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An effective communications schedule is a necessity for the success of any peer-to-peer event. In talking with Jessica Scheps, Development Event Specialist who heads up communications for Ride Closer to Free, we find her communications philosophy differs from many in the peer-to-peer event space. Jessica feels that you have to be aggressive with your communications schedule: “We learned probably in year two of our ride that we didn’t communicate enough. I’d rather hear: ‘I can’t stand getting your emails’ rather than: ‘I’m not getting enough emails.’”
Marketing your organization has never been more important. There are new nonprofits popping up every day competing for your donor dollar, so it’s important that your organization’s message is heard above the crowd. From the pages of our latest eBook, Marketing Your Nonprofit on Zero Budget, we’ve complied a list of the eight most important things to do in marketing your organization:
We did some digging into our clients’ peer-to-peer events in DonorDrive. In events that promote team fundraising, 59% of dollars come through teams. So when organizations focus on recruiting more teams and improving their performance, their event is more likely to grow. We suggest that you recruit now for the upcoming Fall event season to get the most from your fundraisers. Below we’ve listed the five most important elements of a team-building strategy.
Did you know more than half of your donors will cover payment processing fees for their donations when asked? In DonorDrive 52% of donors cover their processing fees when given the option. This has proven to lead to a 3% increase in overall event revenue. In our case study, Wayne Baldaro, Senior Program Manager of Fund, Development, and Events of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, explains this trend of giving a little more: “Now donors expect the additional ask. They expect the opportunity to do more. It’s becoming a standard in fundraising: another way for people to do additional good.”
At first glance, Facebook doesn’t look like a place for nonprofits to play. Last year it was reported that Facebook’s reach is down 52% for businesses and 42% for pages and still declining. So your organization’s updates are seen by fewer and fewer people. To get your updates seen by more people you're now expected to pay to advertise—just like for-profit corporations.
But cheer up.
In online peer-to-peer fundraising, email has been the traditional communication tool for organizations to communicate with their participants. Organizations rely on it for recruiting, for communicating event details and for motivating their participants to fundraise. But when it comes to coaching, our latest research shows that text is a much more effective tool. Here’s the proof:
Working closely with our DonorDrive clients, we get an in-the-trenches view of what’s happening in peer-to-peer fundraising. Once again, we’ve seen many of our clients grow their events, grow their campaigns and—more importantly—grow their organizations. In examining the event totals of DonorDrive clients raising more than $1 million online annually, we came across this amazing stat:
Peer-to-peer fundraising is a rapidly-changing field. Right now there are new challenges and new opportunities for all nonprofits that will determine whether 2017 will be a successful year for them or not. Each year we compile our State of Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Report, providing you with proven best practices and fresh thought leadership, all backed by statistics from hundreds of thousands of participants and donors, as well as millions raised through organizations successfully fundraising with DonorDrive.
For the past few years we’ve seen a trend of organizations expanding their peer-to-peer fundraising solely from hosting signature events to now offering DIY fundraising, third-party fundraising, community fundraising, virtual programs and other options to retain current supporters and to attract new ones. Many are discovering a big hidden benefit in offering fundraising options: They’re encouraging new growth both regionally and nationally.
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.
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