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Fundraising Metrics That Matter #2:  Average Gift

Posted by Caity Craver on 07/2018

Over the years working with hundreds of organizations, we’ve developed a genuine respect for what makes each organization a bit different in terms of culture and operational approach.

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Topics: major donor upgrade, Moves Management, Upgrade Strategies, Major Donor Pipeline, Major Donors, Action Strategies, benchmarks

What To Expect When You're Investing

Posted by Ben Miller on 06/2018

On average, half of a donor file is made up of new and reactivated donors. [the other half from existing donors that renew their support].

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Topics: New Donor Acquistion, Fundraising Strategies, Budgeting, Reactivation, Lapsed, Lapsed Donors, Action Strategies

What to Expect When You're Fundraising

Posted by Ben Miller on 06/2018

A couple of weeks ago, we talked about Cost and Profit centers.  One practical solution offered was to separate the acquisition / reactivation budget into it's own cost center from the house file development budget which should become it's own profit center.  Instead of looking at both of these together as a profit center. Today we are going to talk about the house file consisting of any donor that has made a donation over the last two years.

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Topics: Lifetime Value, New Donor Acquistion, Fundraising Strategies, Revenue, Budgeting, Reactivation, Action Strategies, benchmarks, Mail Strategies

How to Build an Investment Minded NonProfit

Posted by Ben Miller on 06/2018

Our money is on you. 

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Topics: Lifetime Value, New Donor Acquistion, Fundraising Strategies, Revenue, Trends, Budgeting, Action Strategies, Mail Strategies

Fundraisers and Finance

Posted by Ben Miller on 06/2018

I was looking over a client’s budget recently, and something struck me as I was reviewing their acquisition numbers. It started with a relatively simple question. Why are you only budgeting to bring in 8,000 new donors?

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Topics: Lifetime Value, New Donor Acquistion, Revenue, Reactivation, Lapsed Donors, Action Strategies, benchmarks

First Quarter 2018 Donations Are Down

Posted by Ben Miller on 05/2018

The Quarterly Fundraising Effectiveness Project report was released this week and results aren’t good. At DonorTrends, we keep a close eye on FEP trends. It is the most important industry benchmark, representing more than 17,000 organizations. These transactions make up the Growth in Giving database [GiG]. This is the biggest database of its kind and provides organizations across the sector benchmarks to gauge their own progress.

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Topics: Donor Retention, Retention, Retention Rate, Fundraising Effectiveness Project, FEP, Action Strategies, benchmarks

Analysis vs Reporting vs Data-Driven Fundraising

Posted by Ben Miller on 03/2018

What's the difference between reporting and analysis? According to Salesforce, reporting is answering the question, "What is happening?" and analysis is answering the question, "Why is it happening?"  (You can read more about it in this blog post. ) While this is a good distinction, I don't think most people are much concerned with this nuance.  We all try to answer both of these questions when looking at a report.  The natural next step, after figuring out what is happening, is to figure out why.

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Topics: Trends, Action Strategies, Mail Strategies

Raising More By Mailing Less

Posted by Pia Payne on 02/2018

(Join us for two program sessions at the DMA Nonprofit Federation this week in DC.)

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Topics: Donor Retention, mid-level upgrade, Fundraising Strategies, Revenue, Retention, Action Strategies, Mail Strategies

How Can You Change “It Depends” To “For Sure”?  And the answer is....

Posted by Erica Waasdorp on 02/2018

Metrics!

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Topics: Donor Retention, Lifetime Value, mid-level upgrade, donor upgrading, Fundraising Strategies, Upgrade Strategies, Retention, Trends, Lapsed, Lapsed Donors, Action Strategies, benchmarks

Analytic Clinic - Coming to Chicago!

Posted by Pia Payne on 02/2018

KNOW YOUR NUMBERS - HIT YOUR GOALS

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Topics: Donor Retention, Lifetime Value, New Donor Acquistion, mid-level upgrade, major donor upgrade, donor upgrading, Fundraising Strategies, Upgrade Strategies, Major Donor Pipeline, Retention, Retention Rate, Trends, Major Donors, Budgeting, Reactivation, Lapsed, Lapsed Donors, Action Strategies, benchmarks

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We know how many capes you have to wear. Fighting the good fight, trying to raise money to fund critical programs. We're here to help. We're using this space to collect tips and trends that will help strengthen your fundraising superpowers.  Together, we'll fight Fundraising Foes like donor attrition, downgrading, and rising costs. 

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