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I spy 5 fundraising trends in 2016. Growth-oriented nonprofits will “discover” donor-centricity.

I spy 5 fundraising trends in 2016

In the quest for improved revenues, charities will switch from so-called “corporate” communications (where the organization is the hero; it’s how you raise the least amount of money) in favor of donor-centered communications, where the focus is on the donor’s emotional gratification (it’s how you raise far more money from the very same people). The commercial world made this switch back in the 1950s, by the way; nonprofits tend to be a few decades behind in their business practices, as Adrian Sergeant has noted. Today, the websites of fast-growing innovators like charity: water are as much about the donor experience as they are about the mission … as it should be. To quote Mark Phillips, “The only thing that matters a damn is the donor experience.” Crowdfunding Platforms: What You Should Know.

By Priscilla Burgess The gatekeepers are being routed in one industry after another.

Crowdfunding Platforms: What You Should Know

Citizen journalists are posting news that editors used to be able to bury. Ebooks mean the end of the agent/publisher chokehold on writers and crowdfunding is in the process of changing our relationships to traditional sources of money. Crowdfunding is the updated internet version of an activity that has been around for more than 500 years: collecting money from a bunch of people, the crowd, to support a project or effort, like publishing a book or helping a deserving person through hard times.

Today there are hundreds, if not thousands, of crowdfunding platforms used to raise money for a dizzying variety of projects from startups to nonprofits, movies to music CDs, science research and inventions and, most visibly lately, to raise money for victims of disasters. The non-profit guide to successful crowdfunding. If you’re reading this, chances are you’re already familiar with some of the obstacles non-profit and NGO organizations are facing today.

The non-profit guide to successful crowdfunding

There is a consistent push towards social innovation, social enterprise and alternative fundraising methods – coming from all corners of the stakeholder universe. While their definitions are still firming up, one thing is clear: Funding is a consistent challenge for many organizations today. Touted as a game-changer by pundits, the idea of crowd-funding has created a wave of disruption across industries. For this article, I’d like us to explore how to utilize these platforms intelligently in a non-profit environment.

Top 10 Crowdfunding Sites for Nonprofits. Home • Blog • Tips Published by Salvador Briggman.

Top 10 Crowdfunding Sites for Nonprofits

Find him on Twitter. Crowdfunding for social causes is quickly gaining in popularity. These sites are redefining how NGOs, non-profits, and student organizations raise money for events and charitable causes. Guide To Crowdfunding. Updated October 16, 2015.

Guide To Crowdfunding

Combining the best of crowdsourcing and micro finance, crowdfunding brings together various individuals who commit money to projects and companies they want to support. It’s a young and quickly-growing market but one that is transforming how people behave with their money. It's also transforming the ways businesses raise capital. How to Successfully Crowdfund Your NGO. Fundraising for Human Rights NGOs. While voluntary work is an important element in most NGOs' activities, obtaining funding may be necessary to successfully realise projects, campaigns and lobbying activities.

Fundraising for Human Rights NGOs

Obtaining funding is a challenge for many NGOs, and this page aims at giving you an overview on how to go about tackling it. Questions regarding the right of NGOs to access funding have been examined in an ISHR briefing paper. We are going to consider two types of potential donors: Institutional and individual donors. Institutional donors - such as state development agencies, UN and other international institutions, development banks, or private foundations and charities - may be able to contribute substantive amounts of money to your work and sometimes commit themselves for several years, while at the same time accompanying you throughout the realisation of your project through providing advice and contacts. On the downside, you may lose autonomy when depending on one single donor. Resources on fundraising. Top Crowdfunding Sites for Non-Profits and Charities. Common Misconceptions about Crowdfunding. Understanding how crowdfunding works is key to running or backing successful crowdfunding campaigns.

Common Misconceptions about Crowdfunding

In many cases in life, what you don't know (or understand) can hurt you and crowdfunding is no different. So, rid yourself of your misconceptions and get ready to run a powerful -- and successful -- crowdfunding campaign. Misconception #1: Ease of crowdfunding = easy money This first misconception people have of crowdfunding is probably the most dangerous. It's easy to sit back and read stories about how this campaign or that campaign raised millions of crowdfunded dollars in just a few days. But a good crowdfunded campaign is good precisely because it makes it look easy, as if the idea or project sells itself. Continue reading below our video Loaded: 0% Progress: 0% Misconception #2: Crowdfunding platforms bring the crowds While sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo have literally done millions of transactions, they aren't really great at bringing people to your campaign.

Non-Profit and Charity Fundraisers. How to Create a Knockout Crowdfunding Video. Updated April 28, 2015.

How to Create a Knockout Crowdfunding Video

So, you've decided to launch a crowdfunding campaign. That's great news. First think you'll want to do is make sure you spend some time and energy deciding what to name your crowdfunding campaign. Why videos are so important for crowdfunding Next step, you're going to want to start producing your crowdfunding video.

The video is perhaps the most important tool you'll have at your disposal to capture the interest of your crowd. Here's what marketing guru, Seth Godin had to say about the use of video in crowdfunding (he wrote this after running his own campaign): Half the people who visited the page watched the video all the way through to the end. Continue reading below our video. Picking a Title for Your Crowdfunding Campaign. Updated April 26, 2015.

Picking a Title for Your Crowdfunding Campaign

Running a successful crowdfunding campaign takes a certain amount of planning, skill, and well, luck. 8 Hard Questions to Answer Before Crowdfunding Your Startup. Updated March 14, 2015.

8 Hard Questions to Answer Before Crowdfunding Your Startup

While crowdfunding is an amazingly powerful way to raise money for a startup, idea, or project, it doesn't work for everything. To get a crowdfunding campaign right requires a mix of luck and skill, good timing, some marketing and PR wins, and some powerful momentum. Raise Money for Anything – An Online Fundraising Website. Crowdfunding for Activists: 5 Tips for Creating Successful Online Fundraising Campaigns. I prepared this short presentation as part of the “Feminist Cyborgs: Actvism, Online Fundraising, and Security” webinar, hosted by African Feminist Forum and Association for Progressive Communications. My 10-minute presentation includes a brief introduction to crowdfunding and some popular crowdfunding tools. Additionally, using my Africans for African new media project as a case study, I share 5 quick tips for running a successful fundraising campaign. The main points from my presentation are outlined as follows, with the actual presentation embedded at the bottom of this post.

Feminist Cyborgs: 5 Tips for Creating Successful Online Fundraising Campaigns. Crowdfunding’s Potential for the Developing World. Top 10 Crowdfunding Sites by Traffic Rank. Indiegogo: The Largest Global Crowdfunding & Fundraising Site Online. Crowdfunding for Social Good: Financing Your Mark on the World - Devin D. Thorpe. View all projects on Catapult.