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Microsoft YouthSpark #GivingTuesday has gone global!

Posted by Jacqueline Lee on October 29th, 2014

 

gtsavethedateWe are excited to announce that this year, donors in the UK and US are able to make their donations go further while supporting their favorite projects!  Participating projects are able to fundraise on both GlobalGiving.org and GlobalGiving.co.uk, our sister UK site. Only YouthSpark designated projects active on GlobalGiving.org may participate in the campaign, so we are extending an invitation to our Leaders and Superstars with projects that work with youth ages 6-24 in the areas of education, employment, and/or entrepreneurship to join YouthSpark and the 2014 Microsoft YouthSpark #GivingTuesday campaign. Continue reading for more details…

Going global…   geographicglobaldonors

Projects currently listed on GlobalGiving.co.uk that would like to participate in this year’s Microsoft YouthSpark #GivingTuesday must cross-post to globalgiving.org by completing this expression of interest form, completing any necessary due diligence, and answer the YouthSpark eligibility questions in PE for each eligible project by November 10th (see below for details on how to join YouthSpark).

YouthSpark projects currently listed on GlobalGiving.org that would like to engage UK donors should complete the cross-posting process to GlobalGiving UK‘s site by November 25th. Let the UK team know you’re interested here as soon as possible.

Campaign details

There will be $350,000 USD total in matching funds released in buckets at two times. In addition to the matching funds, for 24 hours, projects will be competing for bonus prizes including most unique donors and most funds raised. All donations across both sites, matching, and bonus prizes will be calculated in USD on one leaderboard hosted on GlobalGiving.org. If you choose to fundraise on both GlobalGiving.org and GlobalGiving.co.uk on #GivingTuesday (December 2, 2014), we advise you to direct your UK donors to your GlobaGiving.co.uk project page link and direct US donors to your GlobalGiving.org project page link.

We would like to note that last year’s #GivingTuesday matching funds ran out very quickly. We have worked to create a campaign structure to address this. However, we do recognize and would like to set expectations accordingly, that matching funds may go quickly again this year.

You can find the full terms and conditions for this year’s Microsoft YouthSpark #GivingTuesday HERE.

Projects participating in Microsoft YouthSpark #GivingTuesday are not eligible for GlobalGiving’s Year-End Campaign (a fundraising initiative on GlobalGiving.org).

How to join YouthSpark youtsparkeligibility

November 10th is the deadline to submit your eligibility to participate in Microsoft YouthSpark #GivingTuesday.

In order to apply, all projects must first be active on GlobalGiving.org. Once active on GlobalGiving.org, projects then need to be designated as “Eligible for YouthSpark” through project entry (PE).  See this previous post for instruction on how to designate your project for YouthSpark.

 

Microsoft YouthSpark #GivingTuesday Campaign Webinar

Mark your calendars: if you choose to participate in this campaign, join us for a webinar with tips to get prepared for #GivingTuesday, including potential matching fund scenarios and recommended communication for donors.

Date: November 19, 2014

Times: 6 am PST/9 am EST and 12 pm PST/3 pm EST

Webinar link: anymeeting.com/globalgivingus1

Sign up here!

Please email projecthelp@globalgiving.org for any questions. Best of luck this holiday season!

Microsoft YouthSpark #GivingTuesday terms and conditions are here

Posted by Jacqueline Lee on October 29th, 2014

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Microsoft’s YouthSpark #GivingTuesday campaign on GlobalGiving is around the corner (December 2, 2014), and we are gearing up for the 24-hour day of giving! We have finalized the details of this year’s campaign, and we are happy to share that there will be $350,000 USD in matching funds total, half of which will be released at two different times and matched 100% up to $500 USD per donor per project. Projects will also be competing through the entire day for bonus prizes for most unique donors and most funds raised. Please see full terms and conditions below:

Microsoft YouthSpark #GivingTuesday 2014 Terms and Conditions:

Eligibility

  • Only YouthSpark designated projects/microprojects will be matched.
  • YouthSpark projects and microprojects must be on www.globalgiving.org in order to participate in Microsoft YouthSpark #GivingTuesday, but donations made on both www.globalgiving.org and www.globalgiving.co.uk will be eligible for matching and bonus prizes.
  • Organizations newly referred to GlobalGiving’s platform by Microsoft must have all application materials submitted by November 10, 2014 00:00:01 ESTin order to participate in Microsoft’s YouthSpark #GivingTuesday.
  • To express your interest in cross-posting your project from www.globalgiving.co.uk to www.globalgiving.org , you must submit the form to globalgiving.org by October 30, 2014 and must have all updated application materials, if needed, submitted by November 10, 2014 00:00:01 EST in order to participate in Microsoft YouthSpark #GivingTuesday. Our Partner Services Team at GlobalGiving.org will respond to your expression of interest form if any further information is needed.
  • To express your interest in cross-posting your project from www.globalgiving.org to www.globalgiving.co.uk, you must submit the form and must have all updated application materials, if needed, submitted by November 25, 2014. GlobalGiving.co.uk will respond to your expression of interest form if any further information is needed.
  • If not already done, current projects and microprojects must submit their “Eligibility for Microsoft YouthSpark” through project entry (PE) to GlobalGiving for approval by November 10, 2014, in order to be eligible for Microsoft YouthSpark #GivingTuesday matching funds and bonus prizes. Approval will be determined by GlobalGiving staff.
  • Eligible projects and microprojects will be identified with a banner on the day of the Microsoft YouthSpark #GivingTuesday campaign.

Matching Available

Bonus Prizes

  • Participating projects will be eligible for the following bonus prizes, calculated from December 2, 2014 00:00:01 PST / 03:00:01 EST / 08:00:01 GMT to December 2, 2014 23:59:59 PST / December 3, 2014 02:59:59 EST / 07:59:59 GMT:
    • 1st place for the project/microproject that secures the most unique donors: $5,000 USD
    • 2nd place for the project/microproject that secures the 2nd most unique donors: $2,000 USD
    • 3rd place for the project/microproject that secures the 3rd most unique donors: $1,000 USD
    • 4th place for the project/microproject that secures the 4th most unique donors: $500 USD
    • 1st place for the project/microproject with the most funds raised: $5,000 USD
    • 2nd place for the project/microproject with the 2nd most funds raised: $2,000 USD
    • 3rd place for the project/microproject with the 3rd most funds raised: $1,000 USD
    • 4th place for the project/microproject with the 4th most funds raised: $500 USD
  • If projects/microprojects tie for any of the most unique donor bonus prizes, then the tied project/microproject with the most funds raised will receive the bonus award.
  • If projects/microprojects tie for any of the most funds raised bonus prizes, then the tied project/microproject with the most unique donors will receive the bonus award.
  • All bonus prizes will be finalized in USD at December 2, 2014 23:59:59 PST / December 3, 2014 02:59:59 EST / 07:59:59 GMT pending GlobalGiving’s approval.
  • All bonus prizes will be disbursed to successful projects by globalgiving.org in USD at the end of January with the rest of the donations raised in December.

Donation Eligibility

  • Donations will be matched up to $500 USD (approximately £312; exact exchange rate to be calculated at the time of the donation) per unique donor per project. Unique donors are determined using numerous criteria, including name, email address, credit card number, mailing address, and IP address. We will actively monitor these and other parameters in our system to ensure that only unique, distinct donors are counted.
  • All bonus prizes and matching will be calculated in USD. Donations made in GBP will be converted to USD using the exchange rate at the time of the donation and disbursed by GlobalGiving as per GlobalGiving’s disbursement policy.
  • Donations made on globalgiving.co.uk will be disbursed to your organization by GlobalGiving UK. They will be collected from donors in GBP and sent in the disbursement currency requested.
  • Only online donations (credit card or PayPal) are eligible for matching funds on GlobalGiving.org. Only online donations (debit card, credit card, CAF Online or PayPal) are eligible for matching funds on globalgiving.co.uk.
  • Donations made on any GlobalGiving corporate or third-party sites using GlobalGiving’s API are not eligible for matching. Additionally, donations made by gift card, check, JustGiving, or text-to-give are not eligible for matching funds.
  • Please note that Microsoft and GlobalGiving maintain the right to make a final decision on all matters concerning the allocation of bonus prizes and matching funds and reserve the right to adjust results if necessary.
  • Please note that GlobalGiving will monitor and review all donations made through this offer.

Tax Efficient Giving & Fullfillment Fee

  • GlobalGiving.org is a registered nonprofit in the United States. Donations made on globalgiving.org can only be claimed as tax deductible contributions on United States tax returns.
  • GlobalGiving.co.uk is a registered charity in the United Kingdom. Donations made on globalgiving.co.uk by UK tax payers that provide a full postal address can be claimed for Gift Aid (providing 25% extra to the projects receiving donations).
  • Fulfillment fee for donations: globalgiving.org retains a 15% fulfillment fee, and globalgiving.co.uk retains a 10% fulfillment fee on donations. The fulfillment fee does not apply to the matching funds. The fulfillment 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 connecting projects with new donors. GlobalGiving.org offers donors the opportunity to “add on” the fulfillment fee as a direct donation to GlobalGiving, in which case the fulfillment fee will not be retained from the original donation.

GlobalGiving Bonus Day Support

Join us on Wednesday, November 19, 2014, for a webinar on getting prepared for #GivingTuesday, including potential matching fund scenarios and recommended communication to donors.

Questions about Microsoft YouthSpark #GivingTuesday? Please email projecthelp@globalgiving.org.

 

Fail Forward

Posted by Katherine Sammons on September 8th, 2014

Two years ago, GlobalGiving invested a lot of time and energy to rebuild our fundraiser feature.  The fundraiser tool allows donors to raise money on behalf of their favorite projects on GlobalGiving, usually around a specific event like a birthday or marathon.  We thought this would be a great tool not just for our donors, but for our nonprofit partners as well.  We wanted to encourage our nonprofit partners to use the tool, so we created a special campaign that would reward organizations when their supporters raised money through the fundraiser tool for their projects during the month of September 2013.  We wrote the terms, set aside several thousand dollars in prize money, held a training webinar, built a leaderboard, and answered a LOT of questions. We set goals for the campaign around the number of organizations that would participate and the total donations that would be raised.

Fundraiser Campaign Leaderboard

Fundraiser Campaign Leaderboard

When the end of the campaign came around, we discovered that we hadn’t hit our goals.  Fewer than a dozen organizations had actually participated in the campaign and we hadn’t helped them raise the funds we were expecting.  On top of that, we found that our team had spent a lot of time managing the campaign – answering questions, training organizations, and trying to make a very complicated campaign easier to understand.  Because we track how we spend our time each day, we discovered that we actually spent significantly more time on this campaign than almost any previous campaign, but we raised far less money.  By any measure, this campaign was a failure for GlobalGiving (although the few organizations that did participate did an excellent job!).  We could have just ignored this campaign and never talked about it again.  Alternatively, we could have ignored the results and done the exact same campaign the next year.

Instead, we reached out to some organizations that participated and some that didn’t participate to find out what these organizations thought of the campaign. We learned that the rules of this campaign were too complicated – GlobalGiving didn’t do a great job explaining these complicated rules to our nonprofit partners, and likewise, it was difficult for them to explain the rules to their donors.  We also learned that the timing of the campaign didn’t align well with many organizations’ outreach–it was hard to dictate when their advocates wanted to use fundraising pages based on our campaign’s timeline.  We met as a team to figure out what went well and what could be improved about the campaign. We shared those results, both internally within our staff and with some of our external partners. Ultimately, we decided to not run the campaign the following year and instead use the time and money to add an additional Bonus Day in 2014 – the type of campaign that our partners said they valued the most.

It is hard to admit when an idea or experiment doesn’t work, but it’s especially important in the development arena to not just admit when something fails, but to learn from that failure. (Let’s call these “Fail Forward” stories!) nonprofits can’t afford to make the same mistakes again and again; our missions are too important. Sharing your failures with your peers can help move the whole sector forward.

That’s why we want to hear your Fail Forward stories – and we’re offering some incentives!

 

Now through October 10th, organizations that submit Fail Forward stories via GlobalGiving project reports will be eligible for cash prizes and social media promotion. This is a unique opportunity to share your organization’s story with GlobalGiving’s supporters.

Need some inspiration? Check out this website for more examples and information about why this is important.

 

How does it work?

  1. Submit a GlobalGiving project report for your donors featuring a story about a time that your organization tried something that didn’t work, but learned something that ultimately helped improve your work
  2. Once you’ve submitted your report, use this online form to send us your project ID and the date of your report by Friday, October 10th.
  3. GlobalGiving will review all the submissions and the top three stories will be featured in GlobalGiving’s social media and will receive cash prizes.  First place will receive $1000; second place will receive $600; and third place will receive $400.

 

*What is GlobalGiving looking for in a Fail Forward story?

A clear and compelling story that includes a description of:

  • What your organization was trying to achieve and why
  • What the idea or method was that you tried
  • Why the idea or method failed – admit responsibility!
  • What your organization learned from the experiment
  • How your organization is using that experience to improve its work

Don’t forget — part of talking about failure is admitting responsibility. We’re not looking to create a circle of blame, but instead, to take ownership over our own work, and also to be set free from past mistakes because we’re learning and growing, and ultimately improving from them!

YouthSpark Bonus Day on June 25th – 100% match!

Posted by Katherine Sammons on June 11th, 2014

The YouthSpark Bonus Day is right around the corner! On June 25th Microsoft is matching eligible donations to YouthSpark projects at 100%. This is an amazing opportunity for your organization to engage your donors and reach your project’s fundraising goal.

If your project is eligible for the YouthSpark program you will find a YouthSpark banner on your project page. Click here for an example of the YouthSpark banner. You can read the full terms and conditions below.

Terms and Conditions

  • The Microsoft YouthSpark Bonus Day will begin June 25, 2014 at 12:00:00 PM (EDT) (noon) and will end June 26, 2014 at 11:59:59 (EDT). There are $200,000 available in matching funds from Microsoft.
  • Matching is applied at 100% for every donation from $10 up to $1,000 per donor per project/microproject until matching funds run out.
  • The project or microproject that raises the most funds on Bonus Day will receive an additional $2,500 prize.
  • The project or microproject that has the most unique donors on Microsoft YouthSpark’s Bonus Day will receive an additional $2,500 prize.
  • Unique donors are determined using numerous criteria, including name, email address, credit card number, mailing address, and IP address.
  • Fulfillment fee for donations: GlobalGiving charges a 15% fulfillment fee on donations. The fee will not be applied to matching funds.
  • Both projects and microprojects are eligible for matching.
  • Projects and microprojects must submit their “Eligibility for Microsoft YouthSpark” to GlobalGiving for approval by June 18, 2014, in order to be eligible for the June 25th Bonus Day matching funds and prizes. Eligible projects and microprojects will be identified with a banner on each of their pages.
  • Only online donations (credit card or PayPal) are eligible for matching funds.
  • Donations made on GlobalGiving.co.uk or any GlobalGiving corporate sites including Eli Lilly and Benevity are NOT eligible for matching.  Additionally, donations made by gift card, check, or text-to-give are also NOT eligible for matching funds.
  • New projects/microprojects must be submitted by June 18, 2014 in order to participate in Microsoft YouthSpark’s Bonus Day.
  • Please note that Microsoft and GlobalGiving maintain the right to make a final decision on all matters concerning the adjudication of Bonus Day matching funds and reserve the right to adjust results accordingly.
  • 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.

Bonus Day Tips and Tricks

We recently hosted a webinar about the YouthSpark Bonus Day and shared tips and tricks for a successful fundraising day. If you were not able to attend or would like to listen again you can find the recording and presentation here.

Joining YouthSpark

Does your organization want be part of the YouthSpark program?  In order to qualify, your organization needs to be (1) working with youths between the ages of 6-24 in the areas of education, job training, or entrepreneurship and (2) currently in Leader or Superstar status on GlobalGiving.

You can apply to participate in YouthSpark programs by filling out the “Eligibility for Microsoft YouthSpark” in the Project Entry System using the following two steps:

1. To fill out the section, click “edit project” and go to tab 1 (Basic Information).  Once on tab 1 scroll down to the end of the page. You will then see a field called “Eligibility for Microsoft YouthSpark”.  Answer “Yes”.

2. Enter the number of unique youths that are benefitting from your project.

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After you have completed these two steps, you will see that our system has calculated dollars per youth for you. The “Dollars per youth” field is not editable. This field is calculated by taking your requested funding amount and dividing it by the number of unique youths impacted by your project.

Contact Us
If you have any questions about the YouthSpark program, please contact the GlobalGiving team at projecthelp@globalgiving.org.  We look forward to working with you!

Vijana Amani Pamoja’s Learning Journey

Posted by John Hecklinger on May 16th, 2014
VAP Training Session

Nancy Njeri (VAP Program Director), Zipporah Sangiluh (GlobalGiving Storytelling Coordinator), and Enouce Ndeche (VAP Founder and Executive Director)

At GlobalGiving we get excited when we see an organization coming up with new attempts to address real problems that the community itself has identified.   Generally, GlobalGiving believes that this spontaneous generation of possible solutions is what’s missing in how development generally happens.  We get excited when we can observe an organization evolving solutions over time after listening to the people it serves, acting on that feedback, learning from the results, and repeating the process.

In May of 2010, I visited a great organization in Kenya called Vijana Amani Pamoja (VAP) which means “Youth Together in Peace” in Swahili.  It started as a football club in 2003 and has evolved into an instrument for social change.  We originally met VAP through a Nike-sponsored sports for social change network and conference held in Nairobi in 2007.  VAP works with youth in the Eastlands area of Nairobi, which can get pretty rough.  Eastlands is home to a large community of Somali refugees, and has been a fertile recruiting ground for terrorist groups linked with the Somali Al Shabaab organization.  Eastlands is the perfect place for a great organization to make a huge impact on a very vulnerable youth population.  VAP uses soccer as a tool to engage youth in programs relating to life skills, HIV/AIDS, and reproductive health with a focus on helping vulnerable girls.

My visit in 2010 was in connection with VAP’s participation in GlobalGiving’s Storytelling Project.  We approached them to be a part of our early experimentation, and they were enthusiastic and engaged.  I attended a session for coaches getting trained up in collecting short narratives from program participants.  In the end VAP collected over 100 stories from girls participating in their program.  From those stories VAP learned that sexual violence was an even more prevalent problem than they had imagined and that girls were willing to talk about their experiences.  In response, VAP launched a program to enhance girls’ self-esteem – the Miss Mrembo Tournament – a combination soccer tournament, beauty pageant, and educational program involving peer educators and counselors from Nairobi Women’s hospital.

VAP continues to demonstrate its commitment to learning and improvement.  I recently became aware of the scorecard VAP created to monitor and evaluate its programs.   They worked with an umbrella organization called Grassroots Soccer to establish a monitoring and evaluation framework to capture changes in behavior among the girls participating in their programs.  The scorecard is engineered in Salesforce and captures metrics in a way that helps VAP move from counting outputs to capturing outcomes.

VAP continues to evolve its programs based on feedback and community needs.  They launched a vocational training program in 2013 to help girls obtain marketable hairdressing and beauty skills and they consistently look for ways to validate their approach.  In a recent newsletter to donors VAP described how it is linking up with researchers evaluating the potential of HIV oral self-testing.  Yet again, VAP is demonstrating its commitment to experimentation and learning.  They are considering including HIV oral self-testing in its annual Kick & Test soccer event and they are willing to work with evaluators to maximize learning and to share results.

Currently VAP works with more than 2,700 participants in its HIV “Skillz” program and 1,200 girls in its “Mrembo” program.  They have participated in various funding opportunities with GlobalGiviung, but they are still a small organization with modest funding needs.  GlobalGiving’s existing Partner Rewards system ranks them as Leader – one step below the top ranking of Superstar.  In GlobalGiving’s new Effectiveness Dashboard, VAP ranks very high in Listening, Acting, and Learning.  In early 2015, GlobalGiving will link these two ranking systems in a way that creates more visibility and status for organizations like VAP that demonstrate a commitment to the Listen, Act, Learn, Repeat cycle.

GlobalGiving has helped VAP at various points in its learning journey, but VAP independently seeks out learning opportunities on its own.  VAP provides a great example of the organizational behaviors that GlobalGiving believes will ultimately lead to better human outcomes.  While we don’t know for sure what kind of lasting change VAP causes in its community, we do know that more and more individuals are being helped with issues that the individuals themselves have identified as problematic, and those efforts link nicely with what development experts believe to be key levers for improving human development.   GlobalGiving is placing its bet on organizations like VAP to be the drivers of real change.

Bonus Day May 7th!

Posted by Katherine Sammons on April 9th, 2014

 

It’s time to gear up for Bonus Day! Bonus Day will take place on May 7, 2014.  Bonus Day is a great opportunity for your organization to earn matching funds! GlobalGiving will be giving away $75,000 and two $1,000 prizes. Read on to learn more about Bonus Day, tips and ticks for success, and to sign-up for a one-on-one consultation.

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Terms and Conditions 

  • Matching will begin on Wednesday, May 7 at 9:00 AM EDT and will end on Wednesday, May 7 at 11:59 PM EDT, or when funds run out.
  • $75,000 are available in matching funds.
  • Matching is applied at 30% up to $1,000 per donor per project (for example, a donation of $1,500 will receive a $300 match).
  • 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.
  • The project that raises the most funds on Bonus Day will receive an additional $1,000 from GlobalGiving.
  • The project that has the most unique donors on Bonus Day will receive an additional $1,000 from GlobalGiving.
  • Projects must be approved and live on the GlobalGiving.org website by May 5, 2014 to be eligible.
  • Only online donations (credit card or PayPal) are eligible for matching. Donations made by check or text-to-give are not eligible.
  • Donations made on GlobalGiving.co.uk or any GlobalGiving corporate sites including Eli Lilly and Benevity are NOT eligible for matching.
  • Funds, such as the Girl Effect Fund and disaster funds are not eligible for matching.
  • We encourage you to get donations in early, because matching funds will likely run out before the end of the day.
  • Please note that GlobalGiving will monitor and review all donations made through this matching offer.
  • 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.

Still have questions? Please contact Katherine at projecthelp@globalgiving.org

Listen, Act, Learn. Repeat. – Prepping for Bonus Day 

For some of you this may be your first Bonus Day as a GlobalGiving partner, but for others it may be one of many. No matter your experience level we hope you find the information below useful. Below please find tips from one of GlobalGiving’s top Bonus Day fundraisers and an article on the importance of great images.

Communication Strategy Brought to You by a Bonus Day Rockstar – RefugeeOne

When putting together your organization’s fundraising strategy take into account the helpful tips below.

  • Call major donors and board members
  • Send a series of emails to your donor network
    • 1st email – Send the week before Bonus Day. Have this message be a teaser. Do not revealing the nature of the match.  For example, “Keep a lookout for an opportunity to make your donation BIG!”
    • 2nd email – Send the Monday before Bonus Day. Include a story about a beneficiary. This is still a teaser (don’t reveal how to give yet).
    • 3rd email – Send the day before Bonus Day. This is the last of the teasers. For example, “Tomorrow get ready to make your donation count. Check your email tomorrow to find out how!”
    • 4th email – Send the day of at 9 am EDT. Reveal the GlobalGiving Bonus Day match and include a direct link to your project page. Saving  information on how to give until the last email will prevent donors from giving too early.

Use GlobalGiving Tools

  • Send out a project report with an update and a Bonus Day call to action. You are able schedule project reports to be sent at a desired date and time. Scheduling your project reports will allow you to manage your fundraising strategy.
  • If you haven’t thanked your donors then now is the time! Use GlobalGiving’s thank you feature to send emails directly to donors that have given to your project(s). Click here to learn more.

It’s all in the Image 

High-quality and captivating photos matter (we promise).  Check out an article written by Caryn Stein. Caryn makes a strong case for the importance of photos.  Her findings will be a great resource for your organization as you decide what content to use when promoting Bonus Day.

Sign-up for a Consultation – We want to help! 

Sign-up for a consultation to talk about your fundraising strategy with Katherine.  She is  here to help you create your plan. Click here to sign-up.

katherine

 

Bonus Day-Feb.12th

Posted by Katherine Sammons on February 6th, 2014

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GlobalGiving is hosting a Bonus Day on February 12th. Recently, we held a webinar  to go over the terms and conditions, discuss tips and tricks, and review GlobalGiving’s tools in order to make Bonus Day successful for your organization. In case you missed the webinar, or would like a refresher, here’s the summary, slides, and recording of the webinar.

Don’t miss out on an opportunity for your organization to receive matching funds! For one day only, GlobalGiving is giving away $75,000. Read on to learn more.

Bonus Day Highlights 

 Date: Wednesday, February 12th
• Start time: 9:00 am EST
• End Time: 11:59 pm EST
• Matching Funds: $75,000
• Match Percent: 30%
• Bonus Prizes: Two $1,000 bonus prizes available

 

Terms and Conditions 

  •  Click here to see a the full terms and conditions

Tips from Bonus Day veteran RefugeeOne

  • Call major donors and board members
  • Send a series of emails to your donor network
    • 1st email – send the week before Bonus Day. Made the email a teaser, not revealing the nature of the match.  For example, “Keep a lookout for an opportunity to make your donation BIG!”
    • 2nd email – send the Monday before Bonus Day. Include a story about a beneficiary. Still a teaser (don’t reveal how to give yet).
    • 3rd email – send the day before Bonus Day. Last of the teasers. For example, “Tomorrow get ready to make your donation count. Check your email tomorrow to find out how!”
    • 4th email – send the day of at 9 am EST. Reveal GlobalGiving Bonus Day match and include a direct link to your project page. Saving  information on how to give until the last email will prevent donors from giving too early.

GlobalGiving Tools

  • Project Reports 
    • Write a Bonus Day call to action in your project report. But don’t just ask for donors to give. Pair it with a story or update from the project.
    • Get it in quickly! You can easily schedule your reports to be sent out on Bonus Day.
  • Tribute Cards
    • It’s almost Valentine’s Day! Use this opportunity to have donors give a “gift or in-honor-of” using the tab on your project page. Give them the direct link in all your emails, project reports, and social media messages
    • Share a direct link to the “gift or in-honor-of” tab on your project page.  Donors give when it’s easy. Include the direct link in all of your emails, project reports, and social media messages. Here’s how you create the direct link to the “gift” option: Project URL+?show=gift
    • Here’s an example: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/fund-raising/?show=gift

GlobalGiving Support – We are here for you!

  • Click here to schedule a one-on-one support session.

 

Happy Matching,

Jenn, Emily, and Katherine

Tips and Tricks for Successful Holiday Fundraising on GlobalGiving

Posted by Katherine Sammons on October 1st, 2013

 

Recently we held a webinar on Holiday Fundraising on GlobalGiving. We went over the campaigns GlobalGiving is hosting this holiday season and a holiday campaign strategy. Did you miss it? Not to worry, below please find a summary of tips and tricks, the slides used, and a recording of the webinar.

Want to read the full terms and conditions of all the campaigns listed below? Click here to learn more about the Thank You Promotion, Gifts for Good, The Recurring Donation Promotion, and GlobalGiving’s first ever Year-End Campaign!

Tips and Tricks:

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  • Make a plan-How does your organization want to reach the $3,000 threshold from 30 donors?
  • Review GlobalGiving’s tools (tribute cards, fundraiser pages, etc.)- Meet with your team, Board Members , volunteers, etc. to review GlobalGiving’s tools to decide which tools your organization would like to utilize.
  • Review GlobalGiving’s campaigns-What works best for your organization?
  • Set-up a call with a GlobalGiving staff member-We are here to help you set-up a strategy by making a plan that best fits your organization. Click here to sign-up for a one-on-one.

Gifts for Good

  • Consider the cost of this promotion for your organization  when determining donation amount-Take in to account shipping costs (including the cost to expedite shipping), the price the product, and the cost of staff time.
  • Give gifts that are unique, interesting, and relevant- Give a gift that is made by one a beneficiary or give a gift from the location where your project is being completed.
  • Include the “story” behind your gift in your description- Where is the gift from? How does the gift tie in to the work your organization is doing?
  • Ship items quickly –Donors that purchase your gift are now your donors, so treat them as such.  Make sure gifts are shipped in a timely manner in order to ensure the gift arrives in time for the holiday. Your donors are looking forward to the arrival of your Gift for Good.
  • Include a personalized note or card in your package-Donors purchased your gift because they are inspired by your work! Thank them and tell them how their purchase for good will benefit your project’s work.

 

The Recurring Donation Campaign

  • Let your donors know that they can give a gift that keeps on giving- Some donors aren’t familiar with the recurring donation option on GlobalGiving. Educate them. 
  • Communicate the match- Make sure that your donors know what to do in order for your project to receive a match. In order for a donor’s initial donation to be matched, the donor must keep it active for at least 3 consecutive months (that’s four months all together)
  • Tell your organization’s story and how their donation will help-Explain how a continuous contribution will help your project succeed. For example, giving $25 ensures that Susan will have writing materials for class.

 

Thank Your Promotion

  • Keep your videos short- no longer than 1 minute-Please keep your video short in order to keep the attention of the viewer.
  • Make sure your video is shot in high resolution-Videos shot in high resolution are desired.
  • Submit content that is relevant to your project- Include footage of your beneficiaries (please always ask permission first), or your field staff, to share your work with donors.

 

The Highlights

  1. Set Goals- When planning for the holidays set goals. Lots of them! Set goals around:
    • Your communication strategy-how many people do you want to reach? And, how will you reach them?
    • How much funding does your organization want to raise during the holiday season?
    • Who does your organization need to help reach the goal? So for example, will your organization need to enlist volunteers, Board Members, and/or former interns?
  2. Mobilize through a campaign- Pick one or more of GlobalGiving’s campaigns to help engage your donors.  Talk with GlobalGiving staff to learn what campaigns fit your organization best.
  3. Create a communications calendar- Put together a communications calendar focusing on dates of communication and type (for example email or phone)
  1. Develop your messaging- Have communication ready and set to send and implement. Make sure you communicate the correct terms and conditions with your donor base. Provide messaging to those helping you fundraise, by creating template emails and social media tool-kit.
  2. Evaluate your progress and prepare to be flexible- Keep track of your project’s fundraising efforts.  If a fundraising tactic is not working for your organization, prepare to be flexible and adjust your strategy accordingly.

 

Resources Just for You! 

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GlobalGiving’s First Regional Bonus Days

Posted by Katherine Sammons on September 17th, 2013

 

You had something to say, and we listened. GlobalGiving is excited to introduce our first ever regional Bonus Days!

We have received feedback that organizations would like more opportunities to energize their local networks during matching campaigns, so in October GlobalGiving is hosting three Bonus Days!  GlobalGiving is offering a 30% match for each Bonus Day. To congratulate you on your hard work GlobalGiving will offer two $1,000 bonus awards, one for the project with most funds raised and one for the project with the most individual donors for each regional Bonus Day.

The Highlights

Wednesday, October 9th   
Africa, Middle East & Europe
$25,000 available in matching
Start time: 12:01 am EDTregional pic 2

Wednesday, October 16th (starts Tuesday, October 15th at 9:01 pm EDT)
Asia, Australia & Oceania
$15,000 available in matching
Start time: 9:01 pm EDT October 15

Wednesday, October 23rd
North and South America & the Caribbean
$20,000 available in matching
Start time: 9:01 am EDT

* Want to know what Bonus Day your project is eligible for? Your project’s Bonus Day is based upon the region in which the project takes place, not based on donor location.  Want to find out what region your project is in? Click here.

* The amount of matching funds for each Bonus Day were determined by the number of projects in each region.

Terms and Conditions for Africa, Middle East & Europe Bonus Day

  • Matching will begin at 12:01 am EDT on Wednesday, October 9 (this time in your city) and will end at 11:59 pm EDT on Wednesday, October 9, or until funds run out
  • There is $25,000 available in matching funds
  • Matching is applied at 30% up to $1,000 per donor per project (for example, a donation of $1,500 will receive a $300 match)
  • Only donations made by unique donors per project will be matched
  • The project that raises the most funds on Bonus Day will receive an additional $1,000 from GlobalGiving
  • The project that has the most unique donors on Bonus Day will receive an additional $1,000 from GlobalGiving
  • Projects must be approved and live on the GlobalGiving.org website by October 7, 2013 to be eligible.
  • An organization’s  project is eligible for the Bonus Day based upon the region in which the project takes place. Want to find our what region your project is in? Click here.
  • Only online donations (credit card or PayPal) are eligible for matching. Donations made by check or text-to-give are not eligible
  • Donations made on www.globalgiving.co.uk or any GlobalGiving corporate sites (including Nike, Eli Lilly, Global Action Atlas, etc) are NOT eligible for matching
  • Funds, such as the Girl Effect Fund are not eligible for matching
  • 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
  • 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 donor bonus award
  • We encourage you to get donations in early, because matching funds will likely run out before the end of the day
  • Please note that GlobalGiving will monitor and review all donations made through this matching offer. GlobalGiving maintains the right to make a final decision on all matters concerning the allocation of matching funds

Terms and Conditions for Asia, Australia & Oceania Bonus Day

  • Matching will begin at 9:01 pm EDT on Tuesday, October 15th  (this time in your city) and will end at 8:59 pm  ET on Wednesday, October 16th, or until funds run out
  • There is $15,000 available in matching funds
  • Matching is applied at 30% up to $1,000 per donor per project (for example, a donation of $1,500 will receive a $300 match)
  • Only donations made by unique donors per project will be matched
  • The project that raises the most funds on Bonus Day will receive an additional $1,000 from GlobalGiving
  • Projects must be approved and live on the GlobalGiving.org website by October 14, 2013 to be eligible.
  • The project that has the most unique donors on Bonus Day will receive an additional $1,000 from GlobalGiving
  • An organization’s  project is eligible for the Bonus Day based upon the region in which the project takes place. Want to find our what region your project is in? Click here.
  • Only online donations (credit card or PayPal) are eligible for matching. Donations made by check or text-to-give are not eligible
  • Donations made on www.globalgiving.co.uk or any GlobalGiving corporate sites (including Nike, Eli Lilly, Global Action Atlas, etc) are NOT eligible for matching
  • Funds, such as the Girl Effect Fund are not eligible for matching
  • 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
  • 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 donor bonus award
  • We encourage you to get donations in early, because matching funds will likely run out before the end of the day
  • Please note that GlobalGiving will monitor and review all donations made through this matching offer. GlobalGiving maintains the right to make a final decision on all matters concerning the allocation of matching funds

Terms and Conditions for North and South America & the Caribbean

  • Matching will begin at 9:01 am EDT on Wednesday, October 23rd (this time in your city) and will end at 8:59 am EDT on Thursday, October 24rd, or until funds run out
  • There is $20,000 available in matching funds
  • Matching is applied at 30% up to $1,000 per donor per project (for example, a donation of $1,500 will receive a $300 match)
  • Only donations made by unique donors per project will be matched
  • The project that raises the most funds on Bonus Day will receive an additional $1,000 from GlobalGiving
  • The project that has the most unique donors on Bonus Day will receive an additional $1,000 from GlobalGiving
  • Projects must be approved and live on the GlobalGiving.org website by October 21, 2013 to be eligible.
  • An organization’s  project is eligible for the Bonus Day based upon the region in which the project takes place. Want to find our what region your project is in? Click here.
  • Only online donations (credit card or PayPal) are eligible for matching. Donations made by check or text-to-give are not eligible
  • Donations made on www.globalgiving.co.uk or any GlobalGiving corporate sites (including Nike, Eli Lilly, Global Action Atlas, etc) are NOT eligible for matching
  • Funds, such as the Girl Effect Fund are not eligible for matching
  • 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
  • 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 donor bonus award
  • We encourage you to get donations in early, because matching funds will likely run out before the end of the day
  • Please note that GlobalGiving will monitor and review all donations made through this matching offer. GlobalGiving maintains the right to make a final decision on all matters concerning the allocation of matching funds

Support

We are here to help your organization get ready for Bonus Day!

Would you like one-on-one support to help your organization get ready for the campaign? Great! Sign-up, here. We are happy to set up a Bonus Day strategy that best fits your organization.

Do you have general questions? We will also be hosting a Bonus Day Training this week! Sign-up below:

Date: Wednesday, September 18
Times: 9:00 am EDT (This time in your city) and 3:00 pm EDT (This time in your city)
Webinar link: anymeeting.com/globalgivingus1

Questions?

Please contact Katherine Sammons at ksammons@globalgiving.org.

 

September Fundraiser Campaign-Tools for Success

Posted by Katherine Sammons on August 16th, 2013

The September Fundraiser Campaign is almost here! We can’t wait, and we hope that you are excited too. Our Product Team has been hard at work, revamping this tool, and creating materials for you to provide to your supporters (thank you, Nick V. and Paige!).

We recently hosted a webinar on the Fundraiser Campaign, where we shared information about the campaign, a step-by-step fundraising guide, and tips for success.

If you missed it, or would like to listen to it again, we have you covered! Below find the webinar slides, a recording, along with a summary of what we covered.

Campaign introduction

This campaign may be new to some , to learn more check out this recent blog post about the campaign.

Tips for success

  • Set your goal- As an organization come together and ask yourselves the following questions: How much money would we like to raise during this campaign? Do we want to fully fund our projects or raise a certain dollar amount closer to our goal? To raise our funding goal, how many supporters should we reach out to? Out of the number of supporters that we reach out to, how many do we need to set up a fundraiser in order to help us reach our goal?
  • Identify your network- How should you ask? This is a great opportunity to engage your supporters!  Reach out to interns, volunteers, and Board Members. These are groups that are really excited about the work your organization is doing! This is an opportunity for your supporters to tell their networks why they love your work so much.
  • Write your pitch- Send out an e-mail to your supporters telling them why you would love for them to set up a fundraiser page. Below, you’ll find a template e-mail to help you with this process.
  • Follow-up (pick up the phone/Skype)-We all get so many e-mails these days. Call your supporters, or Skype them, to follow-up with your original e-mail. They love your work and want to hear from you!

Support for you and your supporters

  • Click here, for a frequently asked questions page that will help guide your supporters.
  • Click here, for a step-by-step guide on creating a fundraising page.

The fundraising tool may be new to you and your supporters, but don’t worry, we have you covered! Below you will find a step-by-step fundraising guide, template e-mails for you and your supporters, and Fundraiser Campaign support sign-ups.

Template E-mail for Your Fundraisers to send to their networks:

Dear Supporter/Advocate/Preferably the person’s name,

You may know that I’ve been involved with [insert organization]. My involvement with [insert cause ] has been so important to me because [insert why you specifically became involved with the organization].

Now, I’m going to ask for a little bit of help. I have set up a fundraiser to spread the word about [insert cause], and raise funds for/so [insert cause ex: students in rural Uganda, more dogs are rescued this year].  I have set a personal goal of raising [insert dollar amount]. Will you help me reach my goal?

To help me reach my goal, and support [insert cause/insert project name]

  1. Go to [insert fundraiser page]
  2. Pick your funding amount
  3. Click the orange donate button
  4. Proceed to check-out
  5. Now, pat yourself on the back, you just did something earth-changing

Thank you so much for your support, it means a lot to me and [people like Susie, animals like Paws, etc.].

All the Best/Warm Wishes,

p.s. All donations made to [insert organization]’s project “[insert project title], are tax deductible for US citizens. You will receive a receipt upon check-out.

Template to Supporters

Subject Line: Win JetBlue tickets by supporting [organization name] in September

Hi [name],

We cannot thank you enough for your support for [organization name] over the past several [years]. Your support has helped [insert cause, ex: more children in Colombia go to school, rescue dogs in Peru], thank you!

Because you are one of our biggest supporters we thought that you would be interested in a new fundraising tool that will help us spread the word and fundraise for [insert cause] and give you the chance to WIN TWO JETBLUE TICKETS this September

[insert information about your cause for the donor – facts, figures and why it’s an important cause]

You may know that we work with GlobalGiving, an online fundraising platform that connects donors to projects they love. GlobalGiving has a fundraising tool that allows supporters to fundraise for projects that are meaningful to them. You can check it out here. So, where does the JetBlue ticket come in? As a thank you to top fundraisers, GlobalGiving will be giving away two JetBlue tickets (fare restrictions apply), to the fundraiser that raises the most funds, and secures at least 10 unique donors in the month of September

Would you like to learn more? Please feel free to send me an e-mail at [insert e-mail address] or give me a call at [insert phone number] I would love to talk with you more about this opportunity.

Thank you for all your support!

All the Best/Warm Wishes,

  • Would you like GlobalGiving to host a fundraiser training for your supporters? Express interest here! If we get enough interest, we will organize a training for your supporters.
  • Would you like to set-up a time to talk one-on-one about the campaign? Sign up here!

Still have questions? We would love to help! Feel free to send questions to, Katherine at ksammons@globalgiving.org