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The Engagement Issue: Getting Your Employees to Donate

Guest Post By Tiffany Rowe Consumers love to hear about companies with philanthropic sides, but the headline “Acme Corp. Gives $250k to Charity” rarely turns heads (or encourages clicks) in the new world of social media. Instead, businesses gain more visibility for their deeds when their entire [...]
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Engaging Millennials: Don’t Give Up on Your Email Marketing!

By Juliet Davenport, Nonprofit Ambassador at DonationMatch Do you remember being awed by the answering machine? (Does anyone still own one of those?) Or what about the cordless phone? Now it’s all about smartphones and iPads. Millennials (those born between 1981 and 2000) are all about digital, [...]
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Planning Tools Loved by Organized Auction Chairs

Guest blog post by Sherry Truhlar of Red Apple Auctions.  I thought about writing on this topic a few months ago and decided, “Nope. I need to save this topic until January.” The reason being is that January is the month that many stores — Home Depot, Walmart, Kmart, Target, Staples, The Container [...]

Three Steps to Turning New Guests into Big Bidders

[Sherry’s blog post from last year is just as worth sharing now. Here’s to your fundraising success! – Renee, Co-founder, DonationMatch] Courtesy of Sherry Truhlar,  Red Apple Auctions One of my clients held her school gala last month.  A few days prior, she asked how she could ensure that new [...]

Out of Date Donor Information Can Prove Costly

By Juliet Davenport, Nonprofit Ambassador, DonationMatch As Kim Kupferman of Heller Consulting admits in this Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN) blog post, this isn’t the most exciting topic, but maintaining accurate donor data is actually quite important. How frustrating is it when we receive [...]

Don’t Burn Out Your Volunteers

By Renee Zau, Co-founder, DonationMatch The inevitable happened. I suspected it was a possibility, but it still took me by surprise. “I just don’t think I have it in me.” Just like that, my son’s elementary school’s annual fundraiser was cancelled. This isn’t the first time I’ve seen a leading [...]

Don’t Be a Beggar

By Renee Zau, Co-founder, DonationMatch Often I hear volunteers say they dread finding prizes for fundraising auctions. I would feel that way, too, if I thought I was asking for a handout. But I’m not, and neither are you.  Every business you approach is being offered the chance to be promoted to [...]
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Fresh Ideas for Your School Spring Fundraiser

By Renee Zau, Co-founder, DonationMatch If you have children, you’ve undoubted noticed that many schools have fundraisers in the Spring, now that parents and teachers have gotten settled and the Winter holidays are over. Packages from local businesses are wonderful, especially since for some [...]
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In-Kind Partnerships with Nonprofits, Part 2

By Renee Zau, Co-founder, DonationMatch My last post on this topic focused on opportunities tied to nonprofit events. Although these typically offer the most immediate exposure, they are often seasonal. Here are some ideas for in-kind charitable partnerships year-round: Be a venue for gatherings. [...]

We Need More Efficient and Effective Nonprofits, Not More

By Renee Zau, Co-founder, DonationMatch Why compete when you can work together? “At a time when nonprofit organizations are being pushed to greater program efficiencies, mergers, and other administrative economies, why do boomer entrepreneurs seem to think that starting millions of brand-new [...]
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