Infographic: Habits of highly-motivated fundraisers.
Fundraiser Profiles
October 19, 2016
By Kevin Wolfe

We often try to slice and dice event numbers in a myriad of complex ways to determine what makes our fundraisers successful. Some organizations examine the tiniest of details, but maybe we’ve been overthinking how we identify success. We took a step back for this infographic and did a simple split in our data from DonorDrive events, identifying those raising better than average and those raising less.

6 tips for landing the cause consumer.
Fundraiser Profiles
September 19, 2016
By Ed Lord

It’s easy to think that Cause Marketing appeals to a consumer with a different sensibility within a brand’s customer base. There’s been an assumption for years that current customers get gratification out of doing business with an ethical company and will continue doing business with them for that reason. But have we ever examined whether our traditional marketing and Cause Marketing may be appealing to two entirely different customers? An indication of this came from a Nielsen survey that shows that...

How to boost revenue for #GivingTuesday.
Fundraising Campaign Types
September 13, 2016
By Kevin Wolfe

Last year 700,000 donors took part in #GivingTuesday and raised $117 million. This international day of giving continues to grow quickly, with 150% more raised in 2015 over 2014. More big growth is predicted in 2016 and we're at the point that supporters are expecting all organizations will be offering #GivingTuesday opportunities for them to donate and fundraise.

Infographic: Social fundraising is alive and well in 2016. And growing.
Nonprofit Marketing
August 30, 2016
By Kevin Wolfe

Numerous reports have come out recently criticizing social media for a lackluster fundraising performance. And it’s true: If your organization is making the ask over your well-liked social media channels you may be surprised at the lack of response. That’s because social media is a tool best used by supporters, not organizations. What really gets the donations pouring in is when your participants share the story of why they’re involved in your event and ask their friends and family to give.

Rewarding the behavior that improves fundraising.
Peer to Peer Fundraising Best Practices
August 23, 2016
By Kevin Wolfe

 As more and more organizations find themselves trying new strategies to improve event revenue, we’re seeing many of our DonorDrive clients having great success by rewarding participant behavior that leads to better fundraising among a majority of their supporters. Here’s what we’re hearing is working well:

You've scheduled a meeting with a major what?
Nonprofit Management and Leadership
August 16, 2016
By Ed Lord

The prospect of meeting with a big brand can be terrifying. This meeting is the next step past getting your foot in the door and it can set the tone for a long-term, Cause Marketing partnership with the corporation. But if not handled well, it can end with: “Nice meeting you, but no thanks.” Here’s a list of best practices for making a good first impression:

12 ways to rid your event of zero-dollar fundraisers.
Fundraiser Profiles
August 10, 2016
By Kevin Wolfe

It’s shocking to most nonprofits in the peer-to-peer fundraising space when they examine their event data and discover how many participants don’t raise a penny. It’s easy to write off the zero-dollar fundraiser as just part of doing business, but have you looked at how many you really have and how much of a drain it can be on your event? Causes that hold fundraising events, but don’t require fundraising can find that 80% of those who register don’t raise a dime. If your fundraising software is one that charges you by the record, you’re losing money just by having all those zero-dollar fundraisers loitering in your system. We asked DonorDrive staff members Ed Lord, Michelle Steed and Mike Malekoff for their expertise on the matter. From their time recently at the American Cancer Society, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and JDRF, they've developed many techniques to minimize and eliminate zero-dollar fundraisers.