#GivingTuesday is going global – Get ready!

Posted by Alexis Nadin on October 2nd, 2014

Giving-tuesday_webIn the U.S., Black Friday and Cyber Monday traditionally kick off the holiday shopping season where retailers earn the more money than any quarter in the year. Launched in 2012, #GivingTuesday is a day-long campaign that aims to capture this spirit of generosity to help drive donations and volunteer hours during the holiday season!

#GivingTuesday falls on December 2nd this year and it is a call to action to find creative ways for your family, community, company or organization to give! Donations on #GivingTuesday grew 90% from 2012 to 2013. More than 10,000 nonprofits, companies, celebrities are already onboard in 2014. This movement has even gone global, with sister movements in 40 countries and regions, including Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United Kingdom, Latin America and Singapore!

In the lead up to #GivingTuesday this year, GlobalGiving hosted a webinar featuring some very special guests – Melissa Cronin and Kait Sheridan from 92Y, one of the creators of #GivingTuesday here in the U.S., and Patricio Boyd from OurMark, from the #UnDiaParaDar movement in Latin America! Watch the webinar recording here.

Melissa shared 3 things that an organization can do to make the most of #GivingTuesday:

  1. Try something new! The most creative fundraising campaigns are usually the most successful.
  2. Engage your existing supporters. Make them a part of your project.
  3. And design a campaign that helps you reach out to new supporters!

Patricio shared insights into the effort to spread #GivingTuesday concept to Latin America with #undiaparadar (one day to give) and the movement’s efforts to elevate the culture of giving in Latin America:

  1. Make the most of corporate partner matching funds! Donors like when their donation goes further.
  2. It not all about the money. Blood donation drives, food and clothing drives are also an effective way of giving.
  3. Engage more volunteers. A volunteer today could become a donor tomorrow!

More information about #GivingTuesday and fundraising toolkits to get you started can be found on here and upcoming webinars can be found here. If you have any additional questions, please email givingtuesday@gmail.com.

Organizations in Latin America are encouraged to check out #undiaparadar’s website and to get involved in this regional movement.

Finally, stay tuned for upcoming announcements about GlobalGiving’s Year-End campaigns and how your organization can participate!

So save the date – December 2nd is #GivingTuesday 2014!

 

 This post was written by Lucius Lee, Program Team Intern. 

Make the most of 2014 year-end fundraising

Posted by Alexis Nadin on September 30th, 2014

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

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

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

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

What to expect in 2014

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

1. Take advantage of important dates. It’s no coincidence that November and December are the biggest giving months of the year. In the U.S., all tax deductible donations to non-profits must be made before the end of the year (Dec. 31st) to be eligible for deduction from 2014 taxes.

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

Take advantage of these important dates:

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

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

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

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

GlobalGiving has got your back this holiday season!

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

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

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

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

Resource round up

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

The Year-End Campaign – Holiday fundraising made easy!

Posted by Alexis Nadin on September 30th, 2014

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

Check out these awesome bonus awards for most money raised:

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

That’s a lot of chances to win.

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

Terms and Conditions:

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

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 a.m. EDT and lasts until funds run out or 11:59 p.m. 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?

Infographic: GlobalGiving’s Bet on Improving Effectiveness

Posted by Alison Carlman on September 16th, 2014

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

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

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

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