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6 Fundraising Trends About Millennials You Need To Know

Millennials often think of themselves as the socially conscious generation. As your organization continues to look for funding opportunities, consider millennials as a viable target market, since they are your future donor base.

Achieve, in partnership with the Case Foundation, released valuable insight into how millennials interact with the causes that matter to them. The report comes from five years of responses by more than 75,000 millennials and provides six main insights into the millennial generation’s relationship with charitable giving.

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  Topics: Online Fundraising, Social Media

6 Tips For Getting The Most Out Of Your Year-End Fundraising

Online donations in December increased from 17.8% in 2014 to 19.8% in 2015, according to Blackbaud. The trend is clear: People tend to donate to organizations more around the holidays than any other time of the year. This is why year-end fundraising is so important to livelihood of nonprofits.

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  Topics: Online Fundraising, Social Media

Can Nonprofits Raise More Money with Apple Pay?

Good news for nonprofits. Apple just announced that Apple Pay will now allow nonprofits to use the service for donations. Apple used to ban iOS apps from using Apple Pay to collect funds, meaning that charities needed to use third-party apps or outside services to process donations. Now, nonprofits can incorporate a donate button that processes transactions directly.

However this launch raises many questions: What kind of an impact will this have on nonprofits? How could your organization benefit from using Apple Pay? What are the downsides of using Apple Pay? How do you know if it’s right for your nonprofit?

We did some research over at Rad Campaign and have some great information for you as you continue with year-end fundraising.

An Apple Pay “Donate” button would mean that iOS users can use Touch ID on mobile and click “Donate” on the web. Users can confirm their donation with any of their iOS devices such as their phones, tablets or Apple Watches.

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  Topics: Online Fundraising

Best Practices to Increase Email Conversions

There are a lot of strategies that go into a well-developed and successful email marketing program. Some "experts" say that the most important element is that the subject line needs to be provocative. Some say the most the important strategy is to decide who the sender of the email will be and that’s what your donors will respond to. So what's the most important strategy to increase email conversion rates? Let’s dig in and look at the data...

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  Topics: Email Marketing, Online Fundraising

5 Things You Need to Know About the Newly Launched Facebook Fundraising

Facebook just launched a way for your nonprofit to raise money directly on the social network platform: Facebook Fundraising. This launch raises so many questions: will this work for year-end fundraising? Will this work at all? What are the benefits to using Facebook Fundraising? What are the downfalls? How do you know if this is right for your organization at all?

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  Topics: Online Fundraising, nptech, Nonprofit, fundraising, Social Media

Google Will Penalize Popups on Mobile Sites

Nonprofits raise a lot of money off of homepage and interior page popups and overlays, especially during year-end fundraising and urgent campaigns. Google recently announced though that starting January 2017, they will penalize websites that use popups on mobile as they find it intrusive and a poort user experience. "This can be problematic on mobile devices where screens are often smaller, said Google in blog post

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  Topics: Online Fundraising, SEO, nptech, Nonprofit

How To Convert Donors And Subscribers On Your Website

Yesterday on the Care2 Engagement Blog we discussed 20 of our favorite email fundraising tips that nonprofits should be leveraging. But what about your website? Is it effectively converting donors and subscribers? Here's four website tips to start generating those conversions. 

1. Incorporate a Prominent Donation Ask into Your Header

Add a prominent “Donate” button to the navigation or header area. Consider making it a different color to stand out. We’ve tested this strategy over the years at Rad Campaign for nonprofit website redesigns and have seen this increase donations.

You can also add a prominent callout at the top of the page that allows donors to start the process by entering a gift amount. See example on the right. 

2. Incorporate a Prominent Email Subscription Button/Field into Your Header

Don't bury your email signup form on your website. Incorporate a short signup form in your header. Keep it simple. Ask for name and email only. The more form fields you add the less converstions you will get on the signup form. By having the signup form in the header, it will show up across your website, allowing users to signup no matter what page they are on.

You should expect at least 2% of all website visitors to signup and provide email addresses. 
 

3 Leverage Popups

Popups introduce important calls-to-action such as subscribing to your email list or donating money to a specific campaign. They offer an easy way for website visitors to complete an action on the spot.

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  Topics: Online Fundraising, Digital Strategy

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