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Big News: Startup Challenge to Fund & Showcase Social Impact Ventures By Women

How do we disrupt the nonprofit sector? I’ve talked about the dire need for nonprofits to innovate over the years on Frogloop. Why? Because there are over 1.5 million nonprofits in the US that are working in similar issue areas and trying to address global warming, poverty, the gender pay gap, affordable healthcare, education, etc.

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  Topics: Social Networking, Online Fundraising, Technology, crowdfunding, Conferences, Nonprofit Events, Web 2.0, Trends

Why You Should Crowdfund for Your Nonprofit

Crowdfunding is a great tool to raise money and engage your audience and your donors. And, it might be surprising but it's even effective in engaging and retaining new donors. If that's not enough to get you out there crowdfunding right now, we've got more...

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  Topics: Online Fundraising

Is the Humans of New York Community Every Nonprofit's Dream?

Good fundraising can make or break any nonprofit, but what makes truly good fundraising? One of the most important factors for success is a highly engaged community who is extremely passionate about your mission. Humans of New York (HONY) is an amazing example of how building an engaged community inspires people to rally together and raise money for an issue they are moved by.

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  Topics: Social Networking, Online Fundraising, Web 2.0

Nonprofit Communication Trends to Expect in 2015

According to the 2015 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report, by NonprofitMarketingGuide.com, nonprofits are becoming more confident and more intentional about reaching out to target audiences, raising money, and retaining donors through engagement. For the first time since 2011, nonprofits have significantly increased the frequency for both email and direct mail appeals.

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  Topics: Email Marketing, Online Fundraising, Metrics

New Study: Investing in Facebook is a Waste of Time

For the past few years, nonprofits have spent a lot of resources on building their Facebook page presence. Many social media strategists and the media told nonprofits and businesses that email was dying and that FREE social networks like Facebook would be king of communications. So it's now 2015 and guess what? Email is definitely not dead and in fact it raises a heck of a lot more money than any social media platform. In addition, the majority of nonprofits still haven't raised a dime on social media. So is Facebook still worth it? I think it depends on your goals with Facebook and if you have the funding to pay to play.

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  Topics: Social Networking, Online Fundraising

3 Resolutions Every Nonprofit Should Aim For in January

I love year-end planning. It forces me to reflect on what worked this past year and what didn't. While many nonprofit practitioners are setting personal resolutions at this time of year, I think it's equally important that nonprofits set resolutions too. Here are three that are at the top of my list. Join me and kick them off in early January.

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  Topics: Online Fundraising, Online Advocacy, Online Marketing

42% of Donors to Crowdfunding Campaigns Are Ages 55-74

Crowfunding campaigns to support nonprofits have experienced significant growth over the last few years. Nonprofits aren't just raising money through their email lists during crowdfunding campaigns, they are acquiring new donors too. But who are these new donors? Kimbia, who runs the crowdfunding campaign Give Local America, which raised an impressive $53M in 2014, poured through their donor data and found some answers. 
  • Age: 42% of donors are between the ages of 55-74
  • Income: 47% have a $100K or more household income.
  • Networth: 62% have a networth of $250K or more
  • Average first gift for the event: $113
  • Gave to charity in the past: Only 41% gave to charity previously, meaning that the majority of donors to crowdfunding campaigns are donating to charity for the first time in their lives. I would love to see a follow up study on how these first time donors felt about their donation experience. Speaking of here's some tips for creating a postive donor experience.

Check out the infographic below to learn more about donors who support crowdfunding campaigns.

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  Topics: Online Fundraising, Nonprofit Events

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