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

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.

Reach out anytime – we’re here to help!

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Community, Crowdfunding, Living The Mission, Peer to Peer Funding

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

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

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!

Register Now

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?!

Community

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”.

 

Community, Online Donations

Stewardship Technology joins payments technology leader Paya

Paya Acquires Stewardship Technology to Add Expertise in Nonprofit, Faith-based and Educational Industries

Will add differentiated payments facilitator platform and industry-leading software to Paya’s best-in-class suite of products making commerce easier than ever

ATLANTA, GA. November 1, 2018 — Paya, the provider of innovative payment solutions for businesses, today announced the acquisition of Stewardship Technology Inc., (“Stewardship Technology”), a leading payments facilitator empowering nonprofits, faith-based organizations and educational institutions to make online giving and payment processing fast, secure and efficient. The acquisition will support Paya’s strategic growth plan by adding expertise with nonprofit and faith-based organizations to deliver completely customizable payment and software solutions.

Stewardship Technology’s robust payment facilitator business model, electronic giving solutions (EGS) platform, pension and benefits platform, and MissionPay application will be added to Paya’s existing suite of solutions, giving Paya partners and customers access to new capabilities and services including Stewardship Technology’s industry-leading donation management software.

“Stewardship Technology’s emphasis on service for the customer, combined with their robust product offerings made this acquisition a natural fit for Paya,” said Paya President Greg Cohen. “With this acquisition, Paya will be primed to offer new capabilities and launch into new verticals that will support our continued growth while maintaining our mission to be the best payments technology solution for businesses. We’re thrilled to bring the entire Stewardship Technology team into the Paya family to accelerate growth.”

“We could not have found a better partner than Paya to help us achieve our next phase of growth,” said Stewardship Technology Founder and CEO Stuart Washington. “Paya’s unique set of industry expertise and product capabilities are a perfect fit for us.”

Nina Vellayan, Stewardship Technology President added: “We’re a company that cares about our clients, so joining with Paya, a company equally committed to its customers, was a great move for us.”

Stewardship Technology’s brand will remain in the market, the team will continue forward with the business, and over the coming weeks, both teams will work together to preserve our ongoing commitment to the customers.

For more information on what Paya can do for your business, visit https://paya.com/.

About Paya

Paya, Inc. provides innovative payment solutions for businesses. The company is rapidly advancing its platform and diverse set of technologies to enable flexible, easy to implement payment solutions that transform and grow businesses across industries. More than 2,000 partners trust Paya’s technology and experience to deliver value and growth for 100,000 customers. Paya is a GTCR backed company headquartered in Reston, VA, with offices in Atlanta, GA, and Fort Walton Beach, FL. For more information, visit https://paya.com/ or follow us on Twitter: @PayaHQ, LinkedIn: Paya.com and Facebook: PayaHQ.