Giving Tuesday 2017: Digital Effort

Project Description

Charity Dynamics helped many clients to plan, build and execute successful — and in some cases, record-breaking — Giving Tuesday campaigns in 2017.

Project Details

Client Multiple
Skills Fundraising, UX Design, Technology


  • Overall Challenge: To stand out in the inbox as a credible and compelling ask as the volume of Giving Tuesday appeals increases — staying true to each organization’s brand and mission while multiplying year-over-year revenue.
  • Technical Challenge: To deliver high-quality, responsive email designs to clients’ constituents across major email platforms, and include Luminate Online and Google Analytics tracking for reporting.
  • Ongoing Partnership Challenge: To deliver measurable results for ongoing user experience (UX) and strategy engagements (in 2018 and beyond) for a sophisticated set of clients with a history of fundraising and end-of-year (EOY) success.


  • Strategy: Crafted on-brand and on-mission content, including (1) strategic resends of high-performing emails, (2) timed variations across email campaigns, (3) special content for sustainers and key groups based on previous engagement with clients’ donor set, and (4) coordinated timing and appearance of emails, lightboxes and other campaign assets, keeping sight of the entire EOY campaign to increase Giving Tuesday impact.
  • Development: (1) Tracked results using Luminate Online and Google Analytics across various segments to improve future UX and strategy decisions; (2) implemented new bespoke templates using the latest in email technology for branded fonts, accessibility and image performance; and (3) scheduled emails and lightboxes for specific timing leading up to and across the entire day of Giving Tuesday.
  • UX/Design: (1) Ensured clients’ campaign visuals and messaging stayed true to the voice and brand that donors recognize, further compelling them to give to the organizations they trust. (2) Crafted engaging and emotional appeals that donors could experience on any device through the use of emerging techniques for email interactivity and by pushing the boundaries of responsive email design.



Every eCommunications client increased their Giving Tuesday revenue year over year by at least 29%.

  • Boston Children’s Hospital Trust increased their Giving Tuesday results by 29% year over year.
  • Greater Chicago Food Depository boosted revenue by 56% compared with their 2016 Giving Tuesday campaign.
  • Riley Children’s Hospital’s Giving Tuesday digital revenue increased by 48% over their 2016 Giving Tuesday campaign.

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