To get a handle on what’s in store for 2015, NonProfit PRO rounded up some of the nonprofit industry’s finest, who were kind enough to share these 70 trends for this new year — everything from leadership to staffing to fundraising and more.
Focusing on high-cash giving not only maximizes actual year-end returns, but more importantly, builds motivation and commitment in the segment of your donor base with the greatest inclination to give.
You don’t need a single new donor to raise more money. Given that the cost to acquire a new donor is often $1, or more, for every $1 raised, finding a new donor does not even help most organizations with short-term mission fulfillment. So, how can you raise significantly more money for mission fulfillment without acquiring new donors? Here are just six ideas: 1. Ask for more. 2. Send a second-gift appeal. 3. Recruit monthly donors. 4. Get a challenge grant. 5. Retain donors. 6. Ask for planned gifts.
Bad news for entry-level fundraisers. When you send out a prospecting letter, and new donors respond — most of them will never give you a second gift. Why does this happen? Probably because a lot of new donors respond on a sudden impulse. Then later, if that impulse is not triggered again, they are not interested. Their lives have moved on.
So how do you attack this situation? You begin with — yes — a thank-you letter.
Lose your mid-level donors, and your major gifts will dry up sooner than you might imagine.
This year, the FSV advisors tackled the issues every-sized organization and mission need to know to thrive well into the next decades.
These days, renewing donors takes a fully integrated, multichannel effort. In this excerpt, fundraising guru Roger Craver shared "5 Ways to Get the Most From Your Multichannel Fundraising Renewal Efforts."
In her January 2011 DM Diagnosis article, "Baby, Come Back," fundraising copywriter and creative director Kimberly Seville shared what happened when she deliberately became a lapsed donor.