I Want Your Top 5
I'm going to keep this week's post short and simple. Why? Because I want you to take the few minutes you spend reading my posts to send me your top five thoughts on innovative fundraising. Let me be more specific …
There are a lot of us old-timers out there blogging, which is great. The amount of experience that can be read and learned over the Internet across the blogs is pretty amazing. What I want to know is what you all, as readers, feel are your top five innovative ideas. I don't want something that is a 20-year-old innovation — I want only ideas that are relevant to today's marketplace and dynamic. Also, you can tell me about things you have done or ideas you have that have not been done.
I'm doing an experiment. I got into a spirited discussion with a fellow fundraiser the other day, and one of the comments thrown out was that there are no real innovators in our industry. Another comment was that our industry is too comfortable in the tried and true to try something really new. Before any of you say something out loud while reading this — yes, we discussed the difficulty in budgeting and how most nonprofits don't have research and development budgets, which also seems to stunt innovative testing.
So my goal is to prove this guy wrong. I can come up with 10 ideas right now, but I want to hear from you. And, in exchange for this, I'm going to share all of them (anonymously) in a future post.
Follow this link, and give me your "Top 5." I want to prove that our industry is made up of amazing thinkers — don't let me down. And by the way, the sky is the limit — think of channels, segments, premiums, strategies, offers, etc. And who knows, maybe with a few agency relationships we can actually get some pilots going around some of the most promising ideas.
You can find the survey here.
Vice President, Strategy & Development
Eleventy Marketing Group
Angie is ridiculously passionate about EVERYTHING she’s involved in — including the future and success of our nonprofit industry.
Angie is a senior exec with 25 years of experience in direct and relationship marketing. She is a C-suite consultant with experience over the years at both nonprofits and agencies. She currently leads strategy and development for marketing intelligence agency Eleventy Marketing Group. Previously she has worked at the innovative startup DonorVoice and as general manager of Merkle’s Nonprofit Group, as well as serving as that firm’s CRM officer charged with driving change within the industry. She also spent more 14 years leading the marketing, fundraising and CRM areas for two nationwide charities, The Arthritis Foundation and the American Cancer Society. Angie is a thought leader in the industry and is frequent speaker at events, and author of articles and whitepapers on the nonprofit industry. She also has received recognition for innovation and influence over the years.