Today I’d like to share an article from Joe Boland at Fundraising Success, a great resource for maximizing your fundraising efforts.
When Jarid Brown joined the Hope Institute for Children and Families 18 months ago as manager of online interactions, the Springfield, Ill.-based organization dedicated to educational, residential and health services to children with disabilities had very little in the way of online communications.
A year and a half later, the Hope Institute now has a fully integrated online strategy that has seen remarkable growth in e-mail and e-newsletter subscribers, social-media followers, website visitors, and e-philanthropy. It was such a remarkable transformation that FundRaising Success will be sharing the Hope Institute’s online metamorphosis in one of the two remaining cover stories (August and November) in our four-part case studies series this year.
Here, Brown shares his keys to getting the most out of your nonprofit’s online experience.
Read the full article at Fundraising Success >> 5 Keys to Make the Most of Your Nonprofit’s Online Experience
This was a great article on why you need to plan your internet ministry building and ensure that everything works together. Harvest Media’s Website Development Services division can help you to put together a plan that works. Call us today at 520-790-1222, talk to me, Joe Goodale about growing your ministry or organization.
The Harvest Media team was in Dallas, Texas over the weekend capturing the Raising Truly Great Kids conference for Family Matters, a non-profit ministry whose goal is to see families transformed by God’s grace into instruments of restoration and reformation by equipping families for every age and stage of life. Dr. Tim Kimmel teaches this humorous and informative conference, providing a grace-based, character-driven model to nurture confident and cooperative kids.
We captured the live event with four cameras and will be putting together the new DVD study over the next couple of months. We had a great time working with the media team at Chase Oaks Church and enjoyed using their outstanding facility. Their team was super accommodating and easy to work with.
You can check out this promo for the Raising Truly Great Conference to learn more:
This is a partial re-post of an article at Engaging Volunteers from Nancy Schwartz’s Getting Attention blog and e-newsletter for nonprofits.
When it comes to recruiting and motivating volunteers to ever higher and more effective levels of engagement, no organization has its work more cut out for it than New York Cares.
In order to ensure that its massive and complex operation runs smoothly, the staff at New York Cares has spent considerable time developing and refining their volunteer recruitment strategies, whose lynchpin, not surprisingly, is communication.
Nancy spent some time talking with the folks at New York Cares recently and as you’ll see below, their strategies can be put to work to boost your organization’s volunteer recruitment, engagement and retention rates, no matter your size.
The 13 Principles Driving New York Cares’ Volunteer Communication Strategy Read the rest of this entry »
Over the last several months, I’ve been working on a project called ‘Into My Arms’ for Restoring the Heart Ministries. ‘Into My Arms’ is a 10 part counseling series accompanied by a curriculum, targeted at counseling professionals and lay people to help them lead women through the forgiveness journey after an abortion. Throughout this production, many women discuss the trauma they have gone through due to an abortion experience.
Something I learned while producing this series is the fact that a large percentage of women who know that abortion is wrong, have one anyway. Some of those women never wanted to have an abortion in the first place, but were coerced into having one. Unfortunately it’s very common for a boyfriend or husband to coerce their girlfriend or wife into having an abortion, threatening them that they’ll leave if they don’t have one.
What’s even more unfortunate is the fact that many of these women, who very much want to keep their baby, end up having an abortion, only to find that their significant other ends up leaving them anyway. Other women have abortions, thinking nothing of it. Sometime later when they realize what they have done, they have a hard time forgiving themselves, and they don’t believe that God will forgive them.
This series is meant to help them realize that God has already forgiven them, and that they can experience freedom again. Read the rest of this entry »
With the fall event season coming into full swing, it’s likely that many of your fundraising campaigns are already under way. Whether your organization is hosting a gala, an intimate cocktail reception or a large community event, you know these events are the best chance to increase awareness, strengthen relationships and inspire involvement for the coming year.
Of course, events with your donors, volunteers and the community at large often only happen a few times a year. The big question is how to harness those face-to-face interactions to continue to build the relationships you develop and keep your constituencies engaged throughout the year.
One way nonprofits do this is by changing how they communicate with their constituents. Read the rest of this entry »
On Fridays, Ill be sharing with you some of the best articles from leading Fundraising writers and authors pertaining to growing your ministry or non-profit organization.
Today I want to highlight an article from Gail Perry Associates Fired-Up Fundraising Blog:
Top 10 Things Donors Want from Your Nonprofit’s Web Site
Did you know that most donors check out your web site before they make a gift? – whether they are giving on line or through the mail.
A Kellogg Foundation study found that potentially up to 50% of your donors are going to want to check you out before they give, whether they give online or not. Here are questions you should ask about your site to see if it is hurting or helping your fudnraising campagin.
First, “your web site is now your front door,” advises Ted Hart in the 09 Year-End Strategies Telesummit. I interviewed Ted last week as part of the Telesummit and he shared a long list of things donors are looking for on your web site.
Raed the full article at: http://www.gailperry.com/2009/10/top-10-things-donors-want-from-your-nonprofits-web-site