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Online Fundraising: Complete Guide and Resources

Online Fundraising In 2021 | Complete Guide and Resources

More people have turned to online fundraising in the past year than ever before, and the same will be true in 2021 and beyond. The internet has completely changed how
Fundraising letters for small nonprofits

Fundraising Letters for Small Nonprofits: 4 Best Tips

As a nonprofit professional, you know that strategic fundraising practices are critical for ensuring that your organization is fully funded and ready to meet your constituents’ needs. Luckily for you,
Boosting Conversion Rates: A Quick Guide for Nonprofits

Boosting Conversion Rates: A Quick Guide for Nonprofits

As marketing and communications increasingly migrate to digital space, nonprofit organizations are using innovative new techniques in order to spread awareness about their organization and mission. A popular avenue for
The best fundraising auction items

Auction Items | 101 Best Ideas [& Tips for Procuring Them]

One of the most important—and arguably, most complicated—parts of planning any charity auction is the item procurement process. Because your team will collect most of your fundraising revenue in the
Work smarter (not harder) on Giving Tuesday.

3 Rules for Working Smarter, Not Harder, on Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday is getting competitive. On Tuesday, Dec. 1 (Giving Tuesday’s 2020 date), your supporters will likely be inundated with dozens of donation requests from scores of organizations. Each year,

Make the Most of Your Network with P2P Year-End Giving

Many nonprofits fall into the idea that the organization does all the work, while supporters simply give money. If that’s you, it’s time to flip the script. The most effective
Learn more about our top suggestions for charity auction websites.

Charity Auction Websites: 25 Choices to Compare + Contrast

If your nonprofit hasn’t hosted an auction, now’s the time! All fundraising events require planning and preparation to succeed, including auctions. Luckily, powerful charity auction websites can simplify this process.
Check out these easy steps for planning successful virtual auctions.

Virtual Auctions: How to Plan A Fruitful Event in 7 Steps

Charity auctions are popular fundraising events for schools, faith-based organizations, and other nonprofits. This is largely due to the highly engaging nature of the experience and their historical success with
Here are some best practices for fundraising in a crisis.

5 Ideal Solutions for Raising Funds During COVID-19

Every single person in the nonprofit sector is concerned about the impact that coronavirus has on business, its function, and its management. Nonprofit fundraising has also been greatly affected by
Here are the basics of mastering tax season with your donation forms ahead of time.

5 Ways Online Donation Forms Make Tax Season Easier

This guest post was written by the experts at File 990, a leading e-filing tool for nonprofits. Online donation forms are a key nonprofit strategy for collecting gifts from your
Check out our donation letter templates and examples.

Writing a Donation Letter: 10 Example Templates & Pro Tips

Even in the digital age, a donation letter is still one of the most direct and effective ways to raise money for your cause. That’s because donation letters are such
Follow these tips for successful church management.

Church Management Tips: 20+ Ways to Grow Your Ministry

Church management is an important ideal that brings together the spiritual and the organizational. In the spiritual sense, you are serving the Lord while serving your community. In the day-to-day
Creating the perfect donation page can dramatically increase revenue for your organization.

The Perfect Donation Page: How to Raise More Than Ever

Your donation page can make or break your nonprofit. That’s not an exaggeration. A ton of small organizations struggle to get a foothold because they forget to cover their bases.

How to Grow Church Giving: 5 Essential Steps to Take

This guest article was written by Vision2, makers of church engagement and management tools. There’s no question that your church’s members benefit from participating in your services, ministries, and programs
Recurring donations, building a stronger fundraising model

Recurring Donations: Building a Stronger Fundraising Model

More nonprofit organizations are building their fundraising models around securing recurring donations. Why? Because they provide an incredible level of reliable support for your mission. Recurring donations should be the

Marketing Planned Gifts: 4 Effective Strategies and Tools

One commonly used explanation of various types of donations is the donor pyramid. While this pyramid might have some inherently debatable aspects, it is a great representation of the importance
Starting a church can be difficult, but one of the most rewarding tasks.

How to Start a Church | Complete Step-by-Step Guide & Advice

If you feel a calling to plant a church, then you truly are in for an incredibly rewarding spiritual adventure. Starting a church can be a great way to spread
These 8 tips will guide your church planting adventure.

Church Planting: 8 Effective Principles to Guide You

If you feel a calling to plant a church, then you truly are in for an incredibly rewarding spiritual adventure. Too many times, people get caught up in the excitement

How to Create Awesome Content for Your Nonprofit Website

Website content. Even the most seasoned of development directors shiver at the sound of the word. We at Elevation are here to break down the myth of “scary content” and

Nonprofit Web Design: 5 Key Elements to Elevate Your Site

Your nonprofit’s website serves many purposes, like educating visitors about your cause, facilitating online donations, and much more. Effective nonprofit website design can be a challenge, but the payoff is
How to start the 501c3 application

The 501(c)(3) Application Process: 7 Tips to Get Started

Receiving tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status from the IRS is one of the most important steps in starting your nonprofit organization. Official recognition as a nonprofit not only means tax exemption, it
Let's walk through the core steps for how to start a nonprofit organization.

Starting a Nonprofit Org: Raise Money Now

If you’ve decided to start a nonprofit, congratulations! You’re about to embark on a fulfilling journey with an incredible purpose: to do good things in this world. Working in nonprofits

Effective Event Branding and Fundraising

We’ve all heard of the term “branding” and most event professionals associate it with making the most of your brand colors and logo. However, branding goes beyond typical visual marketing,
Bring in attendees and donations with event marketing

6 Surefire Strategies to Market Your Next Fundraising Event

6 Surefire Ways to Market Your Next Fundraising Event Nonprofit fundraising events are a staple of your funding strategy. When you create your fundraising calendar for the year or quarter,
Consider these nonprofit executive search firms for when you hire.

Nonprofit Executive Search Firms: 8 Picks for When You Hire

When your nonprofit is transitioning from one executive leader to the next, the process can seem insurmountable. With the direction of your entire organization at stake, it’s no wonder finding
Learn how to build new leadership roles at your growing nonprofit!

Nonprofit Staffing: 5 Tips for Developing Executive Roles

Your nonprofit is on the rise, which means it’s time to develop new executive nonprofit staffing for expanding your operation and fundraising efforts. Thankfully, your nonprofit can always turn to
Follow these 7 tips to find the perfect fundraising consultant.

 7 Tips for Working Successfully with a Fundraising Consulting Firm 

If you’ve decided to hire a nonprofit consulting firm to help you with your fundraising, you’re probably wondering how you can work together successfully. A strong partnership will ensure that you

The Problems with Email Fundraising

Because of the rate of technological innovation, many might imagine that email will soon become irrelevant. When nonprofit fundraising emails decline in performance, it’s easy to jump to the conclusion that this must
Here are five ways technology can increase your volunteer retention.

5 Ways Technology Can Increase Volunteer Retention

Nonprofits constantly search for ways to retain their volunteers while continuing to recruit. With the advancements in technology, it is now easier than ever to keep open lines of communication
Read our 6 donor abandonment causes and the solutions to help you fix them!

6 Donor Abandonment Causes and Solutions: An Actionable Guide for Nonprofits

Every nonprofit already understands the inherent challenges associated with getting an interested supporter to the finish line, aka the donation page. However, many nonprofits underestimate how much effort it takes

How Does It Make You Feel?

Feelings are important. Emotions drive many of our decisions—large and small. And yet, we’re taught not to be “emotional”. Nonprofits take this admonition very seriously as they make their rational—some

9 Strategies to Brand Your Next Church Fundraising Event

9 Strategies to Brand Your Next Church Fundraising Event The term “branding” gets a bad rap in the nonprofit industry and within the faith-based organization community. It’s typically seen as

Measuring Impact: Why “Impact Reporting” Matters More Than Ever

We live in a world where it is no longer acceptable to be socially unaware. With new markets touting their ethically sourced and sustainably developed products, it’s no wonder that

What is the Mobile Giving Foundation? (And Why You Don’t Need Them)

The Mobile Giving Foundation (MGF) is a nonprofit organization that’s been around since August of 2007. Started by former wireless industry executives, the MGF set out to change the way

Can You Register a Hashtag? What Your Nonprofit Should Know

  If you’ve heard of #GivingTuesday, chances are you know a little bit about hashtags. But maybe you’re not entirely certain how they work or why you should make them

Online Tithing Tools: 15 Questions You Need to Ask

There are so many wonderful options when it comes to online tithing. Before you pick one online tithing tool over all of the others, though, you’ll definitely need to do

Asking for Donations on a Mobile Device: A Guide

Snowball’s blog focuses primarily on mobile fundraising. Every once in a while, we like to bring a new voice to that conversation. Today we welcome Abby Jarvis from Qgiv who
Learn about 5 common myths about the cost of text-to-give campaigns.

5 Costly (and Stupid) Myths About Text-to-Give Campaigns

There are a lot of myths surrounding the cost of using text-to-give as a fundraising option. Text-to-give fundraising has a false reputation for being too expensive for smaller nonprofits to

5 Key Data Considerations with Text-to-Give

Mobile fundraising is just like any other new challenge your nonprofit may face. It will require some planning for certain eventualities. In the end, though, the processes you create around
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The 5 Most Notable Mobile Fundraising Campaigns

It’s better to lead than to follow. That being said, sometimes it’s a perfectly good idea to follow. Especially if you’re following in the footsteps of some of the most

Mobile Fundraising: The Basics

Mobile fundraising is the one of the latest and greatest ways to help nonprofits reach their goals. With so many ways to raise money using mobile fundraising, there are bound
How to retain donors after a peer-to-peer fundraising campaign

How to Retain Donors After Your Peer-to-Peer Fundraiser

Congratulations! You hosted a successful peer-to-peer fundraising campaign! You raised more than your goal, and your existing supporters had a great time raising money on your organization’s behalf. So what

Keeping the Spirit of Holiday Giving Alive

Even one week after the end of #GivingTuesday, the results of this incredible holiday continue to generate excitement for what the future holds. It’s been four years since the inauguration of this global day

Reaching Millennials: Why Email is STILL the Best Way

Marketers everywhere are eagerly jumping to improve email campaigns as recent survey by Adobe shows that the best place to reach millennials is through email. Yes, you read that right. Even

Why You Should Use MultiChannel Fundraising in Your Year-End Campaigns

Tis the season! It’s that time of year again where holidays, festivities, and advertisements about fantastic shopping deals surround us in our daily lives. But in the midst of it all, its good

5 Keys to Asking for Donations

Let’s face it. Asking for money is intimidating. And, it can feel a bit awkward. It’s hardly something any of us enjoy doing, but as a fundraiser, it must be

From Acquisition to Retention

How many donors continue to give to your organization? If your acquisition strategy is solid, it can help your organization secure new donors as repeat donors. Let’s look first at

Reducing Friction in Fundraising Emails

After watching a very interesting and informative video by NextAfter the other day on the topic of effective email marketing for nonprofits, we decided to create our own mini-study to examine

Email Fundraising: What You Can Do to Prevent Lost Donations

In a previous article, we discussed effective email fundraising tactics. By now, you should feel confident in your ability to compose better emails for drawing genuine interest and support for your cause.

So You’ve Got a Great Cause — Now What?

(Today’s blog post is brougth to you courtesy of Updentity.) You’re on a mission…to change the world. How many people will you need to reach to support your organization and