CaringCent https://www.caringcent.com A fresh approach to fundrasing Tue, 09 Jul 2019 19:17:11 -0600 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3 https://i0.wp.com/www.caringcent.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/site-icon-1.jpg?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 CaringCent https://www.caringcent.com 32 32 164991012 Micro Pledges Can Make a Macro Difference https://www.caringcent.com/news/micro-pledges-can-make-a-macro-difference/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=micro-pledges-can-make-a-macro-difference Tue, 09 Jul 2019 14:00:00 +0000 https://www.caringcent.com/?p=8094 The post Micro Pledges Can Make a Macro Difference appeared first on CaringCent.

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Chances are, no one in your organization has stood up and cheered over a $0.75 donation. But what if that donation was a recurring micro-pledge – a small amount tied to something specific that your nonprofit does on a weekly or monthly basis? Instead of being just a small donation, that recurring micro-pledge can add up over time and add even more value by getting your donors to rally around your cause on a regular basis. 

Micro-pledges offer flexibility to your organization, as well. They are typically part of a specific campaign, where the organization chooses the activity. (It’s a good idea to choose something that you do regularly each month.) For example, an animal shelter may set up micro-pledges for every dog they shelter in a month. A sports team may set up pledges for every goal that is scored in a game. 

Micro-pledges can also help your organization build relationships by engaging donors in different ways, and creating a natural, meaningful increase in communication. When setting up a micro-pledge, it’s a good idea to send your donors a monthly email that summarizes their pledge and what you achieved with that amount of money.  

The great thing about micro-pledges is that they can be tailored to your organization. We recommend having donors commit to a small amount and tie it to an activity your organization performs frequently, that is also closely tied to your mission. An environmental group may ask for donors to pledge $1 per pound of trash collected. A spay/neuter facility may suggest $0.50 for every procedure performed. You can also set the pledge amount to tie in with some element of your nonprofit. For example, if your organization was founded in 1985, maybe you want the donation amount to be $0.85. 

The bottom line: micro-pledges add up. When you look at patterns in how people donate, recurring donations (even micro-pledges) are significantly more valuable than one-time donations. One of the best ways to increase your overall donations is to cultivate relationships with ongoing donors. And, what better way than providing consistent feedback to donors based on your activities and their pledges.

By setting up a micro-pledge campaign, you make it easy for people to donate, while also showing the real impact of your mission.

Want to set up a micro-pledge campaign and give your donors
a compelling reason to contribute?

With CaringCent’s RallyGive program,
it’s easy to set up a fun and engaging campaign!

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3 Tips to Powerfully Communicate Your Goals https://www.caringcent.com/news/3-tips-to-powerfully-communicate-your-goals/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=3-tips-to-powerfully-communicate-your-goals Tue, 04 Jun 2019 16:30:41 +0000 https://www.caringcent.com/?p=7483 How did your last fundraising campaign go? Did you meet your goal, or fall a little short? When it comes to raising the funding necessary to keep your organization running and achieve your nonprofit’s mission, communicating your goals effectively can make or break a campaign. Donors are much more likely to contribute (or increase their […]

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How did your last fundraising campaign go? Did you meet your goal, or fall a little short?

When it comes to raising the funding necessary to keep your organization running and achieve your nonprofit’s mission, communicating your goals effectively can make or break a campaign. Donors are much more likely to contribute (or increase their contribution) if you give them a clear idea of what you need from them, and why.

Here are 3 tips to help you communicate effectively with your audience:

1. Lay out the goal

Be clear about your goal from the beginning. When starting a new campaign, tell your audience specifically what the goal is, i.e. “Raise $50,000 for the science foundation.”

But don’t stop there, be specific. Being specific with your goals helps your audience understand how they can have an impact. For example, if you say you are raising $50,000 for your science foundation, potential donors have no concept of how that money will be used. Instead, say, “We’re raising $50,000 to buy five electron microscopes.”

Lay out the goal.

And then take it a step further and include the “why” and the “what.” Using the example above, the “why” is improving scientific studies and helping to find a cure. The “what” is $50,000 for new electron microscopes. Using this formula to structure your messaging helps people clearly understand your goals for the campaign, and how they can help make an impact.  “We’re raising $50,000 to buy five electron microscopes which help our researchers with their gene studies. These studies will help us find a cure faster.”

By being clear about your goal, you give your audience a sense of buy-in. And when you report results, either mid-campaign or at the end, they can clearly see the results of your efforts and their support.

2. Tell a story

Statistics can be useful to show the importance of the work you’re doing. But data alone can cause your audience to lose interest, may make the problem appear too overwhelming, or make them feel their small contribution will have no impact.

Instead, try to tell a story that is compelling and exemplary of what your organization does. Explaining the goal through a story makes it more personal, attainable, and memorable, for readers.

Data can be overwhelming.

3. Send a reminder

Send a reminder.

Don’t underestimate the power of a reminder email. Human nature often drives donors to think, “That sounds great, I’ll donate later.” Follow up! People are busy, and a little reminder can go a long way to securing donations that didn’t convert the first time around.

By incorporating these three tips, you can better structure your communication to help you meet the goals of your next fundraising campaign.

Do you need help communicating your goals?
Contact us today to learn how we can support you during your next campaign.

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Fun Campaigns To Run With Your Donors https://www.caringcent.com/news/fun-campaigns-to-run-with-your-donors/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=fun-campaigns-to-run-with-your-donors Wed, 15 May 2019 16:28:39 +0000 https://www.caringcent.com/?p=7522 The post Fun Campaigns To Run With Your Donors appeared first on CaringCent.

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When running a successful nonprofit, your relationship with your donors can’t just be about an exchange of donations and thank-you letters. While this is the case for many organizations, you will yield much greater results – and your donors will feel more deeply connected to your mission – if you can find a way to meaningfully engage with them. 

An easy way to do this is to set up a campaign that automates interaction between you and your donors and to make it fun for them in the process.

Donors typically contribute because they care about a particular cause. You can make the process more fun, and more engaging, for them by tying donations directly to your organization’s accomplishments. One way to do this is by using micro-pledges. To set up micro-pledges, donors choose a small amount to donate every time your organization completes an activity. This works best if you choose something that you do frequently and is directly tied to your mission.

Here are some examples of the types of campaigns that tie-in giving to specific goals and help donors to feel more deeply engaged:

For an animal shelter, a donor could contribute $0.50 for every dog sheltered in the month.

For a sports team, a donor could contribute $1 every time the team scores.

For an environmental nonprofit, a donor could contribute $5 for every 20 pounds of trash collected.

For a literacy program, a donor could contribute $0.75 for every book collected.

The great thing about micro-pledges is that you can tailor them to your organization. You can set a designated amount ($0.15 in honor of the organization’s 15th anniversary, perhaps), or let the donor choose the amount they give.

Launching a micro-pledge campaign helps you generate more funds, while also actively engaging your donors in your progress. An engaged donor is more likely to be a repeat donor. This type of giving will also help your donors meet their initial goals for donating – a sense of doing something good for others, and having a measurable impact.

As an added benefit, this type of engagement provides donors with insight into the work you’re doing, and how their funds are being used. Transparency is incredibly important for the success of your nonprofit. These types of campaigns are fun for donors, while also offering transparency into how the money is supporting your mission.  

When donors tie their giving to specific achievements, it provides a strong link between contributions and your organization’s results. This link can lead to donors having a stronger relationship with your organization, making them a reliable source of funding for years to come.

Want to set up a micro-pledge campaign and give your donors
a compelling reason to contribute?

With CaringCent’s RallyGive program,
it’s easy to set up a fun and engaging campaign!

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CaringCent and Operation Hat Trick (OHT) Partner to Raise Awareness and Fund to Support Injured Veterans and Service Members https://www.caringcent.com/uncategorized/oht-pressrelease/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=oht-pressrelease Fri, 29 Mar 2019 21:15:22 +0000 https://www.caringcent.com/?p=7459 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE HAMPTON, NH and ALBUQUERQUE, NM (March 20, 2019) – Operation Hat Trick (OHT), one of the nation’s leading organizations supporting U.S. service members and veterans, announced today a partnership with fundraising innovator CaringCent.  This collaboration will extend OHT’s impact and leadership by leveraging CaringCent’s technology and engagement solutions through enhanced communications and […]

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

HAMPTON, NH and ALBUQUERQUE, NM (March 20, 2019) – Operation Hat Trick (OHT), one of the nation’s leading organizations supporting U.S. service members and veterans, announced today a partnership with fundraising innovator CaringCent.  This collaboration will extend OHT’s impact and leadership by leveraging CaringCent’s technology and engagement solutions through enhanced communications and mission-focused fundraising.

Through this partnership, OHT will have the ability to maximize the impact of its many amazing partners and supporters in pursuit of its mission to generate awareness and support for the recovery of wounded service members and veterans. Through CaringCent’s platform, OHT supporters will better understand real-world impact made by OHT every day.  Through CaringCent’s RallyGive technology, OHT will have the ability to efficiently and effectively measure and communicate the impact donors are having on the organization and, ultimately, the military service members and veterans they support.  The technology will also be used to amplify OHT’s amazing and ongoing story of support for injured and recovering military service members and veterans. (To connect with OHT, text OHTBRIEFING to 22828.)

“CaringCent is a company born from a desire to serve great causes like OHT.  They transform supporter engagement through celebrating the incredible work its partner organizations accomplish every day,” said Dot Sheehan, Founder and CEO of Operation Hat Trick. “At OHT, we share a similar defining commitment to service – specifically for those that sacrifice for our country. We will be able to significantly expand our military support mission using CaringCent’s exceptional approach.”

Operation Hat Trick, a 501c3 organization, increases awareness, support and funding for the recovery of wounded service members and veterans through the sale of branded merchandise, proceeds of which are distributed to selected organizations that support OHT’s mission.  OHT’s unique licensed product business model was born in college licensing and is the first of its kind. The brand is widely supported by professional sports leagues, colleges and universities, and a growing list of brands in and outside of sports.

“Operation Hat Trick is a truly genuine brand that touches hundreds of thousands of potential supporters at retail every year,” said CaringCent CEO, Dr. Jim Wills. “We couldn’t be more proud to leverage our innovative services to grow awareness and support for OHT.  OHT’s incredible track record of supporting our nation’s service members and veterans through retail partnerships has positioned the organization for exponential future impact.  We’re excited to help this great organization leap forward”

About Operation Hat Trick

Supported by over 400 leading universities, two living Presidents, NHL, NBA, MLB and major corporations, Operation Hat Trick (OHT) is a 501c3 helping America’s injured service members recover from the visible and invisible wounds of war. Since 2014, OHT has donated over $1,000,000 to programs that meet its mission. Over 1.6 million consumers have made a “purchase with a purpose” by buying OHT hats, apparel, other merchandise and products. OHT strives to fill some critical gaps in care, getting desperately needed support to veterans where it’s needed most.  For more information, to give online or to purchase OHT apparel and merchandise, visit www.operationhattrick.org.

About CaringCent

CaringCent is transforming philanthropy by aligning consumers, causes and companies in shared caring.  The company’s technologies enable athletic departments and non-profits to meet the new giving preference of today’s consumers, resulting in increased supporter engagement and recurring, mission-focused financial support.  CaringCent’s platform and engagement services not only solve the problems of new donor acquisition and recurring support but enables companies to foster customer loyalty through their shared caring of a cause.  CaringCent serves leading nonprofits and businesses across the country along with collegiate and high school athletic departments.  For more information, please visit www.caringcent.com

 

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Volunteer Appreciation Week: 6 Ways to Say Thanks https://www.caringcent.com/news/volunteer-appreciation-week-6-ways-to-say-thanks/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=volunteer-appreciation-week-6-ways-to-say-thanks Fri, 22 Mar 2019 16:23:57 +0000 https://www.caringcent.com/?p=2979 Just hearing the words “thank you” can be enough for someone to feel appreciated.  But actions speak louder than words, and there are many ways to demonstrate gratitude as we approach Volunteer Appreciation Week. Consider the estimated value of a volunteer hour which is about $23.00.  Multiply that by the hundreds, if not thousands, of […]

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Just hearing the words “thank you” can be enough for someone to feel appreciated.  But actions speak louder than words, and there are many ways to demonstrate gratitude as we approach Volunteer Appreciation Week.

Consider the estimated value of a volunteer hour which is about $23.00.  Multiply that by the hundreds, if not thousands, of volunteer hours contributed at your organization, and you’re sure to come up with an astonishing figure.

But really, aren’t volunteers priceless?

So why not show them!  Here are some suggestions to help you plan a gratitude-filled week that will make each volunteer feel appreciated, valued, and special. (And we’ll help you stay within a budget!)

6 Ways to Thank Your Volunteers

  1. Schedule ‘thank you’ moments on social media. Take a recorded or live video of staff (or the people your organization serves) and post it to social media each day.
  2. Share the impact of your volunteers on social media. Each day, let your followers know how many meals are served each year, how many hours mentors give each week, etc.
  3. Host a special volunteer appreciation event. You don’t have to spend a lot to show you care. Try any of these.
    • Organize a simple get-together, such as an ice cream social, coffee and donuts, a picnic or a barbecue.
    • Have staff and board members prepare food. In addition to saving some money, your volunteers will feel extra special when they see the staff and leadership of your organization doing the work to prepare and serve a fantastic meal.
    • Identify a sponsor to defray the cost of your event. Sponsorship can extend beyond fundraising events.
    • Include an information table. Put out some postcards and flyers at your event that describe other volunteer opportunities, events, and ways to give. Have a staff member stationed here to answer questions.
    • Provide nametags. At your event, have printed nametags that also state how each person volunteers. These are great conversation starters!
  4. Make connections! One reason people volunteer is to network and meet other people.  So be intentional and introduce your volunteers to board members and committee members.  It gives you an opportunity to brag about your volunteers to leadership, while cultivating new relationships within your organization.
  5. Say cheese! Be sure to capture all of the events of Volunteer Appreciation Week and share on your website and social media. What better advertising to prospective volunteers and donors than the many smiling faces of your volunteers!
  6. Send thank you notes. Divide and conquer – give each staff member a list of volunteers to send thank you notes.

Whatever you plan for this week, encourage staff to take time each day to thank a volunteer.  Volunteers are the unpaid staff of your organization.  Letting them know how much you appreciate their time and talents is important to cultivating long-term, positive relationships.

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World Spay Day – Let’s Spread the Word! https://www.caringcent.com/news/worldspayday/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=worldspayday https://www.caringcent.com/news/worldspayday/#respond Thu, 14 Feb 2019 16:37:48 +0000 https://www.caringcent.com/?p=7215 World Spay Day, celebrated this year on February 26, 2019, is an international day of action to sterilize pets, including homeless cats and dogs. Spaying and neutering pets helps save lives by reducing the homeless pet population and euthanization of healthy animals.  Started by the Doris Day Animal League (DDAL), it is now a campaign of The […]

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World Spay Day, celebrated this year on February 26, 2019, is an international day of action to sterilize pets, including homeless cats and dogs. Spaying and neutering pets helps save lives by reducing the homeless pet population and euthanization of healthy animals.  Started by the Doris Day Animal League (DDAL), it is now a campaign of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), Humane Society International (HSI) and Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association (HSVMA).

Benefits of Spaying/Neutering

It’s a great day for animal rescue organizations, and really all of us, to spread the word on the importance of spaying and neutering pets.  Not only is this effort critical to reducing the homeless pet population, spaying and neutering our own pets as well as animals up for adoption has many other benefits, including:

  • May help minimize or eliminate behavioral problems, including roaming, aggression, barking and howling (cats), spraying and marking, and mounting and other dominance-related behaviors.
  • Health benefits include minimizing or eliminating the risk of certain cancers, including prostrate and testicular cancer in males and breast cancer in females.  It also eliminates the risk of pyometra in female pets, which is a life threatening infection of the uterus.
  • In terms of animal safety, neutered/spayed pets are less likely to roam outside or engage in fights with other animals.  According to a USA Today article, unneutered dogs are more than twice as likely to get hit by cars or bitten by another animal, and unneutered cats are four times as likely to be hit by a car and 3 times as likely to be bit by another animal.
Make a Difference for Pets Worldwide

How can we help the cause on World Spay Day?

  • Spread the word on social media using the #WorldSpayDay hashtag.  Click here to download some attention getting graphics (sized for Facebook and Twitter) containing statistics on the impact of spaying and neutering.
  • If you are an organization that facilitates spaying and neutering, use World Spay Day to remind people of your services and ask for donations—this day is all about the importance of the work you are doing!
  • Raise awareness of the importance of spaying and neutering by creating special posters or handouts to have available for people visiting your organization, and include this information in your newsletters as well.

 

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6 Ways to Wow Your Donors this Valentine’s Day https://www.caringcent.com/uncategorized/6-ways-to-wow-your-donors-this-valentines-day/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=6-ways-to-wow-your-donors-this-valentines-day Mon, 28 Jan 2019 17:43:04 +0000 https://www.caringcent.com/?p=7138 Love is in the air at CaringCent!  We can’t think of a better way to celebrate than to share some tips on how to romance your donors. Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to be kind and generous to your donors and remind them how much they mean to your nonprofit. #1 – Use social […]

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Love is in the air at CaringCent!  We can’t think of a better way to celebrate than to share some tips on how to romance your donors. Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to be kind and generous to your donors and remind them how much they mean to your nonprofit.

#1 – Use social media to put your nonprofit’s heart on display

One great way to reach donors on Valentine’s Day is via your social media networks. Create a graphic for your social page in order to catch your donors’ attention. You can even take it a step further and come up with a clever hashtag to help promote the holiday and your nonprofit. Here are a couple examples of social media posts to remind their donors’ they are loved:

#2 – Send your donors a personal Valentine

Think back to simpler times when your biggest concern was how many “Cowabunga! Be my Valentine?” cards showed up on your desk. One way to reach your donors is to channel your inner 3rd grader and create a hand-made V-day card to send them. If you don’t have time to bust out the hole-punch and construction paper, you many opt to send a Valentine’s email.  This email can as simple as a recycle of the special graphic you created for social media (see #1) with a quick note thanking them, or simply just the note!  The idea is that you are thinking of the donor and appreciating what they contribute to your cause.

#3 – Deliver a gift

Everyone loves feeling special on Valentine’s Day and your donors are no different! If you love to bake, hand-deliver a basket of baked goods to your donors. Check out these delicious recipes from Martha Stewart. If baking isn’t your thing, then use what skills you or a member of your staff have to create a personal and creative gift to give to your donors—doodle sketches, origami animals, friendship bracelets.  It doesn’t have to be extravagant or expensive, just something to let your donors know you are thinking of them.  Surprise and delight them!

#4 – Create a Valentine’s Day graphic to display on your website or social media profile

This is a great way to make a first and lasting impression when donors visit your site. Create a V-day graphic that fits into your nonprofit brand and include it at the top of your website as well as your social media profiles. It can be a graphic thanking donors, or letting all your constituents know how much you appreciate them. Make it fun and attention-grabbing!

#5 – Make a spontaneous phone call

With the lost art of voice interaction due to text messaging and emails, here’s an idea: pick up the phone. That’s right, use those digits to dial your donors’ phone number and let them hear your voice. This is a great activity for board members and staff!  Split up the list and invite everyone in for a calling party, complete with candy hearts and pink balloons!  Call your donors to wish them a Happy Valentine’s Day and personally thank them for their generous contributions and big heart.

#6 – Create a “home” movie

Another great way to get the staff involved is to create a simple video like the one below from charity: water, with handmade valentines featuring your donors’ names. Get the staff together for an arts and crafts session to create these valentines—a great team building exercise!  Put on some music, film the results, and for bonus points, send out those valentines via old-school mail to the donors featured on them!

 

Bonus #7 –  Don’t forget your volunteers!

This is also a great time to use any of the above to let your volunteers know they are loved and appreciated!

Whatever you decide, remember the reason for the season and make sure to give love this Valentine’s Day!

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A Tale of Two Gifts https://www.caringcent.com/news/two-gifts/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=two-gifts https://www.caringcent.com/news/two-gifts/#respond Fri, 25 Jan 2019 19:54:01 +0000 https://www.caringcent.com/?p=7134 Friend “A” Over the holidays, I sent to an out-of-town friend, who loves jewelry, a bracelet from a brand I know she has many pieces from and really likes.  I was so excited to send this bracelet as I just knew she would really love it and get a lot of use out of it.  […]

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Friend “A”

Over the holidays, I sent to an out-of-town friend, who loves jewelry, a bracelet from a brand I know she has many pieces from and really likes.  I was so excited to send this bracelet as I just knew she would really love it and get a lot of use out of it.  Well, the holidays came and went, and I never heard from my friend and was starting to wonder whether she had even received the gift.  During the first week of January, I received a quick text from that friend: “I got the bracelet, thanks!”  Well, at least I know she got it, but…did she like it?  Was she surprised?  Was she even happy about it?  The wind was out of my sails at that point.

Friend “B”

Now let me tell you about another friend, who I know is an avid baker.  She collects cookbooks like my other friend collects bracelets.  I found out about a new cookbook from a local bakery that was recently released, and decided to send this book to her.  Well, three days after I sent it, I get a call from her.  “I’m sorry,” she says.  Whatever for, I wondered? She continued, “I couldn’t wait until Christmas to open the gift you sent me, I absolutely love it! I’ve already marked several recipes that I’m going to try out this weekend.  Thank you so much!”  How do you think I felt at that moment?  I felt great!  I had done something that my friend really appreciated.

And guess what else happened?  That weekend she emailed me another thank you along with a photo of a gorgeous cake she had made from a recipe in the cookbook.  A couple weeks later, she texted me another photo of something she had made from the book and told me how much everyone at her party enjoyed it.  I was thrilled!  Not only did she like the gift, she was using it!  I have no doubt that I’ll be receiving some more great photos of things she has made.

Why Does This Matter?

Who do you think I’m going to send a gift to again?  See where I’m going with this?  It’s just a different way to think about a donor/cause relationship. A donor gives a gift because it makes them feel good to be doing something for a cause they care about.  But it’s a two-way street.  The cause needs to thank the donor for the gift and let them know how pleased they are to receive it.   But to really hit a home run, the cause needs to share in an ongoing way how they are using the gift and its impact.  If you do this, there’s a pretty good chance that your cause will be getting a second gift, because you continued to reinforce the good feeling that inspired the donor to give in the first place.

At CaringCent, our focus is on keeping donors engaged with the causes they support; if you’re not consistently engaging with your donors, we’d love to know what’s preventing it—is it resources?  Difficulty telling the impact? Let us know in the comments!

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Christmas in July https://www.caringcent.com/uncategorized/christmas-in-july/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=christmas-in-july Tue, 18 Jul 2017 14:43:04 +0000 https://www.caringcent.com/?p=3097 November and December may be the best months for donations, with almost one-third of annual giving taking place in December.  And if you rely on volunteer support, you probably have the happy problem of more volunteers than ways to utilize them. But what happens to all that interest after December 31? *crickets* It doesn’t have […]

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November and December may be the best months for donations, with almost one-third of annual giving taking place in December.  And if you rely on volunteer support, you probably have the happy problem of more volunteers than ways to utilize them.

But what happens to all that interest after December 31?

*crickets*

It doesn’t have to be that way.  Stay front and center with your supporters this summer.  Communication shouldn’t go on vacation.

With the exception of spring fundraisers, it’s typically pretty quiet from January through summer.  So how do you stay in front of your supporters when they’re busy planning and enjoying summer vacations?

 

Be INTENTIONAL. Be CREATIVE. Be FUN.

Create a summer campaign for your organization’s community of donors and volunteers to follow and outline ways they can EASILY help during the summer (after all, it’s the lazy, hazy days of summer).  Don’t be shy about letting supporters to know that you need support during the summer and not just at the holidays!

Create a special day of the week for July or August when you ask supporters to follow and share among their social communities to ask for small donations or to generate new followers. Task a small group of junior board members or volunteers with getting things started on their social networks.  
Examples:  

  1. Did you know Springfield Animal Shelter rescues 1,000+ animals each summer? We can’t do it without your support – Donate $10 today! #MondayFUNDay
  2. Just $10 provides a day of shelter and dinner for someone in our community. Can you give $10 today to support a homeless neighbor? #TensForDCShelter
  3. I support @DCShelter – learn how they’re putting an end to homelessness in our city #FriendsOfDCShelter #FriendFriday #FollowFriday

Educate your community – Share statistics, stories and historical details about your organization.  Short, quick bits that inform and pique curiosity.

Ask for easy and fun volunteer help – People want to relax and enjoy their summer, so give your supporters some ways to pitch in that require little effort or that are perfect for summertime.

  1. Outdoor projects? Maybe some sprucing up outdoors isn’t a major priority, but perhaps a special appeal to your supporters will elicit their help because who doesn’t want to be outdoors in beautiful weather?
  2. Ask for virtual volunteers.  Do you have some projects that volunteers can do while sitting poolside or while they travel?  Ask for someone to create a social media ambassador program!
  3. Survey your community.  If you need feedback or suggestions, a short 2-minute survey is easy to fill out and can provide some impetus for small change at your organization.

Spur excitement about fall/winter events with ‘Save the Date’ posts – Share some of last year’s best event photos and get people excited to save the date for your organization’s fall/winter events.

Be grateful – Share your appreciation through regular ‘thank you’s’ to volunteers and donors.  Highlight their impact via emails or social media. Again, create a special hashtag, for example: #summerofthanks #DCShelterThanks

Whatever you do, just be sure to DO SOMETHING this summer.  Your supporters want to be part of something special, they want a relationship with your organization.  Keep in touch and be present!

Looking for an easy way to get recurring donors on board that’s affordable for them and impactful for you?  Learn about roundup fundraising here!

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June Partner Spotlight: Texas CASA https://www.caringcent.com/uncategorized/june-partner-spotlight-texas-casa/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=june-partner-spotlight-texas-casa Thu, 01 Jun 2017 13:30:29 +0000 https://www.caringcent.com/?p=3054 In a family, it’s natural to have others who give advice, look out for our well-being and best interests, and want nothing but the best for us.  One organization in Texas is ensuring that those same supportive, familial qualities exist for children placed in Texas’s child protection system. Through Texas CASA (court appointed special advocates), […]

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In a family, it’s natural to have others who give advice, look out for our well-being and best interests, and want nothing but the best for us.  One organization in Texas is ensuring that those same supportive, familial qualities exist for children placed in Texas’s child protection system. Through Texas CASA (court appointed special advocates), volunteers are helping thousands of neglected or abused children get out of foster care and into permanent homes. CASA’s are trained volunteers who advocate for children while they are in foster care, speaking up for them in court, working with everyone in the child’s life – teachers, doctors, social workers, family members – up until the time they find their forever home.

When you consider the numbers, the work of Texas CASA is extraordinary.  Every day, 52 children are removed from their home and enter the foster care system.  Providing a voice for these children while guiding them toward stable, loving homes is at the heart of what CASAs do.  Leading the way for Texas CASA is CEO Vicki Spriggs.

Tell us about your work with Texas CASA?

As Texas CASA CEO, my role is to provide leadership to the Texas CASA staff and all those comprising the CASA community.  I enjoy the opportunity to make a difference for children who, through no fault of their own, end up in our state’s child protection system. I am able to do this by constantly supporting and challenging the staff of Texas CASA as we seek out new opportunities to value our clients, the 71 local CASA programs and their staff/board of directors. The resources, trainings and assistance we provide the local CASA programs support their ability to make a difference to the more than 9,000 volunteers across the state who are donating their time and talents to make a difference in the life of a child. The difference they are able to make starts with quality on-boarding training of the CASA volunteer and coaching throughout the term of their service.

Another source of enjoyment is the Texas CASA staff – I am able to work with an incredible team of people who are committed to working to make a difference. The energy, creativity, commitment, wisdom and varied experiences of all those who work here make it a joy to come to work even when there are incredible challenges facing us.

What do CASA volunteers do?

When a child enters the child protection system because his or her home is no longer safe due to abuse or neglect, a judge may appoint a committed volunteer to advocate for the best interest of the child in court and other settings. That volunteer is called a Court Appointed Special Advocate, or CASA. CASA volunteers are everyday community members who make an extraordinary difference for children in state care.

They get to know the child and gather information from everyone involved in their life, including family members, foster parents, teachers, social workers and other relevant people; in order to form a holistic understanding of the child’s unique needs. They speak up for the child in the courtroom, at school, and in other settings with the overall goal of getting the child out of the system and into a safe, permanent and loving home as quickly as possible.

How else is Texas CASA involved in advocating for children in the child protection system?

As the statewide organization, Texas CASA provides financial support and services to help ensure the 71 local CASA volunteer advocacy programs operate effectively and can seek out the best possible volunteers who will work tirelessly and diligently to help children find their forever homes. We also take CASA advocacy from the courtroom to the Capitol by advocating at the state level for effective public policy that will improve the state’s foster care system and ultimately, the lives of the children in its care.

What is something most people don’t know about your organization?

Our staff is truly “all in” for the CASA cause. Though we do not directly work with children, many Texas CASA staff members are CASA volunteers, dedicating their free time to furthering the CASA mission. In addition, some of our most loyal donors are our own staff members. In the past few years, we’ve also reached 100 percent staff giving.

Are there any special initiatives in the near future for Texas CASA?

Texas CASA is not only seen as a leader in child welfare in Texas, but also nationally. Currently, we are spearheading several major initiatives that have the potential to transform advocacy for children in the child protection system. The first is Collaborative Family Engagement (CFE), a unique family finding project that partners CASA and CPS as a true team to create a community of support around the children and their families. CFE focuses on the idea that children have many blood relatives and other important connections that can be identified and located, and engaged with a child welfare case from the start – effectively reducing the time children spend in care and connecting children with adult support systems that will last even after CASA and CPS involvement ends.

How can people get involved with Texas CASA’s efforts to help children?

If you’re ready to speak up for a child who needs you, you can visit www.BecomeACASA.org to locate and contact your local CASA program and take the first step towards becoming a CASA volunteer. There are a few basic requirements: you must be over age 21, able to pass criminal and CPS history background checks, willing to participate in an in-depth training program, and willing to commit at least one year of your time to a case. Beyond those qualifications, there is no special background or education required – just the desire to help abused and neglected children.

In addition, if you know someone who you feel has the heart, strength and compassion to speak up for kids, you can let them know by nominating them today at www.NominateACASA.org. You can also support the efforts of Texas CASA and the CASA community statewide by donating to Texas CASA at www.TexasCASA.org/ways-give, or by donating your “spare change” with CaringCent at www.TexasCASA.org/CaringCent.

What can you tell someone who is thinking about donating to Texas CASA?

A donation to Texas CASA is an investment in the future of Texas’ children. By making a gift to Texas CASA, you can help the CASA program(s) in both your community and around the state to provide the very best volunteer advocacy for children in the child protection system.

I am proud to say that last year in Texas, more than 9,100 committed volunteers advocated for 27,953 children. With nearly 49,000 kids currently in the system, almost half are still in need – Texas CASA strives to help bridge this gap, and your support is essential for us to one day provide a volunteer for every child who needs one.

Why did you choose to partner with CaringCent?

We love that our supporters can help provide a voice to thousands of children in care by donating their spare change. CaringCent has provided an easy, hassle-free way of donating and we know that our donors appreciate the convenience.

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