End of the year campaigns are essential for a nonprofit’s fundraising success. A large percentage of annual giving happens in the last month of the year, making this prime time for nonprofit strategy and engagement.
The end of the year brings some of the biggest giving months for fundraisers, and it is the time where donors are willing to give more and in greater quantity.
To ensure the greatest impact, it is essential to start planning your year-end campaigns early.
With COVID-19, nonprofits have been forced to adapt and grow their fundraising in a digital world. Now, with the things still changing and evolving, let’s not forget the important lessons and value shaped in an online environment.
No matter what type of campaign you plan to create, we have outlined 4 important lessons learned from virtual fundraising to help strengthen and increase your year-end campaigns:
Nonprofit fundraising software is your most powerful ally. It streamlines the donor experience, offers engagement online, and automates the fundraising experience. Nothing says easy like taking your giving online!
Because of the time spent online, donors are now accustomed to ease and connectivity. They want their virtual giving experiences to be easy, just like their shopping experience. That means it is important to utilize virtual features that increase your reach and drive more conversions.
When evaluating fundraising software solutions, look for a platform that includes:
All these software solutions provide opportunities to help broaden the reach of your campaign and achieve year-end campaign success.
Finalizing your fundraising software early in your campaign planning allows for time to leverage your software to its full potential. Plus learning the fundraising solution creates a better user experience for your donors.
Expand your reach and donor engagement through a multi-channel marketing approach using your online fundraising software.
Online campaigns allow for multiple touchpoints with your donors, making your campaign more accessible to a larger audience. To attract a wide range of supporters, leverage the multiple online channels, promoting your year-end campaign in a variety of ways online. Be sure to use:
These channels will help increase awareness of your year-end campaign and connect donors with your cause.
Because the target audience for each of these mediums vary, a multichannel approach allows nonprofits to disseminate their audience and expose different potential donors to your campaign. A larger reach for your end-of-year campaign allows you to drive higher donor conversion.
Be sure to provide a variety of information across channels as a way to engage visitors in different ways. Some viewers might engage with you via your website, social media, and email and are more likely to stay engaged with your organization’s campaign if the content is fresh.
Though virtual fundraising is an effective way to reach more donors, it is important to find way to connect them to your cause in a digital space.
Make sure your mission is at the forefront of your messaging, and you are using a consistent communication message before, during, and after your campaign.
The key to maintaining donor connection is through strong communication and tapping into the top 3 motivators of today’s donors:
This will help your supporters feel a bond to your organization, inspire them to give and help them stay connected to your mission into the new year.
Here are key tips on what to do (or not do) for successful donor communication.
These tips will help cultivate deeper relationships with your supporters and foster a sense of community that lasts past the end of the year.
When leveraging a fundraising site during any campaign, it’s important to focus on how the site will function for the user.
It is important to create a campaign site that will attract supporters and maximize their donor experience.
Here are some considerations when designing your year-end fundraising experience:
In the crowded year-end fundraising arena, it’s time to think outside of the box and launch a year-end campaign that will cut through the noise and make your mission stand out!
With the help of these top 4 tips learned from virtual fundraising, your year-end giving can take your fundraising to the next level.