November 28th will mark #GivingTuesday’s sixth annual day of giving. The holiday—which follows Black Friday and Cyber Monday in the US—kicks off the charitable season. Brands, influencers, and everyday folks come together with a single purpose in...Read more.
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November 28th will mark #GivingTuesday’s sixth annual day of giving. The holiday—which follows Black Friday and Cyber Monday in the US—kicks off the charitable season.
Brands, influencers, and everyday folks come together with a single purpose in mind: to celebrate and encourage giving.
In 2016, that sentiment led to $177 million in global donations to nonprofits through this concentrated effort across social media.
To garner such a massive response, organizations have showed off their benevolent brilliance in a variety of ways.
Here are ten of our favorites:
By combining their efforts, nonprofit Twist Out Cancer and deodorant start-up PiperWai hosted a Sock Hop fundraising event that raised nearly $50,000 from donors and matching grants.
Heifer International offered a goat mask printout and encouraged donors to take selfies or goat-o-bomb (photobomb) others. The photos were then posted on Giving Tuesday, using #GoatSquadGoals, accompanied by a quick line underlining their philanthropic efforts. Not only did this effort entertain and validate Heifer’s mission, it also highlighted the key role goats play in ending poverty around the world.
TomTod celebrated Giving Tuesday with a twist, using the day to thank their supporters. The nonprofit spent the day delivering balloons, food trays, and swag bags to local donors—strengthening their relationships and earning media attention for their programs.
Baker Industries launched a social media campaign (#500Lunches) to provide non-perishable lunches for those in their work rehabilitation program—people with disabilities, recovering substance abusers, individuals on parole, and the homeless.
Employees at the Wendy’s Restaurant Support Center wrote holiday card messages that were donated to the Ohio State University Star House, a local drop-in shelter for homeless youth. Each holiday card contained a Wendy’s gift card.
Camp K, a charity camp for children and adults with disabilities, celebrated their 50th anniversary with a boxing gala on Giving Tuesday. Using the hashtag #KO4CAMPK (Knockout for Camp K), they received sponsorship from local businesses, sold tickets to their supporters, and asked for donations from those who could not attend.
The Pratt Library of Baltimore knows nothing gets attention like a little friendly competition. Following an NFL game between the Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals, Pratt challenged the Cincinnati Public Library to see which library could raise more on Giving Tuesday (#BookBowl). The executive director of the “losing” library agreed to dress up and perform a reading from a book written by a local author from the winning city.
With a little creative marketing, these groups rocked Giving Tuesday and promoted some great causes! If you need help with your next campaign, be sure to drop us a line.
You may be getting a lot of new site visitors, but are they signing up for your newsletter, an upcoming event or even donating to your latest campaign?
Creating an effective and directive call-to-action is the key to converting site visitors to more engaged community members.
Lead visitors to take the next step with your organization through a high-value offer. Think about each of your target audiences and what would really spur them to action. Appeal to what brought them to your website in the first place.
As a nonprofit, you're offering to help people make a difference alongside you. That's a big deal! Whether you want to direct visitors toward a donation page or a volunteer form, toward a newsletter signup or an event RSVP, you're going to leverage the same key elements each time:
An attention-grabbing header (sometimes accompanied by a brief, straightforward explanation)
A visually striking call-to-action (CTA)
Take Habitat for Humanity, for example. Their homepage leads with an emotional appeal, asking visitors to donate to hurricane recovery. The use of imagery reinforces the need, and its offset by a bold, contrasting box. The verbiage is action-oriented and straightforward.
Another great example is the ACLU. Midway through their "DACA Is Ending. But the Movement Is Not." blog post, a bright red box links the content (legislation affecting immigrants) with the offer (fighting for immigrants' rights). This tailored approach is seen throughout their site and is an effective means of targeting.
Did you notice something else these two had in common? An implied urgency. They don't ask you to consider making a donation; they urge you to donate now! The need is real, the world is turning. If you don't help, who will?
A few more examples of effective, verb-laden CTAs:
Join the fight!
Make a difference in 2017!
Remember, the most important thing is that you cater to your audience and what will help them take the next step—whatever that may be. If you know a page will attract people at two different stages in the decision-making process, it's okay to tier your offers.
Look at Contra Costa College:
Some prospective students may be ready to apply, but others may just be starting their research. By incorporating two CTAs, the college accommodates both audiences at once.