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Annual Fund Campaigns: The Essentials

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Nonprofit fundraising workshop
Annual Fund Campaigns: The Essentials
Thursday, April 17
9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans
Register at www.thefundingseed.com

Annual fund campaigns are a great way to jumpstart a nonprofit's fundraising.  But how do you get started?  And what can you do to make sure your campaign raises more money?

This workshop will walk you through the process of running your annual fund campaign, from Day One to the Victory Party. 

Registration $35.  Discounts available for students, AmeriCorps and organizations registering two or more people.

For questions, to inquire about discount codes or to reserve your seat and pay at the door, email info@thefundingseed.com.

Attendees will receive a certificate of participation for completing the workshop.

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Three Tips to Make Workplace Giving a Year-round Opportunity for Nonprofits

Posted By Reed Alberg, RAZ Mobile, Wednesday, April 9, 2014

In a 2012 Time magazine article they shared a report from the brand consultant, Landor Associates who found  77% of consumers say it is important for companies to be socially responsible.

In addition, the same article states 70% of Millennials, those ages 18 to 34, say a company’s commitment to the community has an influence on their decision to work there. These findings point to a natural and mutually beneficial relationship with large and small businesses that all nonprofits of all sizes should be working to their advantage all year long, year after year.

Here are my 3 tips to help your nonprofit make corporate social responsibility and workplace giving a year-round benefit.  (Read more)

Tags:  fundraising  mobile  nonprofit  sponsors 

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What We See Regarding the Size of Mobile Donations

Posted By Reed Alberg, RAZ Mobile, Thursday, April 3, 2014

As the below graphic from NPEngage shows, online donations have hovered in the $60 range for the last 3 years. They’ve also grown in size as the economy has rebounded from the 2008 recession. Online giving is also the only giving channel that grew in 2013-by over 13% in 2013 according to Blackbaud.

As online giving grows, the ways to give online are also expanding to include mobile giving. One sentiment that we have heard from some nonprofits we’ve talked to is they believe that mobile gifts will be small with some even going so far as to seemingly not want $5-$10 donations.

         

 

Chief among the data points we have seen is that mobile gifts are averaging around $60--basically the same as online PC donations. We regularly see donations of $1000 or higher.


         

I’m not sure if this sentiment among nonprofits is due to the situation with text-to-give being almost synonymous with mobile giving and text-to-give donations being limited to $10 per donation. It may be that many nonprofits have had few mobile donations, if any, since 84% of nonprofits do not have mobile-optimized donation pages. Sadly, many rely on their PC pages to be their mobile experience. I also expect that the nonprofit gurus and experts have tied mobile giving to the millennial generation and they think  millennials are cash-strapped and that their donations will therefore be small.

What’s funny to me is that the growth in mobile internet traffic, mobile commerce and all other things mobile isn’t able to grow at the rates they grow at just being limited to millennials.

I never thought when we created RAZ Mobile that the gifts would be small. If anything, I thought they would be about the same size and that a service like ours that makes it super easy to give in the moment via the device that’s always with you would increase the frequency of giving.

And, with our two biggest success stories we have seen some great data regarding mobile giving. Chief among the data points we have seen is that mobile gifts are averaging around $60-basically the same as online PC donations. We regularly see donations of $1000 or higher.

It’s too early to tell if frequency of giving has gone up and frequency is also dependent on outbound communication frequency.

There will still be the naysayers who will say that mobile donations are just PC donations made on a phone so it’s just the same gift made on a phone instead of a PC. True. But a gift is a gift no matter where it comes from. In today’s multi-channel world it’s always important to be there when a donor feels like giving and again, their mobile phone is at arms length 91% of the time.
 

Tags:  donations  Fundraising  giving  mobile  social media 

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The Isaiah Institute of New Orleans' 1st Annual Let Peace Begin with Me Gala

Posted By Joseph Givens, The Isaiah Institute, Thursday, March 20, 2014
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Kids' Orchestra Partners with Manners of the Heart on Community Event

Posted By Jody Hanet, Kids' Orchestra, Monday, March 17, 2014

 

In the spirit of our community’s current focus on "collective impact” LANO members Kids' Orchestra and Manners of the Heart® will collaborate on a premiere fundraising event to support and advance our work in nearly 30 schools across East Baton Rouge Parish.

 

Manners & Melodies

on Sunday, April 13th
from 1-3 PM
at the City Club
355 North Blvd.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70801

Through music and character education our organizations are positioning elementary children of varied cultures and socio-economic backgrounds for academic and life success by building character, teamwork, and respectfulness and by teaching them to be the best they can be.

 

 

 

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Fundraising: How Much Do You Know?

Posted By Denise McMahan, CausePlanet, Sunday, March 16, 2014

CausePlanet & LANO Partner on Book Summary Bundles

First in Series: Fundraising

Fundraising Series--Volume One is a comprehensive look at fundraising from a variety of strategies and perspectives. This bundle of summaries contains four (4) Page to Practice™ book summaries in one (1) set so you can compare and contrast thought leadership on this topic.

LANO's General and Associate members receive free access to these and more than 100 other current titles, thanks to a generous grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation

And now with this new offering, Friends of LANO can download the same essential nonprofit management resources at an exclusive discount rate. 

In the first volume of the CausePlanet Fundraising Series, you'll find spot-on wisdom, critical points, details and quotes, and an insightful author Q&A relating to the following titles:  

  • The End of Fundraising: Raise More Money by Selling Your Impact by Jason Saul is an innovative approach that helps you create powerful value propositions to increase your leverage and improve the success of your pitches to funders. This book flips the fundraising paradigm and will have you identifying new prospects you may have originally dismissed.
  • In Storytelling for Grantseekers: A Guide to Creative Nonprofit Fundraising by Cheryl Clarke, you'll learn why crafting a persuasive summary, packaging a compelling narrative story, and using a short story approach with letters of inquiry are the keys to securing your grant. Clarke also explores how storytelling can be applied to other forms of fundraising.
  • Donor-Centered Planned Gift Marketing by Michael Rosen is a thoughtful examination of who makes planned gifts, how to assess your organization's potential for planned giving, and how to integrate planned gift marketing into your existing efforts.

 

[CLICK HERE FOR DISCOUNT CODE]

Tags:  books  CausePlanet  fund development  fundraising  training 

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Nonprofit workshop: Grantwriting for Beginners

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Nonprofit workshop:
Grantwriting for Beginners
Thursday, March 20
2:00-4:30 p.m.

Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans
Details and registration at www.thefundingseed.com

Are you involved with a non-profit?  
Does your job require you to raise funds for your department or position?  
Do you want to add a valuable skill to your resume? 

Consider grantwriting!

Grantwriting for Beginners is an engaging workshop that gives you the basic tools you need to start writing grants.  Participants will learn how to find funding opportunities, tools and tips for writing proposals and ways to make a program competitive for repeat funding.


Attendees will receive a certificate of participation after completing the workshop.


Registration $35 per person.  Discounts available for students, AmeriCorps and organizations registering two or more people.


Email info@thefundingseed.com to inquire about discount codes or to reserve your space and pay at the door.

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Free Webinar: Online Fundraising Best Practices for Nonprofits

Posted By Lori Kadavy, Firespring, Thursday, March 6, 2014

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Online Fundraising

Best Practices for Nonprofits

Monday, March 17, 2014 1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM CST

Discover how to harness the power of the internet for fundraising by tapping into the expertise of Firespring – a company that has conducted more than 10 years of focus group research with nonprofit constituents and donors. You’ll learn:

• the advantages of raising funds online;

• key reasons for donor abandonment;

• how to build a strong donor retention plan;

• specific action steps to achieving online fundraising success; and

• real-world examples of how nonprofits are succeeding with online fundraising.

 

You won’t want to miss this engaging and informative session led by Firespring CEO/Founder Jay Wilkinson, one of America’s top-rated speakers.

 

Register Now

 

Jay Wilkinson

Tags:  cause marketing  firespring  Fundraising  Jay Wilkinson  online fundraising  online presence  website 

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Free info session: The Fundraising Intensive Program

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Are you thinking about applying for the Fundraising Intensive Program?

Do you have questions about what your nonprofit will gain from participating, or whether it's worth the investment?

Are you trying to decide who from your organization should apply?

Free information session on
Wednesday, March 19, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Propeller, 4035 Washington Ave.
RSVP by emailing info@thefundingseed.com,
or call (504) 307-7220

Join The Funding Seed and members of this year's inaugural graduating class for a free information session about the Fundraising Intensive Program.  You'll receive an overview on the program, learn details on how to apply and have time for Q&A with a panel of this year's participants.
 

The Fundraising Intensive Program is a 10-month course that gives you tools to raise funds for your nonprofit. Through a combination of group learning and one-on-one coaching, participants learn best practices and practical skills related to a range of fundraising activities. 

For more on services offered by The Funding Seed, visit
www.thefundingseed.com.

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Nonprofit Fundraising Partnership Announced Today from Joule Alliance

Posted By P. Butler Ives Jr., Joule Solar Energy, Monday, February 24, 2014
Updated: Thursday, February 20, 2014

Looking for new ways to raise awareness and revenue for your nonprofit?  Joule Alliance will donate $500 to your organization for each supporter of yours that goes solar, and your supporter will receive a $500 group discount, while saving tens of thousands of dollars off their utility bills.  We will also assist you in your marketing efforts, helping promote your cause.

Please visit http://joule-energy.com/alliance to request more information.  Joule Alliance Director Butler Ives will call you personally, and answer any of your questions. 

Joule Alliance is a division of Joule Solar Energy. Locally owned and operated, Joule is LA's only certified B-Corp. solar company, and a proud new member of LANO.

 

 

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