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Protect Your Organization Against Fraud

Posted by Alexis Nadin on August 24th, 2014

Online fundraising is a powerful tool for good! But, unfortunately, as online giving becomes more common, nonprofits are becoming targets for online scams using stolen credit cards and fake checks. GlobalGiving has developed robust systems to protect our partners from fraudulent donations but we believe there’s more we can do to raise awareness about potential risks within the nonprofit community. On Wednesday, August 20th, we hosted a webinar to shed light on the different types of fraudulent activity that we have encountered, to share the mechanisms that we have put in place to protect our partners, and to propose steps your organization can take to safeguard against these scams.

The webinar was hosted by Nick Hamlin, GlobalGiving’s Business Intelligence Analyst, who leads the charge in identifying irregular activity and reversing fraudulent donations. We were also joined by Rebecca Davis, the Founder of Rebecca Davis Dance Company (RDDC), who offered to share her organization’s experience with fraud to help other organizations identify risky activity.

You can watch a recording of the webinar here. (You can earn a “Listen” point on your effectiveness dashboard by watching this recording!) Check out a brief summary is provided below.

Why worry about fraud?

Non-profits rely on trust, time, and funding to accomplish their mission but fraud can compromise all three and reduce your impact!

Stolen credit cardsFour Common Types of Fraudulent Activity:

Stolen Credit Card Testing

  • What happens?
    • Fraudsters obtain lists of stolen credit card numbers
    • Before using them, they need to test if they work
    • Make a small donation on GG before larger purchases elsewhere
    • Small transactions (usually 10-50 USD)
    • Donors you’ve never heard of before
    • Strange email addresses
  • How is GG protecting my organization from this?
    • Our system rejects many stolen cards automatically
    • Automatic regular scans to identify donations that succeeded
    • Preemptive reversals and notifications to you
    • Known fraudsters are no longer allowed to use GG

Reversal

Fake Large Donor (more…)

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.

Announcing the GlobalGiving Storytelling Fund winners!

Posted by Sylvia Lorenzini on June 27th, 2014

storytelling

Many thanks to all who submitted applications to the GlobalGiving Storytelling Fund! We are pleased to recognize the following organizations as recipients of the Storytelling Fund:

  • Center for Peacebuilding
  • Encompass- the Daniel Braden Reconciliation Trust
  • Guitars in the Classroom
  • La Reserva Forest Foundation
  • Partnership for Every Child
  • Tanzania Development Trust
  • Vacha Charitable Trust
  • Vijana Amani Pamoja

We are very excited to be working with each of these organizations to support their storytelling and feedback efforts! These organizations will be reaching beyond the constituents they touch directly to field feedback and collect stories from their wider communities, in order to build as holistic an understanding as possible of the needs of their communities and learn how they can better affect change. To explore the story collection and analysis tool, visit the growing database here.

Take a look below to see a short description of each organization, followed by the story prompt they have chosen to drive their story collection.

  1. Center for Peacebuilding (Bosnia): Center for Peacebuilding develops peacebuilding programs to foster peace and reconciliation among different ethnic and religious groups in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Our activities are designed to bring about comprehensive social change focusing on youth.
  • Their story prompt: “Talk about a time when a person or organization tried to help someone of change something in your community. What happened?”
  1. Encompass – the Daniel Braden Reconciliation Trust (UK): Encompass works to bring together young people from different cultures and backgrounds, supporting them to become more understanding and tolerant of each other while giving them the skills and confidence to promote intercultural understanding in their communities.
  • Their story prompt: “Please tell a story about a time when a conflict arose because you had to work with someone from a different background (religious, cultural, ethnic etc.) to yourself.”
  1. Guitars in the Classroom (USA): Since 1998, Guitars in the Classroom (GITC) has been inspiring, training and equipping classroom teachers to integrate music making across the academic curriculum through “song-based instruction” so students of all ages have educational, musical access & opportunity at school every day. Our work prepares educators to lead music, employing it as a dynamic tool for reaching all learners, teaching all subjects, and building character, creativity and community. Programs & materials are free.
  • Their story prompt: “We are excited to learn about how your experience with Guitars in the Classroom has affected you personally and, if you are an educator, professionally. We also hope to learn about other experiences you have had as a volunteer or participant with another charity. Thanks for participating!”
  1. La Reserva Forrest Foundation (Costa Rica): La Reserva Forest Foundation is a Costa Rican non-profit working to restore and preserve native tropical forests, dedicated to creating “tree bridges” linking isolated forest islands using volunteers and the local school communities, and fighting global warming through various carbon neutral projects.
  • Their story prompt: “Please tell a story about a time when you had to choose between protecting the environment and maintaining a livelihood. Include if/how individuals or organizations were involved in the conflict.”
  1. Partnership for Every Child (Ukraine): Our vision is the world where every child grows up in a lovely and secure family. Mission. We professionally assist families, communities and governments in their work to ensure the rights of every child to live and develop in safe and secure family environments. Our main focus until 2015 is to prevent separation of children from families and placement in institutional care; support and strengthening parental capacities of vulnerable families; support to children leaving care.
  • Their story prompt: Please tell a story about a time when a person or an organization tried to help someone or change something in your community.
  1. Tanzania Development Trust (Tanzania): The Trust Deed of 1975 says “The objects of the Trust shall be to relieve poverty and sickness among the people of Tanzania by means of the development of education, health and other social services, the improvement of water supplies and other communal facilities and the promotion of self- help activities.” Interpreting the Trust Deed for the needs of the 21st Century we add: “In making grants, the Trust tries to promote equal opportunities and projects which improve the environment”.
  • Their story prompt: Please tell a story about a time when a person or an organization tried to help someone or change something in your community.
  1. Vacha Charitable Trust (India): Our mission is to focus on issues of women and girls through educational programs, resource creation, research, training, campaigns, networking and advocacy. Our vision is of a world without exploitation, oppression, discrimination and injustice against women or any other section of society.
  • Their story prompt: Please tell a story about a time when a person or an organization tried to help someone or change something in your community.
  1. Vijana Amani Pamoja (Kenya): VAP’s mission is to integrate social and economic values through football/soccer by creating a proactive health environment.
  • Their story prompt: Please tell a story about a time when a person or an organization tried to help someone or change something in your community.

Congratulations to the winners!
For reflections on their progress so far, click here.

GlobalGiving encourages all of our partner organizations to explore the use of the Storytelling Tool as a way to collect feedback from your community. Please visit this page to learn more about the tool and methodology, and contact Marc Maxson or Sarah Hennessy with any questions!

Press Release: GlobalGiving to Hold Its First Summit on Social Media & Online Giving

Posted by Alexis Nadin on June 11th, 2014

GlobalGiving, the organization behind charitable giving websites GlobalGiving.org and GlobalGiving.co.uk, will hold its Summit on Social Media & Online Giving on July 1-2, 2014 in New Delhi, India. The Summit is produced in partnership with Social Media for Nonprofits, the premiere global event series on social media for social good.

The first-ever, two-day in-person event from GlobalGiving will bring together representatives from global technology services and leading South Asian NGOs to share insights, trends, and best practices for effectively engaging supporters and donors online. Fundraisers, executive directors, program managers, and communications staff from more than 100 organizations are expected to attend.

Confirmed speakers at the 2104 Summit on Social Media & Online Giving include:

See the complete agenda here.

India’s NGO community plays a large and active role in social change in India and around the world. More than 120 Indian organizations are actively fundraising on the website and more and more organizations are joining GlobalGiving every year. The 2014 Summit on Social Media & Online Giving is an opportunity to provide hands-on training to GlobalGiving’s existing partners and to introduce online tools like GlobalGiving to organizations that are interested in the fundraising platform. GlobalGiving is excited to host its first event of this kind in New Delhi.

“India’s NGO community already has the passion, creativity and people to tackle the extraordinary needs of its local communities,” said GlobalGiving’s Chief Program Officer John Hecklinger. “With this Summit we’re bringing some of the best online tools and smartest practices into the mix.”

Since it was founded in 2002, GlobalGiving has enabled more than 4,000 nonprofit organizations to access technology, training, and visibility to raise funds for more than 9,000 projects in 144 countries. In January, the Washington, DC-based organization announced it had reached $100 million in total donations providing through its platform.

The event will take place at Habitat World at the India Habitat Centre. Staff from GlobalGiving partner NGOs and other nonprofit organizations are encouraged to attend. Regular registration is Rs. 4,500 with discounts provided to organizations that are members of GlobalGiving.

The 2014 Summit on Social Media & Online Giving is generously sponsored by Ford Motor Company Fund.

For more information about the 2014 Summit on Social Media & Online Giving, visit: www.globalgiving.org/summit-2014/

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About GlobalGiving

GlobalGiving is a registered nonprofit organization with the mission of catalyzing a global market for ideas, information, and money that democratizes aid and philanthropy. Its online fundraising platform, GlobalGiving.org, is creating new possibilities for everyday philanthropists, effective nonprofits, and innovative companies around the world. For more information about GlobalGiving, visit: http://www.globalgiving.org/

About Social Media for Nonprofits

Social Media for Nonprofits is a nonprofit committed to providing nonprofits quality and accessible education on leveraging the power of social media for social good. We are the only series in the world dedicated to Social Media for Social Change. We provide capacity building training to nonprofits in this area with programs focused on fundraising, awareness, and advocacy.

 

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…)

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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