Does your nonprofit use FundlyPro? Do you want to potentially receive twice as many donations during your crowdfunding campaign?
If so, keep reading! FundlyPro has integrated with Double the Donation, the leading matching gift software provider.
This integration enables nonprofits to promote matching gifts to their supporters after a donation has been made.
Let’s run through what the process will look like for your donors.
First, a donor will arrive on your FundlyPro donation page.
Once they click on “Donate Now,” the FundlyPro donation page will appear. Donors will input their personal and credit card information.
Once the donor clicks “Make Your Donation,” they will see a confirmation page. This is where the donor will be able to use Double the Donation’s matching gift search tool.
In this example, our donor works at Bank of America. When they start typing in their employer’s name, they will see matching gift information that is specific to that company.
Donors can learn more about their company’s matching gift program including information about:
- Contact information
- Minimum and maximum match amounts
- Match ratios
- Employee eligibility
- Nonprofit eligibility
- Submission processes
- And more!
FundlyPro’s integration with Double the Donation makes it easier for your donors to research their employer’s matching gift program and complete the necessary steps to submit match requests.
This means that your nonprofit could potentially raise twice as much during your crowdfunding campaign’s duration!
If you haven’t set up a FundlyPro account yet, you can do so here.
For more information about Double the Donation’s services, click here.
Let’s be honest, asking people for money is difficult. Really, really difficult.
What’s even worse? Asking grumpy people for money.
Donors are much more receptive to asks when they are in good moods. Whodathunkit?
So take advantage of the happiest season of the year — summer!
Summer is a great time to engage with donors. The sun is shining, the weather is good, and daylight lasts forever.
It is a season that beckons people outside, so heed the call. That’s why we’ve complied a list of our favorite summer fundraising ideas:
- Launch a crowdfunding campaign
- Host a block party
- Host a pool party
- Organize a water balloon fight
- Coordinate a car wash
- Host a fish fry or barbecue
- Run a walk-a-thon, bike-a-thon, or swim-a-thon
- Host a wine tasting
- Cater a dinner or host a gala outdoors
- Run a summer golf tournament
- Organize an outdoor concert
- Coordinate a summer film series
Use these suggestions to capitalize on the summer season and get your community outside and donating!
While crowdfunding is a popular fundraising idea for any time of the year, it’s especially effective over the summer because you can combine your online fundraiser with a live event such as a walkathon, charity concert, etc.
Additionally, creating a crowdfunding campaign is often free, making it an inexpensive fundraising tool to use during the summer (or any season for that matter).
When setting up your crowdfunding campaign, be sure to include a lot of fun visuals to help encourage your supporters to donate and share your campaign with their peers. Moreover, you’ll also need to draft a killer fundraising description that explains why you’re raising money and what communities or people will benefit from the funds.
After you launch your campaign, spread the word through social media, email, print and e-newsletters, and your local press.
A block party is a one-stop shop for summer fun. The endless summer nights provide the perfect backdrop for a community gathering that benefits your cause!
Block Parties are what you make them so the vibe and atmosphere will be up to you.
Consider organizing some extra fundraising events to incorporate into the block party and maximize your donations.
I would suggest getting some competition brewing with a watermelon eating contest and a cook-off.
Watermelon is the perfect summer fruit, refreshing and healthy. Donors won’t feel guilty about stuffing their faces with watermelon.
Messy enough to provide a visual badge of honor for those who compete, your contest will be a highlight of the block party.
For those who find the competitive eating world unappealing give them the option of competitive cooking. A cook-off is a great complement to any block party.
Pick a summer classic, like apple pies, burgers, or chili, and get people cooking!
You can have party guests vote using a secret ballot or appoint a judging panel. Just have fun with it!
Look into getting a local chef or cooking supply shop to donate cooking lessons or a gift card to the winner.
Keep the party going late into the night and let your cause reap the financial rewards.
Is a block party not cool enough for you in those hot summer months? Make it a pool party instead. Problem solved!
Pool parties are pretty straight forward. Have pool? Will party.
Just make sure you have your safety bases covered with licensed lifeguards.
Your pool party can be as extravagant as your heart desires. Set up carnival like games near the pool. Have a party-wide round of Marco Polo. Sell snacks from a concessions stand.
Kids will join in for the fun of it and adults will join in for the nostalgia-fun of it. Establish a designated fight-zone, register competitors, and sell water balloons.
You could even make it a tournament with teams competing for a coveted prize…glory!
Car washes are a fundraising standby for a reason. They’re a great way to raise money with little event cost.
They are also an excellent opportunity to expand awareness of your organization.
Make sure your car wash has plenty of signage stating what the proceeds are going towards. You might even want to print off some flyers or brochures to give those who participate additional info on your cause.
For this event you’ll have a crew of volunteers and staff manning the grill or fryers. Set up a method of ordering (online, via the phone, in person) and provide made-to-order food.
Your establishment can be take-out style or you can set up some outdoor seating.
Get kitschy if you go the eat-in route, and don’t forget the quintessential summer items like picnic tablecloths and funky plates.
Pick whichever of the three you think your community will be most interested and you’ll be off to the races.
Charge a small registration fee and have your participants gather sponsorships for distance walked, biked, or swam.
Find an outdoor venue, get wine donated from local shops, and invite your supporters who are 21+ to pay a minor fee to participate.
People will jump at the chance to sample wine while feeling charitable.
Take advantage of the beautiful weather and bring your higher-end events outside. For example, you could host a garden ball at your community’s botanical gardens.
Golf tournaments can be very lucrative. Partner with a local golf course and solicit your corporate sponsors and donors to buy spots in the tournament. Make a whole day of it! Start with breakfast and finish with a dinner and silent auction.
Outdoor concerts are summer staples. It doesn’t matter who the main attraction is, whether its Beyoncé or your cousin Al’s neighborhood band.
A benefit concert is all about having fun and raising money.
Reserve a venue, like a park space, for 4 or 5 separate nights. Then pick out a movie for each reserved day that an entire family can enjoy.
Title your series, something like “June Movie Mondays,” and start rolling.
Make sure to advertise and let people know what the ticket sales are accomplishing. You could even sell theater concessions to create an authentic movie-going experience.
For more great information, check out our list of summer camp fundraising ideas!
Once you’ve executed a great summer fundraiser, make sure your organization is fully prepared to keep those hard earned donors.
Donors have more time and energy to get involved in their communities during their summers. Cement your nonprofit’s community presence by making a big fundraising push this summer. Go forth and conquer the season!
The millennial age group is not and should not be the white whale of fundraising. Reel them in!
Yes, they’re young and grew up with a different sense of the world than perhaps your older donors did, but they’re still just people looking to support a good cause.
To build a strong donor pipeline, it is important to have donors of all ages and giving levels. One of the biggest challenges facing our nonprofit clients is how to reach the mysterious millennial.
We’ve created a list of strategies that will facilitate engagement with this age group.
Feel free to use any or all of these tactics as you move forward with donor engagement.
Typically, the younger the donor, the smaller the disposable income. Millennials, like most people, want to be charitable.
Unfortunately, the combination of a tough job market and hefty student loans limits the ways in which the 20-35 age range can contribute financially.
Luckily, there is an alternative way of participating that is just as viable for your cause, volunteering.
Volunteerism is an excellent way to engage the millennial demographic without them having to worry about a fiscal commitment.
Encouraging volunteering helps connect people to your cause and grow your organization’s community. Plus, once they are volunteers and ingratiated into your nonprofit, millennials will be more likely to give monetarily when they can.
If I want to go to a movie tonight I can go to the theater website and buy tickets in about two minutes.
Yesterday, I made an appointment for a haircut on my salon’s online scheduling system.
The internet makes almost everything more convenient. Just like online retailers have figured out, it is easier to make a purchase when you can do so without leaving your home.
Make donating online easy. Your millennial donors are accustomed to using the web for just about everything. Play on their field.
Raising money online still feels like new territory for many nonprofits, but with the proper approach, such as using a popular crowdfunding platform, your fundraising with younger age groups will soar.
A 2015 NonProfitEasy survey found that only 11.9% of nonprofits surveyed reported that more than 75% of their fundraising will be through online donations. That 11.9% will only increase as more and more millennials join donor networks.
Stay ahead of the curve!
Social engagement is key!
Many of your donors, especially millennials, have an incredibly active social media presence.
With the amount of time people spend *cough* waste *cough* on social networking sites, it is so important that your organization is part of the community and conversation.
Take a cross-platform approach. Just a word of warning though, what you get out will be what you put in, so only use a platform if it works for you.
Social media is the ideal resource to brief your donors on all of the great work you’ve done.
It is a perfect place to showcase accomplishments and keep donors in the loop about what their money has enabled. You can even use the sites to thank donors on a public platform.
The social networking opportunities are there, so take advantage of them!
I’d like to wager a bet. Survey a group of 25 year olds and ask them to name one of their possessions that they could not live without. Survey says? Cell phones.
Mobile phones have become appendages. People sleep with them on their pillows. They use them to avoid eye contact in elevators. Smart phones are now basically pocket-sized computers.
Give donors the opportunity to use their best friends for charity. Make sure your giving platform is compatible with smart phones and break down the barriers to donations!
For example, the data tells us that 15.17% of crowdfunding donations are made via mobile device. That’s a significant percentage of giving potential to miss out on. So, make sure you optimize your site for mobile.
So you’ve mastered the millennial miracle and you now have a solid base of 20-35 year old donors. Now what? Follow-up. Just like with any donor, once you’ve acquired a millennial make it a goal to retain him and his funds.
You have to stay in touch and there are a bunch of ways to do so. Donors appreciate emails and shout-outs on social media.
Much of the approach to millennial donor engagement is about getting into their world and going online. Continuing engagement provides the perfect opportunity to surprise those donors with a throwback fundraising technique, direct mail.
Most people’s true mail is populated with bills, magazines addressed to previous residents, and more bills. Break-up the monotony with a wonderfully crafted direct mail package.
Your cause will stand out to those younger donors.
BUILD A MEMBERSHIP PROGRAM
If you’re not familiar with membership programs, they are programs that donors can join for a charitable fee and receive perks and other engagement opportunities in return.
Why are membership programs great for donor retention?
Think of it like receiving recurring gifts from your supporters since donors have to pay a monthly or annual fee to become a member. However, the interaction between you and the members is more involved. Your members will get notifications on upcoming events and other engagement opportunities, helping you develop deeper relationships with your supporters.
If you want to create a membership program, you need the right tools to track your members and renew memberships. Most donor management software has expansions or the capability to track and manage your membership program, so you might not have to get entirely new software.
CREATE A JUNIOR BOARD
Boards are a vital part of a successful nonprofit. A junior board of directors populated by young professionals will help your organization engage with millennial leaders for your cause.
Much of fundraising is about who you know. A board that is populated with those ages 50 and up is unlikely to have a bevy of millennial contacts.
Millennials looking and able to donate are certainly out there. A junior board is a great point of access for connecting with those millennials. Build it and they will come, right?
HOST EVENTS WITH LOCAL COLLEGES OR UNIVERSITIES
Start ’em young. College students are the perfect storm of energy, time, and boredom. If they hear your event is going to be fun or their friends are all going or they are interested in your cause, they will show up.
It doesn’t matter how you get them there, just that you do.
If you encourage involvement early on, they will be more likely to contribute monetarily once they enter the professional world.
A campus or campus-sponsored event is a great way to reach valuable donors and help them discover your cause.
Consider, for example, hosting a 5k on university grounds. That type of event in particular is going to bring a variety of students to your cause.
- You’ll have the students focused on community service who are actively seeking opportunities to volunteer.
- You’ll garner support from runners, both students and not, who are simply always looking for a race to run in.
- You’ll get the sort of “walk-in” benefit of finding students who maybe were looking for something to do or heard about a free t-shirt.
No matter how many people involved stick with your cause in the short-term, you’ve taken a great step towards building long-term awareness and the foundation of your relationships with young donors.
At the end of the day, millennials are donors like any of your others. It’s important to view them as donors first, millennials second. There should be plenty of cross-over between your typical donor acquisition strategies and those you employ for millennials.
Determining why millennials are interested in your cause and what drives their philanthropic motivations will lead to success.
Any strategies we missed? Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have more proven techniques for attracting millennials.
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