At a recent Wake Up Your Fundraising Breakfast Panel presented by FundRaising Success and sponsors Blackbaud and Listen Up Espanol, three fundraising professionals joined me in a discussion on maximizing your return on "big data" to enhance fundraising and relationships with donors.
Charities across the U.K. reported a sharp rise in online donations for Giving Tuesday, figures have revealed. Software provider Blackbaud said donations through its services in the U.K. went up by 270 percent compared to the first Tuesday of December last year.
JustGiving said total donations were up 46 percent compared to the same day last year and text donations were up by 80 percent.
Visa Europe said that more than $3,900 was donated every minute on Visa cards in the U.K. and donations were up by 10 percent on last year.
Giving Tuesday showed strong growth on two fronts in 2014. The amount of cash raised increased 64 percent over 2013, according to one estimate. In addition, volunteerism is becoming an important part of the annual charity event.
Nonprofits raised nearly $46 million in connection with this year’s event, according to early estimates by Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, produced in partnership with the Case Foundation. The event raised $28 million last year, according to Lilly.
(Press release, Dec. 1, 2014) — The Blackbaud Index reported that overall charitable giving to nonprofits increased 0.2 percent and online giving increased 10.6 percent for the three months ending October 2014 as compared to the same period in 2013.
(Press release, Nov. 25, 2014) — Blackbaud, a global provider of software and services for the nonprofit, charitable giving and education communities, announced the availability of Blackbaud CRM™ 4.0. The new release offers customers rich developments in the areas of usability, quality, performance and innovation.
Built on the seemingly infinite expanse of social media, the breadth and success of Giving Tuesday would seem to defy easy visualization. But the online charity platform CrowdRise plans to do just that, with a virtual Giving Tower reaching to the sky.
A free app for smartphones, scheduled for launch Nov. 25, will allow users to point their devices at a dollar bill and create a hologram image of a tower. As the donations accumulate, the bricks will show photos of donors and their chosen charity.