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Major Gift Fundraising: 13 Expert Tips (Nonprofit Tech Carnival)

This month’s Fundraising Strategies & Nonprofit Tech Carnival is all about one thing: major gifts.

At DonorSearch, we’ve written extensively about major gift fundraising and the various elements that go into the entire process, from prospect identification all the way through to post-gift stewardship and ongoing retention. 

But, you can never learn too much about the major gift process; it is just that important.

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Fundraising Strategies & Nonprofit Tech Carnival: Theme Announcement

We have an announcement to make!

DonorSearch is hosting this month’s Fundraising Strategies & Nonprofit Tech Carnival.

With one carnival already up and running, it’s time to open the floor for submissions for the next round. And we’re happy to announce that DonorSearch is hosting this time.

Fundraising Strategies & Nonprofit Tech is a recently launched carnival with one mission — collect top-notch educational resources, thought-provoking blog articles, and other types of web-based content that can help our readers capitalize on the many assets of fundraising technology.

Nonprofit technology is an ever-growing and evolving field, and we want to stay at its forefront by gathering the most helpful resources possible in one singular location: this carnival.

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Charity Auctions: 9 Targeted Tips for Fundraising Success

Charity auctions can be some of the most lucrative events for nonprofit organizations, but they can also be some of the most difficult to plan.

Between soliciting auction items, booking an event space, recruiting a team of volunteers, and more, there are many logistics that nonprofits must consider when hosting an auction.

Luckily there are few tricks that will make the process run a little more smoothly and that will help you ensure your auction is a success!

The tips we’ll cover here are:

  1. Use auction software.
  2. Choose your items wisely.
  3. Recruit an experienced team of volunteers.
  4. Keep detailed records.
  5. Advertise your items.
  6. Make your items the star.
  7. Be strategic with the auction item order.
  8. Make bidding convenient.
  9. Gamify your auction.

Whether you’re hosting an auction as the kick-off to your capital campaign or making it a staple of your annual fund, these tips are sure to make all of that planning pay off!

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Women’s Philanthropy: 12 Key Insights

12 Insights into Women’s Philanthropy

by Angela E. White, CFRE, Senior Consultant and CEO, Johnson, Grossnickle and Associates

[Excerpt: Helpful tips to engage women in support of your nonprofit]

I often speak passionately about the importance of broadening our philanthropic initiatives to include women philanthropists and I’d like to share with you what I think are some very important insights into Women’s Philanthropy.

Over the years, my colleagues and I at Johnson, Grossnickle and Associates have developed significant expertise in Women’s Philanthropy issues through our work with the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy in addition to our extensive work with clients.

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By chris

Turning Events Attendees and Volunteers into Major Donors: 8 Strategies

In the first place, planning and pulling off a successful fundraising event is challenging for all nonprofits, regardless of size or status.

But for those nonprofits who are looking to procure major gifts from their event attendees and volunteers, the process can be even more involved.

That’s precisely why we’ve compiled 8 of the top strategies for identifying prospects and cultivating major gifts from your event attendees.

If you’re curious about the specific tactics we’ll be exploring, you can go ahead and check out this short table of contents:

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7 things you may not have known about charitable giving

Nonprofits are in the game of giving, and when it comes to keeping your game sharp and strong, you’ll need to know all the charitable giving ins-and-outs.

The good news is that, according to a Giving USA report, 2015 was the most charitable year for Americans. 

The public is ready to give, and you’ll want to use all the information you can to reap the rewards of these increasingly generous people.

But with tons of data available about charitable giving, the process can be overwhelming.

That’s why DonorSearch is bringing you 7 statistics that will help illuminate your understanding of charitable giving.

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DonorSearch crosses the 100 million mark

Here at DonorSearch, we’ve hit 100 million records! Yes, that’s right. Not 1 million, not 10 million, but 100 million records in our charitable giving database.

We are incredibly excited to have reached this milestone. But what’s great for us is also great for you — because this gargantuan amount of records means that our philanthropic databases are chock full of information that your nonprofit can use.

Want to know more as we celebrate this achievement?

Below are the key insights that we’ve gathered from our charitable giving database. To start out, check out our highest categories for annual reports:

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10 Insights into Women’s Philanthropy

I often speak passionately about the importance of broadening our philanthropic initiatives to include women philanthropists. I recently recorded a short video interview on the subject and would like to share with you what I think are some very important insights into Women’s Philanthropy.

Over the years, my colleagues and I at JGA have developed significant expertise in Women’s Philanthropy issues through our work with the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, my work with Women’s Fund of Central Indiana and previously as the VP of Institutional Advancement for Saint Mary of the Woods College, in addition to our extensive work with clients at JGA for the last 15 years.

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Increase Donations with a Savvy SMS Marketing Strategy

This blog focuses on the world of prospect research and various related fundraising topics. To diversify our subject matter, we like to feature the work of our friends and colleagues in the community. Join me in welcoming Sophorn Chhay of Trumpia, and please enjoy this post on SMS marketing strategies to increase donations.

Increase Donations for Your Nonprofit with a Savvy SMS Marketing Strategy

Donations are the lifeblood of any nonprofit, which is why your nonprofit needs to develop an effective marketing strategy. A savvy SMS marketing campaign is one of the best ways to increase donations for your nonprofit.

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Buying Fundraising Software: 20 Questions Answered

Although many nonprofit organizations understand the value of fundraising software and want to make the switch, many are stumped by how to approach the buying process.

And who can blame them?

There’s a lot to take into account when considering a new platform.

Not only do you have to figure out what types of platforms and features are out there in the first place, but you also need to understand how software would work for your organization specifically.

The buying process is much simpler if you have the right considerations in mind.

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