• Nonprofits

    Tips to Encourage Repeat Donations

    According to Network for Good, 60% of donors don’t make repeat donations to the same organization. Don’t be a statistic! Enhance the donor experience and encourage your first time donors to make recurring contributions to your organization. Timeliness Processing Manage the donation receipt process with care and precision. Accurately logging and capturing the data into your system should be done within a few days of receipt. Processing the credit card information and/or depositing funds received via check should also be done timely. If there is an issue with the credit card or check, reach out to the donor ASAP. By processing their donation timely, you are showing the donor their…

  • Nonprofits

    6 Steps to Creating a Successful Volunteer Program

    Most nonprofit organizations rely heavily on volunteers to run their organization effectively. Having a solid program that attracts and retains volunteers that believe in the mission of the organization is key.  Follow these 6 steps to implement, or improve, your program. 1. Create a Job Description Even though the position is a volunteer one, it is important to clearly identify the needs of your organization so that you not only bring on volunteers that want to complete these tasks, but also accomplish your goals as an organization. Include the skills a volunteer needs, the training you will offer as well as the hours and location the volunteer is needed.  Clearly…

  • Fundraising

    The Power of Donor Stories

    It’s common practice to share stories of the impact your organization has made with l donors. It is a great way to emotionally involve donors and give them a better understanding of what and where their donation is going. Although the stories aren’t always as compelling, organizations should also utilize donor stories as part of their appeal plan.   Why Share Current donors that are asked to share their stories feel a sense of belonging. They know you appreciate their monetary donation, but by sharing their story, you are also letting them know you value them as individuals.   This peer-to-peer approach entices potential donors to get involved with your…

  • Events

    Navigating Your Next Networking Event

    Whether you are hunting for a new job, marketing your company’s services or simply looking to increase your circle of business contacts, attending a networking event can help.  Once you’ve invested the time to identify the event you want to attend and registered for it, you will want to ensure your time (and money) has been well spent. With a little bit of preparation, you can make your time worthwhile!   Get Ready for the Event! Set your goals! Determine specifically what you want to accomplish at the event and the types of contacts you hope to make. Do your homework. Research what hashtags are being used and engage in the…

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