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How Rescue Missions Are Listening to Their Donors and Growing Giving

Every donor has a personal connection that led them to donate to your cause. As you foster meaningful, personal experiences based on the heart of each giver, you begin to build lifelong relationships with every supporter. Over the past couple of years, many things have changed for rescue missions, including the environment they operate in,…

Lessons From The Girl Scout Philanthropy Roundtable: Building Impactful, Personalized Experiences For Donors At Scale

As nonprofit leaders, it’s our responsibility to recognize the shifts in the world of fundraising and development as it evolves. We have to adapt in ways that keep our organizations top of mind for our donors and supporters. When you think about Girl Scout fundraising, your mind might go straight to cookies, but philanthropy for…

Why Corporate Gift Matching Matters to Your Donors
Why Corporate Gift Matching Matters to Your Donors

This post was contributed by Double the Donation. Double the Donation helps nonprofits and educational institutions increase fundraising from corporate matching gift and employee volunteer grant programs.  If your organization has already incorporated corporate matching gifts into its fundraising strategy, you probably are familiar with the bolstering effect it can have on your revenue and…

Sarah Landman On Personalized Donor Stewardship

joins the Responsive Fundraising podcast to discuss personalized donor stewardship. During our conversation we discuss the tie between theatre and fundraising, key donor signals nonprofits must tune in on, and how you turn signals into more…

Steven Aguiar On Growth Marketing for Nonprofits

Steven Aguiar joins The Responsive Fundraising podcast to discuss how nonprofits can grow their donor base through digital acquisition and paid campaigns. During the conversation we discuss essential elements of digital marketing campaigns and why a…

Monthly Giving Program: Transform Your Fundraising & Build Sustainable Funding

Whenever nonprofit professionals talk about fundraising and communications, it doesn’t take long for one organization to come up as a shining example. Since its founding, the clean water nonprofit has drawn attention and admiration for their innovative approach to fundraising. We were very pleased to welcome co-creator Vik Harrison to the Responsive Nonprofit Summit, where…

Lindsay Voltz On Stewarding Today’s Donor Well

Lindsay Voltz, the Sr. Director of Major Gifts at the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation (DRIF), joins The Responsive Fundraising Podcast to discuss donor stewardship strategies and what today’s donor is looking for from fundraisers. During the…

Building Smart Nonprofits with David J. O’Brien and Matthew D. Craig

David J. O’Brien and Matthew D. Craig join The Responsive Fundraising Podcast to discuss the insights from their new book . During the conversation we dig into  alternative funding models, how to move beyond golf tournaments, galas, and…

Bridget Jones & Kelly Hayman On Fundraising With Purpose, Not Parties

Bridget Jones and Kelly Hayman join The Responsive Fundraising Podcast to share how they help transform the Boys & Girls Club of the Tennessee Valley fundraising programs in light of tremendous challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic….

Dan Reed On Crafting Effective Digital Fundraising Campaigns

Dan Reed joins the Responsive Fundraising Podcast to share his first-hand experience scaling digital fundraising campaigns. During the conversation we discuss why digital fundraising is the future of fundraising, what makes monthly giving programs…