Corporate Relations & Engagement

5 Ways to Get Matching Gifts
March 24, 2014

Matching gifts are one of the largest sources of untapped funding for nonprofit organizations, but it doesn't have to be that way. Here are five ways to get matching gifts, courtesy of Adam Weinger, president of Double the Donation: 1. Promote matching gifts on social-media platforms. 2. Include information about matching gifts in acknowledgment letters. 3. Mention matching gifts in fundraising-related emails. 4. Dedicate space in newsletters and blogs to matching-gift information. 5. Direct donors to the electronic matching-gift submission process.

Spotify App Guilty Pledgers Raises Money for Charity From Cheesy Tunes
March 6, 2014

A new app for streaming music service Spotify wants people to donate to charity in return for getting their favorite songs played during friends’ parties. The Guilty Pledgers app requires party hosts to sign in using Facebook, then open up a party playlist. Friends can then pledge to any of a range of charities — more than 13,000 available on the JustGiving website — in return for adding tracks of their choice to the playlist. It’s the first fundraising app to be launched on Spotify.

How Partnerships Can Create Maximum Exposure for Your Fundraising Events
January 7, 2014

When Room to Read set itself the challenge of recruiting a younger supporter base, it knew it needed something really cool to inspire the younger generation to take on a fundraising challenge for the charity. Barclays’ MoonTrekker event has helped do just that. In the last three years, the event has raised more than $2 million Hong Kong Dollars for the charity, helping fund 26 projects across Southeast Asia and Sri Lanka.

4 Tips That Can Help Land Corporate Donations
December 26, 2013

Professional fundraisers who are looking to secure corporate donations must do more than traditional fundraising. They must learn how to position their organization’s mission to align with the corporation’s goal, their employees’ interests and the local community’s needs in order to successfully develop a long-lasting partnership.

If you are a fundraiser who wants to land corporate donations, here are four tips you can use to help develop a long-lasting partnership with a corporate donor.

Get Corporate Donations in 4 Easy Steps
December 3, 2013

The benefits of corporate donors extend beyond their monetary contributions. They give your organization a publicity boost, which can spark an increase in donations from individuals and other companies. If you are a fundraiser seeking corporate donations, here are four steps you can follow to align your nonprofit with a company’s brand, goals and mission and form an enduring alliance: 1. Know the company's background. 2. Focus on employees. 3. Keep it local. 4. Aim for ongoing collaboration.

Donor-Advised Funds: Where Charity Goes to Wait
December 2, 2013

Donor-advised funds have attracted an ever-larger chunk of American donations since the 1990s. Though legally public charities, they are more like holding tanks that let would-be philanthropists deposit money, collect the tax benefits up front and then decide later which causes they actually want to give to. Legally, there’s no limit to how long the money can sit there.

4 Steps to Awesome #GivingTuesday Corporate-Cause Partnerships
November 12, 2013

#GivingTuesday is Dec. 3. How will your organization celebrate? #GivingTuesday is a prime opportunity for nonprofits and companies (and individuals) to collaborate for the greater good. Here are four steps to ensure your partnership’s success: 1. Seek mission and values alignment. 2. Leverage complementary assets. 3. Design the right partnership architecture. 4. Measure and communicate accomplishments.

Amazon Launches AmazonSmile to Support Customers' Favorite Charities
October 30, 2013

Amazon has launched AmazonSmile, a new program for customers to support their favorite charitable organizations every time they shop. Through AmazonSmile, Amazon will donate a portion of each purchase price to the customer's favorite charitable organization. There is no cap on the total donation amount, and customers can choose from nearly 1 million organizations around the country.

Study: Consumers Buy Charity-Linked Products but Want Proof of Results
October 2, 2013

American demand for cause-related products is stronger than ever, according to 20 years of benchmarking data released by Cone Communications. Despite a marketplace saturated with cause-related programs and messages, the U.S. consumer appetite for corporate support of social and environmental issues appears insatiable, according to the 2013 Cone Communications Social Impact Study. However, high consumer demand comes with high expectations for impact — and the study reveals the majority of Americans are uncertain of the extent to which corporate and individual efforts result in meaningful change.

6 Unique and Unconventional Fundraising Ideas
September 26, 2013

“How are we going to bring in more money? Let’s get creative, folks!” Employees at nonprofit organizations of varying shapes and sizes have heard this from upper management in one way or another. There are only so many sources of fundraising revenue, and traditional foundation grants, corporate grants and annual appeals can become stale very quickly. We wanted to show you that there are several ways to think outside the box and give you a few unconventional ideas that might spark a creative fundraiser for your organization!