Technology Trends in Nonprofits posted 08/30/17

In this day and age, it is almost impossible to go anywhere and not see the world lit by the blue light of our smartphones.  You cannot deny that reliance on our technology has become the new normal, and we say if you can’t beat them, why not join them?

With the advances of the 21st century, there are innumerable new opportunities to utilize digital tools to support the evolving social needs of our communities.  Nonprofits can take advantage of all sorts of technology tools to make their work more impactful and effective. These tools can include social media, digital case management, communal information navigation and research, as well as online philanthropy. Take some time to explore how we can best apply technology to further social good, as well as create more opportunities for innovation in the nonprofit sector!

If we can’t convince you, perhaps these statistics will:

  • In 2015 4% of charitable giving occurred online, in 2016 11.3% occurred online. 1/3 of these online donations occurred as a result of peer to peer fundraising.
  • 13,570,983  — the number of new people who used the VolunteerMatch network in 2015 to explore opportunities for a cause they believe in.
  • $1.66 Billion — the estimated collective impact of the volunteers who used VolunteerMatch to get involved in 2015.
  • However, 65% of nonprofits don’t have outreach and marketing plan and 24% don’t have any digital strategy. Online donations still are a minority of overall philanthropic giving.
  • Email has the highest ROI for fundraising online. $40 is raised for every $1 spent
  • For every 1000 website visitors, nonprofits raise $612
  • Responsive pages yield 34% more donations. – Why? People are more likely to make a donation if the option is available on every screen size
  • 51% of nonprofit website visitors access from a mobile device.

If you would like to learn more about this exciting topic, make sure to attend the Launch St. Louis 2017 Gateway to the Future Summit on September 14th, featuring a panel on Technology Trends in Nonprofits with Elise Hastings, Executive Director of Givable, Emily Knippa, Content Marketing Manager of United Way St. Louis, Matt Menietti, Executive Director of GlobalHack, and Perry Drake, Director of Business Collaboration and an Assistant Teaching Professor of Digital and Social Media Marketing in the College of Business Administration at the University Of Missouri – St. Louis.  Buy your tickets here today!

Statistics courtesy of Nonprofit Tech for Good, Blackbaud and VolunteerMatch

New Year, New Fundraising Goals posted 01/24/17

There are few things more inspiring than the dawn of a new year.  It’s a chance to look back over the work that has been done and chart a course for the coming twelve months.  It is also the time most organizations find themselves setting their new fundraising goals.  And as exciting and motivating that process can be,  the step between setting those intentions and actually achieving them can often seem like formidable, perhaps even impassable, chasm.  With that in mind, we wanted to provide a few ideas that will hopefully get your team fired up for the new year, and maybe even make that chasm feel just a bit easier to conquer. (more…)

How To Attract Corporate Sponsors posted 03/16/16

Few things cause more moans, groans, and a serious uptick in coffee runs in a non-profit office than events.  Gala, Trivia Night, what have you, the event itself can be a blast, but the weeks (sometimes even months) leading up to it can be a strain on any organization. (more…)

5 Tips for Successfully Soliciting Your Non-Profit Board posted 12/11/15

For many non-profits, contributions provide a significant portion of total revenue. Contributions come from many sources and one common source shared by most non-profits is their board of directors. Opinions vary regarding whether or not board members should be asked to make a financial contribution, but that’s another topic entirely. For purposes of this article, let’s assume we are planning to solicit the board. Now how should we do it?


The importance of board member financial contributions posted 10/23/14

Congratulations! You’ve decided to join a young friends board! Once you figure out which charity you would like to support with your time and talents, there are still a few logistics to consider when joining a board. While it is a noble idea to support a charity, board membership requires more than simply time and talent: it requires money. (more…)

Fundraising and how it relates to your young friends board posted 04/18/14

One of the greatest mistakes that we can make as leaders is to underestimate those whom we are leading. It is truly one of our greatest obligations to utilize and maximize the potential of each one of our volunteers and donors.


Three tips on how to raise money for your young friends board posted 03/26/13

Raising money is a key aspect to any non-profit venture — just try to pay the caterer with goodwill or awareness and it will become painstakingly clear. Money may not buy happiness, but you need it for everything else.

In this blog post, we’ll cover a few tips on how to raise money for your young friends board. (more…)