Product Announcements

Product Enhancements Coming in August!

Stewardship Technology is excited to announce new product features and major partnership integrations to its Electronic Giving Solutions Platform.

 

New Product Features include:

Customized Email

  • Ability to customize the Donation Processed – Thank You email with information important to you and your customers.

Donation/Giving Form – Notes Field

  • Use the customized notes field to capture additional data on your customers or provide additional information on our cause.

Text To Give

  • Text to Give, also known as text to tithe, text giving, and text donate is a fast and easy way for donors to give to your church or organizations using text messaging.
  • To generate a text to donate gift for your church or organizations is as simple as selecting a keyword or short code number, your donor texts that code and will receive a link to a secure and mobile-friendly donation page that can be used to give by using their credit or debit card.
  • It’s that easy!

Event Registration

  • Use online registration to maximize staff productivity and increase response and attendance rates.
  • Churches and organizations can use the event registration module for church events, school activities, and mission trips.

Product Tab

  • When you log into Beneficiary Web to view your Dashboard, click on our new products tab. This will help you keep updated on the new products, features and functionality Stewardship is offering current customers. Reach out to learn more by clicking on the contact us button.

Enhanced Reporting

  • Additional donor reports are available through Beneficiary Web. Use these reports to help you reach out to donors at the appropriate time regarding upcoming events and ways to support your mission.

 

Partnerships:

We have integration of our Electronic Giving Solutions platform with the following new partners:

  • EKYROS – CRM Provider
  • WayCool – CRM Provider
  • Donor Trends – Donor Data Analytics Provider
  • Visiting Angels– Home Healthcare Provider – MissionPay (Billing & Payments)

For additional information regarding our product enhancements, please contact us below.

Community, Electronic Giving Soulution, Online Donations, Peer to Peer Funding

Take Your Nonprofit To The Next Level

Running a non-profit organization requires a lot of work and planning. You need to recruit, train and utilize volunteers, organize fundraisers and manage the daily operations of your not-for-profit organization. When it comes to fundraising ideas, you don’t want to be stuck doing the same candy fundraisers so common with schools and clubs. You need fresh and exciting fundraising programs if you want to attract donors and expand your reach.

One of the most common limitations for the growth of non-profit companies is the number of charitable donations they receive in any given fiscal year or quarter. Relying on the same corporate donors or in-person donations will continue to keep your charitable organization from real growth. You need to consider how online fundraising could give you the boost you need.

Convenience Is Everything to Modern Donors

Since the explosion in popularity of social media in the last decade, people across the country have begun conducting more and more business online. That includes finding, researching and donating to charities and non-profit organizations. Individual users sharing donation pages and information about donation drives can help nonprofits reach new donors and increase their budgets.

Just like with shopping, the modern consumer expects near-instant gratification when it comes to giving to charities. You have an opportunity when an interested person clicks on your website or a post you shared on social media. In order to capitalize on that opportunity, you need to make donating as convenient as possible. Creating a simple, secure online fundraising system can help drive new donations and convert more followers and visitors into donors.

 

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Ideally, your donor platform will accept a range of digital payment options, including ACH transfers, online credit and debit card payments, and even mobile payment options. The more options you provide for potential donors, the easier it will be for them to follow through with the impulse to give to your non-profit organization.

Viral Online Sharing Can Give Your Organization a Boost

When you put the time, thought and investment into creating a fundraising event, you want to see a return on that investment. Sharing humorous videos, attractive photos, original memes and thoughtful social media posts can incentivize your followers and current donors to share your content with their friends and family. The more engaging your promotional content, the better your chances of having people share it with others. The more shares and new traffic you have, the better your chances of seeing real returns on a fundraising effort.

All the viral shares in the world won’t help your non-profit organization if the people sharing and enjoying your content can’t quickly and conveniently donate. Before you put in the time and financial investment to start new fundraising programs, make sure your website and social media pages are easy to navigate and provide simple options for donations. Online fundraising for nonprofits is a rapidly growing field.

Don’t get left behind by only accepting in-person donations. Capitalize on your online presence by accepting online donations. Doing so can only help your non-profit organization grow.

 

For information regarding our All-in-One Donation Management Platform, contact us today to explore all of the features and integration tools we offer in one platform. 

Community, MissionPay - Billing & Payment Processing

Press Release – Stewardship Technology provides payment processing solution to Visiting Angels franchises

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Announcement of New Customer Agreement with Avery Investments, dba., Visiting Angels

MissionPay – Billing and Payment Processing

Mount Vernon, Ohio (August 7, 2018) – Stewardship Technology and Avery Investments, the franchise owner of (6) six Visiting Angels locations have signed an agreement to utilize Stewardship Technology’s MissionPay Billing and Payment Processing Platform.

Mark Aspenson of Avery Investments and franchise owner of Visiting Angels, contacted Stewardship Technology in May of 2018 concerning the lack of functionality with their current payment processor. Visiting Angels were experiencing increased production time due to the lack of automated batching, as well as multiple processing errors from their current processor.

Stewardship Technology was able to provide customization through its MissionPay Billing & Payment Processing Platform, streamlining Visiting Angels processing efforts. Stewardship Technology’s MissionPay Platform provides seamless boarding with payment facilitator capabilities, ability to electronically move funds, set up recurring payments, batch capabilities, API’s designed for developers with simple integration, and customized reporting & data analytics to maximize the usage of Stewardship Technology’s MissionPay Platform functionality.

Jennifer Watson, Account Manager, of Avery Investment’s was asked if she would recommend Stewardship Technology’s MissionPay Platform to other Home Health franchises as their billing platform. “Most definitely!” Jennifer Watson stated. “Save the sanity of your accounting team members. It’s easy to use and makes it easy to spot an error if one is made.”

Stewardship Technology’s Director of Sales, Trey Swallow, states “we were excited to partner with Mark and Jennifer to develop functionality that streamlines their process, making it easier to batch transaction across their multiple locations, manage multiple depository accounts, provide segmented reports, and different levels of access. The functionality can be used by any Visiting Angels franchise location.”

About Stewardship Technology

Since 2002, Stewardship Technology has been empowering Nonprofits, Faith-based Organizations, and Educational Institutions through our cloud-based platforms making online giving and payment processing fast, secure, and efficient.

Stewardship Technology’s fully-integrated cloud-based platforms reduce manual processing, streamline and enhance the donor experience, and provide the highest level of security through our PCI-DSS Level 1 compliance.

Stewardship Technology is a community of people who care. Through our mission, we strive to make a difference for our clients by providing custom technology solutions that fund and fulfill their missions.

About Partnerships

Contact Trey Swallow at 866.604.8880 tswallow@stewardshiptechnology.com

 

Community, Electronic Giving Soulution, Online Donations, Peer to Peer Funding

Nonprofit Marketing: Using Emoji to Grow Your Cause

In case you don’t speak fluent emoji, the sentence above says, “Hello there, loving nonprofit organization who wants to better the world.” If you have a smartphone, social media account or used the internet at all within the last five years, you’ve probably seen the latest technology craze: emoji.

Emojis are individual images managed by the Unicode Consortium that people use like characters of text to convey emotions, such as a wink, smile or heart. With over 1,800 emoji available, virtually any image can describe full phrases like in the sentence above. The icons originated in Japan in the late 1990s, but emoji, as we know them first, came about in 2011 and have only grown in popularity since then. In fact, Oxford Dictionary crowned emoji their Word of the Year in 2015.

Talk about funny emoji.

 

So what do these weird little images have to do with your nonprofit organization?

Actually, quite a bit. When it comes to nonprofit marketing, reaching as many people as possible can raise awareness, increase volunteer involvement and improve donor engagement. One vital part of marketing is understanding and leveraging current marketing trends.

Emoji marketing works well for three areas:

  • Mobile marketing
  • Cross-media marketing
  • Marketing to Millennials

Mobile Marketing

Many brands have already started using emoji in their mobile marketing to communicate through phones. With today’s technology, consumers use smartphones regularly, and companies have begun to think of marketing as “mobile first.” As a nonprofit organization, taking advantage of mobile marketing helps raise awareness for your cause.

Emoji communicate messages simply and quickly via smartphone. In terms of mobile marketing, they are an invaluable resource for improving communication, transcending language barriers, breaking up blocks of text and reaching out to viewers’ emotions.

For your nonprofit, consider using these little icons in your social media marketing. Examples of this show primarily on mobile apps like Instagram or Twitter. Example: An animal shelter may post a picture of a puppy for adoption at their facilities with an emoji call to action.

 

When it comes to technology, an abundance of information makes the battle for donor attention more difficult. Focusing emoji marketing on mobile devices allows your nonprofit organization to convey a message by engaging constituents through short, real and emotional images. Volunteers and donors can relate because of a playful appeal on a platform they connect with.

Cross-Media Marketing

When it comes to cross-media marketing, emoji bring an advantage. You can incorporate them into messages, website text, social networking sites, email and even print media. Because emoji are considered a code governed by the Unicode Consortium, developers treat them as a standardized language across platforms. The Unicode regulates emoji to work on whatever medium your nonprofit organization chooses to market through.

For example, if your nonprofit organization works in promoting women’s rights, you could create an emoji marketing campaign to send out text messages, emails, and social media posts

 

Staying aware of copyright privileges, your nonprofit can use an emoji campaign on print materials or interact with donors through emoji text responses. Since emoji function like a language, using them on various media platforms means they will look similar—if not the same—no matter how your constituents view the message.

By reaching out to your constituents in simple and clear messages through a variety of platforms, your nonprofit organization will raise awareness for its cause, engage volunteers and increase donor involvement.

Marketing to Millennials

For a nonprofit, you may wonder how to increase Millennial involvement with donors and volunteers. The Millennial generation (those born between 1980 and 2000) provides a massive source of potential constituents. The group numbers about 75.4 million persons, even larger than the Baby Boomer generation.

So how can your nonprofit reach out to this multitude of fresh young involvement? By appealing to their short attention spans, of course.

In a recent study, four out of ten Millennials said they would rather engage with pictures than reading written text. This means nearly 50% of Millennials won’t respond to your nonprofit’s marketing materials if you don’t include pictures.

Your nonprofit can take advantage of Millennials’ instant gratification by capitalizing on emoji marketing. Meeting potential constituents where they stand shows involvement and improves likeliness of gaining volunteers and donors. For example, your nonprofit could send a text message emoji to potential volunteers.

 

Take a look at this example from PETA asking people to text a heart emoji, opting supporters in for mobile alerts about the campaign plus opportunities to share their cause with followers on Twitter.

Before your nonprofit organization jumps headfirst into emoji marketing, consider these few steps and recommendations. Know your purpose. Flooding the market with emoji may seem exciting, but don’t post without a purpose. Decide on a goal and see if emoji can help attain it.

  • Know your audience. If your target audience knows nothing about emoji, should you use them in promotional items? Probably not. Decide on your nonprofit’s audience and if emoji could reach them.
  • Don’t overdo it. When it comes to emoji, keep it simple. These fun icons can quickly become overwhelming, so make sure each emoji you have needs to be there.
  • Make it engaging. The best part of emoji is your viewers can use them too! Encourage emoji responses on social media or text messaging, and your constituents will feel involved and energized by your organization.

As Oxford Dictionary said in their Word of the Year report, “Emoji are no longer the preserve of texting teens—instead, they have been embraced as a nuanced form of expression, and one which can cross language barriers.” Emoji have become a mainstream part of today’s communication, and your nonprofit can get involved in marketing with them.

By taking advantage of emoji marketing, your nonprofit organization can reach constituents through mobile and cross-media promotion and reach out to the Millennial generation. Get involved in today’s technology, promote your cause and grow your efforts. And don’t forget to celebrate World Emoji Day on July 17, because these little icons deserve a world all their own.

 

 

Crowdfunding, Electronic Giving Soulution, Online Donations, Peer to Peer Funding, Promotions

#GivingTuesday Campaign Planning

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The #GivingTuesday Campaign Planning Timeline for Nonprofits

 

Excited about launching a #GivingTuesday campaign for your nonprofit but don’t really know where to start? We speak with a lot of nonprofit organizations who have good intentions for #GivingTuesday campaigns but don’t see the outcomes they’d hoped for, largely due to lack of planning.

Last year, #GivingTuesday campaigns raised $168 million online in addition to other non-monetary gifts like hygiene packs, meals, and over 52,000 pounds of toys. If you don’t think about #GivingTuesday until Black Friday, you’re missing out on a lot of great opportunities for your organization. To help nonprofits make the best of #GivingTuesday, we put together this #GivingTuesday planning timeline. Review this timeline and start planning your campaign today!

Watch Our #GivingTuesday Webinar Here 

July/August

The sun is shining, and it’s time to get planning! If you haven’t already, dedicate which staff members will be working on the #GivingTuesday campaign this year. Have a brainstorm meeting to start sharing ideas and begin setting goals for this year’s campaign.

If staring at a blank whiteboard seems overwhelming (there are so many possibilities with #GivingTuesday!), try first by thinking about your organization’s mission. Write it out where the entire team can see it. From there, start identifying some goals you may have to reach or contribute to that mission. Maybe your first #GivingTuesday campaign will be more focused around brand awareness. If you’ve already participated in several #GivingTuesday campaigns in the past, you may be more focused on expanding your donor base or getting more volunteer sign-ups.

Don’t forget about opportunities for collaboration. Organizations that work together can broaden their impact and increase results. Reach out to your partners or other organizations with similar causes to combine your efforts and amplify your message. If you’re considering having a matching campaign with a business as part of #GivingTuesday, now is the time to start reaching out to potential partners.

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September

It’s back to school and it’s time people started learning about your campaign. This month is all about raising awareness and excitement for your giving campaign. Don’t know where to start? Try some of these ideas:

  • Host a launch party (in your office, for your community). This is a great time to invite other staff and community members into what you’re doing for the global day of giving.
  • Send out a press release. Many organizations find this to be a good way to spread the word about their campaigns.
  • Share on your website and social channels. Write a blog post or kick off a blog series about your campaign. Start building momentum through your email newsletter and social channels, and encourage your followers to get involved too. You may even have a dedicated place on your website for visitors to go to for more information.
  • Send “Save the Date” cards to your donors. These simple cards can be a fun and cheery way to get the attention of your donors and prospects before they’re bombarded with giving letters around the holidays. And you’re not even asking for a big commitment or large donation—you’re inviting them to join in on what your organization is doing on the world’s biggest social media movement on giving!

This is also a great time to start promoting any needs you have for the day-of campaign. Do you need volunteers to answer phones or hand out meals? Start getting sign-ups and commitments now.

October

It’s PSL (pumpkin spice latte) season, so you know people will be on social media. Keep up the social media activity this month. Monitor the #GivingTuesday hashtag on channels like Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Engage in conversations with other people and organizations, and encourage your donor and volunteer base to join in on the conversation too.

Be sure your website is ready to go for the big day. Is your website prepared to handle increased traffic? Can visitors easily navigate your site on mobile devices? Is the donation process simple for first-time site visitors? Consider these as you prep your site for an influx of visitors looking to your site for more information about your mission and how to get involved.

Check if your city has a civic campaign planned. #GivingTuesday is the global day of giving, but it’s driven by local movements. In 2016, more than 80 cities in the United States participated in local #GivingTuesday campaign movements. Continue building momentum through press releases, blog posts, social media, and video. Towards the end of the month, send out a “one-month countdown” email and social posts to continue raising excitement and anticipation for the event.

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November

Less than one month until go time! It’s time to start double checking that all the pieces are in place for the big day. Check in with volunteers or other partners to confirm their roles and involvement. Be sure everyone knows their assigned duties for the day. Make any final preparations for your website to make the campaign a success.

Continue your social activity and engagement with other #GivingTuesday campaigns and participants! Try a daily countdown or other posting themes to keep followers engaged with your campaign leading up to November 28.

#GivingTuesday, November 28, 2017

Today is the day! You’ve been working hard for months leading up to this day—don’t forget to have fun and share photos of your #GivingTuesday activities on social media.

 

December

Take a breath, you did it! Take some time to celebrate and thank your staff members who worked alongside you to make your organization’s campaign happen. Take them out to lunch or happy hour and acknowledge their hard work. Don’t forget your volunteers and donors! Send out thank you cards or messages to all who participated, volunteered, and gave to your #GivingTuesday campaign.

#GivingTuesday may be over, but you’re not done yet. Reporting on your campaign is an important step you can’t overlook. Not only will reporting help you see if you met your goals for this year and benchmark for next year’s campaign, but also help boost momentum as you finish out the year with that final year-end giving pushes. Don’t forget to report campaign results to the #GivingTuesday team by emailing info@givingtuesday.org. You should also plan out some blog posts and social media messages sharing stories about your campaign and community impact.

After a successful campaign, you’ll have a lot of new volunteers and donors to manage for your organization. Consider integrating your CRM or donor management system with your financial solution. As your organization grows, reporting requirements and donor management become more complicated. Working with integrated systems over siloed ones will improve efficiency while reducing errors.

 

Reporting on your #GivingTuesday Campaign

The best way for your organization to understand if you met your campaign goals and the overall mission is to see real-time data based on Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s). KPIs are an integral part of understanding and reporting on the success of your organization and how goals are met. Having the right tools in place is another essential for nonprofit reporting. The right tools will capture and analyze your data with accuracy and allow you to present that data to your board. That data helps you, your team, and your board understands the best way to operate in the future with KPIs signaling what’s working and what’s not.

Managing finances for a nonprofit organization means getting visibility into how your organization is achieving its mission, whether it’s a #GivingTuesday campaign or a year-end newsletter. You need to be ready to show decision makers on every level the right tools to gain insight and act on data, too. With the right data, you get visibility into the financial health of your organization to see if you’re meeting your mission. And with visibility and insight, comes informed decision making.

Crowdfunding, Electronic Giving Soulution, Online Donations, Peer to Peer Funding

Summer Fundraising Ideas

Summer Campaign Branded EGS

Donors are much more receptive to asks when they are in good moods – who would have thought?!

So take advantage of the happiest season of the year — SUMMER!

Summer is a great time to engage with donors. The sun is shining, the weather is good, and daylight lasts forever.

It is a season that beckons people outside, so heed the call.

That’s why we’ve compiled a list of our top 20 favorite summer fundraising ideas:

  1. Launch a Crowdfunding Campaign
  2. Host a Block Party
  3. Host a Pool Party
  4. Organize a Water Balloon Fight
  5. Coordinate a Car Wash
  6. Host a Fish Fry or Barbecue
  7. Run a Walk-a-Thon, Bike-a-Thon, or Swim-a-Thon
  8. Cater a Dinner or Host a Gala Outdoors
  9. Run a summer Golf Tournament
  10. Organize an Outdoor Concert
  11. Coordinate a Summer Film Series
  12. Create an Art Show
  13. Food and/or Drink Festival
  14. Summer Hike and Camping Excursion
  15. Summer Adventure Scavenger Hunt
  16. Outdoor Exercise Class (Goat Yoga Anyone?)
  17. Day Camp
  18. BBQ Dinner or Food Eating Contest
  19. Summer Solstice Clam Boil
  20. Summer Concert
Crowdfunding, Online Donations, Peer to Peer Funding

Let’s Talk Summer Events

Summer is a great time to engage with donors. The sun is shining, the weather is good, and daylight lasts forever.

So take advantage of the happiest season of the year — summer!

Our All-in-One EGS Platform includes Event Registration, which allows you to create unlimited events for all of your summer events. With the Event tab, you can create online registration for summer camps, golf outings, Vacation Bible School, or any event that you may have.

Click on the link below to watch an event tutorial to see how easy it is to build an event through our EGS Platform and engage your donors at an entirely different level.

If you don’t have the EGS Platform on your current Stewardship Technology account, contact us directly so you can begin taking advantage of the features TODAY!

 

Summer Event EGS

Community, Electronic Giving Soulution, Online Donations

Press Release- Stewardship Technology announces partnership with DonorTrends

Press Release 7-2018 DonorTrends .1

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Stewardship Technology and DonorTrends sign a partnership agreement to provide Stewardship Technology clients access to advanced data analytics technology.

Donor Management

Mount Vernon, Ohio (July 26, 2018) – Stewardship Technology and DonorTrends have signed a partnership agreement to provide Stewardship Technology clients access to advanced data analytics technology. DonorTrends integration with Stewardship Technology’s Electronic Giving Solutions (EGS) platform contributes to Stewardship Technology’s mission to deliver its clients a complete nonprofit solution for donor management.

The integration of Stewardship Technology and DonorTrends partnership introduces Stewardship Technology’s clients to advanced actionable data reporting, donor behavioral analytics, and access to fundraising experts. Stewardship Technology is a leader in the donation management industry, providing customized giving forms, multiple payment options, event registration, text-to-give, peer-to-peer fundraising, crowdfunding, customized reporting, and now advanced data analytics to empower nonprofits to raise more funds through data-driven strategies.

Stewardship Technology’s Director of Sales, Trey Swallow, states “Our current system is fantastic at collecting every piece of information related to a donor and a donation. Our partnership with DonorTrends allows us to take the data we collect in our donation management platform to the next level. Their analytics allow our clients access to scorecards and reports that will help them transform their giving platform into a fundraising machine.”

Stewardship Technology’s API’s makes it simple for any software provider to integrate with our Electronic Giving platform. Stewardship Technology’s partnership focus reflects our desire to collaborate with companies that share a similar vision of servicing clients through the highest level of customer support and innovative technology.

About Stewardship Technology

Since 2002, Stewardship Technology has been empowering Nonprofits, Faith-based Organizations, and Educational Institutions through our cloud-based platforms making online giving and payment processing fast, secure, and efficient.

Stewardship Technology’s fully-integrated cloud-based platforms reduce manual processing, streamline and enhance the donor experience, and provides the highest level of security through our PCI-DSS Level 1 compliance.

Stewardship Technology is a community of people who care. Through our mission, we strive to make a difference for our clients by providing custom technology solutions that fund and fulfill their missions.

About Partnerships

Contact Trey Swallow at 866.604.8880 tswallow@stewardshiptechnology.com