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Let’s Get Ready to (Online) Fundraise!

Let’s Get Ready to (Online) Fundraise!

Who raised over $5.7 million in December 2014? If you guessed GlobalGiving’s nonprofit partners, then you’re right!

Each December, GlobalGiving runs its annual Year-End Campaign to support current nonprofit partners to raise money during the biggest giving season of the year. With October upon us, that means it’s time to start thinking about how to maximize your fundraising efforts and end your year with a financial bang.

According to Blackbaud’s Charitable Giving Report, nonprofits raise more in December than any other month of the year – almost 18% of all annual online giving!

March 18, 2015 Bonus Day

February is almost over and that means the first Bonus Day is right around the corner! To help your organization propel its fundraising efforts in 2015 GlobalGiving is hosting a Bonus Day on March 18, 2015.

Bonus Days are a great reason for your organization to reach out to your donors and ask them to give. It makes it so their donation goes a little further and gives them a short deadline to make a contribution. It is not only an opportunity for you to get matching funds and bonus prizes, but also an opportunity to engage with your donors and keep them excited about your organization!

We’re offering a 30% match on all donations up to $1,000 per donor per project, while funds remain. There is $60,000 available in matching and matching begins at 9:00:00 EDT and lasts until funds run out or 23:59:59 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.

GlobalGiving Bonus Day Support

  • Take a look at this short video tutorial about how to fundraise on Bonus Day.
  • Are you looking for one-on-one support for the upcoming Bonus Day that is being held on March 18th? Sign up for a half hour consultation with Sonja, the campaign manager at GlobalGiving.
  • Sign up here to receive an email notification from GlobalGiving when matching funds run out.
  • Questions about Bonus Day? Please email

Check out the full terms and conditions for Bonus Day below:

Terms & Conditions

  • Bonus Day begins at 09:00:00 EDT on March 18, 2015 and ends at 23:59:59 PM EDT on March 18, 2015.
  • There is $60,000 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 EDT on March 18, 2015 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 website by March 16, 2015 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 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 will indicate in your donation manager which donations are eligible to be matched based on the time that the donation was made and the method of payment. This does not guarantee that a specific donation will be matched.
  • Any donor who makes an eligible donation on Bonus Day will be able to see the matching funds for their donation on their GlobalGiving receipt page if they refresh the receipt page after 60 seconds. This does not guarantee that a specific donation will be matched.
  • 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 can only be claimed as 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 March 18, 2015 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.

As always, let us know if you have any questions at


The 2015 GlobalGiving Video Contest!

It’s here, GlobalGiving’s fourth annual Video Contest!  Every year the GlobalGiving team and our donors are blown away by the amazing 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

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:


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, the SOLD project, here.

Online Fundraising Academy: How to Write Earth-Changing Emails

In GlobalGiving’s fifth Online Fundraising Academy session, we invited our own Alison Carlman, to share tips and key lessons she’s learned in donor communications. In her role as Unmarketing Manager, Alison is responsible for engaging the GlobalGiving community and for telling the stories of GlobalGiving and its partner projects. In 2013, Alison and her team raised $270,000 from donor emails. 

Session Recording

Listen, test, learn, repeat – experimentation and testing key to improving work

  • Listen to your audience, peers, research
  • Test assumptions in experiments
  • Learn from your experiments
  • Do it again and again and again!

This is how GlobalGiving Listens, Tests, Learns and Repeats:


  • Users – your audience, the people who receive messages
    • To improve our e-newsletter, we got feedback from users – who opens, donates, clicks
    • What we learned:
  1.  Keep it short – people don’t read news
  2.  Talk about the users, not you – what’s relevant to them, why they should care
  3. Made it even shorter
  4. Use big images  – people click on the header image
  5. Use clear images with one person making eye contact.
  6. Add humor, make it clever and unexpected – include jokes, puns
  7. Have a big and clear call-to-action – make your ask clear and easy for users to do
  8. Personalize it! – add people’s names, send personalized thank you. Users like to know they’ve been thought of, not just written to the masses.
  • Peers – similar organizations you can learn from
    • charitywater emailcharity: water – use beautiful image, well laid-out, formatted for mobile phones, very little text, interesting lead text, unexpected, humorous and large call-to-action
    • – personalized by state, simple and short, made it sound urgent, very clear request
    • Kiva – personalized, clear call-to-action, made it look like it was forwarded by a staff member
      • Did A/B testing (divide users into 2 groups and provided a different email to each group to see which email did better)
      • Kiva’s “trick” forwarded email performed 2x as well
      • Personalizing really works!
  • What we learned:
  1. Use beautiful imagery.
  2. Make it mobile friendly
  3. Keep it brief.
  4. Use interesting lead text.
  5. Try unexpected/humorous (but still visibly clear) calls-to-action.
  6. Try unexpected subject lines and formats
  • Project report titles are now the subject line when project reports are sent out to GlobalGiving donors
  • Theory – what does the research say?
  1. Shorten distance between user and subject matter – connect them to one person/animal/object. Easier to feel like you can make a difference in one person’s life than a big group.
  2. Tell a compelling story about that one person – how a person has overcome an obstacle or how they have potential to overcome obstacles
  3. Donors will give if they feel it will bring them close to people in their network – focus on what you can do for your users. Give them something to share so they can connect to their social network.
  4. People give more when it’s easy – Make the process to give as easy as possible. And give reminders
  5. Not all donors are the same – these tips won’t work for everyone. Need different messages for different donors.

Test, learn and repeat

  • Look at metrics to measure success of email











Bonus Day-Feb.12th

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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:

GlobalGiving Support – We are here for you!

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


Happy Matching,

Jenn, Emily, and Katherine