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The Top 3 Things to Learn for Your First Nontraditional Fundraiser
With online and mobile fundraising becoming more popular each year, it's no surprise that traditional fundraising methods like email and direct mail marketing, and in-person fundraising events with paper pledge forms, are starting to see exciting changes. But while online and mobile fundraising...
Seize the Opportunity for Mobile Engagement in 2016
We've reached an important tipping point in how mobile is being used. Blackbaud has reported recently that mobile conversions in 2015 have reached a new record, with 19 percent of donations and 23 percent of event registrations made from a mobile device. In my own work with nonprofits of various...
5 Tips for Building a Strong Events Page
Events are one of the best ways to engage your donors, meet and earn new supporters, and raise money. One of the most important aspects of any event is the registration process. How can you make it as easy as possible and ensure a smooth, frustration-free experience for people, maximizing signups and...
United Nations Sets a New Agenda for Global Philanthropy
Now that the United Nations Millennium Development Goals have expired and in some ways, have succeeded surprisingly well , the UN has developed a new set of even more ambitious goals. These new UN Sustainable Development Goals are the de facto agenda for global philanthropy, and they have a new dimension...
Learn How to Be a Better Fundraiser with Free TechSoup Webinars!
Fund up for the new year with TechSoup! It's no secret that one of the greatest challenges for nonprofits is fundraising. You know your organization must source and secure consistent funding to sustain your mission and provide much-needed services to your clients. But where do you begin? During...
3 Grantseeking Trends Your Organization Should Know About
We all ask ourselves these questions: Who will fund my organization? What is a reasonable level of funding to expect for my organization? Does my budget, location, or mission affect my organization's ability to be awarded grants? Get the Answers in the "State of Grantseeking" Report...
Why Are We Obsessed with Social Media Fundraising?
We all have guilty pleasures. Whether it's a favorite show on Bravo, the tabloid magazine we read in the check-out line at the grocery store, or that box of Girl Scouts cookies hidden in a desk drawer, there are certain things we become attached to and will not give up, on pain of death. In fundraising...
The Tech That Will Change 2016
In this edition of nonprofit tech news, TechSoup shows new ways your nonprofit could harness mobile and killer apps in 2016! We also shine the light on the potential security problems of smart toys, predict the end of the digital divide, and discuss a health-related wearable that can't get here fast...
It's Not Too Late to Supercharge Your Year-end Online Fundraising
There's a lot riding on your year-end online fundraising efforts. Some nonprofits raise a quarter (if not more) of all their online revenue in December. No doubt your team has been carefully planning its year-end online campaigns and is hard at work implementing the messages. Here are a few last...
To Strengthen Democracy in America, Think Tech
Editor's note — This blog piece by Micah L. Sifry touches on the still inadequate state of funding for nonprofit technology. Foundation Center's new Foundation Funding for U.S. Democracy platform reveals the state of nonprofit technology funding in a critical area in some detail. This...
Add Nonprofit Sponsorship to Your Fundraising Recipe
One of my leisure activities is grilling and smoking. For me, it all starts with the rub — a combination of ingredients I apply to beef, pork, poultry, or fish. Salt and pepper, garlic powder, paprika, brown sugar, and chili powder are all staples in my homemade rubs. I rarely use prepared rubs...
Using Virtual Reality to Showcase Nonprofit Impact
This post is Development Director Ryan Ginard's first impression of seeing how powerful a virtual reality video is in putting the viewer in the middle of a compelling story at the most recent meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative. Being only a small recurring donor to the Clinton Foundation...
10 Tips to Improve Your Year-end Donation Pages
As the year-end giving season approaches, nonprofits can benefit by improving their website donation pages. Whether clicking through on email appeals, visiting your website after getting an appeal in the mail, or doing a web search, a lot of prospective donors will end up on your donation page. But...
7 Steps to Get Ready for Year-End Online Giving
The year-end giving season offers a unique opportunity for engaging with your supporters and fans, whether your ultimate goal is deepening relationships or fundraising. By planning ahead, thinking multichannel, and preparing your communications, you'll be ready for the year-end online giving season...
3 Fundraising Innovations You Need to Know About
It was a pretty interesting summer for charity fundraising launches. Facebook expanded its Donate Now buttons to all charities; eBay has a new Sell for Charity mobile app. And the social media startup, GoodWorld, launched Social Giving September. Here are three fundraising innovations we think you might...
Blackbaud's Raiser's Edge NXT Launches
Raiser's Edge NXT is the new online fundraising and relationship management software for nonprofits by TechSoup donor partner Blackbaud . Like most cloud-based software, it is available anywhere, anytime, and on any device. Raiser's Edge NXT (pronounced N.X.T. instead of "next" and...
Philanthropy University Offers Amazing (Free!) Online Courses
This is an almost unbelievable offer for everyone in nonprofit-land. There are seven free online courses available starting in mid-September by people like Paul Brest, former head of the Hewlett Foundation and a faculty co-director of the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society. He is teaching...
Insights from the Blackbaud #GivingTuesday Trends Report
By most accounts, the annual late November #GivingTuesday online giving tradition has been gaining traction since 2012. TechSoup donor partner Blackbaud recently released a report that digs deep into the #GivingTuesday results over three years to reveal the patterns that are emerging from this increasingly...
Fundraising Tools to Help You Prepare for End-of-the-Year Campaigns
With #GivingTuesday and end-of-the-year campaigns only a few months away in December, we wanted to round up some of the best fundraising tools from the TechSoup catalog. Up the donation ante with donor management tools, crowdfunding platforms, mobile giving solutions, and so much more. TechSoup's...
5 Tips for Getting Media Pickup for Your Fundraising Campaign
Getting the media to cover your organization's fundraising campaign can help you reach new donors, garner larger donations, and become a well-known, trusted entity in your community. But working with the media is tricky, especially if you don't have a dedicated marketing or press relations person...
What You Can Learn About Cultivating Community from The Lord of the Rings
A ring with unspeakable evil power enters the hopeful and happy Shire, and the mission is set: this small hobbit named Frodo is to begin a journey to take evil head on in an attempt to destroy it altogether. It may not be quite as dramatic, but isn't this the path of the nonprofit? Something has...
5 Steps for Beginners in Peer-to-Peer Fundraising
Do you remember selling chocolate to raise money for your class field trip back in elementary school? Or how about asking your family to purchase gift wrap as a way to raise funds around the holidays? This form of fundraising is called peer-to-peer fundraising , and it's not just for kids. ...
7 Things Nonprofits Should Know As Millennials Take Over the World
In my recent summer reading recommendations post, NTEN's Megan Keane recommended the book When Millennials Take Over . We'd like to go further and recommend the free 2015 Millennial Impact Report on what drives this all-important group of people to support your cause. The report is mainly...
Public Good's Unique Platform for Attracting New Donors
While the charity online fundraising field is very crowded indeed, a major unmet need among charities is to find new, engaged donors. Public Good is a new donation platform from the people who revolutionized grassroots online giving for the 2012 Obama presidential campaign. They have used their experience...
How to Set Up Bitcoin for Your Nonprofit
As Bitcoin has received more media attention in recent years, people are becoming more familiar with it but not necessarily more knowledgeable. In case you're not familiar, Bitcoin is the most well-known "cryptocurrency," a currency like dollars or euros, but one that only exists digitally...