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#GivingTuesday: Follow Up Email [Samples Included]

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

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There are three things you should communicate to your supporters the Wednesday after #GivingTuesday: Thank you, results, and/or we missed you.

Each of these opens a door for you to continue the relationship with your audience and set the stage for your next effort—in this case, end of year fundraising.
 
Sample Thank You Email

Pro-Tip: Email directly from FundEasy and simplify the process.

Subject: You helped us reach our goal! 

Thank you for joining us this year for #GivingTuesday. Your prayers and donation helped us achieve our goal and we raised [Amount Raised] for our mission!

We were so blessed to have so many needs filled yesterday and we have more opportunities available to work alongside you. We invite you to learn more about volunteering [link to volunteer info], joining our prayer team [link to prayer calendar], and giving toward our end-of-year goal [link to Donation Page].

Thank you for your generous support—both prayerfully and financially. Together we’re making a difference!

“God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.” Hebrews 6:10

[Signature]

P.S. Our #GivingTuesday page will be live for the next 30 days to help us reach our year-end goal of [Fundraising Goal]. Feel free to share [Link to your FundEasy Page] with your friends so that we can increase our movement within the community together.

Like us on Facebook [link to Facebook page] and Follow us on Twitter [link to @TwitterHandle] to stay connected.

 
Sample “We Missed You” Email:

Subject: We missed you!

We missed your participation in our #GivingTuesday campaign yesterday. There is a lot going on, we understand. The good news is that #GivingTuesday isn’t the only day you can get involved!

As a supporter of [Organization], we invite you to learn more about all the ways you can join us: volunteering [link to volunteer info], joining our prayer team [link to prayer calendar], and giving toward our end-of-year goal [link to Donation Page].

Thank you for your consideration in connecting more with [Organization]—both prayerfully and financially. Together we can make a difference!

[Signature]

P.S. Our #GivingTuesday page will be live for the next 30 days to help us reach our year-end goal of [Fundraising Goal]. Please share [Link to your FundEasy Page] with your friends so that we can increase our movement within the community together.

Like us on Facebook [link to Facebook page] and Follow us on Twitter [link to @TwitterHandle] to stay connected.

 
We know that there is a lot going on this time of year. That being said, we also know the important role that follow-up plays in setting up your next ask, so please feel free to use these samples and stay connected with your supporters.

Have a wonderful day and be blessed this #GivingTuesday!

 

Andrea Trudden
Andrea Trudden

 

Promoting #GivingTuesday [samples included]

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017


Now that you have your free #GivingTuesday Campaign set up for November 28, you need to promote it to your audience and community in order to stir up some excitement!

Utilizing email and social media allows for a swift connection with little effort. And to simplify the process even more, we have developed some sample posts and emails for your use.

Social Media Posts
Leading up to #GivingTuesday, take the opportunity to remind your audience of your organization’s mission and needs. If they aren’t able to give financially, there are other ways to help.

  • On #GivingTuesday we are hoping to raise [Fundraising Goal] for the ministry. Please mark your calendar, and help us reach our goal!
  • Next year, we are planning to [insert Ministry Goal]—your gift on #GivingTuesday will help make this possible! [link to FundEasy Page]
  • #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving. Everyone, anywhere, can participate! Give of your time by volunteering [link to volunteer info], your prayers by praying [link to prayer calendar], and your dollars by giving [link to FundEasy Page]
  • Save the date: #GivingTuesday 2017 is November 28th. We’re proud to be a part of the global celebration of giving. Visit [FundEasy Page] to find out more!
  • #GivingTuesday is a day for everyone, everywhere, to GIVE! Find out how you can be part of the movement at [link to FundEasy Page].
  • Everyone has the capacity to give. Join us on November 28 to celebrate #GivingTuesday. You can give your time, skills, voice, dollars, and goods to [organization name] or #payitforward and help others. Visit [FundEasy Page] to find out more!
  • #GivingTuesday isn’t all about financial giving. We are in need of [material goods]. If you’re able to help, please drop these items off to [location] on #GivingTuesday. Of course, financial gifts are still needed and can be given at [FundEasy Page].

 

Email

Email is a great tool you can use to connect with your audience. If you have used Ministry Sync in the past, you can modify the “Invitation Email” to be a “Save the Date” and email your previous guests right from your event. Here’s how.

Sample email #1:

Subject: #GivingTuesday is just 2 weeks away!

This is a season of thanksgiving, and we are so thankful for you!

Your generosity this year has helped us to [Share Ministry Accomplishments and Statistics].

As we celebrate this season of thanksgiving, we also anticipate the ministry that is to come.

#GivingTuesday is coming up on November 28. This is a nationally recognized day of generosity. Everyone, anywhere, can participate! Give of your time by volunteering [link to volunteer info], your prayers by praying [link to prayer calendar], and your dollars by giving [link to FundEasy Page].

In an effort to prepare for ministry, we have set a #GivingTuesday fundraising goal of [Fundraising Goal]. Would you please mark your calendar for #GivingTuesday (November 28, 2017), and consider helping us reach that goal by donating through our fundraising page: #GivingTuesday Fundraising Page [Link to your FundEasy page].

Thank you for your generous support – both prayerfully and financially. Together we’re making a difference!

[Signature]

P.S. You don’t have to wait for #GivingTuesday to give. Our page is able to accept donations today! Thank you for helping us reach our goal of [Fundraising Goal], Give Now! [Link to your FundEasy Page]

Like us on Facebook [FACEBOOK PAGE] and Follow us on Twitter [@HANDLE].

Sample email #2:

Subject: #GivingTuesday is tomorrow!

#GivingTuesday is a celebration of America’s greatest traditions: generosity, entrepreneurialism, community. Everyone has something to give. You can give time or expertise, prayers for our ministry, and/or monetary donations large or small.

Give of your time by volunteering [link to volunteer info], your prayers by praying [link to prayer calendar], and your dollars by giving [link to FundEasy Page].

We have set a #GivingTuesday fundraising goal of [Fundraising Goal] to help us move toward our mission. Would you please consider helping us reach that goal by donating through our fundraising page: #GivingTuesday Fundraising Page [Link to your FundEasy page].

Thank you for your generous support – both prayerfully and financially. Together we’re making a difference!

[Signature]

P.S. You don’t have to wait for #GivingTuesday to give. Our page is able to accept donations today! Thank you for helping us reach our goal of [Fundraising Goal], Give Now! [Link to your FundEasy Page]

Like us on Facebook [FACEBOOK PAGE] and Follow us on Twitter [@HANDLE].

Our hope is that #GivingTuesday becomes an opportunity for all organizations to partake in so that communities are aware of the good resources right in their own backyard.

If you haven’t yet set up your free #GivingTuesday Campaign, use promo code Giving17 and get started now.

 

Crystal Velte
Crystal Velte

 


About #GivingTuesday
#GivingTuesday is a global giving movement that has been built by individuals, families, organizations, businesses and communities in all 50 states and in countries around the world. This year, #GivingTuesday will be held on November 28, 2017. #GivingTuesday harnesses the collective power of a unique blend of partners to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. It inspires people to take collective action to improve their communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they believe in, and help create a better world. #GivingTuesday demonstrates how every act of generosity counts, and that they mean even more when we give together.

To learn more about #GivingTuesday, please visit:
Website: www.givingtuesday.org
#GivingTuesday Toolkit: www.givingtuesday.org/organizations#block–the-complete-toolkit
Facebook: www.facebook.com/GivingTuesday
Twitter: twitter.com/GivingTues

#GivingTuesday Marketing Schedule

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

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Tuesdays are key in the #GivingTuesday campaign. On each Tuesday in November, we recommend connecting with your audience both via email and social media to make them aware of your campaign and your goal. (If you haven’t set up your free #GivingTuesday FundEasy page, click here.)

Below is our recommended marketing schedule for your #GivingTuesday campaign. If you set up your campaign after November 14, we suggest emailing your audience announcing your #GivingTuesday campaign as soon as your page is set up. Click here for sample email language for your use.

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Social Media Schedule:
Tuesday, November 14:

  • Post: #GivingTuesday is just two weeks away! Please help us reach our [Fundraising Goal]. Every dollar helps! [Link to your FundEasy page]
  • Send email (sample email)

Tuesday, November 21:

  • Post: #GivingTuesday is just one week away! [Link to your FundEasy page]
  • Send email (sample email)

Monday, November 27:

  • Post: Tomorrow is #GivingTuesday! Our goal is [Fundraising Goal] and we are confident we can do it with your help. [Link to your FundEasy page].

Day of – Tuesday, November 28: 

  • Post: It’s #GivingTuesday! Please help us reach our [Fundraising Goal]. Every dollar helps! [Link to your FundEasy page]
    • GO BIG TODAY!
    • Don’t be shy about posting and sharing updates throughout the day! Aim to post 4-5 times on Facebook, and every 2 hours on Twitter. (Click here for additional Social Media Samples for your use.)
    • Focus on lunchtime and after work – data tells us these are peak times for people to give.
    • Make sure to send updates about your goal and how your community can get involved.
    • Don’t just ask for funds. Be creative with your messaging and have fun with your campaign!

Wednesday, November 29:

  • Post: THANK YOU for helping to make #GivingTuesday a success! Your generosity brought in [amount raised] for the ministry! Our fundraiser page is able to accept donations for the next month, so if you haven’t given there is still time! [Link to your FundEasy page]

 

This is a sample marketing schedule for your use; however, please feel free to start your social media campaign via Facebook and Twitter as soon as you are set up. Click here for additional #GivingTuesday posts for your use.

This is a chance to highlight some aspects of your ministry. Take the opportunity to share a praise and/or ask for a prayer.

Thank you for taking part in #GivingTuesday this year.

Have a great day!

 

Crystal Velte
Crystal Velte

 


About #GivingTuesday
#GivingTuesday is a global giving movement that has been built by individuals, families, organizations, businesses and communities in all 50 states and in countries around the world. This year, #GivingTuesday will be held on November 28, 2017. #GivingTuesday harnesses the collective power of a unique blend of partners to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. It inspires people to take collective action to improve their communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they believe in, and help create a better world. #GivingTuesday demonstrates how every act of generosity counts, and that they mean even more when we give together.

To learn more about #GivingTuesday, please visit:
Website: www.givingtuesday.org
#GivingTuesday Toolkit: www.givingtuesday.org/organizations#block–the-complete-toolkit
Facebook: www.facebook.com/GivingTuesday
Twitter: twitter.com/GivingTues

Equip Your Fundraisers

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

Without supporters, non-profits could not exist. This is the reality organizations must work with in order to grow. But, how do you engage your fundraisers so that they become cheerleaders for your organization?


Teach your fundraisers

  • Social Networking. Encourage your fundraisers to use their social networks. Using social networking tools like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube increase fundraising results by up to 40%.fe-participant-smartphone
  • Rewards. Make fundraising a game by offering rewards for achieving certain goals (i.e. free t-shirt for $250 raised).
  • Teams. Not only do teams raise more money for your organization, they add fun and competition to fundraising. Encourage your fundraisers to start their own team.
  • Meet & Teach. Success stories can provide ideas on how to fundraise, but an added session or two with the experts allows them to have their questions answered.
  • Samples. Don’t let your fundraisers get stuck on something you could have easily provided. Supply sample fundraising emails, Facebook posts, tweets, phone scripts, thank you notes, etc.
  • Success stories. Highlight a past fundraiser and use that example to tell them how to raise money, how to overcome challenges and most importantly, the impact their donations will have on your mission.
  • Tips to get them started. People are all created differently and not every method of fundraising will be for everyone. Provide several different fundraising ideas, and emphasize the most efficient methods such as sending email through a tool like FundEasy.

 

Connect with your fundraisers

  • Invite them to join. Call on your top fundraisers to join a volunteer committee makes them feel closer to your organization and a part of its success. 
  • Give a tour. Offering a tour of your organization is a great way to bring them closer to your cause. Seeing the places that will be impacted by their efforts and meeting those on the front-lines will give your fundraisers extra encouragement.
  • Provide accountability. Let them know how the money raised in the past has been used for your organization and how this year’s funds will be used.
  • Thank them. After the event, invite them to a thank you reception. It’s another opportunity to connect them to your mission and encourage future participation.

 

Stay connected

  • Check-in often. Share stories about your organization and be available for any questions they may have.
  • Seek input. After the event, ask them what they liked, what they didn’t, and what would have helped. Implement good ideas into future fundraisers.
  • Celebrate goals. Your fundraisers will likely be really excited when they reach their goal. Capitalize on this opportunity to thank them. FundEasy makes it easy to stay connected.
  • Be available. As with any event, your participants will have questions. The important thing is to make certain that you respond quickly to all questions and concerns that come your way. The longer it takes you to help, the less fundraising momentum they’ll have.

 

Fundraise Online via FundEasy

  • Personalized fundraiser pages. Donate buttons should be placed on your personal fundraiser page in a bright color so their eyes easily see it. FundEasy’s fundraiser pages are automatically set up this way.
  • Easy donations. Quick and simple web forms encourage people to donate online. Help your fundraisers by using FundEasy’s online donation forms that are easy to complete and update in real time. 
  • Donor highlight. FundEasy has an option where you can automatically spotlight top givers and teams. This can be used to motivate some fundraisers.

 

Follow Fundraising Page Best Practices

  • Add a photo. People connect with people. Encourage fundraisers to add a photo to their fundraising page; it may inspire others to donate.
  • Tell a story. Ask your fundraisers to change the “Welcome Message” area in the personal fundraising pages to share personal stories and inspire others.
  • Offer Personal links. This allows fundraisers to direct friends and family to their specific fundraising page rather than going through your organization’s home page.
  • Increase goals. Allowing fundraisers to change their goal at any time allows them to increase their goal once achieved and encourage more support.
  • Answer FAQs. FundEasy has developed a Knowledge Base available to teach each fundraiser how to register, setup a page, import contacts, email family and friends, and other important fundraising activities.

 

With these tips and FundEasy’s Fundraiser Knowledge Base filled with helpful information, your fundraisers will learn more about your organization and have a deeper passion for the walk.

Put these steps into action and watch your participants move from walker to fundraiser!

 

Andrea Trudden
Andrea Trudden

 

This list was adapted from 44 Ways to Turn Your Supporters into Fundraising Superstars.

Fundraising Walk To-Do List

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

FundEasy To-Do ListDid you know that the ideal start time for planning a fundraising walk is 24 weeks (or 6 months) before the event? How is your planning going?

Many organizations recruit fundraisers through walks.  A fundraising walk is not only a healthy way for your participants to raise money for a good cause, but also a very visible way of promoting your organization to the community.

To help you as you prepare, Ministry Sync and LifeSteward Ministries developed this planning tool to help keep you organized.
Print Your To-Do List
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Couple this to-do list with FundEasy’s registration system, a walk training by LifeSteward Ministries, and software synchronization using our eKYROS connector or WayCool integration and your walk is sure to be a success!

Happy planning!

 

Andrea Trudden
Andrea Trudden

 

Introducing YouSaveBabies!

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

Connecting Pregnancy Help Organizations with Local Support

We are very excited to partner with Heartbeat International to bring YouSaveBabies into the world.

YouSaveBabies.org utilizes Ministry Sync’s FundEasy platform to connect over 2,000 local pregnancy help efforts throughout the U.S. with local donors through personal giving pages.

Ideas for a personal giving page—including no event or occasion at all—can range as far and wide as races, birthdays, anniversaries, in memory of loved ones, or as a way for groups of friends and church-based groups to support pregnancy help.

Any individual who wants to do something to help support their local pregnancy help organization can start a fundraiser in under a minute. All donations—less credit card transaction fees—go directly to the organization of choice. After starting their fundraiser, you can spread the word via Facebook, Twitter and more.

“The best part about this new service,” says Ministry Sync’s CEO Jason Galicinski, “is that the pregnancy help organizations will just start receiving checks in the mail from YouSaveBabies as people support their local center. We think this has tremendous potential to bring much needed resources into these organizations with little or no effort on their part!”

“We’re confident YouSaveBabies will play a vital role in what Heartbeat International is most committed to doing—advancing life-affirming pregnancy help at the local level,” Heartbeat International president Jor-El Godsey said. “Pregnancy help organizations are rescuing lives and helping to build strong families every single day. Donors and other supporters are invigorated to see that, and YouSaveBabies is a great way for them to connect.”

Any pregnancy help organization listed on Heartbeat International’s 24-7 pregnancy helpline Option Line (1-800-712-HELP, OptionLine.org) is eligible to receive funds through YouSaveBabies, and organizations can also invite donors to use YouSaveBabies as a fundraising tool by adding a badge to their own donor-facing website.

Following a soft launch at Heartbeat International’s Annual Conference March 29-31, YouSaveBabies already has seen 13 individuals raise $3,000 for local pregnancy help outreaches.

Check out YouSaveBabies.org for yourself and spread the word. As people become more active this spring, this new service can bring new purpose to your everyday activity.

Original source: https://pregnancyhelpnews.com/yousavebabies-to-connect-pregnancy-help-orgs-with-local-support

Attention all eKYROS Users!

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

We’re excited to announce that our friends at eKYROS have released a major upgrade to their integration with Ministry Sync! Now all registrants can be imported – not just those with transactions. This means that all your registrants for an AttendEasy or FundEasy event will be imported, regardless of whether or not a gift was recorded in Ministry Sync.

With this change, you’ll be able to:

  • Post registrants as donors to the CenterPiece database.
  • Post gifts that were imported from Ministry Sync as donations under registrant donor files in CenterPiece.
  • Post donations that were given at the event.
  • Import pledges and create pledge forms.
  • Remove registrants that you don’t want to add as donors.

Watch the video that eKYROS has put together and  contact your eKYROS account manager if you have any questions about how the Ministry Sync Online Connector can work for you!

Custom Event Web Banners by Keener Marketing

Friday, May 15th, 2015

Your event web banner is among the first things your registrants and donors will see. It is used on every web page and email from your event so it’s really important that your banner is well-designed.

Since we at Ministry Sync think our gifts are better suited to make great event apps, we’ve decided to bring in the design expertise of Keener Marketing for our customers’ event banner needs. They’ve been serving ministries for a long time and have an intimate understanding of what’s needed to produce a fantastic quality, ministry-centric web banner for your event.

Going forward, all custom web banners ordered from inside a Ministry Sync event will be designed by Keener Marketing. They will provide a professionally designed banner within 24 hours for just $40*. It can be designed according to your specifications and reflect the look of your printed materials.

Learn more about ordering a custom web banner for your event.

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We know you’re going to love working with Keener Marketing for your event banners and are happy to be partnering with them to serve you better!

*$40 Custom Design Fee includes 3 revisions. Additional revisions are $10 each. Fee is included on event invoice – issued after the event.