The Valencia College Foundation took its six-week fundraising campaign, First One, online using peer-to-peer fundraising to supplement its offline campaign activities. At the end of the day the foundation raised $203,817, which included a matching grant, recruited 152 fundraisers on 36 teams, and attracted 170 first-time donors.
Donna Marino, Valencia College Foundation’s donor stewardship manager, shared some points of the foundation's success as well as some important lessons to take into planning for the next campaign.
If you’re planning to wait until December to reach out to your donors, you may be too late. Setting the stage for your year-end fundraising push is as important as the ask itself. This is true for a few reasons. First, no one wants to be ignored all year, only to be asked for money when they finally do hear from you. That’s not much of a relationship. Second, it often takes more than one message to get donors to act.
Working on your year-end appeal? Flying by the seat of your pants? Struggling with your copy? Think your copy is OK but not super inspiring? Worried that folks may not even open your envelope? Crafting fundraising appeals is not rocket science, but you do have to adhere to certain guidelines if you want to achieve blastoff. So … here come some guidelines!
I’m putting these in order, with the most important at the top. Since I’ve only selected six tips, however, you can consider all of these critically important to your success.
You need to get to the heart of the matter as quickly as possible to not only get your readers' attention, but also to get them to make donations.
The year-end fundraising season is almost here. It’s tempting to put off your planning for a few more weeks, but don’t give in to procrastination. Proper planning now is like insurance for a strong fundraising finish in 2013. Take a moment this week to assess your progress toward your year-end campaign plans. Here are five ways to make sure you’re ready: 1. Review your results. 2. Set a goal. 3. Create a plan. 4. Craft your key messages. 5. Test your process.
Have you peeked at your calendar today? We’re just two months away from much of your end-of-year campaign prep work needing to be finished up. One of the main differences I’ve seen between successful campaigns and those that aren’t is that successful campaigns are planned earlier. When it comes to your end-of-year campaign, that means now.
So if you haven’t given your end-of-year campaign any thought, here’s a checklist of what to get done in September …
Did you know organizations could raise 40 percent of their individual donations in the month of December by maximizing their end-of-year fundraising appeals? In fact, data shows more dollars are donated online in the last five days of December than in the other three weeks combined. For most organizations — particularly those who solicit tax-deductible gifts — the year’s online fundraising is a pie with six slices.
Like it or not, June 30 is right around the corner. If this marks the end of your fiscal year, this week can be pretty stressful. What’s the best way to alleviate that stress? Activate some simple strategies to finish the year on a strong note. Here’s a simple checklist to make sure you don’t leave money on the table.
First, create a list of donors from the past three years that haven’t given this year. Next, make sure all potential prospects have been solicited. Finally, make calls to individuals with unpaid pledges.
Nonprofits are making a big mistake when reading studies that show that more than 50 percent of charitable giving happens in December. They are putting off their year-end appeals until December! Generous year-end giving isn’t merely the result of a barrage of appeals and e-mails in the last weeks of the year. Successful year-end fundraising takes strategic planning. Here are three tips to help you jump-start your fall fundraising.