Donors want to give more money by text, want to learn more about you and your programs, and are really happy giving by text.  Those are some of the top findings of mGive’s 2013 Text Donation Study, an annual survey of text donors nationwide. The implications of the survey are clear: mobile isn’t just for text giving anymore. Nonprofits should use text messages to engage their supporters in more robust ways than fundraising.   In short, say more with text and make it social. Here are some of the key takeaway points from our 2013 Text Donation Study...Read more

2014 will see a shift in focus for nonprofits as they respond to changing demographics in the giving population. Two trends will dominate: first, Boomers are retiring, and as they do so, planned giving opportunities will become much more prevalent. Boomers will also be more involved than ever in causes about which they are passionate, translating into increased volunteering. Nonprofits should be ready with meaningful opportunities that allow their Boomer supporters to apply their business skills and work experience. Secondly, Millennials are developing their unique profile as donors, and indications are strong that they will be civic-minded, creative, and very active in determining how their contributions are used. Nonprofits who want to engage Millennials will need to speak to them on many channels, including mobile, be willing to listen and respond to their ideas and feedback, and involve them as partners and insiders in finding solutions for social problems.Read more

So, your organization has finally decided to move to a new database. This is great news! You’re ready to have a fresh start with new software. Before you can start using this updated software, you have to import, or map, your data into the new system, which can be a big task. Here are some tips on data conversion that Heller Consulting’s Susie Saxten has learned over her years of consulting that your organization should consider before you move any data into a new system. These tips will help you get the conversion process started off right.Read more

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