14 Nonprofit Fundraising Ideas For The Changing Advancement Landscape

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Nonprofit fundraising is evolving rapidly thanks to the rise of tech, AI, and social networks. So, the tried-and-true fundraising techniques of the past may not serve you as well in today’s changing landscape. Instead of simply holding a raffle or a 5k, you can leverage technology and wealth insights to level up your fundraising game. That being said,  let’s explore the best, modern nonprofit fundraising ideas that have the greatest potential of helping you bring in gifts, today! 

The Changing Landscape of Nonprofit Fundraising

For the past decade, nonprofit fundraising has advanced tremendously. With the abundant technological changes, the rise of social media, and the budding influence of Millennials and Gen Zs, nonprofits are transforming. So, what should you bear in mind as you engage a new generation of donors? 

  • Millennials and Gen Zs cannot be overlooked. Millennials’ median annual giving is twice as much as Boomers and Gen Xers at $13,654. Gen Z will also account for 40% of all consumers by 2020. As you can see, their growing influence is unquestionable. And, since they’ve grown up in the age of social media, it’s important to account for the ways they connect with causes. By adopting a digital fundraising strategy, you’re in a more favorable position to appeal to younger donors. 
  • Hyper-personalized marketing is no longer a benefit. It’s a necessity. Millennials and Gen Zs are constantly sifting through information through social media and other channels. So, since they’re processing large quantities of information all the time, they can only dedicate so much attention to each item. In that sense, it’s incredibly important to generate outreach that appeals to their interests. By doing that, you’re recognizing and acknowledging them in ways that make them feel valued as a donor.
  • Artificial Intelligence is transforming how we work. With the rise of AI and ML, more nonprofits are adopting these technologies to help them gather data to solve societal problems. Both can help you plan, learn, and problem-solve effectively and efficiently. They can also help you understand your donors better, and determine how to appeal to them in the future.

All of these changes are fundamentally changing how you can communicate with and inspire donors to give. Based on these evolving trends, let’s take a look at the best nonprofit fundraising ideas you can implement. 

Nonprofit Fundraising Ideas

1. Start a Matching Gift Drive

This is one of the more traditional nonprofit fundraising ideas. Usually popular in the space of corporate giving, gift matching allows donors to make donations, and then have their company either donate the same amount they have, or more. By doing this, you receive double the funds! To boost this process, you can set up a limited window of time (24 or 48 hours) where donations will be matched. Having that designated window of time creates a sense of urgency, and drives donors to take action. And, if you set up an online drive, you can receive donations from anywhere, without geographical limitations. 

2. Set up a Crowdfunding Page 

Another nonprofit fundraising idea that is gaining popularity is crowdfunding. Although crowdfunding seems like a platform used to support individual endeavors, organizations can benefit from them as well. However, instead of crowdfunding for your organization in general, these spaces create good opportunities to introduce potential and existing donors to specific, topical projects you’re working on. On these platforms, it’s important to outline what your organization is fundraising for, why you are fundraising for it, and to tie it back to your mission. 

3. Hold an Online Auction

Auctions have traditionally been a popular nonprofit fundraising method. Now, instead of holding in-person auctions, organizations are beginning to hold auctions online. This is a more economical way of hosting an event without having to rent a physical space. When you hold an online auction, a prospect can participate as actively as an existing client. Additionally, auctions allow donors to bid on something tangible in exchange for their donation. The process feels mutually beneficial. In that sense, this nonprofit fundraising idea presents donors with extrinsic motivators. 

4. Set up a Peer-to-Peer Fundraiser

Another nonprofit fundraising idea, similar to crowdfunding, is peer-to-peer fundraising. This is a more layered approach, where individuals can personally fundraise on a cause’s behalf. This can be done either online or in-person. For an in-person fundraiser, activities are set up where donors sign up their friends and family to participate and donate. These family members and friends then have the opportunity to pay it forward, by inviting their communities to donate. Many nonprofits have done this by creating things like golf tournaments and fun runs. 

Now, nonprofits are changing this method by enabling individuals to create their own personalized donation pages or posts. By doing this, individuals can involve people, beyond their immediate communities, from anywhere at any time. Additionally, in peer-to-peer fundraising, it’s far easier to establish trust and action among your prospects. By communicating among people they already know, prospects may feel more inclined to give, knowing that the cause means something to them. This way you are also tapping into your prospects’ extended networks.

5.  Engage in Facebook Fundraising

Fundraising via social media channels is a relatively new idea. Since social media is primarily a space in which people connect, different platforms are leveraging this to bring attention to causes. As you may have seen, while scrolling through your own Facebook feed, birthday fundraisers are gaining significantly more attention. Users can create a post explaining what cause they’re supporting, and begin collecting donations from their network. 

Within the first year of creating birthday fundraisers, Facebook users raised more than $300M for causes. As of now, Facebook allows you to choose a cause to donate to from a list of 750,000 nonprofits. So, if your nonprofit is listed, users are taken directly to your nonprofit’s donation page. Similar to peer-to-peer fundraising, donors and prospects learn about the nonprofit from someone they know and trust. They then have the ability to donate if they choose to. 

6. Partner with Amazon Smile

Amazon Smile allows Amazon shoppers to donate 0.5% of the price of their purchase to a cause of their choice. Similar to Facebook fundraising, users have the ability to instantly donate to your organization. Users don’t have to mull over how much to donate and when.  The convenience factor is a great motivator for various types of donors. By doing this, a constant and predictable stream of donations will pour into your organization. Donors and prospects alike can contribute to your cause consistently. If you’re interested in partnering your organization with Amazon Smile, you can learn more here.  

7. Have Your Organization Listed with Round Up & Donate with Lyft

Much like using Amazon Smile for nonprofit fundraising, using Lyft can also deliver a steady stream of donations. Lyft gives riders the option to round their ride fare up to the nearest dollar, then donate the difference to a cause. By doing this, users relinquish the need to consciously decide whether or not to donate every time. By setting up an autopay structure, donors and prospects can contribute little bits at a time. And since people have access to the platform across different areas of the U.S., the collections of those minor gifts can ripple out in big ways. 

8. Create and Sell Merchandise for Your Cause

Merchandising is a time-tested nonprofit fundraising idea. Whether you’re selling Pop sockets, pens, water bottles, or t-shirts, these branded items are great tangible reminders of your cause. Not only do your donors walk away with something for themselves, but they also have a visible item that can spark conversations with potential donors. For example, (RED) partners with the world’s biggest brands, to bring awareness and raise funds to eliminate HIV/AIDS. Their products range from portable phone chargers to iPhones. 100% of the money that is poured into (RED) products funds HIV/AIDS programs all over Africa.

Therefore, more people are becoming aware of your cause and are a step closer to donating. And, with the rise of online fundraising, if the items you’re selling are online, interested donors can purchase the items at any time. All of which goes back into funding your organization’s campaigns and projects.

9. Generate Personalized Email Campaigns

Not only are email campaigns cost-effective, but they are also able to cut through the noise generated on social media. You can segment your audience based on demographics, interests, as well as their propensity, and capacity to give. By doing this, you can tailor your outreach to highlight the values and interests of each donor and prospect. If existing and prospective donors see their values being reflected on an individual level, they’ll feel more inclined to give. By using WE Insights, you have the tools to understand what your audience responds to, and how best you can appeal to them.

Online resources are 20% more useful than direct mail when it comes to influencing donors. Email campaigns also have the highest ROI of any other marketing channel (about $40 for every dollar spent). And, on average, email users give an average of $140 per donation.

10. Create a Model of Your Best Donors

Before you opt for general fundraising tactics, it’s important to ask yourself: who are our best donors? What do they have in common? How do they connect with our mission? And, how can we find more donors just like them? 

Using WealthEngine’s modeling solution, you can create a core donor persona. From there, you can find overlaps in demographic data, preferences, and giving history among your existing donors. This will help you understand potential donors you should be reaching out to. This also gives you a better impression of what this segment of donors will respond to (direct mail, peer-to-peer, etc.) Essentially, you’re creating an impression of your ideal donor and then using those traits to find more people like them. 

By creating a model of your best donors, you can connect with prospects who are the most likely to give. You also have an opportunity to find the most effective fundraising methods to suit the preferences of your segment.

11. Create a Designated Giving Day and Hold An Email Flash Fundraiser

This nonprofit fundraising idea can be adopted by all causes. As has been popularized by colleges and universities, Giving Day is a specific 24-hour window where your nonprofit can accept gifts from anyone. Contributions are made online, so donors and prospects can lend support from anywhere in the world. 

Due to their viral nature and convenience, Giving Day is becoming more and more popular. For higher education institutions, some have enacted #GivingTuesday on their campuses, and others have created their own days. By holding a specific day for people to give, there’s a greater sense of urgency created for existing and prospective donors. For example, Vanderbilt University raised $9.4M from less than 8500 donors on their Giving Day. 

12. Set up a Donation Kiosk for Your Cause

Another nonprofit fundraising idea is to use a donation kiosk. Unlike other fundraising tools that are reliant on cash or cheque donations, these kiosks are more digital-fundraising friendly. A donation kiosk is a digital fundraising solution that can accept credit card donations at events and on-site. Now that people carry less cash, donation kiosks are an innovative way to accommodate those who still want to give, but can only do so by card. And, depending on which platform you use, your donation kiosk can be accessed online. So, existing and potential donors can use your kiosk on the go.

13. Create an Interactive Video Fundraiser

Given how connected we are over social media, we are constantly sharing content with each other. By holding an interactive video fundraiser, you are creating an opportunity for your cause to engage people in an activity or conversation. This puts a face to your cause, gives your donors visibility, helps them amplify their actions, and involve others they think will help. For example, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge (a challenge designed to raise money for research into amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) was a viral video sensation in 2014. Although some wrote off the challenge as trivial, it raised a great amount of awareness, and supporter ended up raising $115M for the ALS Association.

However, this doesn’t necessarily mean you have to create a viral video challenge for people to participate in. But, you can pass around videos articulating your cause’s mission and what you’re trying to accomplish. Propose the fundraising goal, or challenge, within your video and then rely on a peer-to-peer structure to make sure the content is shared and gifts are being collected. A nonprofit fundraising idea like this has the potential of rippling out and reaching people all over the digital world.

14. Set Up a Text-to-Give Structure

As the title of this nonprofit fundraising idea suggests, text-to-give allows donors to give to your organization via text. Like donations made through channels such as Facebook, Amazon, and Lyft, donors can give whenever and wherever they’d like when they text-to-give. Typically, particular keywords are attributed to specific donation amounts. All your donor has to do is confirm their billing zip code. Once they do this, they’ll be billed directly on their phone carrier’s invoice. Not only is this method economical, but it’s also a convenient and quick option for your donors.

The nonprofit fundraising ideas listed here are only the tip of the iceberg. Using wealth insights to inform your fundraising, there are even more ways you can engage your prospects and donors to bring in major gifts.

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Understanding WE Analyze to Learn What Makes Your Prospects Tick

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WE Analyze allows you to harness the power of WealthEngine’s data and modeling capabilities to transform your decision making. This tool helps you gain insight into your audiences and find prospects just like your best customers and donors. But, how does it work? What does it provide? And how can you use it to create a loyal base? Let’s dig into the details so you can gain a better understanding of WE Analyze.

Understanding WE Analyze: The Ins and Outs

Before using the tool, it’s important to gain an understanding of WE Analyze. The WE Analyze tool allows you to create a ‘look-alike’ model so you can find your best prospects. Essentially, WE Analyze helps you identify elements of your past successes and helps you replicate the process. So, instead of sending generalized email or direct mail campaigns to prospects you can gauge their interest to see what resonates with them. You can use the solution to find people with the same characteristics as your best donors or customers. When you talk to people who are similar to those who have responded before, your conversion rate increases.

Find your next best prospect today. Follow these three steps to make the best of WE Analyze:

1. Upload a list of your best customers or donors

When uploading a list, all you need to do is load a list of names of your best customers and donors, along with their corresponding address or email.

2. Generate a ‘look-alike’ model

Once you’ve logged in the names you’d like compiled in your list, WE Analyze then maps your list utilizing thousands of attributes on nearly every adult in the US. This provides you with a holistic view that includes insights on demographics, lifestyle, wealth, and more.

3. Use the model to personalize your outreach

Now that you have your model, you have a better understanding of how to interact with your top prospects. What does your audience care about? What motivates them to act? This lays the foundation for you to personalize your outreach and appeal to donors and customers in ways that are more aligned with their needs.

Using WE Analyze, not only are you given the insights on which prospects will convert, but it also gives you insights on why they will convert. Let’s take a look at some of the features to keep your eyes on as you navigate the tool.

Understanding WE Analyze Through Helpful Dashboards

Another key step in understanding WE Analyze is grasping the function behind the unique dashboards. In the Analyze tool, there are dashboards to help you learn more about specific groups of individuals from your list. These dashboards help inform your strategy, decision making, and event planning. So, you may be wondering: what are some of the dashboards in the tool? Let’s explore the various dashboards you can use:

Wealth Dashboards

The wealth dashboard contains a collection of charts that break down your lists of customers by net worth, investable assets, types of investors, and more.

Based on the information gathered here, you gain a greater sense of what’s most appealing to different people.  This helps you assess what, in your particular set of offerings, will appeal most to specific groups. So, it’s important to ask yourself: What type of products, investments, and services do we offer that’ll be most appealing to this, specific group? Would they respond well to a mass email campaign or a direct mail campaign?

Giving Dashboards

The giving dashboard is geared toward nonprofit organizations. This dashboard breaks down Propensity to Give (P2G) scores, giving capacity scores, and visual overviews. P2G scores (measured on a scale of 1 to 5 (1 representing the highest ability or propensity to give), allow you to understand the giving behaviors of existing and prospective donors. This will help you develop a strategy to appeal to top donors.

Therefore, the information provided in this dashboard enables you to create realistic fundraising plans for your next campaign.

Demographic Dashboards

The demographic dashboard provides an overview of the genders, age ranges, education levels, and geographic location of your existing database. So, the information compiled in this dashboard informs annual fund appeals. It also informs marketing campaigns because you gain a greater understanding of the groups you’re appealing to.

Modeling Scores: What They Measure and How They’re Used

The last step in understanding WE Analyze? Creating models of your best donors and customers, so you can find prospects just like your top contacts. After you’ve analyzed your list, you can now prioritize identifying the overlapping characteristics and qualities among them. This method of modeling can help you identify what qualities your ideal prospects would have. Those people, who look similar to your loyal consumers, are your best prospects. So, how can you measure which new prospects are a “good” match? In other words: what is a “good” model score?

Model scores exist on a scale of 1 to 100 (1 being the least similar, and 100 being the most similar).  In general, scores at 60 or above are ideal. These scores indicate that the prospects you’re looking have the most similarities to your existing donors or customers. For example, if 10% of people scored 80 or above in your model, this shows that this group of people are just as likely as your existing clients to give or spend.

Furthermore, model scores between 50 and 59 are considered decent, where prospects hold some similarities with individuals you’re modeling after. But, the lower the score, the less likely those prospects are to resemble people you’ve modeled after.

Customers Who Have Benefitted From Understanding WE Analyze

One of WealthEngine’s clients, The Humane Society (the largest animal welfare organization in the US), wanted to identify more supporters for their cause. They wanted to not only bring in more donors but also deepen donor involvement.

Using WE Analyze, The Humane Society was able to create models for the major gifts program and their mid-level program. By doing this, they were able to identify valuable prospects to connect with, as well as segment and optimize their fundraising practices. Additionally, after using the tool, they saw a 20% increase in mid-level appeal programs.

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Donor Segmentation: How Models Can Drive Personalized Campaigns

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Fundraising success comes down to well-timed and optimized asks. Donor segmentation can help you find the best prospects for your campaigns. Yet, segmentation is not an end in itself. Its impact grows when combined with donor segmentation models. These models can also increase personalization and engagement.

What is Donor Segmentation and How to Segment Donors

Donor Segmentation is the process of breaking donors into categories. For example, you can categorize them by their ability to give. Donor segmentation fundraising is different for every organization. To illustrate, a nonprofit could segment donors based on past giving. Yet another could choose to segment by wealth brackets.

Donor Segmentation Analysis

Segmentation analysis helps you find macro patterns in your database. This can help you understand what makes your donor base unique.  At this level, you can form macro segments based on geography, age-range, wealth score, and P2G.

For instance, your donor segmentation analysis could reveal that 60% of your donor base is over the age of 50. Your donors may have worked at large corporations. Over 45% may have an interest in local sports.

These details are crucial for you to see what makes your donor base unique. When you zoom in further, you may see that over 70% of people with these traits are regular donors. This then becomes an important segment for your advancement team to focus on.

WE Analyze can create such a model from your data. This donor look-alike model allows you to apply these patterns to your database. Doing this allows you to find more prospects who look like your chosen segment. Thus, donor segmentation analysis can also help to drive predictive prospecting. This includes finding look-alike prospects that match the profile of your best donors.

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Success from Look-Alike Model

For instance, Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) wanted to identify potential high-impact donors among a large prospect list and prioritize outreach to those constituents. WealthEngine created a donor look-alike model based on their best donors and then scored their existing prospect list using the model.

As a result, MMRF was able to connect with more high-impact donors in just two months.  In this period, they were able to gain 3x ROI on their campaign efforts.

Pleased with the results, Michael Hund, Director of Development has said:

“This is a revolutionary product that every single nonprofit should be using.”

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How You Can Increase Campaign Precision Through Models

You can categorize your macro segments further to refine your strategy. Custom models increase precision and enable you to predict giving.

Modeling goes beyond finding look-alikes. It can actually help you predict giving. For instance, WealthEngine’s custom models can forecast major gifts.

Donor Segmentation Models are not restricted to current members of your nonprofit. In fact, models can enhance fundraising at every stage in the donor lifecycle.

Segmenting your donor base based on lifecycle stage offers many advantages. You can identify current donors with major potential. Plus, you can win back former donors and prevent churn.

You can also use donor segmentation models to optimize your ask. This is especially important when it comes to donors who have high P2G scores. Optimizing your ask means that money hasn’t been left on the table that could have gone towards your cause.

Refined Donor Segmentation Also Enables Personalization

Furthermore, refined donor segmentation enabled through modeling helps you fine-tune your messaging. A personalized message that reflects customer interests is more likely to resonate.

Take your ideal donor segment for instance. You can divide them into smaller groups based on the type of sport that they follow. This enables you to not only tailor messages you send them but also create valuable experiences that match their interests.

Personalization (leads to)–> Message Resonance (which increases)–> Donor Engagement (Which results in)–>Better Lifetime Value.

This means that your donor remains connected to your organization and cause.  Moreover, LTV is a great metric for you to prioritize your prospects on. Prioritization means your budget and message focus on the most responsive segments. Thus, your efforts will see increased conversion at reduced costs.

Machine Learning Enhances Donor Segmentation Models

The more you use donor segmentation models, the better it is for conversion. WealthEngine’s machine learning capabilities ensure that our solution’s predictive algorithm is always improving. When you refresh your model every 15-18 months, you will have the most up to date prospect list for any campaign.

Increased precision leads to increased engagement. Moreover, increased engagement results in higher conversions and lower costs.

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API Integration: Make Your CRM go the Extra Mile with Wealth Intelligence

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Would you ignore a potential convenience if you had the option? Probably not, right? If you’re someone who lives on your CRM during most of your workday, then reading this will make your life easier. API integration is a convenient and secure way to add wealth intelligence to your database.

Doing this allows you to gain insights instantly within your CRM. Additionally, APIs can provide real-time insights on your contacts as soon as they come into contact with one of your channels.

Let’s begin with the basics before we continue exploring benefits and use cases.

What is API Integration?

API stands for Application Programming Interface. Think of a mobile or web application like Gmail, Twitter, or Facebook. These applications are powered by data, so you need a way to get data to and from the app. There needs to be an automated way to communicate with a database.

Simply put, API is a mechanism for one computer to consume the services
provided by another computer in a structured format. Further, an Integration is some functionality built using APIs between your wealth analytics provider’s platform and the CRM platform you use.

Top 3 Benefits of API Integration

1. Omnichannel Integration: APIs can integrate wealth data and analytics into any website, app, or system. This means that you can gain wealth insights on any digital channel, not just your website. For example, your e-commerce app can deliver a personalized experience to each customer based on their wealth and lifestyle data.

As a result, engagement would increase, thereby improving customer lifetime value.

Similarly, if you’re a nonprofit, you can imagine how seamless this would be:

2. Real-time Updates: A wealth intelligence API integration can instantly screen prospects so you can take immediate action. This means when a new customer or donor engages with your website, you can find out more about them instantly. Your insights engine can provide wealth and financial capacity insights into transactions in real-time. Therefore, knowing more about them allows you to begin nurturing them right away.

For instance, a WealthEngine client acquired about 6,000 new donors through a campaign and screened them using their WealthEngine integration. They found that about 10% of those individuals had a net worth over $1 million, which they have since passed to their major gift team to cultivate major relationships.

3. Enhance Your CRM: Import wealth data directly into your CRM or sales platform. This will allow your marketing or advancement team to spend more time focused on reaching the right prospects instead of switching back and forth between several platforms. It reduces the need for tasks like exporting files and uploading them into your platform of choice. This way you can make your CRM go the extra mile.

What WealthEngine’s API can do For You

WealthEngine offers sophisticated and secure API integrations that enhance your CRM with actionable wealth insights. Further, they can provide instant insights into your contacts on a variety of platforms.

Here are three ways in which you can use the API to integrate wealth intelligence:

1. Web Connect: This feature allows you to open a window on the WealthEngine platform so that you can review details on a desired profile.

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2. Prospect Link:  This feature allows you to request wealth profiles to review names and addresses.
3. Batch Import:  Request wealth profiles to review a list of names within large batch files.

Integrations We Offer:

Key API Integrations

How API Integration can Enhance Your Day-to-Day

You can benefit from the API’s ability to provide holistic, real-time intelligence in many ways, such as:

  • Websites, event registrations, digital campaigns, and online transactions: API integration can provide rich insights on anyone who engages with your digital channels. This way you can refine your personalization strategy over time. WealthEngine can provide further insights through reports that show views and click-through-rates weekly.

  • Email and newsletter registrations: Screen your list of subscribers to better understand their interests. This allows you to serve more personalized content. Furthermore, WealthEngine’s integration can offer you open and click rates thereby giving you quantified insights on your newsletter’s performance.

  • Automate screening processes: Your CRM can become more efficient through API integration. Gain wealth intelligence at the click of a button within your CRM platform. An informative wealth dashboard helps you see macro patterns in your database to ensure that you always stay updated.

Other use cases for API Integration

In addition to integration to measure digital activities, consider gaining actionable insights on other activities such as call center routing and direct mail.

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3 Things to Keep In Mind While Reading a WealthEngine Profile

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Even if you’ve gone through hundreds upon thousands of WealthEngine profiles, have you been able to pinpoint each profile’s 3 most important benefits? As you search and screen for customers and prospects, it’s incredibly important to understand the wealth profiles you’re looking at. Although you’re picking up on a consumer’s propensity and capacity to spend, there’s other essential information regarding the profiles that will better inform your understanding of them. Let’s explore the 3 things you should keep in mind when reading a WealthEngine profile.

1. Our ratings and scores are conservative estimations

Since our data is statistically derived, the ratings and scores displayed for individuals appear understated. For example, if you were to lookup an individual’s net worth or investable asset scores, our proprietary algorithms would configure ranges for those numbers. This gives you a fuller picture of each individual.

The ranges we arrive at, based on the data we compile, is correct 95% of the time. It’s important to keep this in mind as you’re reading a WealthEngine profile.

2. Focus on high-quality match data in a profile

Every rating, score, and datapoint displayed on a profile has a high, medium, or low quality of match score. When you’re reading a WealthEngine profile, you want to hone in on the high-quality match data. This data (indicated by an ‘H’ next to it) is data we have high confidence in. It’s representative of information that is as close to being fully and completely correct as possible. This type of quality of match data is especially important if you need to do a quick summary of a lead to glean specific information about them.

If you integrate match data that isn’t high-quality, you may not be communicating with leads who are as likely to convert. But, by identifying the high quality of match data, and using this information to tailor your outreach, you’re far more likely to increase your ROI and conversions.

3. Make sure you look at up-to-date data in our profiles

When it comes to compiling information on your customers and prospects, you want to make sure that you are looking at data that’s most relevant. That means, if you’re looking to forge a connection with a customer now, you’ll want to sift through data that gives you a holistic view of where they stand currently.

It’s imperative to look at current data especially if you’re looking for someone’s business address. We keep historical data to give you a solid overview of an individual’s wealth over time. All the information we gather is date stamped, so it’s important to make sure that you’re looking at the data that’s up-to-date.

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Hospital Fundraising: Diversify Your Strategy for Donors & Prospects

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Screening your patients does not make a Grateful Patient Program (GPP) successful. So, you may be wondering: if that doesn’t, what does? The truth is that your hospital fundraising can benefit from looking beyond wealth screening. Custom models are tailored to maximize fundraising revenue across every stage of the donor lifecycle.

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I’m using modeling, what more can I do?

Firstly, you need to diversify your strategy between prospects and donors. In order to do that, you need to understand what makes each group different.

Similarities between the two groups allow you to convert prospects to donors. Thus, your hospital fundraising pipeline can feature qualified leads. For example, let’s say all your donors are over 50, they all live within a 100-mile radius and have a high P2G score. This means that prospects who share these traits are likely to donate to your cause.

The differences between your donors can educate you about what pieces of the puzzle are missing. For instance, you may find that your donors have attended at least 3 events while prospects have not.

What’s The Best Next Step for My Hospital?

You may have used models to rank and qualify your donor base into deciles based on propensity and capacity. This step is foundational. You can propel your hospital fundraising to new heights when you use custom models created for prospects, existing donors, and former donors.

This way, you can maximize the potential in every segment. Furthermore, you can ensure that you are engaging donors in every stage of the lifecycle.

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What Healthcare Organizations Have to Say

WealthEngine’s client is a major South Eastern health system. Their hospital fundraising team created a tailor-made model for their annual gala. This model helped them not only understand their list of invitees but also benefit from their inclination to give.

With the model pointing them in the right direction, the annual event went from raising $400,000 to $7.4M in a short time.

Similarly, healthcare organization MMRF saw a three-fold increase in ROI in just two months!

The WealthEngine Difference

With WealthEngine, you are only steps away from creating the perfect fundraiser. When you screen with us, you can add 50+ data points on your donor base that will show you attributes that go beyond wealth.

After which you can build a custom model using WealthEngine’s screening data. By doing this, you can make sure that you’ve started with high precision input and insights. Our modeling process will create a custom algorithm to boost your hospital fundraising.

This means results from the model are not pre-built. They are not just indicative of healthcare donors or the behavior of your donors towards nonprofits in general. They are specific to your donors’ attitudes towards your hospital.

How can I boost my hospital fundraising today?

Follow these three steps to get started today:

Step 1: Screen Regularly

Regular screenings can serve as the foundation for fundraising. Nightly wealth screenings help ensure that you don’t miss any opportunities. They enable you to see a complete picture of a patient’s wealth, lifestyle, and affinities.

Step 2: Segment Your Donor Base

As we’ve determined earlier, a single strategy cannot work on prospects, existing donors, and former donors. Your donor base is a dynamic landscape of individuals within different stages of the lifecycle.

Identify and segment your core donors from sporadic ones. Further, create a segment for all prospects who have not yet given. Lastly, watch out for donors in your system who are at risk for churn or have stopped donating altogether.

Step 3: Build Your Custom Hospital Fundraising Model

You can build a model for each stage in the lifecycle. Prospects can be ranked based on their likelihood to give to a particular campaign. Similarly, donors can be prioritized based on capacity and intent. Lastly, you can identify those former donors who are most likely to come back.

When you understand what these segments have in common, you can tailor your communication in ways that resonate with them. Therefore, diversifying your strategy for each segment allows you to maximize your hospital fundraising.

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10 Top Skills That The Chief Development Officer of Tomorrow Will Need

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The nonprofit landscape is ever-changing, yes. But, with major shifts coming in the next few years, Chief Development Officers (CDOs) or nonprofit leaders need to update the ways in which they approach their role.

What are these shifts? They relate to regulation, technology, and attitudes that come with new demographics that will be part of the workforce.

First, let’s look at 6 major trends that will affect the nonprofit sector over the next few years.

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6  Major Trends That Affect Nonprofit Leaders

  1. Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning— Automation will be a major technological theme. Data will need to be refreshed, stored safely, and interpreted for insights. These will be enabled by AI ML.
  2. Privacy— Changing regulation across the world will make data harder to access. The public will have greater control over their own data. For this reason, organizations that rely on data will need a strategy to gain consent.
  3. Cybersecurity– With data privacy regulation on the rise globally, Personally Identifiable Information (PII) info will need greater protection. Thus, Chief Development Officers will need to budget for higher investments in cybersecurity.
  4. Changing Demographics at the Workplace— As Millennials & Gen Z dominate the workplace, work culture will undergo a massive shift. Further, these generations care about authenticity and solving problems on a global scale. They have non-linear career paths but want to work at organizations that stand for something meaningful.
  5. Social Media— Social media is here to stay. Channels may become more niche to serve the diverse interests of its users. They will also have a bearing on fundraising. Nonprofit leaders may see that giving is more fragmented, but there is a higher volume of smaller donations.

    “With the click of a ‘like button’, users will be able to make microdonations, a cent or even less.” says, Felix Hartmann, CEO of FundThis  

  6. Tax Laws— Changing tax laws may reduce gift size and frequency especially among sporadic donors.  Conversely, there will be an increase in the likelihood of Donor Advised Funds.

These trends affect the role of the Chief Development Officer in many impactful ways.  CDOs need to understand these trends so that they can get ahead of them. Thus, here are 10 top skills that nonprofit leaders will need in the near future.

10 Top Skills Needed to Stay Ahead of These Trends

1. AI-Powered Data Modeling

Understanding the importance of data is only the first step. Nonprofit leaders should familiarize themselves with AI. Artificial Intelligence in data modeling, for instance, finds patterns among donors and prospects. Using wealth data analytics powered by AI gives you the ability to know the right “ask” amount for each potential donor.

2. Refine Precision Through Machine Learning

The old way of using your network, while still useful, is actually going to slow you down. Fortunately, Machine Learning technology can speed things up. When you use analytics to generate insights regularly, machine learning can constantly improve your results.

For instance, AI allows you to find important patterns among your top donors. Machine learning can refine these over time so that you have a precise formula for finding new donors just like your best ones.

3. Evolve from CRM to CDP

CRM is yesterday’s news, CDP is going to be the next big thing. CDP or a Customer Data Platform gives CDOs the ability to unify paid and owned data, according to McKinsey.

Thus, nonprofit leaders need to empower their team by integrating wealth, demographic, lifestyle, and affinities within a centralized CDP. This way, your team spends more time talking to the right people than spending time on administrative tasks.

4. Keep Up with Privacy Laws

The implementation of GDPR was a game-changer in Europe. This is a sign of things to come. Chief Development Officers need to keep up with changing privacy laws. When user consent becomes necessary for data, you will need a strategy to ensure that your donors remain connected to your organization.

5. Speak the Language of Cybersecurity

With PII data requiring more security, it is increasingly important to understand data collection, storage, and sharing. CDOs will need to hire an in-house data security expert or work with qualified consultants. Further, you will need to be equipped to speak their language. This will help you ensure that your infrastructure meets industry requirements.

6. Build Relationships with Wealth Managers

With the new tax laws, donor attitudes may change over time. CDOs who move quickly to leverage wealth data analytics and technology will gain a larger share of wallet from competing causes. Similarly, building relationships with Wealth Managers can help familiarize prospects with your cause. With the support of financial service professionals, you can gain traction on Donor Advised Funds.

7. Embrace Diversity

Millennials in the US are the most diverse generation to date. Therefore, nonprofit leaders must understand and embrace diversity. This means that cultural sensitivity has to be built into your leadership skills. Moreover, individuals have different intrinsic and extrinsic motivations, understanding what makes each one tick will create a harmonious workplace.

8. Lead with Authenticity

Leading with authenticity and passion are big draws for teams consisting of younger generations. For instance, motivating younger employees to give their all to your cause will be easier when they can see how much you believe in it.

9. Be Open to Learning

When it comes to the proliferation of social media and the increasing dependence on technology, a younger workforce can prove to be a great asset. As a leader, it is important that you are open to reverse mentoring from younger employees with respect to these areas.

10. Leverage Social Media

The benefit of fragmented donations over social media is the volume of donations. As a Chief Development Officer, you need to look beyond your core donor on social media. Further, activating potential donors online helps you create awareness that leads up to an actual conversation.

Using engagement metrics, you can understand how often to connect with members of your community. For example, some people don’t mind regular communications and outreach efforts. Others may be happy to donate but prefer infrequent contact.

How We Can Help

WealthEngine9 or WE9 is built to prepare you and your organization for the future. We leverage AI/ML to deliver automation. In fact, WE Screen enables you to add 50+ data points on each donor- data on wealth, lifestyle, demographics, interests, and affinities. These can be added to your database at the click of a button.

What’s more? With WE9, our industry-specific CDP will enable you to unify your data and make operation seamless for your team. When younger employees come in with convoluted career paths, you can rest easy that the learning curve on the platform is negligible.

Our modeling solutions help you answer specific fundraising questions.

What does this mean for your team?

With our holistic and seamless solutions, your team will not need to spend their hours on administrative tasks or learning how to use several different platforms. As a result, they can spend more time gaining deeper insights into your donors and building long-term relationships.

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