The Top 5 Podcasts for Nonprofit Professionals

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

Snail Mail? Email? Donor Walls? We Break Down The Pros and Cons of 7 Common Ways To Thank Donors!

We know there are a lot of great ways to say ‘thank you’ to a supporter. Check out the infographic below, in which Melissa breaks down the pros and cons of some common (and effective) ways to let donors know you appreciate their contribution. And remember, we’re always around to chat donor walls, whether it’s by email, or even on Twitter!  

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.

Project Spotlight: The Calgary Police Foundation

Project Spotlight: The Calgary Police Foundation Donor Wall We were contacted by the Calgary Police Foundation to create a simple-but-impactful donor wall. We love the way this one turned out. let’s take a look at some individual elements: To start the project off on the right foot, we installed wood paneling with custom-cut dimensional metal panels to the existing wall. To tie the whole display together, BetterGiving added two ‘flowing’ strips of metal behind the individual elements and on top of our specially constructed wall. The donor plaques are colored acrylic combined with both raised and acrylic lettering. Standoffs from

The Monkey In The Room

One of my earlier posts was called The Elephant in the Room: What Your Corporate Donors Aren’t Saying (But Want To). So I thought I’d stick with the animal theme for this post. Social proof is a powerful, powerful tool. It’s one of the most overlooked aspects of donor recognition, and one of the reasons we recommend starting a donor wall when the donations start coming in, instead of waiting until the end. Take this excerpt from KISSMetrics: “Positive Social Proof is More Influential than Saving Money. In a fascinating environmental study published in the Washington Post, researchers examined the

The Elephant in the Room

You probably aren’t doing a good job of recognizing your corporate donors. But when was the last time a cheque-writer called your fundraising team and said ‘do a better job of telling the world how great I am and how much money I gave you’? That exact conversation, with that level of transparency, is rare. So what are your corporate donors, who crave and deserve a certain kind of recognition, saying to your team when you fail to recognize and value their contributions in a beneficial way? Probably something like: “Well it’s just been a big year for donation requests.”

Project Spotlight: Stantec

This project was a cool mix of two passions of ours: donor/supporter recognition, and internal marketing. Both of those things are sometimes undervalued, so it was exciting to help Stantec out. The displays we helped create mix storytelling, digital, and physical elements. Some displays contain awards, some contain TVs, and some smaller sections are simple poster holders with great messaging and a slick standoff installation. Why do we love this project? Even though it’s for a business, it can give nonprofits a lot of great ideas. Check these features out: integrated screen for on-the-fly messaging changes infographics to reinforce messages