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Tips to Improve your Donation Forms

With #GivingTuesday behind us, we’ve officially stepped into the end-of-year-giving zone. There’s no turning back. Now it’s time to step up your game so you can raise a lot of money over the next three weeks. 

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  Topics: Online Fundraising

Three Last Minute Tips for #GivingTuesday

Year-end fundraising has begun! As you know the month of December is the biggest revenue generator for the nonprofit sector. Just in case you were thinking of skipping #GivingTuesday here’s three easy tips to leverage this collective day of giving and action.

You don’t need to reinvent the wheel to raise even more money on this day. Use the campaigns you are already engaged in to send an appeal on #GivingTuesday and promote it on social media.

1. Show Impact:

Set a realistic fundraising goal and tie it to tangible impact. For example, if your organization were a soup kitchen, you could frame this as “for every $20 you donate, we will be able to feed another 20 people at our soup kitchen tonight.” Connect donations to helping individuals, a critical project, or program. 

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  Topics: Online Fundraising, Online Advocacy, nptech

How Nonprofits Should Define Success

Nonprofits work on some of the toughest issues facing the world, ranging from ending poverty to reversing the environmental effects related to climate change.

While nonprofits may not be able to solve these problems in our lifetime, we must be able to show impact and show degrees of success with our advocates and donors. We also need to engage the public at-large on these critical issues and illustrate how we are moving the needle.

How Can a Nonprofit Define Campaign Success that Donors and Advocates will Understand?

The Big Picture 

From an advocacy perspective a nonprofit must look at the big picture and overarching goal. For example, is your nonprofit meeting any part of its mission of solving the problem you are fighting?

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  Topics: Online Fundraising, Online Advocacy, nptech

Is Your Nonprofit Doing Instagram Right?

We know the drill: nonprofits tend to be short staffed when it comes to social, especially this time of year, but it’s crucial you’re meeting your audiences where they’re at. One place they definitely are? Instagram. Over the past 3 years, nonprofits experienced almost double the growth on Pinterest and Instagram.

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  Topics: Social Networking, nptech

ActionSprout and Facebook to Give Away $2M in Facebook Ads

ActionSprout is teaming up with Facebook, and giving away $2M in Facebook advertising credits to 2,000 nonprofits. About a year ago, Beth Kanter, myself, and a few others in the nonprofit community discussed ways we could lobby Facebook to better support the nonprofit community by offering a Facebook ad grants program similar to Google. Could this new experiment between ActionSprout and Facebook lead to a longer term Facebook ad grants program? I sure hope so.

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  Topics: Social Networking, nptech

10 Nonprofits to Follow on Instagram

One of the greatest assets that nonprofits have at their disposal is stories. Stories about their movement, stories about the people they are serving, and stories about their volunteers and staff on the ground to support the organization’s mission. One of the best ways to support your stories is through photography and imagery, especially as social platforms like Instagram, Facebook, and even Twitter to some extent prioritize visual content, including videos.

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  Topics: Social Networking, nptech

5 Killer Mistakes Nonprofits Make in Crowdfunding Campaigns

Today, crowdfunding is a viable fundraising method that can be successfully utilized by nonprofit organizations as well as individuals. Put simply, crowdfunding relies on an online software platform that allows individuals, organizations and companies to make donations with a simple click of the mouse. When crowdfunding campaigns are run correctly, nonprofits see their fundraising results catapult far beyond old-school techniques. However, successful crowdfunding campaigns require far more than just setting up a page and asking for money. Here are some missteps that organizations must watch out for when it comes to conducting crowdfunding campaigns.

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  Topics: Social Networking, Online Fundraising

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