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Friday, September 27, 2019

What is Donor Retention and Why Should I Care?


Does it feel like charities have a way of getting in touch with you everywhere? They show up in your mailbox, your inbox, and even call your home.

At Charity Navigator, we’ve heard from many donors who say this approach is annoying. Some are irritated by the number of solicitations they receive from organizations. Others question the efficiency (and legitimacy) of charities who solicit donations over the phone.

While we’re not here to defend these fundraising strategies or verify their efficiency, we do understand why charities are interested in reaching you. Before you recycle that mailer, delete that email, or hang up the phone, here are a few things to consider...


Friday, September 20, 2019

Ask a Fundraiser: What is a Match Campaign?


Your donation will be tripled!
Your donation will be matched!
Your donation is doubled!
1=2, 1:1, 1:2

Have you ever received an email or piece of mail from a charity that referenced a matching challenge like the one above and wondered what it really meant or how it actually worked? Charity Navigator is here to answer all your questions about these special campaigns.
What is a matching campaign?


Friday, September 13, 2019

Tidying Up My Philanthropy


As someone who spends a little too much time on Instagram, I can confidently say minimalism is having a moment. My feed is full of scarcely decorated, white-washed rooms, capsule wardrobes designed to create a season’s worth of outfits with ten pieces of clothing, and five-minute daily beauty routines.

I must say, this trend toward minimalism is refreshing. It inspired me to declutter my home and “Marie Kondo” my closet. And, generally speaking, the process left me feeling more intentional and content. It also prompted me to start thinking about the ways I could use these concepts in my life outside of my apartment. Being a person who spends at least forty hours a week thinking about philanthropy, my charitable giving felt like a natural application.

Here’s an easy way I adopted “philanthropic minimalism” and am doing more by doing less...


Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Get Smart Fast: 10 Things You Need to Know About Planned Giving


New to planned giving? We can’t make you an expert in the next four minutes, but these facts will get you halfway there in no time at all.

Friday, September 6, 2019

The Do's an Don'ts of Peer-to-Peer Fundraising


You absolutely love a charity. We are talking hopelessly smitten.

You donate (or maybe you would, but don’t have the funds). You volunteer. So, what else can you do you to communicate your affection? Enter, peer-to-peer fundraising!

Check out our Do’s and Dont’s for Peer-to-Peer fundraising before you create your next (or very first!) peer-to-peer fundraising campaign!