2016 Gold Award Winners: Multichannel
January 24, 2017 at 9:40 am

The numbers listed for this multichannel effort reflect only the final calendar mailing, and they are certainly solid—especially the 6.39 percent response rate. But it was the way the interactive campaign engaged both online and offline audiences that made it the clear winner in this category...

The 2016 Gold Awards for Fundraising Excellence
January 24, 2017 at 8:00 am

It’s that magical time when we get to recognize the best, most memorable, most innovative fundraising campaigns. It’s a big responsibility, and choosing the winners is no easy task. All of these entries are just so good—our judges had their hands full. But boy is it rewarding seeing the work of all you fundraisers out there, and the massive impact you help nonprofits achieve. Here are the winners of the 2016 Gold Awards for Fundraising Excellence, presented by Turnkey...

2016 Gold Award Winners: Campaign of the Year
January 23, 2017 at 4:05 pm

The scope of this multichannel campaign—consisting of 
an email series, social media posts, landing pages, SEM ads, 
catalogs, inserts, brochures and more—is staggering. But it 
was the consistency across channels that really wowed our judges...

12 Friends You Absolutely Need to Boost Online Fundraising
December 21, 2016 at 10:30 am

Being online is a critical part of your donor’s life. It’s also a critical part of their experience with your organization. So your year-end campaign must be online, too. In fact, to succeed in today’s environment, year-end campaigns must be multichannel — not just direct mail, but also email and social media.

Once Is Not Enough: Why You Need a Multichannel Fundraising Campaign
October 20, 2016 at 10:18 am

If you think you can send one fundraising appeal and then wait for the donations to pour in, you’re in for a rude awakening. Your donors are busy and may put your letters aside to handle later, and then never get to them. Or, they may not see your fundraising email in their ever-growing inboxes.…

Master These 8 Goals for Better Fundraising Asks
April 8, 2016 at 10:02 am

Large or small, new or established, your nonprofit needs to set realistic fundraising goals. I am not talking about setting a specific dollar amount as a target (although this is still critical). I’m talking about how you ask for donations. Here are the strategies and goals to use if you want to broaden your fundraising…

John Oliver's Lessons in Nonprofit Communications
March 8, 2016 at 9:16 am

John Oliver’s “Last Week Tonight” segment mocking presidential candidate Donald Trump arrived just in time for Super Tuesday. Unless you’ve been living under a rock these last few days, you’ve probably seen #MakeDonaldDrumpfAgain taking over the Internet. While there certainly is a political lesson to be learned from the clip, it’s also a perfect crash…

Why Pop-Ups Should Be Part of Your Online Fundraising
February 26, 2016 at 10:11 am

Are you annoyed by those pop-up boxes that suddenly appear on some websites? Probably. Are your constituents? Likely. Does that mean your nonprofit website should avoid them? No. Everyone knows to raise money, you need to ask. And simply having a donate button on your home page isn’t a strong ask. With so much to…

The 10th Annual Gold Awards for Fundraising Excellence
January 19, 2016 at 8:00 am

NonProfit PRO underwent plenty of change in 2015: new name, new look, new website and more. But one thing that’s stayed the same is our focus on fundraising. So, it is with great pride that we continue the tradition begun 10 years ago by FundRaising Success. We present to you the Gold Awards for Fundraising Excellence.

The Top 6 Things Smart Fundraisers Will Be Doing in 2016
January 12, 2016 at 9:19 am

Where should smart fundraisers be giving their attention in 2016 to capitalize on our economic growth? Technology changes and the economy changes. But people? Not so much. How will you be increasing fundraising revenue and strengthening donor relationships in 2016? Here are six things smart fundraisers will be doing...