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Four Best Practices for Your Nonprofit Mid Year Stand Out To Have Your Donor Best Year Yet

  1. Start Preparing for End of Year

While it might seem early to start planning for your end year Annual Fund campaigns, it’s not! It’s never too early to start preparing.  The more groundwork your nonprofit lays for your end of the year, the smoother the big asks, campaigns, and challenges will be.

  1. Send out an Annual Report 

It is recommended that annual reports are created/published within six months of the end of your fiscal year. So if your nonprofit’s year ends in December, before June, it is best practice for your annual report to be sent out to donors and available on your website for the rest of the year for transparency. What does a good Annual Report include? A letter from the President, some good metrics of success and impact for your ministry, impact testimonials, two pie charts of your income and expenses, and a page of your “Looking Forward” vision.

  1. Send out Customized Impact Reports to your top donors 

Sending customized impact reports to your top donors is a great way to give them a sneak peek of your annual report. Major donors love to see how their donations are being used, reports are a good way to create a lasting relationship!  These reports are easy to create in a Google Doc with the Annual Report content, then customize their name on the first page. You can mail them out (optimally) or send them individually as a pdf.

  1. Look at a Possible Matching Challenge 

The Mid-Year might be the perfect time to run a matching challenge! We recommend doing this between Mother’s Day and Memorial Day.  Some non-profits include a way to “honor your Mom” by giving to your non-profit, then include a downloadable Mother’s Day card to kick off the Matching Challenge.

The Mid-Year is the perfect time to check in with your fundraising goals. It can provide an excellent opportunity to raise funds for your Nonprofit!

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What to include in an Annual Report?

As many nonprofits are in full swing of planning, thanking their donors well from 2020, and meeting their fundraising goals for 2021, it is important to let your donors know how their 2020 donations are being used wisely. How can you do this? Create an annual report or “Impact Report.”!

An annual report is a document that highlights the impact you had this year. An annual report is like a yearbook, it shows metrics or bullets of successes or progress in the last year, and a pie chart of your income and a separate pie chart of your expenses, and pulls on heartstrings with a testimonial of at least one life that has been impacted by your organization. Meet with your team and pick out some of your favorite impact stories! 

It is recommended that annual reports should be published within 6 months of the end of your fiscal year. This means that if your nonprofit’s year ends in December, before June an annual report should be sent out to donors and available on your website for the rest of the year for transparency. 

Showing your income and expenses will set you apart as a nonprofit! Donors like to see transparency. Donors like to see “up and to the right” growth. Consider including a chart of the last 3-5 years and the growth you have experienced. Including your financial metrics can show donors that donating to your organization is a wise investment.

A sample, good Annual Report includes a letter from the president opening the report, bullets of success and metrics, measurable indicators, and also could include a page about looking ahead and plans for the future. Looking ahead can get donors even excited for what your nonprofit is doing!

Annual reports build trust and confidence with donors and keep your donors giving year after year. A successful annual report can help your nonprofit achieve its fundraising goals for the next fiscal year and serves as a marketing brochure that your donors can share with friends. 

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How to Increase Funding for Your Non-Profit

 

Leave your donors impressed… Follow these three tips to retain donors and increase their giving!

  • Give Donors a Voice.  Donors love to be heard and to have a platform in which to give their input and their testimonies.  Hold a monthly zoom call and invite all your donors to join.  Here you can give them an update and ask for their feedback.

 

  • Host Open House, Office Visits and Vision Events.  This tip is great even if you are just starting a non-profit. In our COVID-19 current environment, I encourage you to give a VIRTUAL tour of your office space. Show your donors and potential donors what a day looks like in the life of your ministry. Then, we were are able to invite people inside our office space, host an open house. This tip allows you to welcome people inside your headquarters, which is basically like your home. Here you will greet, cast vision, love on the donors, and empower them as ambassadors of your nonprofit by sharing all the resources you offer.  It truly works!  These face-to-face events are best held in the months of Feb/March/April/May or September/October/November. Read our meeting guide here, to make sure these events run smoothly!

 

  • Handwritten Notes and Sending First-Time Donor Packets.  Handwritten notes are a lost art form and give your outreach a very personal touch.  Include your business card and invite them to provide you feedback about how your non-profit has impacted their faith journey.  When you have a first time-donor, send them a welcome packet that includes: your welcome letter, business card, information/statistics about your non-profit, bookmark, etc.

Did you know that 19% of first-time donors and 63% of repeat donors are retained?  Therefore, it is extremely important to work hard at retaining your current donors.  History shows that donors who continue to give, especially those who choose to increase their gifts yearly, are retained at higher rates.  For more information on how to build your donor base and increase funding exponentially, check out our Teachable Online Class, “How to Raise the First $50,000 for Your Dream Nonprofit”  at the following link:  http://blessings-brokers2.teachable.com/p/raise50000.

All proceeds from this class will go to nonprofit organizations.

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Self Care Tips for Nonprofit Leaders


Up to 75% of non-profit donations come in the 4th quarter. This season creates a hectic season of the fullest schedules for nonprofits, often leaving leaders burnt out and exhausted. Being a nonprofit leader is not easy.

Self-care brings countless benefits and longevity. Unfortunately, for so many influential leaders, self-care gets pushed to the back of the list. For some, it might be the guilt of taking the time for yourself when you feel pulled to be serving others, for some it might seem like a waste of time, and for some there just are not enough hours in the day.

Below are some tips for non-profit leaders to slow down and take care of themselves.

Find small things outside of work that brings you joy

Dedicate time to be still and calm your mind from your massive to-do list/meetings and find things outside of your job that made you happy today. Instilling gratitude for the small things will run over into every part of your life including your Non-Profit. Start a Gratitude Journal to write five things each day you are grateful for. That small act lifts your spirits.

Schedule time to do what you love

Leaders of Nonprofits make countless sacrifices every day. The selfless spirit of leaders is something to admire, however it is important for leaders to fill up their tanks. Whether it is kayaking, hiking, reading a book, or simply taking a nap, schedule time to do what you love!

Finding a Balance

Long hours, working during family time, and rarely resting is a common trait in non-profit leaders. When you are passionate about your mission and love what your non-profit is doing, it’s hard to find time to stop and relax. Finding a balance between all parts of your life is essential.

God cares about his children’s needs. In 1st King 18:1-8, Elijah is exhausted and is facing despair and loneliness. God saw this and sent an angel to remind him to take care of himself. “The angel of the Lord came back a second time and touched him and said, “Get up and eat, for the journey is too much for you.” So he got up and ate and drank. Strengthened by that food, he traveled forty days and forty nights until he reached Horeb, the mountain of God” (1st King 18:7-8 NIV)

Non-profit leaders, you are making a difference! Blessings Brokers is praying for you and the fruit of your hard labor. Take time to rest and take care of yourself. The best is yet to come!

Read more leadership tips from our founder, Danya Jordan here.

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Non-Profit Meeting Guide

Non-Profit Meeting Guide

We know the frustrations of having a meeting not go as planned…..

Follow these steps to leave your clients, potential clients, or team impressed!

  • The most important meeting is the meeting BEFORE the meeting. Meet internally first to go over objectives who will be part of your meeting.
  • If the meeting is scheduled to be in person, ensure a calendar invite has been sent weeks prior to all parties and the meeting venue—conference room, restaurant reservations, or private room—has been reserved. If the meeting is scheduled to be via Zoom, set up the Zoom and send a calendar invite with the secure Zoom link embedded in the calendar invite. Ensure the settings are correct for the waiting room, screen sharing, etc.
  • If a major donor ask is being presented, prepare and print the documents well ahead of time.  Prepare a copy for each one in the meeting.
    • Customize the cover letter with the ask amount
    • Case For Support
    • Customize the Commitment Form
    • Include the Stock Transfer Form
  •  If the meeting is via Zoom, the first three documents listed can also be merged into one pdf to send to the donor after the meeting if you have shared your screen and presented the Case For Support and ask.
  • If the meeting is in person, prepare the room’s Audio Visual at least 30 minutes ahead of time for microphone check, LCD projector and laptop. Set up refreshments, water, pens, pads, and determine where each person will sit ahead of time. I pray over the space also.
  • If the meeting is via Zoom, plan to log into the Zoom as the host 10-15 minutes ahead of time to welcome your guests.
      • (3 minutes)
      • President (10 minutes)
      • Program Director (5 minutes)
  • Prepare an agenda and send it to the meeting participants at least 24 hours ahead of time. Time each item and list who is the lead to optimizing time
  • Smile and thank your meeting donors/participants again for their valuable time. Let them know you look forward to following up on the day/time you mutually decided.
  • Write a handwritten thank-you note or at least an email after each meeting to the participants. That small gesture sets you apart even more.

Congratulations on leading a successful, influential meeting. You are making a difference!

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Tips To Increase Funding AND Finish The Year Strong

Tips To Increase Funding AND Finish The Year Strong

According to US News, The United States is the most generous nation in the world, followed by Myanmar and New Zealand. Last year, Americans gave $449.64 billion to charity, growing by 2.5% over 2018 and each year. The following tips can increase your non-profit’s fundraising and improve donor relations and retention!

As we begin the last quarter of 2020, may we be encouraged that with your ministry’s strong mission and vision communicated effectively and passionately, donors will continue to give, no matter the economic climate.

1. Smile and Dial your Donors.
Call those donors who gave “Last Year But Unfortunately Not This Year Yet” (LYBUNT) and connect
with them, find out which resources of your ministry have impacted their lives the most, and pray with them.

2. Conduct a Virtual State of the Ministry Event.
“This method by Zoom or similar is a low-cost way of connecting with your donors, casting vision, having them see the leaders, hear a testimonial of life impact, and make a call to action to invest in the ministry. I recommend this multiple times a year.” Make sure to prepare well for this event!

3. Create a digital and social media campaign with benefits to go from one-time giving to
monthly.

Monthly donors are an easy way to increase sustainable income to the ministry.

4. Create a Matching Challenge.
With “Giving Tuesday” always on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (which is December 1), is an excellent time to build momentum and at least double or triple your donations.