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Raising money for a charitable or nonprofit organization is always a challenge, whether in good times or bad. But you can make it easier for your nonprofit if you learn about all the different methods of fundraising, and choose those that are truly best suited to your organization.

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  • Tired of Events? Here are Six Ways to Build Relationships (and Fundraise) Without ThemEvent planning takes a lot of work, preparation & manpower, and it can exhaust your staff & volunteers. Here are six things you can do to build relationships & fundraise without all the energy it takes to pull off a large-scale event.

  • Crowdfunding: Your Basic Questions AnsweredHere’s a quick look at the basics of crowdfunding and answers to some of the most commonly asked questions. It is important to understand what crowdfunding is, where it fits within a nonprofit organization's overall fundraising strategy.

  • How to Make the Most of Your Crowdfunding CampaignCrowdfunding is an effective way to boost your fundraising, but it is rarely, if ever, a “build it and they will come” type of initiative. If you’re considering launching a campaign, here are six ways to get a return on your investment.

  • Five Important Marketing Trends for 2017See what marketing experts predict will be highly effective marketing trends going forward and keep these in mind as you set your focus on the future and plan your nonprofit organization’s marketing strategy for 2017.

  • Seven Ways You Drive Donors AwayIs there anything that your organization is doing that is hurting your cause? Even if your intentions are good, here are seven ways your nonprofit might be driving your donors away & into the arms of another nonprofit.      

  • What You Need to Know About PCI CompliancePayment Card Industry (PCI) compliance can be a little complex to understand, but it’s essentially about payment security. It has to do with how your nonprofit organization handles, stores and transmits cardholder data.

  • Why You Desperately Need a New Donor Welcome Email SeriesThe way you welcome new supporters in your email can significantly impact your donor retention rate—this is a fact that many nonprofit organizations ignore when it comes to turning first-time donors into long-term constituents.

  • How to Raise More Money with Facebook’s Fundraising ToolsNonprofit organization's can launch fundraiser pages on Facebook—in addition to their general profile page—to promote special fundraising campaigns. When a user donates, that can be shared which also includes a donate button.

  • How to Help Your Donors Reject the Overhead MythBelieve it or not, the overhead myth still exists, and people who donate or are thinking of donating still scrutinize nonprofits organizations, wondering what percentage of their gift actually goes toward the “cause.”

  • planning fundraising eventsWhen it comes to raising funds for your nonprofit organization, successful fundraising events provide a substantial contribution. Following these tips to help your events run smoothly, gain constituents & raise donations.

  • Promoting Your Next Nonprofit EventIf you're interested in marketing your nonprofit organization's upcoming fundraisers, check out these major tips on how to promote your next philanthropic event. It all starts with reaching attendees a number of ways.

  • Depost a Gift and FirespringFirespring has acquired Deposit a Gift, a crowdfunding platform helping nonprofit organizations create fundraising campaigns.

  • Welcome to July—vacation season is officially in full swing. But don’t let your marketing strategy take a vacation, too. Here’s how to stay connected and in touch with your supporters during the lazy, hazy days of summer.

  • Available funds can mean the difference between helping the community and struggling to get by. If your nonprofit wants to increase donations, check out these 10 more innovative ideas to utilize in your next fundraiser.

  • A strong call to action (CTA) contributes to the success of any institution and drives engagement. When it comes to crafting compelling calls to action for your nonprofit, keep these 40 examples and pointers in mind.

  • One Today is a free mobile app by Google that features a different nonprofit project every day. Creating projects with One Today takes about 10 minutes, according to Google, and it’s so simple, there’s no need for an IT guy.

  • When it comes to fundraising, making the ask is one thing—sealing the deal is another. While there’s no magic formula or exact science to closing an ask, consider these four ways to help turn the tide in your favor.

  • Even if you’ve done enough fundraising to feel comfortable soliciting money, there’s still something about “the big ask” that can cause a few butterflies. Before you reach out to your donor, ask yourself these three questions.

  • Personas are not something you create for the outside world—they’re a tool you use behind the scenes to understand your target audience and how to motivate them to support your organization. Here's how to begin.

  • It’s crucial to your nonprofit's fundraising success to understand exactly what a good ask entails, how to ask and ask well. Check out these eight important elements of an ask that will help your organization get results.

  • You can only do so much to raise money for your cause. If your nonprofit organization could use a boost, check out these top 10 creative fundraising ideas for creating events that will send your donations through the roof.

  • Creating a process for giving timely and meaningful thank-yous to all donors is vital to keeping them long-term and communicating your value. Here are five ideas for kindly saying thanks to donors, small and large.

  • Great donation pages can make your nonprofit's website a converting machine, which is why it’s important to be sure they’re well designed, clean, easy to navigate and optimized for supporters to take action.

  • While grant writing is not an exact science, there are steps you can take to increase your organization’s chances of receiving a piece of the pie. Here are 12 tips that will make your grant applications a cut above the rest.

  • Even if you feel like you’re doing all you can to earn your donors’ trust, there may be a few simple steps you can take to go the extra mile. Here are five ways to instill confidence and make your constituents proud to support you.

  • If a one-time gift is good, recurring gifts are exponentially better. If you're ready to ramp up your efforts to secure more recurring donations for your nonprofit, here are three simple steps to get you started.

  • When it comes to your nonprofit website, a call to action is the very spot where you ask somebody to do something like donate or volunteer. When you’re ready to write a call to action on your website, keep these tips in mind.

  • With charitable giving at an all-time high, note that online fundraising is growing much faster than any other kind. As a nonprofit, you can grow your mission and boost online donations by following six simple best practices.

  • In 2014, the median donor retention rate for nonprofits hovered around 43%, according to the Association of Fundraising Professionals. That’s up from previous years, but still—this means six out of ten donors never give again.

  • In the world of fundraising, making the ask is one thing; sealing the deal is another. Even if you’ve grown entirely comfortable with the process of approaching people for money, closing an ask can still be a challenge.

  • When it comes to your online presence, you need more than a mission statement. You need a website that is both beautiful and functional. If you want to take your nonprofit to new heights, make sure you have these six tools.

  • When it comes to your nonprofit’s website, landing pages may be the single most important thing for you to be concerned about this year. They’re critical for many reasons, including SEO—so let’s start with the basics.

  • You want to impact the world and be sure every dollar you spend helps accomplish your mission—that’s understandable. But sometimes the best way to change the world is to invest right back into your organization.

  • Email marketing remains one of the most efficient ways to share your nonprofit’s mission and boost donations. Believe it or not, over 2.5 billion people on Earth use email, sending 122 TRILLION messages every hour.

  • Looking for an increase in online donations? Consider optimizing your donate button, not just your website and your landing pages. Your donate button should act as an invitation to support your nonprofit. Research shows the color, size, location and the text on the donate button matter.

  • Payment Processing Options for Your NonprofitOnline fundraising brings in millions of dollars for the nonprofit industry every year, and the numbers continue to grow. But along with accepting all that money come concerns and issues surrounding the electronic payment process.

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