5 Cool Ways to Thank & Inspire Contributions for #GivingDays

Whether you participate in #GivingTuesday, #GTMD2017, #GiveOutDay, or one of the many #GivingDays throughout the year, making the giving experience fun is key. I’ve got a few favorites that have stood out over the past few years. Be sure to share yours in the comments.

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Why Donors Stop Giving

The truth to why your donors stop giving is that they lose interest. They don’t feel their gift matters enough to keep giving it.

I recently talked with the team at a large nonprofit and discovered that other than the thank you letter or email after a contribution, there is no other communication with donors until it’s time to ask for another gift. Yikes!

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What Do Your Donors Say About YOU?

If you want to raise more money.

Listen.

My recommendation to anyone in the Executive or Development Director positions is to make time every day to call 3-5 long-time or first-time supporters and listen. Yes, it’s a lot of calls a week.

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Increase Donor Retention This Summer with these 10 Actions

With vacations and long weekends upon us, take this as your reminder to schedule some “donor retention” activities for the summer. The fact is, when donors have a high level of trust about what you DO with THEIR financial support, they are much more likely to give again and again.

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Giving is Up. Donor Retention is Down. What to Do?

Donations to charitable organizations grew 1.4% to $390 billion in 2016, according to Giving USA and this post from The Chronicle of Philanthropy. The average donor retention rate in 2016 was .5% below what it was in 2015 – 45%, according to this post from Bloomerang about the Fundraising Effectiveness Project new report.

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When the Unthinkable Happens: “Your Program Has Been Defunded”

In the past month, I’ve spoken to multiple nonprofit organizations that received the dreaded letter announcing the unthinkable: “We regret to inform you that your funding allocation has been eliminated or reduced.”

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When the Unthinkable Happens: “Your Program Has Been Defunded”

In the past month, I’ve spoken to multiple nonprofit organizations that received the dreaded letter announcing the unthinkable: “We regret to inform you that your funding allocation has been eliminated or reduced.”

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