous criteria, including name, email address, credit card number, mailing address, and IP address. We are monitoring these and other parameters in our system to ensure that only unique, distinct donors are counted.
  • Only online donations made by credit card, PayPal, or a GlobalGiving official gift card are eligible for matching. Donations made by check or text-to-give are not eligible.
  • We encourage you to get donations in early because matching funds may run out quickly.
  • Please note that GlobalGiving will monitor and review all donations made through this matching offer.
  • Online donations made using PayPal or credit card must be made by the credit card holder or PayPal account holder.
  • GlobalGiving maintains the right to make a final decision on all matters concerning the allocation of matching funds.
  • Please note that all donations are final. GlobalGiving cannot change the time, date, or status of a donation after it is processed for any reason.
  • GlobalGiving is a registered nonprofit in the United States. Donations made on globalgiving.org can only be claimed as a tax deductible contribution on United States tax returns.
  • GlobalGiving charges a 15% fulfillment fee on donations but works to keep the fees you pay as low as possible while providing you great services and resources. During the Haiyan Matching Campaign the fulfillment fee only applies to the initial donation. The fulfillment fee does not apply to the match. The fee covers all transactional charges such as credit card fees, as well as helps cover the costs we incur to promote organizations and projects, provide them with fundraising training and tools, and maintain and improve our online technology in order to keep you connecting with new donors. With our add-on option, we also offer the donor the opportunity to make an additional donation to cover the fee.
  • GlobalGiving reserves the right to approve all projects included in the campaign ahead of time.
  • Only donations made at www.globalgiving.org are eligible for this matching, while funds remain. Donations made on any GlobalGiving corporate sites (including Nike, Eli Lilly, Global Action Atlas, etc) are NOT eligible for matching. Match funding available on GlobalGiving UK will be used up separately to GlobalGiving, so check GlobalGiving UK’s leaderboard if you would like to make a matched donation through GlobalGiving UK’s site.
  • PLEASE NOTE – Haiyan Matching Campaign is running concurrently on GlobalGiving and GlobalGiving UK. The UK & US campaigns are managed separately. Match funding available in each campaign, and the Terms and Conditions and web link to donate in UK or US differ. There is $100,000 available in matching on GlobalGiving and £25,000 matching available on GlobalGiving UK. Please also refer to the Haiyan Matching Terms and Conditions on GlobalGiving UK for that campaign – terms are different to these GlobalGiving UK Terms. Please monitor each site separately to determine whether matching funds are remaining.

Haiyan Matching GlobalGiving UK Terms and Conditions

Please note: These Terms and Conditions relate to the GlobalGiving UK campaign; please refer to the GlobalGiving.org Terms and Conditions separately.

  • The GlobalGiving UK Haiyan Matching Campaign begins at 16:00:01 PM GMT (Nov 8, 2014 00:00:01 AM PHT) on November 7, 2014 and ends when the matching funds run out.
  • There is £25,000 in matching funds on GlobalGiving.co.uk.
  • Only organisations that are working on relief or recovery efforts related to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines are eligible for these matching funds.
  • Projects that are located in the Philippines, but not working on Haiyan relief- and recovery-related issues, are not eligible for this matching campaign.
  • Projects must be approved and live on the globalgiving.co.uk website by November 1, 2014 to be eligible for this campaign.
  • Matching is applied at 100% up to £600 per donor per project during the campaign on GlobalGiving.co.uk.
  • GlobalGiving UK will match up to £12,500 per project.
  • Only donations made by unique donors per project will be matched. Unique donors are determined using numerous criteria, including name, email address, credit card number, mailing address, and IP address. We are monitoring these and other parameters in our system to ensure that only unique, distinct donors are counted.
  • Only online donations made by credit card, debit card, PayPal, CAF Online or a GlobalGiving official gift card are eligible for matching on GlobalGiving.co.uk. Donations made by cheque or via JustGiving are not eligible.
  • We encourage you to get donations in early because matching funds may run out quickly.
  • Please note that GlobalGiving will monitor and review all donations made through this matching offer.
  • Online donations made using PayPal or debit or credit card must be made by the credit card holder or PayPal account holder.
  • GlobalGiving UK maintains the right to make a final decision on all matters concerning the allocation of matching funds.
  • Please note that all donations are final. GlobalGiving UK cannot change the time, date, or status of a donation after it is processed for any reason.
  • GlobalGiving UK is a registered charity in the UK. Donations made by UK tax payers are eligible for Gift Aid which will be claimed by GlobalGiving UK for the project. However Gift Aid will not be matched.
  • GlobalGiving UK has a 10% fee on donations but works to keep the fees as low as possible while providing great services and resources for charity partners. During the Haiyan Matching Campaign only the initial donation is subject to the 10% fee. The fee does not apply to the match. The fee covers all transactional charges such as credit card fees, as well as helps cover the costs we incur to promote organisations and projects, provide them with fundraising training and tools, and maintain and improve our online technology in order to keep you connecting with new donors.
  • GlobalGiving UK reserves the right to approve all projects included in the campaign ahead of the campaign start time.
  • Only donations made at www.globalgiving.co.uk are eligible for this matching, while funds remain. Donations made on GlobalGiving.org and any GlobalGiving corporate sites (including Nike, Eli Lilly, Global Action Atlas, etc) are NOT eligible for GlobalGiving UK matching. NB. Match funding available of GlobalGiving.org will be used up separate to GlobalGiving.co.uk so check to see if funds remain on GlobalGiving.org.
  • PLEASE NOTE – Haiyan Matching Campaign is running concurrently on GlobalGiving.org. The UK & US campaigns are managed separately. Match funding available in each campaign, Terms and Conditions and web link to donate in UK or US differ. There is $100,000 available in matching on GlobalGiving.org. Please also refer to the Haiyan Matching Terms and Conditions on GlobalGiving.org – terms are different to these GlobalGiving UK Terms. Please monitor each site separately to determine whether matching funds are remaining.

Make the most of 2014 year-end fundraising

Posted by Alexis Nadin on September 30th, 2014

year-end givingHave you had a chance to look at a calendar recently? October is just around the corner and here at GlobalGiving, we’re getting pumped. Because this time of year means one thing: year-end fundraising, baby! Why the excitement? Well, last year, GlobalGiving helped more than 1,500 organizations raise more than $7.1 million in November and December. That’s more than 32% of GlobalGiving’s total donation volume for the year!

And we’re not alone. According to Blackbaud’s Charitable Giving Report, the average organization raises 35% of their annual income in October, November, and December and industry-wide, almost 20% of online giving happens in the month of December.

Year-end giving through GlobalGiving’s website grew 39% between 2012 and 2013! Take a look at these stats to learn more about year-end giving on GlobalGiving:

  • More than 800,000 people visited GlobalGiving.org in November and December last year!
  • Of those visitors, 31,000 made close to 40,000 donations in November and December.
  • 81,000 gift cards were sold (two times what was sold last year!) for a several million dollars;
  • More than $1.4 million was raised through corporate cause marketing campaigns; and
  • About $785,000 came through employee giving portals.
  • More than $620,000 in donations were made as gifts using GlobalGiving’s tribute card feature; and
  • Almost 700 people signed up for recurring donations for a total of more than $29,000 a month!

What to expect in 2014

See? This year-end fundraising thing is a pretty big deal! So what do you need to do to get ready? Here are some important trends to make the most of this year.

1. Take advantage of important dates. It’s no coincidence that November and December are the biggest giving months of the year. 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 2014 taxes.

December is also the month of popular American holidays such as Christmas and Hanukkah. Last year, Americans spent $600 billion on and off-line during the holiday shopping season; 3.8% more than the year before. And online sales continued to sky-rocket. Online shoppers spent 20% more on Cyber Monday (the largest online spending day in history!) in 2013 compared to the previous year.

Take advantage of these important dates:

  • November 27: Thanksgiving Day
  • November 28: Black Friday
  • December 1: Cyber Monday
  • December 2: #GivingTuesday, a daylong effort in the U.S. to help charities raise money online during the holiday shopping season (Giving was up 90% from 2012!)
  • December 18 – 24: The week before Christmas (retailers traditionally see a surge in sales during this time)
  • December 29, 30, 31: The biggest fundraising days of the year!

2. Remember, you aren’t the only one asking your supporters. According to Google, 47% of donors visited multiple nonprofit websites before making their year-end giving decisions. So start now! The same study found that donation-related searches increased 30% in August and September. This fall, make sure you are taking steps to stand out.

3. Develop a bullet-proof communications plan and a compelling story. It is important to create a multi-channel strategy that incorporates social media and your organization’s website but keep in mind that email is still the number one driver of online donations, generating 35% of gifts. And 81% of donors say impact was the biggest consideration when making a donation. Your year-end communications plan should feature compelling photos and stories that convey your organization’s impact.

4. Make data driven decisions. Earlier this year, GlobalGiving rolled out our Analytics Dashboard, a feature that allows you to keep track of the number of people who visit your project pages, open your reports, and donate to your cause. Use this and other data to make smart decisions about your year-end strategy.

GlobalGiving has got your back this holiday season!

  • Create a solid year-end fundraising strategy. Join us for these upcoming training opportunities.

Developing a Solid Year-End Fundraising Strategy
Date: Wednesday, October 22
Times: 9 am EDT (Find this time in your city) and 3 pm EDT (Find this time in your city)
Webinar link: anymeeting.com/globalgivingus1
Sign up here.

Year-End Communications
Date: Wednesday, October 29
Times: 9 am EDT (Find this time in your city) and 3 pm EDT (Find this time in your city)
Webinar link: anymeeting.com/globalgivingus1
Sign up here.

  • Capitalize on fundraising tools. GlobalGiving’s tribute card feature allows donors to make a donation to your project as a gift for someone special this holiday season. Our fundraiser tool allows your advocates to raise funds to support your year-end fundraising efforts.
  • Participate in a fundraising promotion. We’re offering $10,000 in prizes in the Year-End Campaign to the organizations that raise the most money this December. Organizations must raise at least $3,000 from at least 30 donors to qualify. Learn more here. YouthSpark eligible organizations also have the opportunity to participate in Microsoft’s #GivingTuesday matching campaign. Stay tuned for more details coming soon!

Resource round up

Don’t just take it from us! Learn what others are saying about year-end fundraising. We’ve gathered the best articles and trainings from our peers here:

The Year-End Campaign – Holiday fundraising made easy!

Posted by Alexis Nadin on September 30th, 2014

We’re offering NINE bonus awards to the top projects that raise the most money from their supporters in GlobalGiving’s Year-End Campaign. The campaign begins at 00:00:01 EST on December 1st and runs through 23:59:59 pm EST on December 31st.  Projects must raise at least $3,000 from 30 donors in order to qualify for a bonus award. Bonus awards will be given to organizations that have met the designated thresholds and raised the most funds respectively.

Check out these awesome bonus awards for most money raised:

  • First place: $3,000
  • Second place: $2,000
  • Third place: $1,000
  • Fourth place: $1,000
  • Fifth place: $1,000
  • Sixth place: $500
  • Seventh place: $500
  • Eighth place: $500
  • Ninth place: $500

That’s a lot of chances to win.

The Year-End Campaign is designed to help you motivate your supporters to give throughout the month of December. When your donors are considering which organizations to support during the final weeks of the year, these bonus awards are a great incentive for your supporters to give your project(s). They know that they’re getting added value for their donation. And, the $3,000 and 30 donor thresholds encourage donors to give more and spread the word. Sign up here to join the campaign!

Terms and Conditions:

  • The Year-End Campaign will begin at 00:00:01 EST (midnight) on December 1, 2014 and last through 23:59:59 EST on December 31, 2014.
  • Projects will NOT be automatically enrolled in this campaign. Organizations must complete this simple online form by Friday, November 21 at 23:59:59 EST to participate in the Year-End Campaign.
  • Projects that are participating in the Year-End Campaign are NOT eligible to participate in Microsoft’s YouthSpark #GivingTuesday matching campaign.
  • Donations made through cause-marketing campaigns and other corporate promotions are not eligible for the Year-End Campaign and will not be reflected on the leaderboard.
  • Projects participating in select corporate campaigns, such as the Safer World Fund, will be excluded from the Year-End Campaign. You will be notified via email before the campaign if your project is not eligible for the Year-End Campaign.
  • Projects must be approved and live on the GlobalGiving.org website by Thursday, November 20th to participate.
  • Check donations must be received by December 23to qualify.
  • Gift card and text-to-give donations are not eligible for this campaign.
  • Projects must raise at least $3,000 from at least 30 unique donors to qualify for a bonus award.
  • Should projects tie for the bonus awards, then the project that has the most unique donors will receive the bonus prize.
  • Only new recurring donations, initiated during the month of December, will count towards the $3,000 and 30 donor thresholds and the bonus prizes. All existing recurring donations, initiated before December 1, 2014 will not count.
  • Unique donors are determined using numerous criteria, including name, email address, credit card number, mailing address, and IP address. We are monitoring these and other parameters in our system to ensure that only unique, distinct donors are counted towards the thresholds.
  • Attempts to make multiple credit card transactions from a single IP address in a short period of time will block future transaction attempts from that IP address.
  • Online donations made using PayPal or credit card must be made by the PayPal account or credit card holder.
  • All donations are final. GlobalGiving cannot change the time, date, or status of a donation after it is processed for any reason.
  • GlobalGiving will monitor and review all donations made through this campaign. GlobalGiving maintains the right to make a final decision on all matters concerning the allocation of bonus awards.
  • Donations made on globalgiving.co.uk or any GlobalGiving corporate sites (including Nike, Eli Lilly, Global Action Atlas, etc) are NOT eligible for this campaign.
  • GlobalGiving is a registered nonprofit in the United States. Donations made on GlobalGiving.org can only be claimed as a tax deductible contributions on United States tax returns.
  • Fulfillment fee for donations: GlobalGiving charges a 15% fulfillment fee on donations but works to keep the fees you pay as low as possible while providing you great services and resources. The fee covers all transactional charges such as credit card fees and helps cover the costs we incur to promote organizations and projects, provide them with fundraising training and tools, and maintain and improve our online technology in order to keep you connecting with new donors. With our add-on option, we also offer the donor the opportunity to make an additional donation to cover the fee.

Infographic: GlobalGiving’s Bet on Improving Effectiveness

Posted by Alison Carlman on September 16th, 2014

Infographic: GlobalGiving's Bet on EffectivenessYou may remember that in April we launched a beta version of our Effectiveness Dashboard.  We gathered feedback from  more than 200 of our partners about how we could make it better, and today we’re unveiling version 2.0 of that Dashboard. See yours here!

But perhaps you’re still wondering why we have this growing emphasis on our project partners’ effectiveness? To answer that question, we created a new infographic to explain our trajectory. Please check it out!

We’re still working hard to improve the GlobalGiving platform so you’ll get more funding for your project. But we’re also working to measure and reward all the gains you’re making to gather feedback, learn, and improve the work you’re doing on the ground. Simply because we’ve seen (and you, our project partners have told us!) that GlobalGiving network is not just a marketplace for money; its also an accelerator for learning and improvement in the nonprofit sector.

Have you tested out something you learned from the GlobalGiving community that made a difference in the way you deliver programs and services? Share your learning with us (and you’ll get points in your Effectiveness Dashboard!)