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Online Donations Rise in 2015

 What goes down must come up, right?

Okay, maybe that’s not the saying, but that’s what is happening with charitable giving trends right now. The Blackbaud Index just released the newest giving data through June 2015.

We’ve pulled together the stats to keep you in the loop:

  • Overall charitable giving decreased 0.5% for the 3 months ending June 2015, compared to the same period a year earlier (based on data from 5,170 charities that raised more than $17 billion in the prior 12 months).

  • Online giving grew a significant 13.8% in the same 3-month period, compared to the same period a year earlier (based on 3,786 charities that raised over $2 billion online in the prior 12 months).
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  Topics: Online Fundraising

Why Millennials Are One of Your Best Audiences

 Millennials have been pigeonholed as being lazy, but when it comes to social justice issues, Millennials are quite passionate about causes and donate money to the issues they support. With all these mixed messages, how can your nonprofit really dig in and learn what Millennials need, and how to reach them? Or maybe you’re reading this as a Millennial who’s working at or running a nonprofit, and want to know how to reach your own generation most effectively?

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  Topics: Online Fundraising, Volunteering, Lead Generation

7 Reasons Why Mobile Is Critical To Your Nonprofit

 …for starters, it’s in everyone else’s pockets. 91% of adults have their phone within arm’s reach 24/7. I know that it’s tough for nonprofits to find the budget and the time to make sure your website is responsive, but your donors, volunteers, activists and even your board members expect it. You don't want these audiences visiting your site from their phones and tablets and then be forced to look at a different site because your site looked funky, and was hard to read and search for info. A funder even recently expressed this frustration to me about a nonprofit they were evaluating for a grant. 

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  Topics: Email Marketing, Mobile

Four Classic Storylines for Nonprofit Storytelling

  What’s the big deal about storytelling?

Storytelling matters because it shapes movements and defines the success of your nonprofit. But you're probably thinking, “I don’t have a sexy story” or “I don’t know how to tell a story”. You may have even tried to use storytelling at your nonprofit but it didn’t get much traction.

We believe that nonprofits and social good projects have an unlimited potential in using stories because you make this world a better place. It’s actually easier than you think to create a compelling story. You have all the building blocks for an effective story, but how do you get the put them together?

Look at the fairy tales, fireside stories, and your favorite Hollywood movies. There are storylines that every popular story follows. Guess what? They drive donations as well.

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  Topics: Social Networking, Online Fundraising, Online Marketing

Donations To Charities Increase 7 Percent

 Two thirds of American’s give to charity every year. In 2014 charities raised over $358 billion, a 7 percent increase, according to a new report by Giving USA. The report says this is the most amount of money that has been raised for charities in the last 60 years. About $255 billion was raised from individual donors, a 5.7 percent increase.

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  Topics: Online Fundraising

How to Create a Tribe for Your Nonprofit


What is a Tribe?

A tribe is a group of people that includes many families and relatives who have the same language, customs, and beliefs.

A tribe is more than just a group of people, it is a community.

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  Topics: Social Networking, Online Fundraising

How Your Nonprofit Can Rock Instagram

 Instagram is becoming more and more popular. Just take a look at the stats:

  • Estimated number of users in the US in 2015: 77.6 million   
  • Estimated number of users in the US by 2018: 106.2 million
  • Number of people who use Instagram: 300 million monthly active users
  • Users in the US who access Instagram from a smartphone: 47%
  • A tablet? 53%
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  Topics: Social Networking

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