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Spring Fundraising Ideas to Freshen Up your Fundraiser

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Spring Fundraising Ideas to Freshen Up your Fundraiser

Spring is in the air! Warmer weather plus a feeling of renewed energy means that people are once again looking to engage with the world. All of this makes spring a great time to freshen up your fundraiser or launch a new one. Spring is also the perfect time to host an event—check out our helpful tips for hosting a successful fundraising event. Take a look at these spring fundraising ideas and choose one or more to make your fundraiser blossom.

Spring fundraising event ideas

1. College basketball

For college basketball fans, March means March Madness—the NCAA playoffs. It’s a great time to invite your supporters to enter a basketball bracket in exchange for a donation to your cause. For the tournament semifinals or finals, host a game-watching party. As two teams go head to head, make things more interesting by asking people to pledge donations each time a specific event happens in the game—a lead at the end of a quarter, a minimum point total for a particular player in a quarter, free-throw percentages, number of fouls, a certain player getting ejected, etc. This not only makes it a lot of fun to watch—it’s a slam-dunk for your fundraiser.

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2. April Fool’s for good

Everyone’s wary of playing the fool on April 1. Use the day for good by hosting a prank-a-thon. Come up with a fun title such as Random Pranks of Kindness. Write up a list of sweet, compassionate, and funny “tricks”—for example, covering the target’s car with kind or silly notes, or filling a friend’s shoes or a coworker’s desk drawers with a pleasant surprise like flowers or candy. Once you have a list of nice pranks, circulate it among friends, family, and colleagues. Have people sign up for specific pranks on behalf of loved ones, and name their price. All money raised goes to your fundraiser, of course.

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3. Easter egg treasure hunt

At a local park or in your own yard, host an Easter egg hunt to raise awareness of your cause and funds for your fundraiser. Add fun and festive activities—make a list of clues for people to figure out, then fill plastic eggs with sweet treats and riddles for where to look next. At your entrance table, have a sign-in sheet so people can opt in for updates and other communications about your cause. Have participants pay a small fee to enter the hunt, with proceeds going to your fundraiser. You can also take advantage of the perks of mobile giving—have a smartphone or tablet ready with your donation page on display, and accept direct donations on site.

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4. Tree planting

This is a great option if your cause is related to climate change or environmental issues. Celebrate Arbor Day (April 26) by planting new flora around your neighborhood. In the weeks leading up to Arbor Day, ask for pledges from supporters. Get volunteers to join you as planters. You could also have volunteer planters secure pledges from friends and family. Accept donations of seedlings and other plantable items, ideally native plants. If you plant on private property, ask the owners for a donation to your cause in exchange for the plantings. If you plant on public property, such as in a park, be sure to get permission from local authorities. Make a festive day of it and have a mobile device on hand to collect donations from visitors to the park.

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5. Garden party

Another great opportunity for environmental causes is Earth Day, April 22. It’s the perfect day for a party where everyone comes together to plant a garden. Pick a site, such as a communal area at a park or a neglected lot, and invite the neighborhood to make it beautiful. For a donation to your fundraiser, provide a plant, such as herbs, flowers, or shrubbery, and the supplies to get a garden growing. See Arbor Day above for related ideas.

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6. National Volunteer Week

The last week in April is National Volunteer Week. Many organizations offer special volunteer events across the country, and you can do the same for your fundraiser. This is a great week to leverage the work of volunteers into a major fundraising win. One option: check with a local high school or college to see if you can coordinate an event where students volunteer in support of your cause. It could be as simple as a car wash, or something more elaborate. The event then becomes your fundraising opportunity.

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7. Mother’s Day tea

If your cause is related to advancing the causes of women and children, Mother’s Day can be a great opportunity for a fundraising event. A tea time is a perfect option for spring. Set it up at in an outdoor or indoor space with decorations, a variety of teas and treats, and a table where people can learn about your fundraiser and make a donation. Using a mobile device, you and attendees can quickly make donations.

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8. Memorial Day barbecue

Memorial Day weekend is a great opportunity to host a community event. You might include outdoor games—ring toss, sack races, even a huge Jenga game. Serve food donated by local restaurants. Ask a live band to provide music (if your fundraiser supports schools, why not include the school band?). Events held on long holiday weekends are usually well attended. Create flyers with information about your fundraiser and leave them around town and at the park or venue where your event will happen. A large poster at a central location is also a great way to spread information—especially if the poster is something people want to take a picture of or with, to post on social media.

Virtual fundraising ideas for spring

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9. Garage sale

With spring cleaning comes an excellent opportunity for online and in-person garage sales to raise money for your cause. Create an event page on a neighborhood site, such as Nextdoor, and invite your community to donate and/or buy items. Add pictures and prices for each item. Create conversations about interesting pieces. Share your listings on social media. You can also hold a classic in-person garage sale, separately or in conjunction with your online sale. In either case, let people know that all sales benefit your fundraiser—include the name of your fundraiser and links to the donation page wherever possible.

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10. Produce sale

Warm weather is a time for bounty—and just as fruits and veggies come into season, so do the opportunities for fundraising with them. Partner with local farms or produce stands to get food at wholesale prices, then create special produce bundles to sell in exchange for donations to your fundraiser. Once you get donors, schedule a time to drop off the bundles along with a flyer containing details about your fundraiser.

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11. Easter candy bundles

Sweeten the deal for donors with a gift of Easter candy for each donation. Before the Easter season, promote your event. Spread the word in person at your workplace, schools, community centers, and other community hubs. Once you’ve secured a list of donors, create baskets of treats to drop off. Play Easter Bunny for the day and watch your donations multiply.

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12. Pet photo contest

Say cheese to a fundraising idea that engages supporters in a new way. National Pet Day is April 11 and National Pet Week is in May—why not celebrate with a photo contest featuring your supporters’ pets? Create special categories like funniest pair, most adorable, most aloof, best dressed, most exuberant, etc. Post pictures of the candidates and the winners on social media so everyone gets a chance to shine.

Do you want additional information on how your organization can get started with fundraisers or how to start a fundraising donation campaign? Complete the form below and our Mission Advocates will contact you directly to set up your next fundraiser.

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Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Tips

Running a fundraiser takes time, effort, and creativity. While you’ve probably done a great job of sharing your fundraiser link with your social network, there are a few things you can do to jump-start your fundraising efforts. Our team has created 10 additional ways to share your fundraiser. Remember, the success of your fundraiser will depend on how effectively you share it.

For additional support, you can download our guide and our fundraising experts can help you get started.

Top 10 tips to help participants with their fundraising ask:

1. Create a Facebook Event for your fundraiser. Invite all of your Facebook friends. You can ask people to share photos, videos, memories, and comments to build engagement. Be sure to post your fundraiser link in the event discription and your donate button on your main organzation Facebook page.

2. Add special rewards to donors. Oftentimes a small perk can help persuade someone to give to your fundraiser. Use your fundraiser description to spell out attractive benefits for potential supporters at certain donation levels.

3. Connect with a local event.  See if event coordinators are interested in promoting your fundraiser along with their event (Mic shout out? Fundraiser signs at the entrance?). Even more out of the box? See if they’ll let you set up a free booth .

4. Team up with a local business.  See if they will offer a fundraising night for your cause in which they donate a percentage of the proceeds to your fundraiser. Another idea would be to see if a coffee or sandwich shop will temporarily name an item after your fundraiser. Think “Daniel’s Dream Deluxe,” or “Cathy’s Battle Cappuccino.” We’ve even seen a great fundraiser organizer team up with a sock company to offer cozy socks as a reward to all donors. Make sure to thank the business in your fundraiser story.

5. Reach out to local media. While sharing with your social network is the most important thing, it can also help to reach out to your local news organizations and blogs to let them know why your fundraiser would interest the community and their readers.

6. Add some competition.  Consider hosting a virtual “sharing contest.” Whoever shares your fundraiser link the most times, or gets the most likes, wins something fun like a poem or musical “Thank You” video posted to Facebook. Go LIVE with your video , engage with viewers, and do shout outs on the video.

7. Share your fundraiser link in Facebook groups.  Remember to focus your post on why your fundraiser means so much to you. Let your readers know the immense power that sharing the fundraiser on social media can have.

8. Step outside of your direct network. Post your fundraiser link on your city’s Facebook page. This is a great way to reach out to local folks you may not know, who might be willing to help your cause by sharing your fundraiser link, donating, or supporting you in other ways.

9. Give your superstars a push. It can be easier to boost a successful fundraiser’s target to raise hundreds more than to get a non-starter to raise $10. Use your reporting tools to find your top-dollar fundraisers and let them know they are a champion and you are here to help them keep going. Treat them like major donors and they will deliver.

10.  Create a fundraiser hashtag.  This is a way to build social media awareness around your fundraiser. Some ideas we’ve loved in the past are #willathewarrior, #reunitethetaylors, and other tags that ignite interest. Use this hashtag across social media.

Support everyone involved with your peer-to-peer fundraising campaign, but at their own level. Different folks will require different types of support, so pay attention and guide your team to ensure great donor acquisition, retention and fundraising amounts to record results.

Are you ready for our guide to help get you started? Well here’s the link again, click here to download.

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GO RED with Stewardship Friday February 1st

One in three. That’s the price women pay for cardiovascular disease. 

While nearly 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented, cardiovascular diseases continue to be a woman’s greatest health threat, claiming the lives of 1 in 3 women. That’s a third of mothers, sisters and friends.

It’s time to change this fact. It’s time to be demanding when it comes to women’s heart health and ask others to do the same.

WEAR RED for awareness. FRIDAY FEBRUARY 1st

GIVE for the mothers, sisters and friends that you can’t bear to live without.

Learn more about signs and symptoms.

Nearly 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented, cardiovascular diseases continue to be a woman’s greatest health threat.

Start your own movement to raise awareness of heart disease through
Stewardship’s Peer-to-Peer fundraising. Complete the form below for additional details. 

sources: https://www.goredforwomen.org/en

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Last-Minute #GivingTuesday Tips

If you have put off starting your #GivingTuesday campaign, don’t worry! We here at Stewardship Technology have you covered.

In our most recent webinar, we broke #GivingTuesday campaign planning into five easy steps. So, if you’ve been procrastinating or have simply been too busy to think about #GivingTuesday until now, this is the webinar for you.

Too busy to even watch the webinar? No problem, we’ve got your back. Here’s a quick rundown of the five steps to planning your #GivingTuesday campaign last-minute.

Step #1: Go Digital with Marketing!

No, seriously, digital is where all your efforts should be for #GivingTuesday. Start by creating your own peer-to-peer(P2P) page. If you haven’t already registered for a #GivingTuesday P2P event page, stop reading this blog right now, click on this button,    👇, and register for an online giving page NOW!

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You have access to download free graphics from #GivingTuesdays website, this will save you time and the hassle of hiring a graphic designer.

Next, focus on high-quality email campaigns. Reach out to your donors, educate them of your mission for the big day, and share the P2P event page you created. Remember your donors want to help you, share your P2P event page so they can share it on their social pages. Sharing = Win. Win. AND New Donors.

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Step #2: Create Engagement

Once you’ve registered for your P2P event page, the next thing to take care of is creating engagement opportunities to reach your donors and get them involved in the big day.

Create a fun hashtag. #GivingTuesday is a hashtag with a million plus impressions, its product of smart marketing. Get creative and create your own for the big day.

To elevate the fun, create a contest or an event the day of #GivingTuesday. Contests are a great way to engage and drive awareness of your #GivingTuesday event – AND contests are FUN!

Another fun way to engage your donors is to create an unselfie badge. We LOVE unselfie badges because the unselfie badge represents pictures of people doing good things, acts of kindness, and seeing their compassion in action. As you can see below, here are a few examples and they ARE simple. Try it – this is a great tool for your donors that will inspire and help attract new donors for the day.

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Step #3: Seek Mission Ambassadors

To heighten your campaign and engagement you can do that through mission ambassadors. Mission ambassadors personalize your organization. They are able to emotionally connect with your donors and investors. They add value and, if properly educated on your mission, they are the people who can help turn those one-time donors into lifelong donors.

So our Tip #3 is to create an ARMY of ambassadors. Have those ambassadors share your mission. Give them support to spread the word of your #GivingTuesday event. Praise their efforts through social media posts. If they are on LinkedIn tag them in posts and praise them for their devotion to your organization…..AND, don’t forget every post you do, post that P2P event link so those who are inspired, know where to donate.

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Step #4: Make Noise

Now its time to make some noise to make your #GivingTuesday campaign work the way you intended to.

First, start with sharing your digital marketing assets. Make sure all of your event calendars on your website, social pages, or where ever you keep your supporters updated, have access to your P2P event page so that they can donate.

Then from there, your supporters and mission ambassadors can start the ripple to spread the word. Make sure everyone is sharing updates about the P2P event through social pages and that you sent out your donor emails – CREATE AS MUCH NOISE AS YOU CAN!

Video storytelling is a great tool to use too. Create simple video updates during your event or go LIVE on Facebook the day of the event to drive donors to give. Use your contest and use your ambassadors to connect digitally and stay present on the day to drive your #GivingTuesday objectives.

Step #5: OPEN YOUR DOORS

Our final tip for the day of #GivingTuesday is to OPEN YOUR DOORS for the day. Take advantage of the day and use #GivingTuesday as an opportunity to rally your team to get your community excited about your organization’s mission.

Create an event or a party to celebrate the day. At the event create new volunteer opportunities and engage followers through social media to help participate.

Depending on what type of event you have you can heighten your opportunity of donations by adding text to give. Also, create urgency with contests with time frames…remember #GivingTuesday is 24-hours so you want to make it appear your donors are limited with time to participate in the exciting day.

Opening your doors to the community either physically or virtually on the day of #GivingTuesday creates a level of engagement that influences donors to see your mission at a new level. Try it…step outside the box!

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Build Pathway – Start Stewarding

Completing a donation and receiving a receipt should not be the end of the line for your #GivingTuesday donors, but the beginning of a long relationship with your nonprofit. Once you’ve got their support, how are you going to keep it?

Welcome New Donors

If you pick up any new donors on #GivingTuesday, your job is to keep them engaged. Some easy ways to do that is sending them a welcome series of emails so they can learn more about your work, getting them to follow you on social media, inviting them to events, and involving them in more aspects of your nonprofit.

Add a Thank You Page

Acknowledging your donors promptly and sincerely is important. When donors don’t receive a quick thank you from a nonprofit, they are less likely to come back to make another donation.

Start Planting Seeds for End-of-Year

#GivingTuesday is a big fundraising day by itself, but really, it’s the kickoff for the busiest time of the year for nonprofit fundraising. So when you’re following up, make sure to plant some seeds about end-of-year giving.

Using language that references the “season of giving” or frame #GivingTuesday as part of “the most critical time of year for our nonprofit” will help you lay the groundwork now, so you’re able to transition much more easily into your end-of-year campaign.

NOW Back to Step #1….

Are you registered yet?!

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GTCR Announces Appointment of Jeff Hack as Paya CEO

CHICAGO, Nov 15, 2018, /PR Newswire/ — GTCR, a leading private equity firm, is pleased to announce the appointment of Jeffrey Hack as Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors of Paya (formerly known as Sage Payment Solutions). Most recently, Mr. Hack was an Executive Vice President and Management Committee Member at First Data Corporation (“First Data”), a global provider of payments technology and the largest US merchant processor. Mr. Hack was an integral part of the leadership team that transformed First Data, leading to a successful IPO. During his tenure, he held various leadership roles at the firm, including serving as COO of Global Business Solutions, First Data’s largest division. At First Data, Mr. Hack led the commercialization of integrated payments and software solutions to SMB clients, resulting in increased sales and retention.

Mr. Hack has spent his entire career within the financial services industry, holding senior positions at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, JP Morgan Chase & Company, and McKinsey. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Since GTCR’s acquisition of Paya in August 2017, Paya has invested to significantly enhance its technology and offerings. Key accomplishments include launching a next-generation payments gateway, increasing the breadth and depth of its software offerings and releasing new vertically-focused solutions to allow payments integration into customers’ day to day workflow. Also, in support of its strategy to invest in vertically-focused integrated payments, on Nov 1, 2018, Paya acquired Stewardship Technology. Stewardship is a leading payments facilitator empowering nonprofits, faith-based organizations and educational institutions. To advance Paya’s growth efforts, GTCR has committed up to $350 million of equity capital to the platform. The company is actively pursuing other acquisition opportunities that further enhance its capabilities, scale, and differentiation.

“I am looking forward to working with GTCR and the talented team at Paya,” said Jeff Hack. “Paya offers a market leading payments solution with world-class support to our partners and end customers. We have made great strides as a focused, independent company and will continue to enhance our integrated solutions through investments in innovation. GTCR’s growth orientation and deep industry experience in payments make them an ideal partner.”

“Jeff’s demonstrated track record and highly complementary experience make him the ideal CEO of Paya”, said Aaron Cohen, Managing Director at GTCR. Cohen continued: “Partnering with Jeff gives us the opportunity to accelerate our growth through investments in software and vertical-specific solutions as well as continue our M&A efforts”.