Middle Donors: Where Communications and Development Learn to Love Each Other?
Apr17

Middle Donors: Where Communications and Development Learn to Love Each Other?

Alia and Mark over at Sea Change Strategies are two super smart cookies, so when they have a new report out, I’m on it. Their latest work of genius is The Missing Middle: Neglecting Middle Donors is Costing You Millions. Middle donors are those giving between $1,000 and $10,000 annually. Focus on this group — despite their huge potential — is frequently absent because development professionals are often specialists...

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The 2014 Nonprofit Benchmarks Study – Good News and Bad News #2014bench
Apr11

The 2014 Nonprofit Benchmarks Study – Good News and Bad News #2014bench

M+R and NTEN released The 2014 Nonprofit Benchmarks Study earlier this week. In its eighth year, the study analyzes the data that matters most to nonprofit online programs. Its goal is to set benchmarks that help nonprofits measure their online performance, track progress, and guide strategy to help create more effective fundraising and advocacy. The report is based on the study of 53 of the country’s leading (and large) nonprofits...

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Talk to the Angel in Your Donors – Not the Bookkeeper [FREE Webinar]
Apr04

Talk to the Angel in Your Donors – Not the Bookkeeper [FREE Webinar]

When you write your donor communications, are you speaking to your donor’s inner angel or to their inner bookkeeper? The inner angel is the part of your supporter who decides to give you a donation or to volunteer their time with you because you have touched them in some way, and that angel wants to give back to you. Angels are all heart, and they are usually in charge of decisionmaking. You need to keep the angel on your side....

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What is Crowdfunding and How Can It Work for My Nonprofit?
Apr03

What is Crowdfunding and How Can It Work for My Nonprofit?

In last week’s Mixed Links, we shared an infographic on  Cracking the Crowdfunding Code, but thought we might need to expand a little bit about what crowdfunding is before you jump into those statistics. Crowdfunding is pretty much what it sounds like – getting a large group of people to give you money for a project. You probably first heard about crowdfunding in relation to independent artists or small start-ups. But...

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Email Frequency Up and Direct Mail Down? Nope.
Apr01

Email Frequency Up and Direct Mail Down? Nope.

I bet the conventional wisdom about how often nonprofits send email and direct mail to their supporters is this: nonprofits are sending direct mail less frequently over the last four years and sending email more frequently. But that’s not what our data says. At Nonprofit Marketing Guide, we’ve surveyed thousands of nonprofits for each of the the last four years to produce the Nonprofit Communications Trends Report in 2011,...

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Postcard Annual Report – Great Example of How It Can Work
Mar27

Postcard Annual Report – Great Example of How It Can Work

It’s been several years now since I first suggested in my nonprofit annual reports webinars that a postcard was the perfect format for many a nonprofit annual report. I’m so excited to see the idea taking hold, and love hearing stories like this one from today’s guest blogger, Tim Smith, who volunteers his communications and design skills with Literacy Volunteers of Bangor.  (Yes, he did their rebranding and annual...

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