Flipcause at the 34th Annual CVNL Bay Area Human Race

The 34th annual CVNL Bay Area Human Race took place on a cool, slightly rainy Saturday morning at the Marin Center Fairgrounds and Lagoon in San Rafael. It was an early event, starting at 7:00am, where many of us volunteers who arrived in advance of the race had the rare chance to see the sun rise. We were guided by the inspiring CVNL Community Engagement Coordinator, Molly Schmidt, who ran the Flipcause team through the process of registering day-of participants as…

Unique Peer-to-Peer Ideas to Engage Your Network

Peer-to-Peer is a powerful method of fundraising that empowers your supporters to become active participants in your organization’s work by allowing them to create their own fundraising pages in support of your organization. In doing so, your organization will reach new audiences, expand its donor base, and raise more funds. When your supporters are enabled to create their own do-it-yourself campaigns, this has the simultaneous benefit of empowering your supporters to take ownership of your organization’s cause as well as multiplying your…

10 Steps to an Amazing Fundraising Event

10 Steps to an Amazing Fundraising Event

What better way to garner support than a memorable, engaging fundraising event? Events are a great way to raise a lot of money in a short time period. They also create brand awareness, and are often the best times to create a one-on-one dynamic with donors. But as we all know, running a large event can be time-consuming and risky, potentially wasting valuable time and resources. Successful events depend on having the right skills, the appropriate resources for planning and managing events, and…

Building Your Nonprofit's Voice

Building Your Nonprofit’s Voice

Your nonprofit’s voice is an important part of your brand. It’s not just the content you write, but the way in which it is expressed. This voice is essential for cultivating trust and lasting relationships between your organization and its supporters, as your organization’s voice will serve as a substitute for real-life conversation and communication. The familiarity of your nonprofit’s consistent voice, particularly if it is positive, helpful, and responsive, is instrumental in maintaining and building these relationships and in reinforcing your organization’s values…

Free & Easy Design Resources for Your Nonprofit

It's estimated that the average American sees up to 5,000 advertisements and brand images in a single day. That's a lot of clutter! Research indicates that only 12 of those images make a true impression on the target audience! A good, clear message can be a great emotional motivator to get people to investigate deeper and ultimately engage with your product or service.  So how do you make your nonprofit's message stand out amongst the crowd? Luckily for you, there…

Crowdfundamentals for Nonprofits

Crowdfunding. It's been on your radar for years now, but when the time comes to actually start a crowdfunding campaign for your nonprofit, you still feel a little in the dark.  Sound familiar?  Read on. just what is crowdfunding? Crowdfunding is actually very simple. All it means is "any effort to raise money through donations from a large number of people." Most likely, you're already doing some form of crowdfunding now! For nonprofits, crowdfunding typically refers to: a focused fundraising campaign hosted on a website with: 1) a…

9 Ways to Improve Your Nonprofit’s E-Newsletter

Your e-newsletter matters more to the success of your campaign than you might think! According to many reports, email marketing is the best channel for return on investment. Despite the rise of social media, it has not been replacing email. Instead, social media has been acting as a compliment to email campaigns, the two working in conjunction can greatly increase the success of your fundraising efforts. So how do you ensure that your e-newsletters are as effective as they can possibly…

6 Tips for Writing A Winning Crowdfunding Story

  How you pitch your nonprofit to potential supporters through your crowdfunding page is very important. The right words can bring a surplus of cash or scare investors away. An incoherent pitch that lacks focus can reflect poorly on the leaders of a nonprofit. This guide will help you write a winning nonprofit crowdfunding page that'll help you raise enough funds for your organization. What problem will you solve? Do you help feed thousands of people in Rwanda? Or perhaps…

5 Ways to Improve Your Donor Retention

How many of your donors continue to contribute to your organization year after year? High donor retention is extremely valuable to any organization, and it is much less costly in the long run to maintain existing donors than acquire new ones. Unfortunately, nearly three quarters of new donors do not donate more than once. Here are some key moves to thwart that trend and up your retention. 1. Say thank you! Thanking your donors is a must-do. The most effective…