Giving Tuesday for Nonprofits: FAQ + 4 Tips to Stand Out


The end of the calendar year is the most important time for fundraising. Research shows that about 30 percent of nonprofit donations take place in December, and the holiday season tends to create a spirit of generosity among nonprofit supporters. It’s critical for your organization to start developing your year-end fundraising strategy early to bring in as much funding during this time as possible. A great way to kick off the year-end giving season is by launching a campaign for Giving Tuesday. This worldwide celebration of generosity toward nonprofit causes can help your organization raise a lot of revenue and engage your entire supporter base. [...]

Giving Tuesday for Nonprofits: FAQ + 4 Tips to Stand Out2023-01-09T08:56:25-05:00

What Really Happens When Your Nonprofit Starts Tracking Time


Running a nonprofit is no easy business. It requires hard work to raise funds, hire and retain talent, and ultimately, deliver on your mission. Whether you're working to reduce poverty, improve access to healthcare, or advocate on behalf of a religious, political, or spiritual movement — time and budgets are limited. That being said, how do you determine which programs are the most beneficial to your organization? While it can be relatively simple to analyze the positive impact of a specific program or campaign, it's not always so easy to understand the true costs of the work your team performs. That's [...]

What Really Happens When Your Nonprofit Starts Tracking Time2019-10-19T23:32:59-04:00

3 Keys to Setting Up Your Fundraising Calendar for Success


Now that the 2015 giving season is over, you’re probably knee deep into planning your fundraising calendar for 2016. We invited special guest Brad Davies, Fundraising Expert from NextAfter to share his experience and talk through a specific strategy on how to grow your organization this year and turn your 2016 fundraising goals into a reality. Brad Davies is an online fundraising expert who was the project director of the “Online Fundraising Scorecard” which looked at the online giving habits of 250 charities, 100 of which are on the Chronical of Philanthropy’s 400 list. Brad has consulted with hundreds of organizations [...]

3 Keys to Setting Up Your Fundraising Calendar for Success2019-10-19T05:47:12-04:00

Your Guide to #GivingTuesday


You’re sitting in your office on November 21st. You’re fielding texts from your mom about what time your flight home lands. At the very moment you begin to map out your Turkey Day plate real estate (mashed potatoes at 3:00, green beans at 9:00, please), you scroll across a teaser for a #GivingTuesday donation match a partner organization has organized and that feeling sinks in. You missed the #GivingTuesday boat. Again. #sad That was 2016. And here we are in 2017… the #GivingTuesday planning you vowed to map out in August has gone by the way of your hydration and decluttering [...]

Your Guide to #GivingTuesday2019-07-23T13:18:11-04:00

So You Want to Break Up with Your Current Online Engagement Tool…


This post was originally published on Firefly Partner's blog, and is being shared with their permission. If the title of this blog post resonates with you, you have lots of company. Most nonprofit organizations have a degree of dissatisfaction with their online engagement tool – primarily because there is no perfect platform.  Advocacy, email marketing, events, fundraising, eCommerce, and CRM are all fairly standard components of an online engagement program at most organizations.  These elements are really critical to the success and core functions of the modern nonprofit.  You just want to provide a great experience for your supporters and use [...]

So You Want to Break Up with Your Current Online Engagement Tool…2019-06-13T09:34:02-04:00

7 Areas of Focus to Achieving Transparency, Accountability, and High Performance


Nonprofit organizations do so many things really well:  First of all…they impact lives! Every. Single. Day.  The paid staff and leadership for nonprofits work tirelessly long hours and often get paid much less than they could if they worked in the private or corporate sector.  Or, maybe they’re a volunteer board member serving faithfully.  Either way, all involved give liberally of who they are for the mission. For nonprofits to break free of traditional constraints and transform into high-performing, high-growth organizations, there is a need to clearly define what limits growth and become intentional with solutions to effectively expand these limits.  [...]

7 Areas of Focus to Achieving Transparency, Accountability, and High Performance2019-06-08T04:18:50-04:00

The Rise of the Connected Donor: Why Digital Matters More Than Ever


Today’s donors are very tech savvy. Almost two-thirds of us are now smartphone owners – even the boomer generation has embraced them – and these devices are a primary access point to the online world for many. The use of paper checks continues to decline in favor of electronic payment methods and credit/debit cards. In fact, since 2013, mobile giving to a charity’s websites has increased by 80 percent. We are a digital society. Source: As connected individuals, the donors of today are more impulse-driven, they’re on the go and they expect great experiences – or they will walk away. From shopping, to dating, to [...]

The Rise of the Connected Donor: Why Digital Matters More Than Ever2019-03-30T11:48:06-04:00

5 Small Changes That May Save Your Nonprofit Event


Every nonprofit event has some hiccups, so we’ve come to expect them. But imagine if you didn’t have to stop five, ten, or a dozen times throughout your event to troubleshoot the guest list, or fix a data entry error. Imagine how much faster registration and check-out would move. How much of that time could be better spent giving the best service possible to your guests? All it takes is a tiny bit more preparation, practice, and organization. Make these five small changes to your process, and you’ll find you can breathe much easier on the big night.   Maintain Physical [...]

5 Small Changes That May Save Your Nonprofit Event2019-03-26T19:21:44-04:00

How to Use Post-Event Follow Up to Build Lasting Relationships


Hosting an event for your organization is an excellent way to build relationships with your supporters and to enable them to introduce their own networks to your cause in a fun environment. Surprisingly, post-event follow-up is often overlooked, but is still critically important.   While many debate the value of nonprofit events given the high costs, data supports the idea that an event is an excellent opportunity to build a more actively engaged community - one that volunteers, donates, and supports your organization in multiple ways. Your follow-up is an acknowledgement of their participation and can build on the relationship between [...]

How to Use Post-Event Follow Up to Build Lasting Relationships2018-12-29T05:30:33-05:00

Get Resourceful with Your Nonprofit’s Limited Budget


Time and time again as we are working with our nonprofit clients we hear a common challenge: We don't have the budget to do that. Whether it's investing in a new website, buying a better camera, spending money on a fancy social media metrics dashboard, or even having a full-time social media employee, the refrain is all the same - small nonprofits are strapped for cash and have a limited budget.   We get it, we really do. At CSL, the majority of us have worked at nonprofits or startups so we understand competing priorities when it comes to your limited [...]

Get Resourceful with Your Nonprofit’s Limited Budget2018-10-29T12:56:00-04:00
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