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Complete this sentence: My organization's competitive difference hinges on ____________________.
A recent research report by Convio & Donordigital reports that that there’s no single set of changes to a donation form – horizontal or vertical gift string, one-column or two-column form field layout – that’s guaranteed to work for every organization.
Creating a unique concept for your fundraising event can encourage more people to donate and participate, especially if the concept involves an experience that is tied directly to your organization’s mission. Because people are emotional and intuitive, developing a brand through an experiential fundraiser can help you connect with more individuals, and form lasting connections.
Just as headlines suggest that email usage is on the decline, the myth that social media is making people less social is also fueled by blog posts, articles, and headlines of its own. Malcolm Gladwell was the first author to make this case in his article "Small Change: Why the Revolution Will Not Be Tweeted." In this controversial piece, Gladwell argues that the social media revolution will not result in massive social change like we witnessed during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.
The American Heart Association’s Jump Rope for Heart is a thriving national fundraising program that focuses on educating children about the dangers of heart disease and stroke while raising vital funds for cardiovascular and stroke research, and health education. Students raise money based on the length of time they or their team participates in the jump rope events, which are held and coordinated by individual schools. The school also receives a portion of the donated funds its participants raise to enhance its own physical education programs.
In our series on event fundraising check lists, we first covered Event Logistics and Participant Support. In this post, we’ll map out the activities associated with Donations Management and Fundraising. These two categories are vitally important and closely related. After all, the entire point of holding a fundraising walk or other type of special events fundraiser is to secure donations for your nonprofit organization.
Last week, Event 360 joined over 1,100 nonprofit fundraisers and marketers at the 5th Annual Convio Summitin Baltimore. The theme “No Boundries” was an apt description, as the sold-out event began with a keynote address from Stacey Allison, the first woman to climb Mount Everest.
Event 360 has had the privilege of producing events ranging from 300 to 60,000 participants. We have created, planned and implemented every type of fundraising event from single-day walks to multi-day bike rides to urban scavenger hunts. This experience has taught us that no matter if you are managing an event with 500 or 50,000 participants, there are many common components that an event fundraiser has to manage to make the event successful. To put these things in perspective, I recently asked our events team to come up with a event production checklist.
You’ve seen the headlines: "9 Reasons Why Email is Dead," Why Email No Longer Rules….And What That Means for the Way We Communicate," or "Nielsen: Email Use Drops 28 Percent in One Year." With the seemingly endless reports about the death of email, it’s no wonder that the commonly-held myth of decreased email usage exists.
Premal Shah, the president of the microlending organization Kiva, has a contrarian view of the companies that are the biggest competition for nonprofit fundraisers. While the obvious competitors for fundraising dollars are other organizations raising money for their own cause, Shah makes the case that casual gaming company Zynga will be Kiva’s biggest competitor over the next 5 years.