The Catholic Fundraiser

Machine Learning Reactivates a 20 Year Lapsed Donor

Posted by Dina Fanelli on 12/13/17 1:21 PM

That’s right, you heard me. And this was not a one-time fluke. The highly precise and robust algorithms of machine learning analytics can successfully identify lapsed individuals that have not given in decades, repeatedly! I am going to go one better and tell you that this big data driven, super-computing powerhouse can also accurately identify and assist in targeting non-donors. Most non-profits have them. This is a mysterious list of folks that have no transactional or promotional history. We typically hear similar anecdotes, “I have a file of names and addresses that dates to the beginning of our organization. We have no idea where they came from, and they have never contributed to our cause. Anything you can do with these records?”

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Topics: Donor Development

How Donors Respond to Your Emails: What Works and What You Should Be Doing Differently

Posted by Kristen Schultz Jaarda, JD, LLM on 11/1/17 1:30 PM

What are the best ways to increase email performance and response rates? How do colors and fonts impact readability? Does the date and time that emails are sent affect donor interest? Crescendo’s 2016 email study Experiments in Email Marketing: Principles of Effective Emails Based on A/B Testing sought to answer those questions and more.

The study used the scientific method known as "A/B testing" — sometimes called "split testing" or "bucket testing." Crescendo designed custom emails for six different charities to test how donors would respond. Each test involved two or more emails that were sent to segmented portions of a charity's email list and the emails were identical except for a single variable. For example, an email testing subject lines would have been identical in all respects except for using two different subject lines. This article will share some of the lessons learned about effective use of emails for donor engagement.

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Topics: Donor engagement, Email Performance

6 Ways to Get the Most out of the NCDC Conference

Posted by National Catholic Development Conference on 9/20/17 10:05 AM

The annual NCDC Conference and Exposition offers Catholic fundraisers the opportunity to connect with one another while learning the latest techniques in fundraising. Whether it’s your first time at the conference, or you’ve been coming for years, there’s always something new to discover. Here are six ways to make the most of your conference experience.

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The Top 11 Reasons to Attend the NCDC Conference

Posted by National Catholic Development Conference on 8/29/17 1:11 PM

We know when it comes to deciding which national conferences to attend, it can be tough to decide which, if any, are worth your time and money. The NCDC conference is different in that we view fundraising as more than mission advancement: it is your ministry. 

Here are the top 11 reasons to join our community of fundrasiers in San Diego this September.

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Topics: Conference

Four Ways to Increase Online Giving Conversions

Posted by Nick Small on 8/16/17 9:22 AM

Building awareness and getting people familiar with your organization and cause is important — but to stay afloat, increase online giving conversions on your website to increase your bottom line and allow you to create a larger impact.

Online giving is responsible for about 7% of total fundraising revenue per year and grows at a rate of about 8% per year (which doesn’t include grants).

Consider these steps to increase your online giving conversions.

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Topics: Tips to Use & Habits to Lose, Donor engagement, Online Giving

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In this weekly blog we share tips, tactics and case studies for professionals in the Catholic fundraising community. Learn how to advance your mission with articles on technology, donor engagement, nonprofit leadership, social media, and emerging trends.

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