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4 Last Minute Tips to Improve Year End Fundraising

Posted by Ben Miller on 12/2018

The year is coming to a close and for many direct response campaigns it may seem that there is nothing more that can be done at this point. The audience has been selected, data pulled, creative written, and mail dropped, and all that is left to do is sit and wait. However, it is not too late to make an impact on year end fundraising. There are still plenty of opportunities to reach your donors, e-mail, digital advertising, telephone, or even a face to face meeting.

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Topics: Ask Strategies, Ask Strings, Action Strategies, Major Donors, Upgrade Strategies, Year End Strategy

Your Fundraising Plan Isn't My Mom's Gravy

Posted by Ben Miller on 11/2018

It is that time of year again. There is a lot I look forward to on Thanksgiving, from getting together with family to watching football and eating turkey, but the thing I look forward to most of all is gravy. You may not hold this condiment in as high regard as I do, but that is only because you have never tasted my mom's gravy. 

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Topics: Mail Strategies, Action Strategies, Budgeting, Fundraising Strategies

Quarterly fundraising report is grim

Posted by Ben Miller on 09/2018

The Quarterly Fundraising Effectiveness Project report was released this week and results are not looking good.  

Bottom-line, response and revenue are down compared to the same time in 2017.

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

3 Year End Donor Upgrade Action Steps

Posted by Caity Craver on 08/2018

60% of all fundraising revenue is raised over the next few months.   What is your strategy during the 'season of giving' to upgrade donors?  If you don't have one, now is the time to create one. 

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Topics: Action Strategies, Major Donors, Upgrade Strategies, Moves Management, major donor upgrade, Lifetime Value, mid-level upgrade, Major Donor Pipeline, donor upgrading

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

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

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

How to Build an Investment Minded NonProfit

Posted by Ben Miller on 06/2018

Our money is on you. 

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

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

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

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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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