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Nonprofit CRM Demystification

Nonprofit CRM Demystification
A Constituent Relationship Management (CRM) database for your organization is now affordable and easy to use with new nonprofit CRM technology leading the way. Best practices have fundraising websites, donor management CRMs and nonprofit websites housed under one roof. In this way, they talk to each other and share your constituent information. Building Relationships with… Read More »

Dance-a-thon Fundraiser Ideas Outside The Box

Dance-a-thon Fundraiser Ideas Outside The Box
A dance-a-thon fundraiser is a creative crowdfunding dance. Participants commit to dancing a certain amount of time to raise money for your cause. They are designed for participants to seek donations and pledges before the event from their friends, neighbors, co-workers, and family. Businesses and corporations also pledge money, and their staff members enjoy forming… Read More »

How To Start a Successful Nonprofit: Next Steps

How To Start a Successful Nonprofit: Next Steps
Last week we wrote about Starting a Nonprofit 501c3: The Essential Guide. This week we continue with Part 2, How To Start A Successful Nonprofit: Next Steps. By now you have state and federal approval to begin the work of your new nonprofit organization. What’s next? Create an Interesting Newsletter To create a following of… Read More »

Top Blogs of 2018 & Year-End Review

Top Blogs of 2018 & Year-End Review
A theme is found in our top blogs of 2018 & year-end review. A common thread is the dynamism of communication. The focus of non-profit fundraising efforts continues to shift towards building relationships with constituents. Engaging with donors, volunteers, board members and sponsors became more of a priority. Successful nonprofit organizations are more interested in… Read More »

Pledge Forms for Peer-to-Peer Success

Pledge Forms for Peer-to-Peer Success
Remember the old days when peer-to-peer campaigns were run on paper with pledge forms? Utilizing pledge forms is still a great way to add to the success to your non-profit crowdfunding events. Here’s how one organization successfully uses pledge forms. The Magic of Pledge Forms Ride for A Reason is a Fundraising Bikeathon sponsored by… Read More »

Year End Fundraising Strategic Planning

Year End Fundraising Strategic Planning
Over 30% of all donations made annually occur in the final month of the year. With a great plan your nonprofit can exceed its year end fundraising goal, and additionally increase its audience. With the additional focus of getting more donors and volunteers, your campaign takes a broader shape. Regardless of where you are a… Read More »

Creating a Unique Nonprofit Brand

Creating a Unique Nonprofit Brand
What exactly is the importance of branding for nonprofits? Is your organization’s brand clear to your constituents? How strong is your nonprofit’s brand? What are you doing to improve your nonprofit brand? These questions are important ones for nonprofit development staff to consider. Your brand is how donors recognize you and part of why they… Read More »

How to Create a Great Nonprofit Donor Experience

How to Create a Great Nonprofit Donor Experience
We hear more and more about the importance of the donor experience. What is it and does it really matter? If someone supports your organization, can you really mess that up? The simple answer is yes! Creating and nurturing a great donor experience is vital to the success of your non-profit’s fundraising strategies. Following current… Read More »

Dog Walk Fundraising Ideas

Dog Walk Fundraising Ideas
Regardless of rain or shine, dogs are always enthused about going for a walk. Please your dogs with a fundraising dog walk or run, get some exercise and give back to your community. Dog Walks are fun peer-to-peer crowdfunding events and are usually 5K or less in length. They are very similar in planning to… Read More »

Nonprofit Website Design: Keys to Success

Nonprofit Website Design: Keys to Success
The greatest tool for building a nonprofit organization’s identity and fundraising efforts is their organization’s nonprofit website. Nonprofit website design is all about increasing website traffic, communicating effectively with your audience and providing clear calls to action, and keeping supporters and donors coming back. How well a nonprofit website responds and caters to its donors during… Read More »

Donor Retention Strategies for Non-profits

Donor Retention Strategies for Non-profits
Sometimes we focus so much on hosting fundraising events and finding new donors that donor retention is overlooked. Yet keeping and cultivating current donors is easier and more effective than searching for new donors. Donor retention is about getting to know your donors, appealing to them and keeping them coming back for more. How to… Read More »

Swing for Cancer Golf Tournament Fundraisers

Swing for Cancer Golf Tournament Fundraisers
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Fundraising golf events are a great way to swing for cancer this month and throughout the year. Creative themes can transform a classic golf event into one that celebrates the lives of survivors and their families. There are several approaches for a golf tournament from partnerships with large nonprofit organizations… Read More »

Your PTA and Disaster Relief

Your PTA and Disaster Relief
How Your PTA Can Help with Natural Disaster Relief With the rise of natural disasters from Hurricane Harvey, Irma and Maria, relief is still in dire need for many victims. Natural disasters affect victims in many ways, such as needing to rebuild their homes from scratch, being displaced from their community or lacking access to… Read More »

PTA Events to Dazzle Your School

PTA Events to Dazzle Your School
Inspire Your Community – Attracting New PTA Members  One of the best ways to motivate parents to become involved in the PTA (or PTO) is to focus on PTA events that benefit their children. The main subjects of math, language, science, art and music are taught in class. What occurs outside of regular school hours… Read More »

Father’s Day Fundraising

Father’s Day Fundraising
Honoring Fathers on Father’s Day is beautifully done through fundraising for causes that support fathers. Families work side by side on this special day in crowdfunding events, golf marathons and walkathons. Here are some of our client sites in action this Father’s Day. Father’s Day Fundraising Bowl-a-thon Bowling For Dads on Father’s Day is a… Read More »

Nonprofit Fundraising Trends for 2017

Nonprofit Fundraising Trends for 2017
It’s a new year and annual budget planning takes the center stage in making decisions about nonprofit fundraising. You may be looking at the fundraising trends of 2016 to create a path to 2017. What are the key trends to consider? It would be easy to jump into a plan of action according to what… Read More »

7 Holiday Fundraising Campaigns

7 Holiday Fundraising Campaigns
Let the joyous holiday season add a dose of creativity to your fundraising efforts. Holiday fundraising does not have to be boring, and indeed should be rewarding. Put on some Christmas music and be inspired by 7 holiday fundraising ideas with a fresh spin, and put your own magic into them. Holiday fundraising shopping website… Read More »

Broomstick Riding Halloween Event Management

Broomstick Riding Halloween Event Management
A Halloween fundraising event with many tricks and treats held on October 22 may inspire you to have one of your own. Franklin’s Friends, an animal welfare nonprofit, is using the Howl-o-ween magic in the wind to have a dog walk-a-thon. Does the adventurous and creative kid in you want to come out and play… Read More »

Seasonal Fundraising Ideas

Seasonal Fundraising Ideas
Planning your fundraising event in conjunction with July 4th or another upcoming holiday or season puts an extra reason to give in the hearts of your donors. There are plenty of holiday fundraising ideas leading up to Christmas such as discount Christmas shopping cards, gift-wrapping services, catalog sales, photos with Santa, and more. There are… Read More »

Is your Donation Website Sophisticated?

Is your Donation Website Sophisticated?
Fundraising through a donation website is essential for every nonprofit organization. Having this online presence in particular is key to the success of your overall fundraising efforts. Varied styles and uses of donation websites are available to you. No matter what other fundraising websites and events you hold annually, a donation website brands your organization… Read More »

Readathon Ideas for Schools

Readathon Ideas for Schools
School readathons and reading fundraisers promote literacy and a love of reading for children, and raise money for schools in keeping their educational standards high. Cultivating the love of books is encouraged by involving children and communities in reading based fundraising. Weather the readathon or reading challenge evolves around reading to children in hospitals or… Read More »

Partnership Power in Online Fundraising

Partnership Power in Online Fundraising
When three organizations team together on an online fundraising campaign and join forces for one cause the magic begins. Each group with its own support network, infrastructure, skills and mindset bringing their talents to one table creates a rich effort for one fantastic fundraiser. Unfolding how this works in making one event successful makes for… Read More »

8 Ingredients of the Best Fundraising Websites

8 Ingredients of the Best Fundraising Websites
What are the key ingredients of the best fundraising websites for non-profits? If your organization is equipped to answer this question and act on the answers, you’re sure to raise more money for your cause. Let’s discuss some of the unexpected answers and solutions as to how to accomplish the best results through online fundraising. The… Read More »

Bike-a-thon Success for Ride to Farm

Bike-a-thon Success for Ride to Farm
Ride to Farm is an annual bike-a-thon to raise awareness and funds for the Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy and Livestock Farmers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The school’s mission is “If you have a dream to farm, we’re here to help you get started.” The WSBDF emphasizes business planning and pasture-based farm management.  “Every young farmer who is… Read More »
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