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October 15, 2014 Bonus Day Tips and Tricks

Posted by Katherine Sammons on September 17th, 2014

Last week GlobalGiving held a webinar on the terms and conditions for the upcoming October 15th Bonus Day. We also went over a Bonus Day strategy, that will help make Bonus Day a successful fundraising day for your organization. We’re offering a 30% match on all donations up to $1,000 per donor per project, while funds remain. There is $75,000 available in matching and matching begins at 9:00 am EDT and lasts until funds run out or 11:59 pm EDT.  There is also $2,000 in bonus prizes available!

The Benefits of Bonus Day

Bonus Days are a great way to re-energize your donor base and grow your network of supporters. Bonus Days allow your organization to fundraise around a time-bound campaign. Matching funds gained on Bonus Day are just the icing on the cake. Bonus Days should be looked at as a reason to ask your donors to give. They allow your organization to create a sense of urgency; donors must give now.

Bonus Day Terms & Conditions

For full Bonus Day terms and conditions click here.

Bonus Day Strategy – Let’s Gets Started! 

Use the timeline and tasks below to create a Bonus Day strategy for your organization to use in order to have a successful Bonus Day.

Tips and Tricks – Week 1, Sept. 22-28

  • Bonus Day Funding Goal (excluding matching funds and bonus prizes): ­____________
  • How many donors do you need to reach your funding goal?: ________________

Tips & Tricks – Week 2, Sept. 29 Oct. 5: Identify supporters and get feedback

  • Identify potential donors, such as board members, former volunteers and interns, and friends/family
  • Identify donor captains. Donor captains are responsible for raising a funding goal on the day of Bonus Day. For example, a donor captain may be a former intern that is excited about your work and pledges to raise $300 from 20 donors for your project. Donor captains help your organization grow its network of supporters.
  • Contact donor captains. Let them know why you are asking for their help and tell them how they can help. Remember your donor captains are persons that care about your organization, the work you are doing, and most importantly they care about you (the number 1 reason why people give is because someone they know and trust asked them too).

Tips & Tricks – Week 3, Oct. 6 Oct. 12: Begin Communication with supporters and write communications for Bonus Day

  • Send an email to your network letting them know that on Oct. 15th you will be asking them a favor. Tell them to look out for an email. Include a quote from a beneficiary, a story about one of your beneficiaries, or an update on how your project is doing. You want to make sure that you remind them about the great work your organization is doing, and why their donation will make a difference. Include the world clock announcer, so they know that time Bonus Day starts in their location, but do not include the link to give.
  • Call your major donors and supporters to let them know about the Bonus Day and that they should be on the look for an email from you about how to give on Oct. 15th.
  • Put together messaging for your organization to use on Bonus Day. This should include the following:

–A project report for GlobalGiving. Submit your project report to GlobalGiving before Bonus Day, and request that it be sent out on Oct. 15th at 9 am EDT (Bonus Day start time). In your project report include an update about your project, a quote from a beneficiary, and/or story of one of your beneficiaries. Also, don’t forget to include a call to action for donors to give on Bonus Day. Your project report should inspire them to give.

–Write and send messaging for your donor captains to use for Bonus Day asks. You want to make sure that assisting your organization is easy for them, and that they are sharing the correct information. Include a template email, sample tweets, and sample Facebook posts, if relevant.

Tips & Tricks – Week 4, Oct. 13 -19: Bonus Day week & thank you notes

  • Day before Bonus Day: Send out an email to supporters the day before Bonus Day letting them know that there is an opportunity for them to have their donation matched. Let them know when Bonus Day starts. Include the world clock event announcer, so they know what time Bonus Day starts in their location. Do not include a link to your project page or how to give quite yet.
  • Bonus Day: When Bonus Day begins at 9 am EDT, send out an email to your supporters letting them know that you are now asking for the favor, and why. Include directions on how to give, by including a direct link to your project page. Do not send donors to GlobalGiving’s homepage. Please send donors directly to your project page in order to minimize confusion and clicks.

Day after Bonus Day: Make sure you thank your donors in a timely manner by using GlobalGiving’s thank you note feature.  Click here to learn more about the thank you note feature

Listen, Act, Learn. Repeat. 

We know your time and resources are valuable. We want to help you be as effective as possible with those resources, and we’ve seen that effectiveness is driven by a cycle of progress that involves listening, acting, and learning (and repeating — doing it all again). Think about the questions below in order to test how your strategy worked.

  • LISTEN: You just read tips for a creating a successful October 15th Bonus Day.
  • ACT: What is one way you are going to fundraise for Bonus Day?
  • LEARN: How will you know whether your fundraising strategy worked? What results will you look for in order to measure success?

October Bonus Day Terms & Conditions

Posted by Katherine Sammons on September 9th, 2014

September is here and that means that fundraising is getting back into full gear! To help your organization propel it’s fundraising efforts GlobalGiving is hosting a Bonus Day on October 15th, 2014. Bonus Days are a great way and reason for your organization to reach out to your donors and ask them to give.

We’re offering a 30% match on all donations up to $1,000 per donor per project, while funds remain. There is $75,000 available in matching and matching begins at 9:00 am EDT and lasts until funds run out or 11:59 pm EDT.  There is also $2,000 in bonus prizes available! Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to hit your funding goals and supply your supporters with a time sensitive campaign. Check out the full terms and conditions below:

Terms & Conditions

  • Bonus Day begins at 09:00:00 AM EDT on October 15, 2014 and ends at 11:59:59 PM EDT on October 15, 2014.
  • There is $75,000 in matching funds available.
  • Online donations of up to $1,000 per individual donor per project are eligible to be matched at 30%, while funds last. So for example a donation of $1,500 will receive a $300 match.
  • Bonus Prizes:
    • All bonus prizes will be determined at 11:59:59 PM EDT on October 15, 2014 pending GlobalGiving approval.
    • The project that raises the most donations on Bonus Day will receive an additional $1,000 from GlobalGiving.
    • The project that secures the most unique donors on Bonus Day will receive an additional $1,000 from GlobalGiving.
    • If projects tie for the most donations raised prize than the project that has the most unique donors will receive the $1,000 bonus prize.
    • If projects tie for the most unique donors prize than the project that has the most donations raised will receive the $1,000 bonus prize.
  • Projects must be approved and live on the globalgiving.org website by October 13, 2014 to be eligible.
  • 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.
  • Donations made on globalgiving.co.uk or any GlobalGiving corporate sites including Benevity are not eligible for matching.
  • GlobalGiving funds, such as the Ebola Fund and Girl Effect 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.
  • Online donations made using PayPal or credit card must be made by the PayPal account or credit card 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 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. During the October 15th, 2014 Bonus Day 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 Bonus Day  Support

  • Are you looking for intensive one-on-one support for the upcoming Bonus Day that is being held on October 15th? Apply for a 4-week strategy session with GlobalGiving’s Bonus Day fundraising guru, Katherine Sammons. Organizations will be selected by September 15th. Click here to apply.
  • Join us on Thursday, September 12 for a webinar on Bonus Day preparation and tips and tricks for getting ready for the big day!
    Sign-up for webinar: Click here
    Date: Friday, September 12
    Time: 11 am EDT (time in your city)
  • Questions about Bonus Day? Please email projecthelp@globalgiving.org

Partner Rewards Bonus Day Webinar Summary

Posted by Katherine Sammons on June 30th, 2014

On Thursday June 26th, GlobalGiving  held two webinars to prepare you all for our upcoming Partner Rewards Bonus Day! We discussed the basic Terms and Conditions, what are Partner Rewards Levels and how to find out yours, tips and tricks for succeeding in the Bonus Day, and the support GlobalGiving can provide you leading up to this event.

If you were not able to attend or you would like to listen again you can view the presentation and listen to the recording here.

Basic Bonus Day Information

This Matching Day honors all the hard work you all have put in to being Partners, Leaders, and Superstars. The amount of matching you and your organization will receive is dependent on your Partner Rewards Status. Partners will receive 30% in matching funds, Leaders will receive 40% in matching funds, and Superstars will receive 50% in matching funds. We are also excited to announce that for this Partner Rewards Bonus Day, we are adding an extra $10,000 in matching funds!  Now, the total amount of matching funds available is $130,000. We are offering a $1,000 bonus award for the project that raises the most funds and a $500 bonus award for the project that comes in second place. There’s more! We are also offering another $1,000 bonus award for most individual donors and a $500 award for the project that comes in second place. 

Terms and Conditions

  • Bonus Day begins at 9:00 am EDT on July 16th, 2014 (time in your city) and ends at 11:59 pm EDT (time in your city) on July 16th, 2014
  • There is $130,000 in matching funds available
  • Online donations of up to $1,000 per individual donor per project are eligible to be matched at 30% to 50% depending on the organization’s Partner Rewards Level.
  • Organizations ranked as Partner will have their donations matched at 30%, organizations ranked as Leader will have their donations matched at 40%, and organizations ranked as Superstar will have their donations matched at 50%.
  • The organization that raises the most donations on Bonus Day will receive an additional $1,000 from GlobalGiving. This bonus prize is determined at 11:59 pm EDT on July 16th
  • The organization comes in second place for most donations on Bonus Day will receive an additional $500 from GlobalGiving. This bonus prize is determined at 11:59 pm EDT on July 16th.
  • The organization that secures the most unique donors on Bonus Day will receive an additional $1,000 from GlobalGiving. This bonus prize is determined at 11:59 pm EDT on July 16th.
  • The organization that comes in second place for most unique donors on Bonus Day will receive an additional $500 from GlobalGiving. This bonus prize is determined at 11:59 pm EDT on July 16th.
  • Projects must be approved and live on the GlobalGiving.org website by July 14th 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  Benevity are not eligible for matching.
  • Funds, such as  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.

Your Partner Rewards 

To maximize this upcoming Bonus Day as much as possible, it is important to know the ins and outs of Partner Rewards. To start, below are easy steps to finding your Partner Rewards Level:

  1. Log-in to Project Entry (PE)
  2. Access your dashboard
  3. You will see a grey box titled, “Reward Level”
  4. Click “Reward Level”

Once you complete these steps, you will see that there are different sub-categories GlobalGiving uses to determine your Partner Rewards Level. Your level is based upon the lowest sub-rank. For example, if you are a Leader in the reporting sub-category and a Superstar in the other five categories, your Partner Rewards Level will be Leader. These levels are also calculated every single day around 8 AM EST. This allows all of you to have a chance to increase your Partner Rewards Level and maintain your high statuses. Remember – all matching will be calculated based on your organization’s Partner Rewards Level as of 11:00 PM EDT (time in your city) on Tuesday, July 15th! Be sure that your Partner Rewards Level is secure by this time.

Bonus Day Tips and Tricks

Follow the strategy below to plan out a success Bonus Day.

Week 1, June 23-27: Start initial preparations for the Bonus Day

  • Bonus Day Funding Goal (excluding matching funds and bonus prizes):______________
  • How many donors do you need to reach your funding goal?:________________
  • Learn more about Partner Rewards Bonus Day by clicking here.
  • Learn your organization’s Partner Rewards Level.

Week 2, June 30 – July 4: Identify supporters and get feedback

  • Identify potential donors, such as board members, former volunteers and interns, and friends/family
  • Identify donor captains. Donor captains are responsible for raising a funding goal on the day of Bonus Day. For example, a donor captain may be a former intern that is excited about your work and pledges to raise a certain amount of money from a certain amount of donors for your project. Donor captains help your organization grow its network of supporters.
  • Contact donor captains. Let them know why you are asking for their help and tell them how they can help. Remember your donor captains are persons that care about your organization, the work you are doing, and most importantly they care about you (this is the number one reason donors give – they know and trust you)!
  • Set up a consultation call with Katherine to go over your strategy and get feedback. Click here to sign up for a consultation.

Week 3, July 7 – July 11: Begin communication with supporters and write communications for Bonus Day

    • Send an email to your network letting them know that on July 16th you will be asking them for a favor, and tell them to look out for an email. Include a quote from a beneficiary, a story about one of your beneficiaries, or an update on how your project is doing. You want to make sure that you remind them about the great work your organization is doing, and why their donation will make a difference. Include a world clock announcer, so they know that time Bonus Day starts in their location, but do not include the link to give.
    • Call you major donors and supporters to let them know about the Bonus Day on the 16th, and that they should be on the look out for an email from you about how to give on July 16th
    • Put together messaging for your organization to use on Bonus Day. This should include the following:
  1. A project report for GlobalGiving. Submit your project report to GlobalGiving before Bonus Day, and request that it be sent out on July 16th at 9 AM EDT (Bonus Day start time). In your project report include an update about your project, a quote from a beneficiary, and/or story of one of your beneficiaries. Also, don’t forget to include a call-to-action for donors to give on Bonus Day. Your project report should inspire them to give.
  2. Write and send messaging for your donor captains  to use for Bonus Day asks. You want to make sure that assisting your organization is easy for them, and that they are sharing the correct information. Include a template email, sample tweets, and sample Facebook posts, if relevant.

Week 4, July 14 – 18: Bonus Day week and thank you notes

    • Day before Bonus Day: Send out an email to supporters the day before Bonus Day letting them know that there is an opportunity for them to have their donation matched. Let them know when Bonus Day starts. Include the world clock event announcer, so they know what time Bonus Day starts in their location. Do not include a link to your project page or how to give quite yet!
    • Bonus Day: When Bonus Day starts at 9 AM EDT, send out an email to your supporters letting them know that you are now asking for the favor, and why. Include directions on how to give, by including a direct link to your project page. Remember – do not send donors to GlobalGiving’s homepage! Please send donors directly to your project page in order to minimize confusion and clicks.
    • Day after Bonus Day: Make sure you thank your donors in a timely manner by using GlobalGiving’s thank you note feature. Click here to learn more about the thank you note feature.

Support at GlobalGiving

If you are feeling overwhelmed at all about the Bonus Day, there is no need to worry. GlobalGiving is here to help! Katherine will be setting up consultations calls for anyone who wants to know more about Partner Rewards, how to increase their Partner Rewards, and additional information about the Bonus Day. You can click here to sign up!

Listen, Act, Learn. Repeat.

We know your time and resources are valuable. We want to help you be as effective as possible with those resources, and we’ve seen that effectiveness is driven by a cycle of progress that involves listening, acting, and learning (and repeating — doing it all again). Below, find an exercise that will help you start the listening, acting, and learning process.

  • LISTEN: You just listened to a presentation on fundraising for Partner Rewards Bonus Day and read a summary of the presentation.
  • ACT: What is one fundraising strategy you are going to use to fundraise for Partner Rewards Bonus Day?
  • LEARN: How will you know whether your fundraising strategy worked? What results will you look for in order to measure success?

All the Best,

Sylvia Lorenzini & The GlobalGiving Team

Partner Rewards Bonus Day – July 16

Posted by Katherine Sammons on June 17th, 2014

Partner Rewards Bonus Day is just around the corner; July 16th to be exact. We can’t wait!  We are throwing in another $10,000 in matching making there $130,000 available in matching ($40,000 more than last year!). And, in an effort to make funds last longer, GlobalGiving will be matching donations up to $1,000 per donor per project. We are offering a $1,000 bonus award for the project that raises the most funds and a $500 bonus award for the project that comes in second. There’s more! We are also offering another $1,000 bonus award for most individual donors and a $500 award for the project that comes in second. Matching begins at 9 am EDT and lasts until funds run out or 11:59 pm EDT.

This is a great way to supercharge your fundraising efforts, reengage your donors, and learn more about your Partner Rewards Level.  GlobalGiving staff is here to assist you with your fundraising strategy and answer questions about the big day.  Read on for more information on the Partner Rewards program, information about the Bonus Day, and opportunities for support.

Matching Percentages

  • Organizations ranked as Partner will have their donations matched at 30% (a donation of $1,000 will receive a $300 match)
  • Organizations ranked as Leader will have their donations matched at 40% (a donation of $1,000 will receive a $400 match)
  • Organizations ranked as Superstar will have their donations matched at 50% (a donation of $1,000 will receive a $500 match)

Accessing Your Organization’s Partner Rewards Level

Your organization’s matching percent is based upon your Partner Rewards Level. This is a great way for you to use Bonus Day as an opportunity to increase your Partner Rewards Level.  Below please find steps on how to access your organization’s Partner Rewards Level:

  1. Log-in to Project Entry (PE)
  2. Access your dashboard
  3. You will see a grey box titled, “Reward Level”
  4. Click “Reward Level”

After you have accessed your Partner Reward Level, you will be able to see the different sub-categories we use to determine your Partner Rewards level. Your overall level is based on the lowest sub-rank. For example, if you are a Partner in any one category, your Reward Level, will be Partner. Any questions regarding your Partner Rewards level must be received by GlobalGiving no later than July 16th.  All matching will be calculated based on your organization’s Partner Rewards Level as of 11:00 pm EDT (time in your city) on Tuesday, July 15th. Be sure that your Partner Rewards Level is secure by this time.

Bonus Days Terms and Conditions

  • Bonus Day begins at 9:00 am EDT on July 16th, 2014 (time in your city) and ends at 11:59 pm EDT (time in your city) on July 16th, 2014
  • There is $130,000 in matching funds available
  • Online donations of up to $1,000 per individual donor per project are eligible to be matched at 30% to 50% depending on the organization’s Partner Rewards Level.
  • Organizations ranked as Partner will have their donations matched at 30%, organizations ranked as Leader will have their donations matched at 40%, and organizations ranked as Superstar will have their donations matched at 50%.
  • The organization that raises the most donations on Bonus Day will receive an additional $1,000 from GlobalGiving. This bonus prize is determined at 11:59 pm EDT on July 16th
  • The organization comes in second place for most donations on Bonus Day will receive an additional $500 from GlobalGiving. This bonus prize is determined at 11:59 pm EDT on July 16th.
  • The organization that secures the most unique donors on Bonus Day will receive an additional $1,000 from GlobalGiving. This bonus prize is determined at 11:59 pm EDT on July 16th.
  • The organization that comes in second place for most unique donors on Bonus Day will receive an additional $500 from GlobalGiving. This bonus prize is determined at 11:59 pm EDT on July 16th.
  • Projects must be approved and live on the GlobalGiving.org website by July 14th 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  Benevity are not eligible for matching.
  • Funds, such as  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.

GlobalGiving Support Opportunities

  • To learn more about your organization’s Partner Rewards Level and for fundraising support you can sign-up for a one-on-one call by clicking here.
  • Join me on June 26th  for a webinar on how to make Bonus Day successful fundraising day for your organization. Click here to sign-up for a time that works best for you.

The 2014 Photo Contest

Posted by Katherine Sammons on June 17th, 2014

It’s GlobalGiving’s favorite time of the year, Photo Contest time! A photo speaks volumes about your work and it captures the essence of what you do and why you do it. A powerful photo engages an audience and shows them in a matter of seconds all the amazing work that you do.

To promote your photos, GlobalGiving is hosting its fifth annual Photo Contest. We can’t stop smiling when thinking about your photo submissions! Read on for more information.

How to submit your photos:

  1. Upload your organization’s photo submission to your project page by July 22nd, 11:59 pm EDT.  Learn how to upload a photo to your project page here.
  2. Save and submit your project page changes. It will take GlobalGiving staff one to two business days to approve your changes.
  3. Once your project is approved, please submit your photo’s URL to the Photo Contest. You can find your photo’s unique URL by clicking on the desired photo in your project’s photo gallery and copying the photo’s URL.
  4. Submit your photo’s URL to the Photo Contest entry form here.

Photo Contest Terms and Conditions

  • The photo contest submission deadline is 11:59 pm EDT on July 25, 2014. All Photo Contest submission forms must be submitted by this date.
  • All photos must be uploaded to the relevant project page and approved for the GlobalGiving website to be considered for submission.
  • Any new photos that must be approved are required to be submitted no later than 11:59 pm EDT on July 22, 2014.
  • Only organizations that have an active project on globalgiving.org may participate. Projects on globalgiving.co.uk or any GlobalGiving supported corporate sites may not participate.
  • Only the top 15 photos in each category will move on to the voting page.
  • The five categories are:

o    Give Knowledge

o    Give Hope

o    Give Green

o    Give Relief

o    Give Support

  • Your photo will be placed into the category based on the primary theme of the project for which the photo was submitted.
  • The top 15 finalists from each category will be chosen by a third-party representative.
  • The 15 finalists from each category will be uploaded to GlobalGiving.org for voting and voting will be open to the public.
  • Voting will take place from noon EDT on August 18, 2014  (time in your city) until noon EDT on  August 29, 2014 (time in you city)
  • Votes will be counted based on email address. Only unique email addresses will be counted towards a unique vote
  • Each vote must be confirmed via email. Once a vote has been made, the voter will receive an email from GlobalGiving to confirm his or her vote. Only upon confirmation will that vote be counted.
  • An individual may vote for as many photos as he or she wishes, but only one vote per photo will count. For example, if I vote for the same photo five times, only one of my votes will count towards the final count.
  • Any activity not in the spirit of having unique individuals vote will not be counted towards vote totals and will disqualify an organization from winning any of the prizes.
  • GlobalGiving will be monitoring all voting activity and will cross match email addresses, names, countries, and IP addresses to determine the validity of all voters. Votes that are deemed fraudulent will be removed and may disqualify the organization from winning any prizes.
  • The one photo with the most votes overall at noon EDT on August 29, 2014, will be awarded a $1,000 bonus to be used to support the organization’s project.
  • One runner-up from the four remaining categories will each be featured for a full day on the GlobalGiving homepage and will be highlighted through GlobalGiving’s social media outreach.

If you have any questions, please contact Katherine at projecthelp@globalgiving.org

How Photo Themes are Chosen

You will be placed into the category based on the primary theme of the project for which the photo was submitted.

  • Give Knowledge
  • Education
  • Give Relief
  • Health
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Give Support
  • Microfinance
  • Humanitarian assistance
  • Children
  • Give Hope
  • Economic Development
  • Women and Girls
  • Human Rights
  • Democracy and Government
  • Sport
  • Give Green
  • Environment
  • Animals
  • Climate Change
  • Technology

Join us for an expert webinar on photo editing

To learn more about what elements make a great photo and to learn tips for mobilizing donors join us for a webinar on July 9th. Check out the details below:

  • Date: July 9th, 2014
  • Time: 9 am EDT or 3 pm EDT
  • Webinar Reminder Sign-up: Click here

Prizes

  • The one photo with the most votes overall at noon EDT on August 292014, will be awarded a $1,000 bonus to support the organization’s project, will be featured on the GlobalGiving homepage for a full day, and highlighted through GlobalGiving’s social media outreach.
  • One runner-up from the remaining four categories will each be featured for a full day on the GlobalGiving homepage and will be highlighted using GlobalGiving’s social media outreach.

For a dose of inspiration, click here to view the results of the 2013 Photo Contest. We can’t wait to see yours!

Apply for Professional Storytelling Support

Posted by Katherine Sammons on May 5th, 2014

 

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

Angela Wu

Angela Wu

Application Highlights          

Due Date:  June 13, 2014

Application: Click here 

Selection Date: July 3, 2014

 

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

 

Online Fundraising Academy: Fundraising Evaluation and Analysis

Posted by Alexis Nadin on May 1st, 2014

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

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

Session notes:

Fundraising Analysis

WHO should be using data to drive fundraising strategy?

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

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

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

Fundraising Activity

Time Spent on Activity

Total Donations from Activity

Email outreach

10 hours

$1,000

Board outreach

3 hours

$1,000

Social media

5 hours

$300

WHEN should you use data to set goals?

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

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

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

Announcing the 2014 Video Contest Winners

Posted by Katherine Sammons on April 9th, 2014

What another great year of video submissions! Thank you to every one who submitted a video to GlobalGiving’s Video Contest. This year there were more than 70 submissions from around the globe. Our guest judges at Stillmotion did not have an easy job!  The grand prize winner of the Video Contest will have their film and project featured in a GlobalGiving newsletter sent to 136,000 donors. The winners of the Video Contest will be featured on social media. Without further delay the winners are…

Grand Prize Winner 

The SOLD Project!  The SOLD Project offers scholarships and resources to at-risk children in Northern Thailand. The video tells the story of the their work beautifully!  Click the video below to see for yourself. It’s sure to inspire you.

SOLD Project

 

The Winners 

RDDC! Rebecca Davis Dance Company (RDDC) uses dance to engage and advance the lives of street children and under served youth in post-conflict and developing countries. Click the video below to learn more about their work and learn a few new dance moves of your own!

RDDC

 

More Than Me! More Than Me Foundation helps little girls get off the street and into school. Check out their inspiring video filled with get out of your seat and dance music and lots of smiles.

More Than Me

 

BREADS! Bangalore Rural Educational and Development Society (BREADS) helps children, youths, and women fight poverty through various education and livelihood programs. Check out the video below to learn more about their work and hear Sunitha’s story.

BREADS

 

The Food Family Farming Foundation! Food Family Farming Foundation works to provide tools that enable all schools, parents, and students, and teachers to progress from serving highly processed, unhealthy food to serving fresh, scratch-cooked food. What’s in your lunch box? Check out what should be and why what you eat is so important by clicking the video below.

Food Family Farming

Online Fundraising Academy: Creating a Campaign Strategy

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

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

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

Session Notes:

Arlington Academy of Hope

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

Build Consensus

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

Make a plan – who to target

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

Messaging

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

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2014 Video Contest

Posted by Alexis Nadin on February 19th, 2014

It’s here, GlobalGiving’s third annual Video Contest!  Every year the GlobalGiving team is blown away by submissions. Telling your project’s story through a short film is a great way to inspire donors and give them insight into your work. Read on to learn more about creating an effective short film and details about the contest. We can’t wait to watch your video!

Video Training: Not your Everyday Webinar

Watch here!

Our friends at What Took You So Long Foundation (WTYSL) were kind enough to make an educational video filled with tips on telling projects’ stories through film. This eye catching instructional video offers 34 tips and examples for creating short films about non-profit organizations and international projects. You don’t want to miss it! Click here to watch.

Inspired by WTYSL’s work? We are too! Click here to learn more about this incredible team. You can also learn more about What Took You So Long? by:

Inspiration

So now that you are an expert film maker you may need a little inspiration to get started. Take a look at last year’s grand prize winner, 12 PLUS, here.

Terms and Conditions:

  • Participating organizations must be current GlobalGiving Partners, Leaders, or Superstars.
  • Please note that projects not featured on globalgiving.org are not eligible.
  • Eligible videos must be between 00:30 seconds and 3 minutes long. Videos that are longer than 3 minutes will be disqualified.
  • Videos must be embedded in the GlobalGiving project page in order to qualify for the Video Contest.
  • The submitted video must focus on the content described in the project.
  • Videos must be high quality and creative.
  • Videos may not contain any copyrighted element including music, videos, or photographs. Be sure that you have obtained all necessary legal rights for the content of your video.
  • All video participants must give informed consent of their participation in order to take part in the filming of your video.
  • Videos may not contain vulgar language or inappropriate content. GlobalGiving reserves the right to determine inappropriate content and disqualify a video.
  • Organizations may submit one video per organization.
  • Videos must be submitted by 11:59 pm EST (what time in your city) on Friday, March 7th in order to be considered for contest participation.

Adding Music to your Video

Looking for some music to add to your video without worry about copyright issues? Check out the Vimeo Music Store. The Vimeo Music Store includes songs for commercial use and the site even provides some great songs for free!

How to submit your video:

  • Upload your video to YouTube.
  • Embed your YouTube video into your project page by entering the direct YouTube link to your video under the “Project Video” section of the “Photos & Documents” tab in the project editor in the project entry system. Save and submit your project edits. The GlobalGiving team will review and approve your changes within 1-2 business days.
  • Submit the web address for your project page and video in this entry form.

Prizes

Five videos will be selected by a judge to be featured in GlobalGiving’s social media. One grand prize winner will be featured in GlobalGiving’s monthly donor newsletter that currently has 120,000 plus subscribers. Last year’s winner raised almost $6,000 when featured!