Innovative Fundraising Trends for 2016

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We are three and a half months into 2016 and nonprofit’s have already implemented several innovative fundraising techniques. Whether your organization has been around for years or only a couple months, here are a handful of fundraising trends you might want to consider.

CROWDFUNDING

onlinepayment.previewCrowdfunding websites are alternating how nonprofits hold fundraising events and campaigns to draw an interest from new donors and build their donor base. As crowdfunding sites like, Gofundme, Kickstarter, IndieGoGo, and many others become increasingly utilized amongst nonprofits and donors, fundraisers will see their donations exceed in volume. Imagine the positive domino effect and inspiration your message could have through the increased number of donors connecting their networks via social media.

MULTIPLY SUBSCRIPTION GIVING

Who doesn’t want an increased lifetime donor value and higher retention rates? Consider recurring gifts. A recurring gift involves donors who invest in your organization on a monthly bases. For nonprofits who are collecting donations monthly, those dollars tend to go further because 17123240849_14b0883f48_bthose donors will more than likely give again and even increase their donation amount. There are monthly giving programs and websites out there to make recurring gifts easier for donors to increase their giving annually and develop stronger ongoing relationships with your nonprofit.

TAILORED EXPERIENCES THAT ARE DATA-DRIVEN

Fundraisers are essential for nonprofits because they provide the organization with funds and they allow the organization to collect information about their donors, like how they give and why they give. Now is the time to utilize this intel. Make 2016 your year. Collect donor data and use it! Provide your donors with the best experience and build relationships. There is no doubt that branded experiences and tailored messages increase average donations and effectively engage donors.

Caryn Stein recently wrote a blog for Network for Good discussing these trends and suggests this link if you are interested in talking about donor management and going beyond Excel to manage your information.

ARE YOU READY TO MAKE 2016 YOUR BEST FUNDRAISING YEAR EVER?

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About the writer: Samantha Tokarczyk is a senior at the University of Iowa studying Ethics and Public Policy with a certificate in Fundraising and Philanthropy Communications. She intends to continue working with animal welfare nonprofits, as well as attend law school after graduation.

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