If there is a silver lining to the year 2020, it’s the outpouring of generosity that people have shown in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This was evident for this year’s #GivingTuesday fundraising results.
As reported by GivingTuesday, this year saw record-breaking results, with a 29% increase globally and a 25% increase in the US compared to last year’s numbers. And here at Charity Dynamics, we were thrilled to see these same positive results for our own campaigns.
So much planning, work and creativity goes into pulling off a successful #GivingTuesday campaign — especially this year.
So, to every nonprofit professional who played a role in #GivingTuesday, we raise a glass to you and say, congratulations!
As I took it all in and started analyzing the results, many best practices and trends stood out. Here are a few examples from my own inbox and across several of the amazing clients we have the privilege to partner with.
Black Friday and Cyber Monday aren’t just for shopping.
All the clients we partner with on #GivingTuesday campaigns launched early— on Black Friday, Cyber Monday or another day of their choosing leading up to the actual day. We saw as much as 25% raised toward a goal ahead of #GivingTuesday.
A common misconception is that inboxes are simply too crowded with all the online shopping deals on these two days of the year. But the thing is … people are checking email on these days for deals! You’ve got the eyes; you just need to draw their attention.
This year our client, Freestore Foodbank, kicked off their upcoming giving day with a Black Friday send. They encouraged past giving day donors to give early toward their giving day goal with a special triple match “Black Friday Deal.”
Here’s a crop of how it showed up in my inbox… This is likely how it showed up for most people on that day among a sea of flash sales and emojis. Yet it still garnered a 30% open rate and brought in over $78K. You can’t beat that ROI. Right message, right segment, right time.
Livestreaming to break through the noise and build connection.
This is the year nonprofits started to fully embrace livestreaming. Sure, many were already pros, but many more have been forced outside of their comfort zones due to COVID-19 as they’ve had to find new strategies for in-person events.
But livestreaming isn’t just for virtual events. It can work to enhance a giving day like #GivingTuesday as well. To build momentum around their #GivingTuesday goal, our client Riley Children’s Foundation invited one of their Riley kids to conduct Facebook Live interviews throughout the day with various celebrities. In addition, they featured videos from other Riley kids and their families sharing their stories and the importance of giving.
Of course, all this was integrated with e-communications, website promotions and other great social media content.
P.S. They surpassed their goal!
Providing multiple ways to give back.
In addition to asking for direct donations on the day of, other opportunities were provided along the way. Leading up to #GivingTuesday, targeted groups of constituents were asked to fundraise as Giving Tuesday Champions. Their Social Ambassadors group—Miracle Nation—was asked to help share on social media.
On Black Friday, they shared their Amazon wish list—a perfect giving option on a day when so many were already shopping on Amazon for the holidays (I know I was…).
Matches have become a #GivingTuesday must-have.
What now stands out for a nonprofit appeal is not the match, but rather the absence of a match. Almost every campaign in my inbox had a matching gift opportunity of some kind. Double, triple, a bonus gift to unlock, there are many ways to position it, all good to encourage donations. Here’s just a small sample from my inbox:
People are giving – and giving again.
As I said at the beginning, a silver lining has been the outpouring of generosity this year. People want to help. They know the needs are great and that the recovery isn’t overnight.
What we’re seeing with many clients is an increase in repeat giving during this time. For the food bank client I mentioned above, 10% of the donors who have given so far to their upcoming giving day are donors that have already given this calendar year … and their giving day hasn’t happened yet.
To help you reach your #GivingTuesday Goal:
- Sustainers will give an additional gift.
- Major donors will make an additional gift.
- Donors who gave a few months ago will make an additional gift.
Even though #GivingTuesday has come and gone, so many of these best practices can and should be applied to your continued end-of-year fundraising. I can’t wait to see the continued generosity through the holiday season and into 2021.
Loved hearing from Tara and wondering how she and the Charity Dynamics team can help you and your organization strategically fundraise?