Virtuous Nonprofit Blog

Marketing automation is critical for modern donors.

Why Marketing Automation for Nonprofits Matters to New Donors

When we talk about marketing automation for nonprofits, it’s easy to see what the organization gets out of it. Better communication with less tedium, more meaningful donor engagements, and increased giving. But we also talk about leading nonprofits shifting their engagement strategies to be more donor-centric.  So how does nonprofit marketing automation fit in to…

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Recruit responsive fundraising stakeholders to grow giving from donors.

3 Critical Stakeholders in Responsive Fundraising

Being the first in your organization to believe in responsive fundraising is exciting. You see the value in treating every donor like a major donor and the power of personalization. You’re raring to get your CRM and marketing automation in place so that you can grow your giving by engaging donors in their own unique…

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Learn 6 donor retention strategies.

Better Donor Retention: 6 Strategies for Closing the Loop

We have to talk about donor retention. I know, I don’t want to either.  I can already feel you wincing, and I don’t blame you. If you’re a fundraising professional, donor retention might be a sore spot. You’ve heard more than one gloomy statistic, like the fact that last year the number of donors, retention…

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P2P fundraising can increase your revenue and efficiency.

4 Strategies for Growing Your P2P Fundraising Campaigns

Peer-to-peer fundraising helps your nonprofit reach new donors, engage your current supporters and increase giving without a substantial lift from your employees. It activates donors and brings them closer to the work you’re doing. But, without a plan for how to identify the right donors for your P2P fundraising campaigns and how to recruit them,…

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Nonprofits use empathy with responsive fundraising.

Empathy: The Key To Responsive Fundraising

All giving is personal. Whether the donation amount is $100 or $1 million, that person is giving as much as they can in that moment to help affect change in the world. Donors should not be punished with lackluster relationships simply because they don’t have the resources to give more.  Up until now, it’s been…

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How A Clean Donor Database Improves Responsive Fundraising

Can you use all the donor data in your database? Is it accessible, relevant and clean? Why not? If you’re like a lot of development professionals, the state of your data isn’t your fault. You inherited a database from the people who came before you, who might have followed donor database best practices…or might not…

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Nonprofit Marketing Isn’t A Bad Thing

Does the word “marketing” make you nervous? When you think about marketing your nonprofit organization, do you feel unqualified or unsure of what you’re supposed to be doing?  Does the whole thing feel a little…icky? If so, you may be thinking about nonprofit marketing all it wrong. Marketing your nonprofit isn’t about “selling” your organization,…

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How to Grow a Nonprofit Organization in 3 Steps

Do you want to grow your nonprofit, but aren’t sure how? Are you finding that your traditional fundraising strategies aren’t delivering like they used to? It’s not just you! The world has changed, and donor expectations, habits and trends have changed with it.  This doesn’t mean that nonprofits are doomed. It just means that you’ll…

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How to Tell Nonprofit Impact Stories (and Where)

How do you inspire generosity, demonstrate the difference your donors make, and showcase your nonprofit’s work?  Tell a story.  Storytelling engages the mind and the heart. Research shows that storytelling can impact our brain chemistry, help us learn, and encourage us to care about strangers. Since motivating people to care about strangers is one of…

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Getting Your Nonprofit Board Members to Commit to Fundraising Efforts

It’s always interesting to ask a development manager or executive director, “How’s your board at fundraising?” Because they almost all make the same sound:  “MEH.”  What’s the deal? Board members are some of the most generous, dedicated volunteers your organization has. They personally take fiduciary responsibility for your organization—practically the definition of a vested interest…

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