Posts by Dana Ostomel

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Dana Ostomel is the Vice President of Nonprofit Industry Development at Firespring, a company that provides essential software and beautiful websites for nonprofits. Prior to her role at Firespring, Dana was the founder and CEO of Deposit a Gift, a crowdfunding platform popular with nonprofits that allows users to easily create an online fundraising campaign for any organizational or personal need. Firespring acquired Deposit a Gift in August 2016 with Dana residing as the company’s lead crowdfunding expert.

Before launching her own business, Dana spent over a decade as a marketing and branding adviser, developing integrated marketing solutions for nationally-known brands such as Snapple, CENTURY 21, MasterCard and DIRECTV. Dana owns a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from UCLA. She is a leading authority and sought-after speaker on the topics of crowdfunding, online community stewardship and nonprofit marketing.

  • Three Ways to Raise More Money and Noise this #GivingTuesday#GivingTuesday is still weeks away, but it’s still not too late for your nonprofit to get on board and create a successful campaign. #GivingTuesday 2017 is Tues, Nov 28.

  • Four Things to Consider Before You Forge a New Partnership for Your NonprofitMany companies want to give back to their communities for a variety of reasons, and they often look for nonprofits to partner with. Your organization could be the perfect one for a business or corporation in your community.

  • How Crowdfunding Could Have Saved the Clock TowerHow could crowdfunding have saved the clock tower in the movie, Back to the Future? Well, we may not have been there back in 1955, but we’ve got a few ideas for your nonprofit organization to use in the present & future.

  • 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.

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