Revolutionary Philanthropy

What is revolutionary philanthropy?

You will notice a change with Philinnova. For the last few years, I've shared tips, tools, and strategies to better connect with your stakeholders through everyday philanthropy

I've been inspired during this time of radical change - environmental and political - to shift the focus from everyday to revolutionary philanthropy. I believe it is time to build a new, innovative model of philanthropy and service. One that is built on true collaboration and shared power with the individuals and communities that we serve. 

Revolutionary Philanthropy examines the organizational structure, systems, and processes to ensure that they are working to dismantle the systems of injustice, rather than unconsciously supporting them. 

Revolutionary Philanthropy ensures that ALL stakeholder voices are reflected in the programs, services, and messaging of the organization. 

Revolutionary Philanthropy is...
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The Power of Collective Impact: creating change through community. 

Hello friends! As many of you know, I am passionate about empowering people to take action and create the change they want to see in the world. Creating collaboration around causes that serve others lights me up. We are at a point in time, where the divisions that separate us seem to be amplified. The focus seems to be on our differences instead of what unites us. I'd like to empower you all to change that. 


I invite you to intentionally choose another perspective. A perspective of connection, building community and collaboration around equity and the service of others. 

Never was there a better time to get really clear about what matters to you, and find others that share that same passion. Here are three ways to explore collaboration and collective impact: 

  1. Choose to surround yourself with people who care about creating the change you wish to see.  On an individual level, this is about being really intentional about the organizations that you give...
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Fundraising Tips for 2020

A new decade is upon us! I don't know about you, but I am excited for a new year full of new opportunities! Fundraising trends come and go, but one thing always remains the same. Our objective is to build more meaningful relationships with our donors. Here are a few tips to kick-off your strategy for fundraising in 2020: 

  1. Engage all stakeholders. If you know me, you know that my mantra is “Fundraising is everyone’s responsibility.” That does NOT mean that everyone is asking for money. What it does mean is that everyone is invested in the success of the organization’s fundraising strategy. That means every stakeholder is actively advocating for your organization in their personal and professional networks – sharing social media, appeals and event invitations. Tip: Meet with your board members and volunteers once per quarter to touch base and ask what role they would like to play in fundraising.

 

  1. Invest in the tools you need to get more...
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Strategy That Works! Three tips to increase year-end giving. 

Did you know that developing a dedicated & strategic campaign to engage donors can lead to an increase of 70% in year-end giving? Now is the time to get laser-focused on connecting with your stakeholders. It's not too late! Nearly 1/3 of annual giving occurs in December. Here are three tips to help you maximize your year-end giving campaign:


Get Creative. In addition to the tried and true techniques you've always use, try adding in some new channels or modes of communication. Personal fundraising pages, videos, and text to donate tools can help connect to more of your donors in a way they haven't experienced before. Giving is fun! The ask should be too! 

Be Consistent. Your donors are busy. They will receive a lot of requests over the next few months. Implementing a consistent campaign of impact statements, testimonials and case studies will help them connect emotionally to the impact they are creating through their investment. 

Collaborate. Engage your stakeholders in...

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More Meaningful Connection to Donors = More Meaningful Investment in Your Organization

Although we’ve never met, I consider Penelope Burke a mentor. Her research on donor-focused fundraising is comprehensive and validates the three tenants of my fundraising philosophy:

  1. Everything we do is about the donor’s experience.
  2. Fundraising is everyone’s responsibility.
  3. Treat every donor like a major donor.

Donors are not dollars. They are people. People who want to make a difference with their contribution of time, passion and money. Until you connect with your donors as philanthropists, you will not maximize your impact.

In my last blog post, I explored ways to use technology to connect with and create relationships with new donors. Today let’s talk more about cultivation and how to nurture relationships with individuals, organizations, and businesses that share a passion for your mission. A solid cultivation plan is critical to your long-term fundraising strategy.

There are two key elements to cultivation: communication and engagement.

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Expanding Your Network of Contacts and Connections

Technology can help us connect with new and existing donors around the world! We have the ability to easily communicate with new audiences, sharing impact statements, testimonials, and case studies. This broad sharing of information is essential to successful fundraising!

I led a strategy session this weekend with a board of directors eager to help spread the word about the wonderful work of the organization they were serving. They were excited about talking about the impact that they were helping to create in the world. The question was, "How do we move past our inner circle of friends and family and connect with more people that have a passion for the mission?"

When we get stuck on who to reach out to next, this simple exercise can help us get out of our own way! 

Often when we begin to explore who might be new connections for our organization, we start to insert assumptions. "I will be bothering them." or "They don't have the capacity to give." and my favorite..."I don't...

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Corporate Connections: The Power of a Warm Introduction     

You’ve done your homework and have identified some potential corporate partners that align with your organizational values, share a passion for your mission and have a product or service that is marketable to your stakeholders. Now what? How do you connect with these potential partners in a genuine way?

A warm introduction to a contact in the company can be much more effective than a cold call.  The goal is to develop long-term, win/win affiliations. How do you begin? By getting curious and engaging in honest, organic conversations about creating mutually beneficial partnerships. Both organizations must know, like and trust the other to create long-lasting investment.  

LinkedIn can be a powerful tool for opening doors to building relationships with corporate partners. A quick search of the company and its employees allows you to see connections you might have. Encourage your board members to search their networks as well. This is a wonderful way to engage them in...

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What Makes a Corporate Partnership Win/Win?

The most effective corporate partnerships - which in the context of fundraising means the most lucrative - are those that are mutually beneficial.  Both the not-for-profit and for-profit businesses are invested in the success of the other. 

Are you truly invested in the success of your corporate partners?

There are SO many benefits for both organizations when a true partnership is forged. 

Here are just a few...

For-Profit Benefits:

  1. Increased sales
  2. Increased employee engagement
  3. Decreased employee turnover
  4. Increased Visibility
  5. Recognition for the good they do in the world

Not-for-Proft Benefits:

  1. Increased funding
  2. Expanded donor base
  3. Professional development for employees
  4. Increased visibility
  5. New volunteers and/or board members

How are you helping your corporate partners achieve these benefits? 

A few ideas...

  • Get your partners in front of your donors! If you've selected your partners intentionally, based on the alignment of values, you can...
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Contribution and Social Media

I participated in an Instagram Masterclass today to better understand how to use the platform for marketing. KellyAnne Zielinski, Founder of Self Leadership Global shared her perspective of social media marketing that absolutely shifted my mindset on digital marketing. Here's what she said..."Our social media platforms are our little corner of the internet where we get to make a difference."

This SO resonated with me. My sales philosophy is, and has always been, contribution first and I'd much prefer to connect with people in person.  But digital platforms allow me to connect with more people in more places! Rather than focusing on the "sales" aspect of social media, I choose to use these digital platforms to share information, connect people and build relationships with others that share my passion for social impact and the greater good. I have found that a contribution first model results in the connections that lead to contracted work. 

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The Magic of Donor Retention

Did you know that 65% of new donors never make a second gift? And after five appeals we are down to only 10% retention. This has a tremendous effect on our ability to generate a consistent flow of revenue for our nonprofit organizations. 

Why are we losing so many donors who were inspired enough to give a first-time gift? The answer is simple. We aren't giving them what they need! Donors desire three things after giving an initial gift and before giving a second. When we provide these three things, we move them from one time donors to engaged, committed investors in our organizations.

Research indicates that the following three actions highly influence a donors inclination to give a second gift:

  • A prompt and genuine thank you for each gift - regardless of the value.
  • Assigning the donation to a specific project or program.
  • Informing the donors about how their gift created impact - specific to the assigned project or program.

When these three activities take place PRIOR...

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