Summer is just beginning and most people are turning their thoughts to days on the beach and backyard BBQs. Nonprofits, faith-based organizations, and churches, however, should be thinking about the month of December. Believe it or not, summer is the perfect time to plan and prepare for the holiday giving season.
Category Archives: Help for Churches
Your organization has an important mission and is achieving results. You have a long list of reasons of why people should give, and an even longer list of needs. So what’s stopping people for donating? There are some common stumbling blocks and excuses that prevent potential donors from becoming supporters, and they can be solved. Read More
What defines a successful event? While they are many possible answers to this question, getting people to register for and attend the event is essential. No matter how engaging the speakers are or how powerful their message is – it is tough to call an event a success when it has poor attendance. Believe it or not, the process of registering an event can have a huge impact on the event attendance. We’ve put together some tips to help you increasing registration and attendance to your events by streamlining the registration process. Read More
Does this sound like your church or nonprofit?
- Looking for Ways to Increase Donations
- Mainly Relying on Cash/Checks for Giving
- Struggling with Paperwork & Record Keeping
- Wanting Consistent Giving from Donors/Members
If so, you are not alone. Five years ago, the First Pentecostal Church of Pensacola was also struggling with all of these common issues for churches, but they found an easy solution for these and other issues through the ClearGIVE platform.
Creating a fun and unique experience for donors can increase giving from an existing donor base more economically than spending the time and money to reach new donors. Social media and online interactions provide endless possibilities to engage your donors and make giving easy. Just think about the ALS ice bucket challenge. That was just one highly publicized social media donor engagement campaign.
Other nonprofits have done things like offering custom-recorded messages from celebrities, throwing ugly holiday sweater contests and parties, and creating virtual characters in online games for donors to purchase, with proceeds going to their charities. It’s innovative ways like these that enable nonprofits to energize and mobilize their existing donor base for profitable and supportive fundraising. Read More
Whether it’s a formal gala with an elaborate array of sponsorships, silent auctions, and raffle ticket sales or a Saturday afternoon car wash, fundraising events can generate significant income for nonprofit organizations. However, the actual event is just the tip of the iceberg. There are hours of time invested in planning for how to handle event donations and follow up. Savvy organizations are looking to technology to streamline event-based fundraising.
Since their release in 2010, iPads have revolutionized everything from entertainment to communication. But, tablets aren’t just for Candy Crush and Facebook. Nonprofits are now using iPads as a powerful element in their fundraising toolkit, especially at events. With the ability to generate more donations in less time, and to connect with potential donors in new ways, iPads are quickly transforming fundraising events. Read More
PayPal is a popular way to send and receive payments online, with user-friendly features that make it seemingly convenient. It offers personal and business accounts as well as a mobile app. It even has a “donate” button feature to put on websites to solicit donations. But don’t let all these features fool you. While good for businesses, PayPal may not be the best way to ask for donations online. Here are three reasons why you should consider alternatives to PayPal for your electronic giving solution. Read More
Local community support is often key to the growth of non-profit organizations. Yet every nonprofit professional knows a successful organization must be able to move beyond the local neighborhood. The internet is a powerful tool for expanding the geographic reach of any nonprofit. Two often overlooked online resources have the power to significantly increase your exposure geographically: social media and Google AdGrants. Read More
Back in 2010, the Red Cross revolutionized mobile giving with their relief fund campaign in response the earthquake in Haiti. The immensely successful campaign raised millions of dollars and marked the first large-scale Text-To-Give effort. Since then, organizations of all sizes, from small, local congregations to national-level nonprofits, are jumping on board fundraising’s newest wave. Donors are also embracing the technology, using their thumbs to donate nearly $100 million each year via text messaging. The popularity of Text-To-Give isn’t slowing down and the option currently ties with live events as the second most popular method of giving among donors, sliding in just behind online giving. Read More
Fundraising never stops and having an online giving page provides donors with the ability to give to your organization at anytime from anywhere in the world.
When looking at options for an online giving platform ask yourself this, “Is it easy to use? Is it accessible to my donors and does it provide me with the tools to know how much is coming in and who is making the donation?’
I’ll take on each of these question below and let you know how ClearGIVE is different. Read More