Category: Blog

  • 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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