Best articles of 2016.

Blog December 7, 2016 By Kevin Wolfe

As we look back at 2016 in peer-to-peer fundraising, there’s been much going on. We reported on the most important topics in the DonorDriven Blog and compiled a handy list of our best articles of the year.

Events.

Organizations are sometimes surprised to find that up to 80% of their event participants are not raising a cent. Our post 12 ways to rid your event of zero-dollar fundraisers gives practical advice on how to minimize the problem. 

The Fall event season is big for most nonprofits. This article gives sound advice on how to prepare now for your fall events. It’s a useful, do-the-fundamentals piece.

Data is the best tool you have in preparing for your events next year. Our article: How to analyze your 2016 event success shows you the telltale metrics that will help you make your 2017 events the best yet. 

Fundraising.

Rewarding your participants for their fundraising success may be easier than you think. Check out our article: Rewarding the behavior that improves fundraising

If you’ve been apprehensive about requiring fundraising minimums in your events, look at how DonorDrive client Kim Kraus of Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock made a smooth transition for her participants

Our infographic on The habits of highly-motivated fundraisers shows you the basic things they do that make them so successful.

This article will help you understand why some of your participants seem to refuse to fundraise and gives sound advice on helping them overcome their fundraising inertia

Moving beyond sponsorship to corporate partnerships.

This year we wrote an intensive, 7-part series on building corporate partnerships that greatly benefit both organization and company. Begin with the first post of The complete guide to corporate partnerships for nonprofits (or if you want the series as an ebook) it’s free in the DonorDrive Library

DonorDrive’s Ed Lord shows us an often-untapped market for finding corporate partners. Check it out in: Partnering your nonprofit with a startup

Once you get your foot in the door with a potential corporate partner, that first meeting is so important. Get help in our article: You’ve scheduled a meeting with a major corporation...now what? 

If you’re getting indications that a major sponsor or corporate partner may be leaving, we have the article you need: 5 ways to retain a corporate partner

DIY.

Having a DIY program is now an expectation of your supporters. If you’re getting resistance from within your organization about creating your own program, we have an article and an infographic that will arm you for that vital meeting on requesting to start your organization's program. 

Did you know that organizations have their best success with DIY in the Spring? Check out our article: Spring is DIY season

Millennials.

As nonprofits continue their struggle to attract (and even understand) Millennials we have an insightful article on fundraising to different generations that explains Millennial motivation and an infographic that reveals that 69% of donations that Millennials bring in come from older generations.

The importance of community.

Ed Lord looks at the changing nature of community and the effect it has on your peer-to-peer fundraising. 

Social fundraising.

Dollars through Facebook, Twitter and even Reddit grow for DonorDrive clients as social plays a continually-growing role in fundraising, as well as awareness. Our infographic shows you just how big these increases are. 

Mobile.

Since 75% of mobile donor dollars in DonorDrive come through iPhones and iPads, the introduction of “Donate by Apple Pay” is having a big impact on revenue. This year DonorDrive client COPD Foundation became one a handful of nonprofits to launch donations through Apple Pay. This article explains why the convenience of Apple Pay will play such a big role in the future of fundraising. 

Overall donations by mobile continue to grow. Our Mobile infographic is full of fresh stats that show why supporters ignore organizations that aren’t completely mobile ready.

Want more on these topics? Check out our report below.