Oil glut, Brexit, chinese market crashes… it’s been a tough year for the economy and a tough year for nonprofits alike. Fundraising is never an easy job but it gets especially difficult when people have less to begin with. But don’t panic! With some extra persistence, creativity, and these 7 tips, you can can continue raising the funds your organization needs to see through any downturn. Strengthen your case for giving. It’s quite possible that your nonprofit is actually more relevant during a recession than ever before. Don’t talk about how desperately your organization needs the money, instead talk about
I know where to get unlimited good advice from professional nonprofit consultants who work on call. For free. No, this isn’t a scam. Welcome… to the beautiful world of podcasts. I have curated my top 5 podcasts for nonprofit professionals that capture everything from fundraising to volunteer management. Podcasts are perfect for the nonprofit professional who’s always on the go. You can get your daily informational-fuel while brushing your teeth, making dinner, taking a jog etc. You’ll surprise yourself with how much you’ve learned just by listening! Another benefit of podcast listening is they’re free! Which is a huge plus
I have some good news, and some bad news. The good news is you have an amazing charitable program on your hands, capable of helping many people. The bad news… not everyone thinks so. Over the years, much of the public has developed a skeptical view of organizations, often fuelled by rumours – or worse, a bad experience from another charity. You know what they say about one bad apple… Of course, that’s not your fault. But, it becomes a BIG problem for you once you realize you have to be the one to change those false mindsets. While there
Our secrets for good donor recognition. Because even if you don’t partner with us, we want you to get it right.
Yes, for real. That’s not a trick. It doesn’t matter what service provider you go with, we want you to win. The team at BetterGiving creates donor recognition for two reasons: because we’re awesome at it, and because we love helping nonprofits. Getting the best out of your donor walls, digital apps, or recognition events is a win for everyone, us included, even if another firm is your partner. That’s because when people see recognition that’s done right (finally, possibly for the first time in their lives), they’ll start realizing its potential. And those people will look into donor recognition.
We talk to a lot of nonprofits. We recognize is that donor recognition can feel a lot more like a chore than the incredible opportunity it is. Why? Because it takes time and a bit of money to make great donor recognition. Two resources that we understand are in short supply for fundraising teams. Typically, fundraisers will wait until the end of the project/funding cycle/fiscal to get a donor wall created. At that point, there’s not as much motivation — the funds are already in, the donors gave, so it feels more like an expense than a tool. The result is donor
Recently, our parent company Westwind Design Group was lucky enough to get to make some really interesting interactive displays for YouthLink. (Bonus: here are some pictures of some of those interactives!) Maggot Mass! This warm, moving mass of (fake) maggots is visible from the top — and lets you put your hand in a glove inside to feel them squirming around. A favorite with kids. Skeleton Puzzle! Learn how to human body is put together with this fun, life-sized magnetic skeleton puzzle. Humidity Chamber! This chamber mimics a neat process for identifying fingerprints — without chemicals — a great teaching aid. As the project was nearing
A little while back, we were contacted by a partner agency to help with a project inside WestJet’s Calgary campus. This is a StorySpace project — BetterGiving’s sister company — but we wanted to show it off here anyhow. This project is pretty simple in its execution — what makes it stand out is the content. The entire display runs the chronological history of WestJet — from day 1 to current (and we help update it yearly). This whole installation is an awesome use of storytelling, told largely from the view of third parties or outsiders — newspaper clippings, sales figures, staffing numers. It’s a neat concept and something we’d