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Team Captains – your most valuable segment of fundraisers

Did you know? According to a study, Team Captains represent the smallest percent of the participant population, but account for a large portion of fundraising revenue. They send more emails, receive more donations and larger gifts, and in many cases, raise more than the average individual and team member combined. Team Captains are by far the most important and valuable segment of fundraisers. These highly motivated and engaged participants are...

How is the Internet changing the way nonprofits fundraise? (Survey Results)

FirstGiving and BiddingForGood recently surveyed nonprofit organizations to better understand the impact internet fundraising is having on their promotional and soliciting activities. After receiving 500 responses, we’re able to conclude that organizations are using the Internet for a variety of activities and are planning on expanding its use in the future. In fact, three of the top four tactics nonprofits will use for the first time next year are completely internet...

Sample matching gift letters for your nonprofit and peer-to-peer fundraisers

Did you know many companies will match employee donations, dollar for dollar, to eligible nonprofits and their charitable fundraising events? However, many donors simply lack the awareness of these matching programs. This lack of awareness costs nonprofit organizations to leave behind billions of dollars in corporate matching gifts every year. While corporations create the programs, there are a number of workplace giving pitfalls that result in low employee...

7 Tips on Tax Deductions for Charitable Contributions

Giving your time and/or money to a cause is a wonderful thing. You're making the world a better place, one person or community at a time - and the Federal Government agrees. Whether it's old furniture for The Salvation Army, volunteering at a homeless shelter, or donating through FirstGiving, Uncle Sam encourages charitable giving through income tax deductions. The rules, however, can seem complex. If you find yourself driven to...

(Infographic) Craigslist’s Craig Newmark explores peer-to-peer fundraising

Last week, we were honored to participate in a fundraising study done by craigconnects, Craiglist's Craig Newmark's organization aimed to "give the voiceless a real voice and the powerless real power." It's always exciting to see other prominet individuals positively weigh in on your industry and mission. The study, presented as an infographic, highlights the incredible growth of crowdfunding and peer-to-peer fundraising initiatives in the...

What’s the one thing a peer-to-peer fundraiser can do to raise an extra $793?

Simply put, online fundraising pages with video outperform those without. We crunched some FirstGiving numbers and here’s what we found:
  • Online fundraising pages with video raise an average of $1,182
  • Online fundraising pages without video raise an average of $389
Videos are more engaging than text Now this doesn’t mean that any old video can go up on your fundraisers’ pages. These videos have to speak to the fundraiser’s efforts, the cause, and/or your...

Peer-to-peer fundraising tip: Push for online donations within 3 days of campaign launch

Successful online fundraising pages have strong starts. Here are the FirstGiving facts:
  • Fundraisers who did not receive donations within 3 days of launch raise an average of $153 per campaign.
  • Fundraisers who receive donations within 3 days of launch raise an average of $408 per campaign.
2 easy ways your fundraisers can make the most of their first 3 campaign days 1. Fundraisers should be the first to donate to their online fundraising page Make sure,...

FirstGiving and Indiegogo team up for International Women’s Week

FirstGiving is happy to support Indiegogo during this year's International Women's Day. March 3-8, donate to a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo that empowers girls or woman and Indiegogo will match $1 for every $25 raised Monday, March 3rd and Saturday, March 8th. Learn more about Indiegogo's International Women's Day campaign. International Women's Day celebrates the social, political and economic achievements of women while focusing global...

Have you tried FirstGiving’s peer-to-peer fundraising calculator?

You have a solid understanding of what peer-to-peer fundraising is, you’ve seen how other nonprofits have benefited from peer-to-peer fundraising, it’s finally time to calculate just how much extra fundraising revenue you’re capable of. Let’s crunch some numbers! Download our free Excel spreadsheet We’ve pre-populated some numbers with FirstGiving averages but we encourage you to customize the spreadsheet with your nonprofit’s numbers. Your organization may have more fundraisers but less events, decide...

Comfort Zone Camp supporters-turned-fundraisers raise over $522,000 for children coping with a family death

In 2011, before Comfort Zone Camp was a leading example on how peer-to-peer fundraising could grow a mission and empower supporters to become fundraisers, the national organization was experiencing difficulty managing supporters through their donor database. Learn how they were able to overcome their difficulties by downloading this case study. You'll learn how:
  • Comfort Zone Camp empowered over 781 supporters to become fundraisers and cause ambassadors.
  • Supporters' personal fundraising pages raised an average...