CommitChange Blog

  • 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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  • Making the Most of a Last Minute Campaign

    Has the Giving Season snuck up on you? Maybe your organization is small and your team is juggling too much, or maybe you’ve sworn off of Giving Tuesday only to experience fear of missing out as it approaches.  Whatever the reason you haven’t started planning your campaign until a week before Giving Tuesday, all is […]

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  • Help Us Save .ORG

    Through CommitChange’s six year history, we have always focused on meeting the needs of a variety of nonprofits. Meeting those needs through our service has expanded from our original donation widget to ticket sales and event management, crowdfunding tools and a CRM. Over the last few years, we’ve attempted to meet the needs of a […]

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  • Using Donor Insights for Giving Tuesday Success

    Making sure that your donor data is clean and organized can be a large project, but it is key to putting together email and social media campaigns that work. If you haven’t already cleaned up your database, now is the time to merge duplicates, update your email lists, and make sure that you can access […]

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  • Diving Deeper Into Giving Tuesday

    My advice to nonprofit professionals is to create a “fundraising ecosystem,” and Giving Tuesday is the perfect vehicle to do so. Giving Tuesday is a short-term, standalone campaign with massive branding recognition and a way for a wider supporter-base to discover your nonprofit. Instead of treating your social media presence as a one-stop promotion shop […]

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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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  • Donation Processing Guide for Nonprofits

    Example donation processing systems for nonprofits. L to R: CommitChange, Ejoinme, and unknown. Overview: Collecting Donations Online Nonprofits raise over $20 billion every year from individual donors and that number is growing rapidly as internet usage becomes ubiquitous and smartphones proliferate, even among older supporters. In the midst of this cultural upheaval, it’s critical that […]

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  • Donation Processing Best Practices

    Note: This article assumes you have a basic understanding of online donation processing. If you’re brand new to the concept, read our Donation Processing Guide for Nonprofits. Donation processing is a surprisingly complex subject, and one of our biggest ongoing challenges here at CommitChange. By focusing rigorously on the giving process, we’ve been able to increase […]

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