Infographic: How Credit Card Donation Processing Works

Although online donations are becoming more popular sources of fundraising revenue for nonprofits, donors may not understand how their contributions actually reach the charity. Much of online payment processing occurs behind the scenes, but the average transaction can be approved in a matter of seconds,... (continued)

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Challenging Giving Perceptions: Generation Y vs. Baby Boomers

When it comes to fundraising, there seems to be a frenzied dash to solicit Generation Y (also known as Millennials), comprising donors aged 18 to 32 years.

After all, the ALS ice bucket challenge raised millions; Barack Obama’s fundraising success of 2008 and 2012 targeting youth got him elected twice;... (continued)

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Nonprofit Online Fundraising: Does Your Organization Pass the Test?

Pamela Grow randomly selected 2 non-profits to donate to each week, and then critiqued their online giving process and follow-up. Find out who passed the test!

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Donation Premiums: Do They Work?

Follow the link below for the full article! Summary: Ever wonder if giving premiums or token gifts for donations works? You know, offering labels as an incentive to give, or a T-shirt as a bonus for giving? Well, there’s a lot of controversy surrounding the issue. Here’s what people have found and what the research says.

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The Universal Tactics of Persuasion & How Non-profits Can Use Them

A look at six universal tactics for persuasion and how the can used by non-profits to persuade donors and grant makers that your organization is worth supporting.


From Microsoft Access to Sumac: A TechSoup CRM Case Study

TechSoup has started a series of case studies that look at what CRM software different non-profits are using, and how they have benefitted. Recently, they asked the Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank about their experience with moving from Microsoft Access to Sumac. Here are some highlights from that interview...


Year End Donation Receipts & Statements: Everything you Need to Know

Follow the link below for the full article! Summary: January has rolled around. You just finished tackling your year end appeal, and now it’s time to get busy again generating year end receipts and statements. Don’t stress out, here’s everything you need to know.

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Widespread Scam Has Michael Hlinka arguing to Abolish the Charity Tax Credit

Follow the link below for the full article! Summary: Michael Hlinka explains how Canadians have been abusing the tax system and argues that maybe we should just get rid of charity tax credit all together.

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The 6 Most Annoying Things About Donor CRM

Over the years, we’ve heard from all kinds of non-profits about what frustrates them most about the software they used in the part, and here are the top six things we’ve heard:

  1. Having to Re-enter Data

Many non-profit organizations complain that they would have to enter important donor information twice because the... (continued)


How to use YouTube to get more donations

YouTube's nonprofit program includes helpful resources to get your campaign off to a smart start. Video is a very engaging tool and perfect for storytelling; this program is too good to miss!

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5 Great Fundraising Videos

Follow the link below for the full article! Summary: Ever think of substituting your fundraising letter for a video? There’s no better way to stir emotions and draw people in to tell them a story about your need than a carefully crafted video. Here are 5 great fundraising videos that we hope will inspire you and some tips for getting it just right.

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The Incredible Power The Phone: 3 Nonprofit Case Studies and a 400% increase in Donations!

Follow the link below for the full article! Summary: Here are 3 proven ways to increase donations using a simple phone call that does not involve asking for money. Instead, these phone calls are to thank donors, update them and offer encouragement. The results are astounding!


The Business Case for Investment in Microfinance

Microfinance as an industry presents a ‘business’ case for investment, even where profit is not the greatest motivation. When making business decisions, investors value new propositions to identified needs. A ‘bigger’ solution in a larger market, infers more economic opportunity. "Where others see problems,... (continued)


Clever Tactics for Gaining Monthly Donors

The true value of monthly donors is undisputed. Securing just 30 monthly donors at $20 per month may generate only a monthly revenue stream of $600, but over the next 12 months their contributions will add up to $7,200. And time, effort and expenses are saved because there is no need to keep sending repeated “asks”. The... (continued)


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Word of God New Life Mission (“WOGNLM”) is an independent, non-profit 501(c)(3) located online, successfully serving people through all Grade since 2005. Staying true to our mission by the Word of God–Word of God New Life Mission cherishes cultivates wonder and inspires confident learners and leaders - we are pleased to offer an... (continued)


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Spirit of Compassion (SOCCA) Celebration and Awards 2014

Date: Saturday, November 15, 2014, 6PM Location: Westin Domain, Austin, TX Our annual Spirit of Compassion Celebration & Awards honor outstanding individuals and organizations who work to end homelessness in Austin. This year’s theme, “There’s No Place Like Home,” will transport you to a place where everyone has a HOME:

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How to Impress the Wired Wealthy and Capitalize on the Rise in Online Giving.

Follow the link below to read the full article! Summary: It probably comes as no surprise to many of you that online giving is growing. What may be surprising, however, is that the very wealthy (a reported 1% of donors that are responsible for 32% of non-profits annual gifts) are among those that prefer giving online

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Why Every Non-profit Needs a Monthly Giving Program

Follow the link below for the full article! Summary: Monthly giving works, there is no question. The success stories are countless and the benefits for both the non-profit and donor are undeniable. We’ll take you through some of these benefits and what you need to get a program like this up and running.

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Is Your Non-profit PCI Compliant? Everything you Need to Know About The Data Security Standard

Follow the link below for the full article! Summary: If you handle credit card information, you must comply with the Standard laid out by PCI. We’ll tell you everything you need to know, including how Sumac can help with compliance.

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6 Ways to Thank Your Donors

Follow the link below for the full article! Summary: Showing your appreciation to donors is incredibly important. It’s what keeps them giving and giving more! Here are six ways to say thanks along with some tips, examples and resources.

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Comparison of Top 10 Social Fundraising Websites

Follow the link below for the full article! Summary: A comparison of price and features of the top 10 peer-to-peer, social fundraising websites. Includes an example fundraising page for each.

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Free Sites That Help You Raise Money and Awareness

Follow the link below for the full article! Summary: Need to raise money, or engage people with your cause? Well, there are many websites that let you do this and are completely free to use. Here we tell you about these websites and give you some helpful advice on how best to use them.


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