I am looking for some current articles (blog posts are fine) that discuss the 'science' of fundraising emails. Most people are aware of the Business Week article about the science behind the Obama campaign fundraising emails -- I'm basically looking for more material that is in the same vein -- not just someone's opinion, but rather "Our organization tested A, B, and C and here are the results."
A dear friend of mine has had a super lousy couple of years, suffering assault and an abusive partner, multiple major physical health issues, and some family trauma. Additionally, she is suffering from a major depressive episode, and her formerly good job has become toxic. She has asked me and another friend to help her figure out how to take a life sabbatical to focus on getting out of the toxic job and back on her feet in terms of mental health. I, in turn, turn to your collective wisdom, because, wow, am I out of my area of expertise. [more inside]
I was moved to tears by recent news reportage of the Ebola virus. (The story about the child dying on the floor and being dumped with chlorine just haunts me.) I've given money, but want to do more. The problem is I've just moved to a new place, and the only people I know are also young mothers. [more inside]
I work for a non-profit, and a donor asked about donating a used car to us. How does that work? [more inside]
To be honest, I don't want to do any family/friends crowd-funding. I'm more interested in offering a design/art service--like "your name written in calligraphy" or "an ink drawing of your face"-- for a price that will be donated to charity. But how does one go about such a campaign and what are the best venues for such an endeavor? [more inside]
I have two months to raise $6000 for an educational animal facility in southern Ontario. I need tips on how I can possibly achieve this goal on a crowdsourcing site. I've succeeded at raising $1000 in the past, but that's the limit of my experience with fundraising. My nonprofit is new and we don't yet have an established presence or an established donor base. Should I look for corporate sponsors? If so, what would that meeting look like and who might be sympathetic to my cause? How do I even make the initial approach? [more inside]
Nonprofit cultural organization having a summer event next week with half-hour auditorium time (on screen and live program) then move to restaurant/bar for cocktails...with the friendly "ask" to 50+ people. We have the one-page backgrounder all set. Need help with super-short text for a small-format giving reminder to have on tables and hand out. Perhaps a 4"x6" picture postcard with brief information on the other side? What's the most effective way to state the request/reminder in an appealing way? Just the contact information or is that too brusque? Examples?
I am currently working my dream job in the Advancement/Development office of my alma mater. I've only been there four months, but I love it and they are already talking about promoting me! Yay! The only problem is that I need to earn Masters degree if I want to travel the career trajectory my boss plans for me. I have applied and been accepted at a relatively good Higher Education Administration graduate program with a concentration in fundraising management, and am due to start a summer class in just a few weeks, but I am feeling unsure. [more inside]
My dear friend is entering the hospital tomorrow and joining the heart transplant list. We need to open a bank account so we can start accepting Paypal donations from friends and family who live too far away to help make meals, etc. What questions should I be asking a bank? Ideas on how to get started? [more inside]
I think I'd like to transition from the corporate world into fundraising, but I am not sure of the best way to do so. Any tips? [more inside]
I work with an organisation which traditionally gives cash prizes to winners in charitable events they hold like duck races and pub quizzes. I am looking for best practice resources or studies (rather than anecdata) to show them that this is terrible development practice, if indeed it is. [more inside]
Small not-for-profit health care-focused agency in Ontario, Canada wants to increase their outreach program by creating a mobile service. The problem is that funds are limited and we're confused about what our next best step could be - since none of us has done this before! Apologies in advance for the wall of text that's about to hit you, but I don't want to leave out anything important. [more inside]
In the USA, are we required by the IRS to distribute funds raised for a non-profit's group trip equally among all participants? [more inside]
I want to transition out of the world of marketing into a career in development/nonprofit fundraising. I have dusted off my resume and have started applying for annual fund jobs, and I've scored a phone interview early this upcoming week. Please give me a crash course into the world of development/nonprofit fundraising and help me not screw this up! [more inside]
We'd prefer little hassle, few fees, and a way to know who they are so we can thank them. We expect 0 to 50 people to actually gift us money this way. What are our best options? [more inside]
A friend is taking part in an overseas house-building charity project starting in the middle of February. Participants are responsible for raising all their own travel and expenses costs. He has already completed a sponsored abseil, is holding a pub quiz this weekend, and has a Just Giving page which he is promoting on facebook. However he had a sporting accident 2 months ago and is only off crutches since the start of this week, which has left him behind schedule in his fundraising. He now needs to raise several hundred pounds in the next four weeks. We've been frantically brainstorming ideas and I thought I'd turn to the hivemind for help. [more inside]
So at the last minute (today) I got "volunteered" to be the parent rep. for my daughter's classroom at a parent's association brainstorming session tomorrow for fundraising. I am a little out of my depth here, and I would like to show up with at least one idea, but I can't think of anything that hasn't already been done at her school. Help? [more inside]
How does an athlete go about getting a sponsorship as an adult competitor (mid 20s) in an expensive but not popular (relative to something like basketball, ie signed/contract athlete) sport? [more inside]
I'm raising funds for a non-profit, and I have a quota to meet. They have an online donation form, but I need donations attributed to me. And there's no way for me to look over the list. How can I accept online donations? [more inside]
I'm federally incorporating a nonprofit in the next few months. I've heard that most nonprofits fail within the first couple of years. How can we plan for success? We are Canada-based and our focus is on wildlife, but any general nonprofit advice would be welcome. [more inside]
Is there any point to filling out surveys from non-profits? [more inside]
Have you ever attended a really high-ticket (as in hundreds of dollars per person) fund-raising banquet? What's it like? [more inside]
I'm coordinating fundraising house parties for one of my friends, who is running for state representative in our district. We are up against a machine candidate who is prepared to outspend us by a considerable margin, so these parties are crucial for the campaign. Our per-party goal is $300, but of course I am hoping they will be able to do much better than that. How do I help our gracious hosts throw a terrific event and raise maximum donations at these parties? [more inside]
I remember running across a fundraiser on a site (ala GoFundMe or Indiegogo) where they gave the donors the option to add the processing fee to their donation, or take the processing fee out of their donation amount. Which site is this?
Help me find a website that meets the needs of the small, nonprofit fundraising event I'm organizing. [more inside]
I am running a fall marathon with a charity bib. I am about 50% of the way to my goal, but my husband is upset that I've been using social media to raise money. My partner is in a position of power at a large corporation, and some of his colleagues are personal friends of mine. He thinks that it comes off as tacky if I try to raise money as a general ask to my (more than a thousand) Facebook friends because he thinks it reflects badly on him. [more inside]
I recently completed a short film/indie Tv pilot entirely at my own expense and would like to know if I anyone thinks it would be possible to utilize crowdfunding to recoup all or part of what I have put in to it up until this point. [more inside]
I've been organizing and running a vegan bake sale in my city twice a year for the past three years. It's a pretty manageable affair; over the course of five bake sales, I've raised just over $5,000, met some wonderful people, and had a lot of fun. While I am lucky enough to have an incredible standing venue and an amazing group of regular volunteer bakers, I keep getting stuck on one thing: PRICING. I've run into problems with every approach I've tried to use so far! Can you help me figure out a solid, reasonable pricing method for homemade vegan baked goods that will be 'sold' at a fundraising event? [more inside]
The kickstarter I launched for the documentary I've been shooting over the last 18 months got funded in 15 days. We've got 20 days left to go on the campaign. It's a big project but kickstarter is only part of our fundraising plan so the goal was rather modest. I would certainly like to secure more pledges. What techniques can I use to make the most of this time? The project got funded quickly because of the efforts of the tight-knit community in which I live and the subject matter I'd like to think. How can I bring in more funds having already met the goal? Metafilter is curating the project. Almost all of our marketing has been through Facebook. Any ideas? Google searches lead to plenty of blog articles on launching but not much information specific to this situation. We're funding post-production and film festival entries.
I'm creating a database and corresponding web-app to assist a progressive "hyper-local" political action committee. The system will cover get-out-the-vote efforts and volunteer tracking. I'm looking for real-world (non-technical) advice on GOTV and fundraising systems. Have you used one? What did you like/hate about it? [more inside]
I'm looking for a new charity/fundraising event that my whole mid-sized company can take part in and get excited about. Ideally it has an outdoor/physical component so that us cube dwellers see a bit of the day-star. The physical requirements should be low, and bonus points for a charity that is in some way related to technology/connectivity-for-all etc. [more inside]
So I am entering a talent show in the next few weeks to help raise money for the non-profit with which I volunteer (we mail books to prisoners, and postage isn’t free). I plan on performing with my response–less yoyo. It makes sense to perform to music, but how can I choose the right song? I know a decent number of tricks ranging from beginner to intermediate level in difficulty, but how do I put em all together and make it werk? How does one make this look good? Any tips or suggestions would be fantastic.
So fall/winter in the US is when I am barraged by schoolkids and their parents to buy chocolate or trinkets or coupon books to raise money for the school. My very specific question is is this an American thing only? Pros and cons of this are not relevant here, but i am curious if other countries turn their students into salesmen. If so, what do they sell or fundraise with outside the states?
Charity fundraising professionals: How do I compile a "cultivation plan" for a "seven figure prospect" for an academic institution?
Charity fundraising professionals: How do I compile a "cultivation plan" for a "seven figure prospect" for an academic institution? [more inside]
Preparing to do fundraising for a new theater company in Omaha. Need reference material and suggestions. [more inside]
Help me find a nonprofit umbrella. [more inside]
Our local public radio station has switched up their fundraising tactics for their fall fund drive, and I'm curious about the change. Anyone have any insider knowledge in public radio fundraising? [more inside]
How does one become a "patron of the (punk) arts"? [more inside]
Kickstarter advice: Have you done a successful Kickstarter? An unsuccessful one? What do you wish you had known in advance? And does my Kickstarter sound likely to succeed? [more inside]
Sporting event fundraising software recommendations? [more inside]
What are the skills I need to acquire in order to become an analyst or consultant in the non-profit world? [more inside]
I'm heading up a program at the local humane society that's very similar to something like this. Or this. Or even this. This program type has been known as "symbolic gifts", "mission-inspired gifts" and even "fundraising catalog". These names are stupid. Help me think of something better! [more inside]
Please give me your groovy coin donation ideas. [more inside]
I manage a small non-profit in New Jersey, and are looking for someone to manage a 5K race for us next year. I am looking for: 1) about how much this would cost us; and 2) for any suggestions of businesses that do this kind of work in the area. Thanks!
Some folks in a small town dear to my heart are hoping to start a private, non-profit elementary school. I've offered to help out finding grants. But it's... confusing. [more inside]
Should I mention my plan to continue academic research in my interview for a fundraising management job at a small college that is part of a major research university? I have a lot of industry experience and raised strong results. I want to stress that I understand the time pressures but I also do not want to overload myself with more than one back-story. What are your thoughts? [more inside]
I'm on the board of an arts organization that is in a funding emergency. I'm looking for suggestions of ways to raise money for our organization in a hurry - we've lost funding we were counting on and will lose our paid staff if we can't come up with some answers in a hurry. Why anon? Going public with the degree we're in trouble may make things worse. Details: we're a convening/connecting organization that facilitates other arts organizations and individual artists/musicians/creatives activities. We do some programming and help other organizations and individuals develop their programming and artistic careers. Most organizations like us are funded by supporting organizations and or a small percentage tax but we weren't set up that way and all arts organizations in our region - shoot the whole country - are struggling. Throwaway email: email@example.com [more inside]
I have: 27 students, 3 computers, 1 printer, 1 overhead projector. I've been tasked with getting free technology for the therapeutic high school where I work, but how? [more inside]
I've been hired for a development position in an institution of higher ed. I've been told by my supervisor that a lot of staff and faculty are not very happy with my hiring. I start Monday. I need advice. [more inside]
I have lost my faith in full-time fundraising and would like to transition out of it. Here are some ways I have figured out doing this. Help me pick one? [more inside]