5 Clever Online Engagement Ideas for Nonprofits

Looking for ways to engage supporters online? Get inspired by these real nonprofit digital engagements! 1. Ask An Artist To Illustrate Take that hashtag contest to the next level. Invite an artist to illustrate your supporter’s thoughts submitted online. 2. Make a Reading List Summer’s coming. Back-to-School season begins in August. Curate a book list…

GET YOUR METRICS! New M+R Nonprofits Benchmarks Has Data on Nonprofit Email, Web, Social & Ads

Spring is here, and with it, the 11th Annual M+R Benchmarks Study. The 11th edition has a central theme – everything in nonprofit digital has accelerated. So this year’s benchmarks include more data from more supporter contacts in more media from more participating nonprofits in more sectors than ever before. Websites. Fundraising. Email. Advertising. Social…

How Clever Are You? Test Your Communications Smarts With These 16 Nonprofit Quizzes – and Emails to Match!

Admit it. You took a quiz on Facebook, or clicked on a clever subject line from your email inbox to find out your aura, or your inner animal, or which Star Wars or Walking Dead (can I be Michonne?) character you are most like. via GIPHY We loooooove our quizzes, because the good ones are all…

We Want You Back! How to Re-Engage Inactive Email Supporters

You’re losing email subscribers. Every month. All year long. They unsubscribe. They bounce. They stop responding. According to M+R Benchmarks, on average, about 24% of subscribers are considered inactive. What’s a nonprofit communicator to do? Practice your ABC’s (Always Be Collecting), AND offer content worth subscribing to, AND…how about rekindling and reconnecting with your inactives! Inactives are people…

Thirsty for Online Fundraising Data? Check Out the Luminate Online Benchmark Report 2016

  Email is still gold. And the shift from quantity to quality is ON! These are some of the key takeaways from the new Luminate Online Benchmark Report 2016 by Blackbaud. The report aggregates data from July 2015 to June 2016 from 631 mature Luminate Online customers — orgs with at least 3 years of consecutive usage data.…

All the Cool Kids Will Be Holding EOY Campaign Debriefs. Will You?

In a few weeks, the year-end fundraising frenzy will be over. Don’t forget one of the most powerful things you can do for your campaign – the debrief. [And saying “thank you.” Always say that. So write that January “thank you” email spit spot!] Run right, debriefs help your organization learn from success and from failure. Conducted soon after…

First Returns Indicate Record-Shattering #GivingTuesday 2016 Results

First thing’s first – if you participated, how was YOUR #GivingTueday? Share your results, frustrations, celebrations and ruminations in the comments section. Next, WHOA. Initial results are in and Giving Tuesday keeps experiencing explosive double-digit growth. Now, the results! (Updated at 6pm, Nov. 30.): This is an aggregate number from 28 data platform partners.  Giving Tuesday $168 million raised 44…

You Still Have Time to Try These 7 Giving Tuesday Tactics 

Giving Tuesday is 12 days away. Are you ready? Whether you’re almost done with prep or seriously behind the eight ball, here are some flourishes and finishing touches you still have time to implement. 1. Open Your Donation Form As Soon as Possible If people want to give early, let them. Several nonprofits are inviting their donors…

After-Action Pop-Ups: The Secret to Getting Gifts From Your Online Advocates

Is your nonprofit running petitions and other online advocacy actions? If the answer is “Yes,” then you might want to use after-action popups to transform your advocate’s actions into money. Popups, also known as website lightboxes, display an image or video that floats on top of a web page, dimming out the rest of the content. They’re used for all sorts…