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Donation Usability: Six Ways to Improve User Experience (Infographic)

As a nonprofit, your focus should not only be on directing possible donors to your donation page but also providing them with a clear, simple, and exciting donating experience. Your goal as an organization is to have all those who have reached your donation page follow through and complete the action, right?


How to Raise Major Gifts When You Don’t Have Any Donors

Last week, GuideStar hosted a webinar called “How to Get Started Raising Major Gifts.” If you missed it, watch the replay here. One question was asked more than any other:

“How can we raise major gifts, if we don’t have a database full of donors?”


Afraid Your Data Isn't Good Enough? It's Probably Not You. It's The System.

“How many donors should I have on my mailing list?”
“Did our students meet their growth targets for this school year?”
“Are the goals for my organization truly long term?”


Five Strategies to Take Your Fundraising Event to the Next Level

Fundraising events are an excellent way to bring in generous donations while engaging with your supporters in a fun, energetic environment.

Whether you’re planning a large, formal gala or a community-based school auction, these strategies will assist you in taking your fundraising event from okay to astounding.


The Right Way to Prepare for a Donor Conversation

Nick Fellers’ first rule of fundraising is “Just Ask!”


What It Means to Listen to a Donor

It has been said over and over that listening to donors is essential. When people feel heard, they feel connected. And when they feel connected, they give. Here are some of the elements of good listening.


Three Ideas to Get You Started on Donor Stewardship (Plus 20 More You Can Download)

The top complaint of every donor is not knowing that his or her gift made a difference.

You may have some ambitious ideas of how you’ll love on your most generous donors but let’s get real. Does it really happen? Do you actually have business rules to acknowledge and steward your donors?

You do now ...


What Millennial Marketing Strategies Can Teach Nonprofits about Motivating Donors

Do you ever worry you’re not doing enough to attract the donors of the future?

Does thinking about how to market to Millennials (who will make up 36% of the U.S. workforce by next year and nearly half by 2020) fill you with anxiety, because it’s just one more thing to add to your overflowing list?

Fear no more!

Today I’m going to tell you how you can have it all – and with very little extra work.


Donors Don’t Want Their Gifts Spent on Overhead … Or Do They?

 

“Overhead” can be a dirty word in nonprofit circles. It’s typically referred to as the costs associated with actually running a nonprofit – administrative costs, fundraising costs, staff costs, etc.


6 Tips for Turning Advocates into Donors and Vice Versa


Advocacy —
noun | ˈad-və-kə-sē | ad·vo·ca·cy — Publicly recommending or supporting a particular cause

Given the definition of advocacy, it’s odd that it isn’t more regularly paired with nonprofit fundraising. The two are so closely connected and, yet, rarely spoken about in conjunction with one another.

Well, let’s change that!