When Sponsor Promotion Consumes Your Communications Channels

Here’s a conundrum that’s come up in multiple conversations lately. I’d love to hear your perspective and advice, so please share what you think in the comments below (click to the blog if you are reading this via email). Many nonprofits run events where the development department sells sponsorships, and many also accept major-donor sponsorships…

How Much Is Spam Hurting Your Online Fundraising? [New Study]

EveryAction just released their annual Email Deliverability Study which answers that exact question. Let’s start with a few basics about email deliverability, and then we’ll break down the report. Email deliverability measures how successful an email is at making it into a recipient’s inbox. What determines your email deliverability? Many factors really, that are constantly changing, but…

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…