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. 

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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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