The Gift that Keeps on Giving: GlobalGiving’s Recurring Donation Campaign

The holiday season is in full swing and there is no better time to talk to your donors and supporters about the Recurring Donation Campaign. GlobalGiving’s Recurring Donation Campaign began December 1, 2012 and will end at 11:59 pm on December 31, 2012. Click here to read the full terms and conditions and to access the leaderboard.

Haven’t taken advantage of the Recurring Donation Campaign yet? Not a problem. Matching funds are still available! Below you will find ideas for how to make the Recurring Donation Campaign part of your holiday strategy and an email template to help you communicate your “ask”. 


Give Recurring Donations as Gifts 

Let donors know that they can give recurring donations as gifts to their family and friends for the holidays. What a great gift option! To make a recurring donation as a gift, click the “Gift or in-honor of” tab, fill out the gift or in-honor information and then at checkout choose the “monthly” frequency options. And just like that you have given the gift that keeps on giving! For step-by-step instructions click here.


Tips and Tricks

  • Segment your emails. Consider changing your messaging depending on your audience. Send emails to people who have given, supporters/volunteers and people in your general network.  Changing your approach and messaging depending on the audience will help you get your message out appropriately to each group
  • Write a Facebook status regularly about the campaign
  • Ask your board members, staff and volunteers to share information on the campaign to people within their network and set a goal for the number of asks. For example, every board member tells 10 people in their network about the Recurring Donation Campaign and asks those people to give. Say you have 5 board members, that is 50 asks!

Sample donor email

Hi _________,

Did you know that for only $___ per month – the cost of one [coffee, lunch at a restaurant, sandwich, dinner, etc] – [Your organization] can provide [service or good] to [group] in [country]?

[Include a short personal anecdote about the work that your organization does related to the service you talked about above.]

We depend on donations to make sure we can provide this valuable [service or good] to the community each month. Help us provide a reliable [service or good] to more [people, animals, etc] by signing up for a recurring donation! A recurring donation is easy to set up and automatically goes to your credit card each month so you can help provide a steady income for [the community we work with]without having to worry about making separate donations each month.

By signing up for a recurring donation now you can double your impact through GlobalGiving’s Recurring Donation Campaign! GlobalGiving is matching recurring donations 100%, please click here to learn more. GlobalGiving is also giving away additional $500 grants! We need at least 10 new recurring donations before the end of the day Sunday, December 31 EDT in order to be eligible for bonus grants. Can we count on you?

Sign up for a recurring donation here:  [Link to your project page]. Be sure to click on the “monthly recurring” option below the large orange “donate” button. Here, you will find instructions on setting up a recurring donation.

Want to give the gift that keeps on giving?  Recurring donations can also be given as gifts! Here, you will find instructions on setting up a recurring donation as a gift or in-honor of someone special.

Will you give up one [coffee, lunch, dinner, etc] a month to help [your community]?  Thank you for your support in this campaign!

Best wishes,[YOUR NAME]


Questions about the Recurring Donation Campaign? Contact Katherine Sammons,

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