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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.
 

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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 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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Call for Applications: The Fundraising Intensive Program

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Now accepting applications for enrollment in the 2014-2015 class of

The Fundraising Intensive Program

a comprehensive fundraising training opportunity presented by The Funding Seed!

 

The Funding Seed's 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 will learn best practices and practical skills related to a range of fundraising activities.
 
Over the course of the program, the nonprofit staff, board members and volunteers involved will learn about:

Fundraising Planning
Individual Donor Development
Major Donors
Fundraising Events: House Parties
Fundraising by Mail and Email
Grant Research and Writing
Corporate and Business Sponsorship

Participation is limited and applications are required.

If you are interested in joining The Funding Seed's Fundraising Intensive Program's Class of 2014-2015, visit www.thefundingseed.com and complete the program application by Tuesday, April 29 at 5:00 p.m.

For questions, please call (504) 307-7220 or email info@thefundingseed.com.

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Nonprofit workshop: Creating and Managing an Individual Donor Program

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Monday, January 27, 2014

 


WHEN: Thursday, February 6, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

WHERE: Ashe Cultural Arts Center, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans

Details and registration at www.thefundingseed.com.

 

Individual donors give three quarters of all private charitable donations- more than foundation grants and corporate gifts combined.

How can your nonprofit find individual donors to support your work?  What can you do to ensure that your individual donor program is as successful as possible?

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

Attendees will receive a Certificate of Participation for completing the workshop.

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

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Create a Powerful Fundraising Plan in New Orleans Workshop

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Wednesday, January 8, 2014
January nonprofit workshop:

Creating a Powerful Fundraising Plan

Tuesday, January 21
9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.

Start the new year right with a powerful fundraising plan!

What would happen at your organization if you never had to worry about your funding?  If you knew how much you needed to raise, and how you were going to raise it?

What would happen at your organization if you never had to worry about your funding?  If you knew how much you needed to raise, and how you were going to raise it?

This workshop will help you make that a reality.  You'll learn ways to assess your resources, to set fundraising goals, and to create a calendar that will keep you on track.  Participants will receive tools they can take back to their organizations and put to work immediately.   

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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Nonprofit workshop: Grantwriting for Beginners

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Friday, November 22, 2013
Nonprofit workshop:

Grantwriting for Beginners

Friday, December 13
9:30am-12:00pm
Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans
Details and registration at www.thefundingseed.com.

Are you involved with a nonprofit?  
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.

Register online at www.thefundingseed.com. To inquire about discount codes or to reserve your space and pay at the door, email info@thefundingseed.com.

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Helping Hearts Holiday Donation Drive

Posted By Anastasia Armstrong, NAMI Southwest Louisiana, Sunday, November 10, 2013

 

This Holliday Season, Lets Extend our Helping Hands to those in need. National Alliance on Mental Illness of Southwest Louisiana will be collecting donations for people affected by serious mental illness and homeless veterans.

When: November 1st to December 13th, 2013. Between 10am-4pm.

Where: NAMI SWLA office in the United Way building. 715 Ryan St. Suite 203, Lake Charles, LA 70601.

Contact: Phone 337-433-0219 Email anastasia@namiswla.com

Items needed:

• Non-opened hygiene products

• New socks (one size fits all)

• Paper products such as toilet paper and paper towels

• Leisure items such as pencils/pens, crossword/find words books, journals, puzzles

The items collected will benefit City of Refuge, shelter for Homeless Veterans, in Vinton, LA and Mason D’Amis, an apartment in Lake Charles for those affected by serious mental illness, and other Mental Health Recovery Centers in the Lake area.

Help us make a difference in our community this Holiday season!

 

 

 

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Nonprofit workshop: Quick Year-End Fundraising

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Tuesday, November 5, 2013

 

Nonprofit workshop:
Quick Year-End Fundraising 
Friday, November 15
9:30am-12:00pm
Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.

 

 

Nearly one third of all annual giving to nonprofits in the United States happens in the month of December, and 10% of annual gifts are sent in the last two days of the year.

Is your nonprofit ready for your year-end fundraising? The clock is ticking!

Don't miss this hands-on workshop, which offers simple tools you can use to raise funds during these essential last weeks of the year.

Registration $35. Student, AmeriCorps & group discounts available. Attendees will receive a certificate of participation for completing the workshop.

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

 

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Nonprofit workshop: Major Donor Development 101

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Nonprofit fundraising workshop:
Major Donor Development 101
Tuesday, October 29
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans
Details & registration at www.thefundingseed.com.

Major donors can make a huge difference for your nonprofit.  This workshop covers the basics of major donor development: how to identify your donors, ways to build strong relationships with prospects, and what to say (and not say!) when asking for a big donation. 

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

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

Register online at www.thefundingseed.com.  For questions or to reserve your space and pay at the door, email info@thefundingseed.com.

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