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15 Creative Ways to Incentivize or Thank Fundraisers

When someone chooses to fundraise on your organization’s behalf, it’s important to recognize that person’s commitment and deep engagement with your mission. Similarly, because fundraising requires more effort than making a one-time donation, a prize or gift can provide that extra boost to encourage someone to create a personal fundraising page. Whether it’s a shoutout on social […]

Romancing Your Donors: Showing the Love to Donors of all Levels

Ask successful couples what their secret is and you’ll often year that effective communication and attention play an important role. One of the basic tenants of successful fundraising is donor stewardship. Donors who have shown your organization some love through their gifts are at risk of walking away if not shown some love in return. Romancing […]

6 Steps to Get the Press to Tell Your Story

Almost all media now feature feel-good stories about people and organizations that do good.  Even so, getting attention from the shrinking, but highly diversified, press pool still takes persistence and creativity. Here are 6 steps to get the press to tell your story: 1. Don’t wait for them to call That’s like waiting for lightning to […]

How to Start and Manage Your Nonprofit Email Marketing Calendar

The average nonprofit sends out about 66 emails to each subscriber during the course of a year. That’s an email every five days. That’s too many emails to try and wing it. Planning out your nonprofit’s email marketing strategy for an entire year can be daunting, but creating the structure and parameters for an email marketing calendar […]

2021 Cause Awareness & Giving Day Calendar for Nonprofits

Cause awareness and giving days can be very powerful themes upon which to launch online fundraising and social media awareness campaigns. In addition to the days listed below, see also public holidays by country, Days of the Year, and Wikipedia’s List of Commemorative Months. January 17: World Religion Day — #WorldReligionDay 18: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service — #MLKDay 28: Data Privacy Day —  #DataPrivacyDay […]

10 Nonprofit Sector Trends for 2021

Are you as ready for 2021 as I am? COVID-19 brought a slew of challenges for the nonprofit sector this year — but it didn’t get us down! As always, nonprofits showed their resilience and innovation to overcome a very difficult time. I’m excited to see the nonprofit world kick things up a notch in […]

5 Creative Examples of Corporate Sponsorships

Between the COVID-19 pandemic and the critical social justice movement, businesses and nonprofits alike have looked for ways to deepen their impact in the world. The year 2020 has highlighted the value of for-profit and nonprofit partnerships, and it’s a trend we expect to continue into 2021. As donations waned for some nonprofits during the economic […]

4 Tips to Boost Matching Gift Revenue for Nonprofits

Eighty-four percent of donors are more likely to give if their gift will be matched, and one in three say they’d make a larger gift if they knew it would be matched. Matching campaigns are a great way to motivate your supporters. By knowing their donation will be doubled, supporters can feel like they’re making an even […]

#GivingTuesday – What Nonprofits Need to Know

When the end of the year rolls around, giving campaigns for nonprofits kick into high gear. #GivingTuesday plays an important role in social media to highlight the importance of giving during the holiday season. This episode of 5 Business Rules, covers five things to know if you want to run a campaign for Giving Tuesday. […]

What COVID-19 Has Taught Us About Marketing

The coronavirus pandemic has impacted nearly every aspect of the way nonprofit and for-profit organizations operate, from budgets and strategic plans to community engagement and marketing. This experience has shed light on how brands can be resilient through these challenging times with the right messaging. After four months of crisis marketing, organizations have learned a […]

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