Author: Wendy Bolm

  • Access Our CITY Newspaper Case Study for Free

    CITY News is Rochester’s monthly news, arts, and life publication, and has been in print since 1971. When they came to CommitChange at the beginning of 2020, they’d seen other news companies move to online donations and knew it was an inevitable next step. But once the pandemic hit, they quickly realized they’d need to […]

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  • Open Insulin Foundation: Increasing Access to Life-saving Drugs

    CommitChange creates fundraising tools for organizations like OIF to raise funds needed to continue their work. As of this writing, The Open Insulin Foundation has raised nearly $90,000 on CommitChange for its effort to democratize the production and distribution of insulin.

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  • Fundraising Lessons: Food Banks

    We’ve been working alongside food banks since 2012 and have seen hundreds of different fundraising strategies along the way. Core social service nonprofits tend to be the most resource constrained because operational efficiency translates into lives affected, but that can lead to a culture of perpetual desperation — which can trap development teams in cycles […]

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  • How Radiotopia Raised $750K in Annual Recurring Donations

      One of my favorite examples of sustainable fundraising is Radiotopia, a nonprofit that funds the operational costs for podcasts like 99% Invisible, Criminal, and The Heart. They launched on Kickstarter in 2014 and raised over $620,000 in one-time donations; then they realized that Kickstarter wasn’t going to be sustainable for ongoing fundraising. They reached […]

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  • Fundraising Events Redefined

    Since 1997, San Mateo Police Activities League (PAL) has provided recreational, educational, and leisure activities thousands of San Mateo youth. Supported by a volunteer board of directors and a staff consisting of police officers and city employees, PAL is building a stronger and safer community through San Mateo’s most valuable asset: kids. CommitChange recently spoke with Fund […]

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