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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

Fundraising Metrics that Matter #5: Donor File Growth

Posted by Caity Craver on 07/2018

The last of the Five Vital Fundraising Benchmarks is Donor File Growth.  But  “last” sure doesn’t mean least important.  In fact, it’s an essential metric for spotting trouble ahead.

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Topics: benchmarks, Retention, donor file growth, The Growth Score

Metrics That Matter #4:  Donor Retention

Posted by Caity Craver on 07/2018

The days of the seemingly infinite pool of new donors available to quickly and inexpensively replace those who’ve stopped their support are long gone.

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

The Results Are In... Fundraising in 2017.

Posted by Ben Miller on 04/2018

For the first time the non-profit sector is able to track fundraising performance throughout the course of the year.  The Fundraising Effectiveness Project is now producing quarterly reports that give us real time data on what is happening across 9,179 organizations.  In 2017 these quarterly reports allowed us to track the impact from some major fundraising events like the slew of disasters we saw in the third quarter to the tax reform passed at the very end of the year.

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Topics: benchmarks, FEP, Fundraising Effectiveness Project, Revenue, Retention, Donor Retention

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

Analytic Clinic - Coming to Chicago!

Posted by Pia Payne on 02/2018

KNOW YOUR NUMBERS - HIT YOUR GOALS

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

State of the Fundraising Union

Posted by Caity Craver on 01/2018

Tonight the US President will deliver the State of the Union address. 

If you had to stand before a constituency of marketing and fundraising professionals, how would you report on the ‘State of the Fundraising Union’? 

Here’s my outline. (please add your own standing ovations and forced tears when needed.)

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Topics: Retention, benchmarks, Trends, Lifetime Value, Action Strategies

Gratitude for Data and the FEP

Posted by Ben Miller on 11/2017

Thanksgiving is upon us, a time of year when we reflect upon those things in our lives that we are grateful for. From a nonprofit professional standpoint, I’d like to give thanks to The Growth in Giving’s Fundraising Effectiveness Project (FEP.)

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Topics: Donor Retention, Fundraising Strategies, Retention, Major Donors, Fundraising Effectiveness Project, FEP

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