New Data: Nonprofit Online Marketing and Fundraising Trends in 2015
Apr28

New Data: Nonprofit Online Marketing and Fundraising Trends in 2015

  Wonder where we get numbers like a typical email open rate for nonprofit e-newsletters, or estimates of how much money you could be raising online? One of those sources is the M+R Benchmarks Study, and the new edition is now available. Here are a few highlights: Online revenue is up! Online revenue increased by 13 percent from 2013 to 2014 for the groups in the study, thanks to a 32% increase in monthly giving and 16.6%...

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Donor Newsletter Tips to Bring in the Dough
Apr14

Donor Newsletter Tips to Bring in the Dough

Does your donor newsletter cost more to send than it brings in? That’s a pretty common trait among donor newsletters, but it’s not the idea of the donor newsletter that’s wrong – it’s how you’re approaching it that’s wrong. Is your donor newsletter longer than 4 pages? Are you sending it as a self-mailer? Did you think a reply device wasn’t necessary? Are you taking the credit for the...

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Board Exercise: Communicating to Become a Favorite Cause
Apr13

Board Exercise: Communicating to Become a Favorite Cause

I recently contributed to the 10-Minute Board Exercises Series by the Center for Nonprofit Stewardship.  These exercises and worksheets are meant to be incorporated into your board meetings to get board members talking about important issues. My worksheet, Becoming Your Donor’s Favorite Cause, is about helping your board brainstorm ways to solidify your relationships with your current donors by making them feel more appreciated,...

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Really?
Apr09

Really?

Wow, what a disconnect. Let me tell you about it, so you can make sure your organization avoids this kind of blunder. Last Friday morning I got an email from our local performing arts center (PAC). The place has been around 10 years and is a gorgeous, intimate performance venue. We’ve attended several great shows there over the years, but many of the bookings were second- or third-rate. Now, thanks to new management, things have...

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Another Brilliant Marketing Idea You Can Steal
Apr01

Another Brilliant Marketing Idea You Can Steal

Charity: Water has done it again with a brilliant fundraising email posing as a newsletter (or newsletter posing as a fundraising email . . .) You can use this tactic too: Find three of your supporters and highlight what they are doing to support your cause. This not only promotes their individual fundraising campaigns, assuming they are actively raising money for you, but you’ll get several other important benefits too:...

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Five Ways to Sabotage Your Call to Action
Mar09

Five Ways to Sabotage Your Call to Action

I hear it all the time from nonprofits: Our e-newsletter doesn’t work. Direct mail doesn’t work for us. Social media doesn’t work for us. When I probe a little deeper, what people often mean is that their communications don’t seem to be motivating people to do what the nonprofit wants, whether that’s donating money, signing up to volunteer, or registering for an event. A closer look at these...

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