Donor Insight. Fundraising Action.

Don't Call It a Comeback

Posted by Ben Miller on 11/2018

Did you hear that faint sound?  It was Chicken Little breathing a sigh of relief.   When Q2 ended, the sky seemed to be falling.  Donor retention and revenue were down.  Long term impact of tax reform loomed over every fundraiser's halo. Today, Chicken Little and fundraisers across the land are smiling again.   The Fundraising Effectiveness Project released a favorable 3rd Quarter Fundraising Report.  Can we call it a comeback?

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Topics: growth in giving, fundraising revenue trends, FEP, Fundraising Effectiveness Project, Major Donors, Revenue, Trends, Retention, Major Donor Pipeline, mid-level upgrade

Fundraising Metrics That Matter #3: Change in Revenue

Posted by Caity Craver on 07/2018

“How are we doing?”

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Topics: benchmarks, Fundraising Effectiveness Project, Revenue, fundraising revenue trends, growth in giving

Fundraising Metrics That Matter #1: Donor Lifetime Value

Posted by Caity Craver on 07/2018

Fundraising Metrics That Matter #1: Donor Lifetime Value

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Topics: benchmarks, Revenue, Trends, Lifetime Value

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

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

All Donors Are Not Created Equal

Posted by Ben Miller on 01/2018

Right now, many organizations are pulling together year-end numbers to see if they hit their fundraising goals in December.  

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Topics: Revenue, Year End Strategy, Annual Fund, Trends

2017 Fundraising Year in Review

Posted by Ben Miller on 12/2017

For many of us, this last week of the year is a time when things slow down.  Whether you're traveling for the holidays, taking off a few hours early, or - even if you are working your standard work week - a lot of the world just seems to operate at a warm-up speed, as opposed to full-throttle.  This is not the case, however, when it comes to donations.  More donations will come in over this last week than at any other time throughout the year.   For 2017, nonprofit organizations have a lot riding on just how much of a surge we'll see in year-end donations.

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Topics: FEP, Fundraising Effectiveness Project, Revenue, Trends, Year End Strategy

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