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Treating Donors Like Family: 9 Tips To Build and Maintain Your Planned Giving Donor Relationships

Posted by Nancy Jeffers on 6/29/17 8:41 AM

I recently attended a gift planning conference in New York where I had the opportunity to be reminded of the impact Sharpe Group has had over its 54-year history.

The opening speaker at the conference has been a friend of ours for many years. When we greeted one another, he remarked that he’d recently been reminded of something he learned early in his career while attending a Sharpe Seminar. He said he had never forgotten the advice and it had always served him well.

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Topics: Planned Giving

Leveraging Social Media 101: Messaging to Trending

Posted by Amelia Burke-Garcia on 6/1/17 9:55 AM

Globally there are more than one billion people on Facebook and YouTube is the second most used search engine in the world. In terms of U.S. users, according to the Pew Internet and American Life Project, as of August 2012, 69 percent of online adults in the USA use social networking sites.

Research shows that minorities use the popular social media platforms, i.e. Facebook, similarly to non-minority groups. In addition, while smartphone penetration is lower amongst minority populations, these groups are using advanced features on their basic mobile telephones to engage online. Some of these differences can be explained by the younger demographic age profile of ethnic minority groups.

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Topics: Social Media, Facebook Ads, Digital Advertising

Segmenting Your Acquisition and Renewal Campaigns [New Resource]

Posted by National Catholic Development Conference on 5/16/17 2:13 PM

Many nonprofits are finding that their new donor acquisition campaigns are becoming more expensive and less effective in attracting new, reliable donors. By segmenting your data, your nonprofit can lower your costs while increasing campaign efficiency and effectiveness.

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Topics: Catholic Fundraising Resources, Data segmentation

The Four Main Components to Your Online Donation Form

Posted by Jarred Schremmer on 4/29/17 10:33 AM

As fundraisers, we spend most of our time focused on finding potential donors, sharing compelling content and stories, and giving donors reasons to give. We redesign our website to provide a clearer presentation of our organization, encouraging them to support us. We develop paid search and display ad campaigns that target potential donors to introduce them to our mission and to drive engagement. We send emails that provide spiritual encouragement, that deliver stories of life-change, and that ask for support.

Unfortunately, after all this effort, we frequently overlook the most important part, the final point of decision, the donation form.

A few years ago, I was having a conversation with a direct marketer who made the statement, “Does the donation form really matter that much? I mean, once they get to the donation form, they are going to make a gift. Right?”

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Topics: Donor Relationships, Donor engagement

How To Optimize Your Digital Fundraising: 4 Quick Tips

Posted by National Catholic Development Conference on 4/20/17 12:32 PM

With the rise of the digital age, you now have access to cheaper analytics, better automation, and more ways to please your donors. To help you capitalize on these advances, we compiled 4 tips to help you optimize your digital fundraising channel.

TIP #1: Start A/B Testing

One of the great advantages of digital fundraising is how easy it is to test without a lot of added time or cost. Try testing two different versions of your donation page to see which results in the most conversions, i.e. donations.

“The optimal donation page varies from nonprofit to nonprofit, but the goal is to make the experience as convenient as possible for your donors so they're more likely to contribute. Consider this: 65% of nonprofits are still using an online donation form that requires three or more clicks to submit a donation.”

Pare down your donation page to make it as simple and easy as possible for site visitors to donate. Then try testing two versions by using one page for a period of time, and then trying the second version. Another easy way is to publish both pages at the same time and then split your website traffic equally between the two pages.

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Topics: Website Optimization

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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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