Are you following #MonthlyDonorMonday?

Posted by on Jan 16, 2017 in Recurring giving |

A few months ago, I started promoting #MonthlyDonorMonday. All I ask of you is to focus one half hour every Monday on your monthly donor program. Of course, you’re totally welcome to do more, but if nothing else, start with half an hour. You can read a MonthlyDonorMonday tip. You can test your web site. You can see what other organizations are doing. You can create a monthly donor page. You can start working on a monthly donor plan.  You...

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Calculating your Monthly Giving Coverage Ratio

Posted by on Mar 31, 2015 in Recurring giving |

Last week I talked about upgrading your monthly donors, a very important part in growing your program. Today I’ll go back to something that’s even more important with any monthly donor program: Retaining your monthly donors. Like anything with fundraising, the rule of thumb is: If you can keep a monthly donor, that’s still cheaper than bringing in a new one. To calculate how you’re doing with your program, we use the...

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5 Big To-Dos for Monthly Giving Programs

Posted by on Mar 14, 2015 in Recurring giving |

This post was also published in Network for Good.   5 Big To-Dos for Monthly Giving Programs One of my favorite breakfasts is the Big-To-Do at Friendly’s. French toast, scrambled eggs and bacon well-done! I’m getting hungry just thinking about it! While this is not breakfast, it’s even more important to ‘enjoy’. So, if you’re serious about your monthly giving program, make sure that you follow these 5 big To-Dos.   Big To-Do 1: Ask...

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Solve the problem where it needs to be solved…

Posted by on Feb 7, 2015 in Recurring giving |

I’ve been working in direct marketing, fundraising and monthly giving for a very long time. And of course, I ran into problems. One of the things I learned early on though is that sometimes it’s really important to make sure that you solve the problem where the problem needs to be solved. In other words, sometimes, it looks as if something is causing the problem, but when you analyze it, it’s really caused by something else....

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Sustainers are retainers

Posted by on Jul 18, 2014 in Recurring giving |

  I just came back from a conference, attended by some 1,700 people and I’m so excited! There were 4 (yes, four) sessions on monthly giving aka sustainers!! More and more organizations are finding that ‘sustainers are retainers’. Thank you Dan Allenby for this great word cloud. Many donor base systems are adding monthly giving options to make your life as a fundraiser easier. And research is growing. For example:...

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What does a historic building have to do with recurring giving?

Posted by on May 31, 2014 in Uncategorized |

Bon giorno, You may wonder, why I am writing about history all of a sudden? Because I just came back from a terrific but short trip to France and Italy… Something we’d planned for a while and it was finally happening! We saw where our World War II veterans stormed the Normandy beaches and helped liberate our European fellow men and women. And we saw so many amazing (and old) things, one can only be full of awe!! The most impressive...

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Monthly Giving for Small Nonprofits: 8 tips for keeping it simple

Posted by on May 4, 2014 in Recurring giving |

This post was written by Joanne Fritz and appeared in about.com.  Thank you, Joanne!! Here’s the full post… It seems to me that monthly giving programs should be a natural for small, even tiny nonprofits. Yet, many in the US still don’t use this form of giving. It may be that they think it is just too complicated. I just recently whizzed through “Monthly Giving: The Sleeping Giant,” by Erica Waasdorp, and was...

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How one organization increased its monthly donors by 80% in one year…

Posted by on Apr 28, 2014 in Case Studies, Recurring giving |

Some of you may know, I’m the US Ambassador for the International Fundraising Congress, one of the most amazing and inspiring conferences in the world!! On May 21 and 22, the Resource Alliance will organize 2014 Fundraising Online, a webinar event, which is totally FREE, just to share some of the amazing speakers you may enjoy at the IFC. I’m really excited because part of Fundraising Online is a great webinar on my favorite topic:...

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The biggest challenge in starting monthly giving: what are you going to call it?

Posted by on Aug 6, 2013 in Recurring giving |

Note: This post also appeared as a guest post on the Philanthropy for All blog, from Vanessa Chase. Thank you Vanessa for spreading the word!   Lately, it seems that everything is ‘buzzing’ about Monthly Giving. I’d like to say it was my book that started it all, but I doubt that. It was probably triggered by the fact that we had just gone through a recession and so many organizations found that their monthly giving programs really helped...

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