Helping You Raise More Money to Help More People
Welcome to the Nonprofit Answers Podcast where we answer your nonprofit marketing and fundraising questions. From acquiring new donors to nurturing long-term donor relationships, we’ve got the answers to your most pressing questions.
Hi, I’m Jeremy Reis, your Nonprofit Answers host. I’m the Senior Director of Marketing at World Concern, leading our direct response, radio, events, digital, and other fundraising initiatives. World Concern is an international relief and development organization. In my role, I face many of the same challenges you do and have to make decisions on how to raise the most funds, develop the deepest relationships, and market our organization with limited money, people and resources. In this podcast, I’ll answer your questions on nonprofit marketing and fundraising to help you raise the most money possible to help the most people you can.
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Episode 37 – 5 Great Year-End Fundraising Campaigns
The holidays are on their way, and it's time to start thinking about the year end fundraising. Whether you want to increase your donations, get new donors involved or create some buzz around your organization with a campaign that will last until the end of the year, there are plenty of ideas that will work for you. Here are five great ones!
Episode 36 – 10 Tips for Successful Year End Fundraising
For many nonprofits, year end fundraising is crucial for success. As a fundraiser, this can also be a stressful time of year. In this episode, we explore ten tips to making your year end fundraising a success! Learn everything from planning to follow up.
Episode 35 – How Do We Communicate with Major Donors in a Time of Crisis?
As we work through this time of crisis, it's vital to be in constant communication with major and mid-level donors. But what do you communicate? Do you ask for money? How to build relationship?
Episode 34 – How Do We Use an Email Welcome Series to Reduce Donor Attrition?
In this episode of Nonprofit Answers, you will learn a four part email series that will help retain more donors and get that second gift.
Episode 33 – How Will the Election Season Impact Nonprofits?
The election season is upon us in the US. How will this impact fundraising? Explore how the election will impact your nonprofit and what you can do about it.
Episode 32 – Should We Move All of Our Communications to Digital?
Learn about which communications make sense for digital and how other channels still have a place in your communications plan in this episode of the Nonprofit Answers podcast.
Episode 31 – Setting Annual Fundraising Goals to Meet Your Strategy
Your nonprofit organization’s strategy determines the direction of where your organization is headed and the scope of what you’ll do. It is the thing that determines what your limited resources will accomplish for your beneficiaries, donors, and other stakeholders. How do you create goals to help you achieve your strategy?
Episode 30 – How to Say Thanks to Your Donors
Demonstrating gratitude to your donors may be your most important job as a fundraiser. Why? A happy donor gives a second, third, and fourth time. A well thanked donor tells their friends. Learn creative ways to thank your donors.
Episode 29 – Secrets to Effective Event Fundraising
At Food for the Hungry, we acquire tens of thousands of monthly donors each year from events. In this episode, you'll learn how we structure a sponsored event for the best possible outcome: a new monthly donor. Learn the format for the event, how to do an effective fundraising, and how to integrate volunteers.
Episode 28 – How Do I Move Affinity from a Staff Member to the Organization?
What do you do if the affinity the donor has isn't for your organization but for a staff member? Learn how to transition a donor's loyalty from a person to your organization.
Episode 27 – How to Acquire More Digital Donors
You must acquire new donors to survive. How many donors do you lose a year? Figuring out your donor attrition rate is a crucial metric that can determine the longevity of your charity. If you aren't acquiring enough new donors to make up for the ones you lose, your nonprofit's revenue will start to decline.
Episode 26 – How to Get More Attendees for Your Fundraising Event
For many nonprofits, fundraising events are a key to their annual development plan. In this episode, you will learn how to increase attendance for your events and how to best structure the event for maximum fundraising.
Episode 025 – Predictions for Fundraising in 2019
In this episode, you'll learn 19 predictions Jeremy has for fundraising and nonprofit innovation in 2019.
Episode 024 – Create an Engaging Nonprofit Annual Report
In this episode, Jeremy explains how to create a great nonprofit annual report. You'll learn who the target audience is for the annual report, 5 goals for your annual report, and how to create an annual report your donors will love.
Episode 023 – How to Write a Great Fundraising Appeal
Though there isn't a perfect formula for a charity fundraising appeal, Jeremy walks through a proven formula that will get you results.
Episode 022 – How to Build and Maintain Donor Relationships
Building and maintaining donor relationships is the lifeblood of any nonprofit organization. You will learn why building relationships with donors is important, how your current definition of donor relationship may be wrong, and how different donor audiences need different types of relationship building techniques.
Episode 021 – Nonprofit Startup Funding
Whether you're at a brand new nonprofit, are revamping a fundraising program, or need creative ideas for fundraising for a new campaign or project, this episode will give you actionable fundraising ideas.
Episode 020 – Donor Psychology – What moves someone to donate? Part 2
In this second part of a two part series on donor psychology, you will learn the reasons why people give. Jeremy has identified 15 different psychological triggers that moves someone to donate to your nonprofit. In this episode, Jeremy explains the second 7 motivations, or donor psychological triggers, that help someone make a decision to give to your nonprofit.
Episode 019 – Donor Psychology – What moves someone to donate? Part 1
In this second episode of a special series of fundraising education, you will learn donor psychology and the reasons why people give. Jeremy has identified 15 different psychological triggers that moves someone to donate to your nonprofit. In this episode, Jeremy explains the first 8 motivations, or donor psychological triggers, that help someone make a decision to give to your nonprofit. This is a fascinating look at why people give and how you can change your messaging or produce events that create more donors. For major donors, general donors, and monthly donors.
Episode 018 – Nonprofit Donor Motivations
Recently, my 15 year old daughter Emily has shown interest in nonprofit marketing and fundraising. In this special series of Nonprofit Answers episodes, you'll learn all aspects of the fundraising process. In this episode, you will learn donor motivations and how your nonprofit presents an appeal or campaign to specific types of donors. You'll start learning the foundations of donor psychology and how to motivate donors to give.
Episode 017 – 5 Secrets to Successful Fundraising
In this special episode, I reflect on the lessons I've learn over these years and share the five secrets successful fundraisers know. You'll learn how to demonstrate urgency, how to be more direct with your ask, a mistake you're likely making in how you talk to donors, a lesson on using facts to motivate donors, and key insights into showing gratitude. These lessons, learned over the course of raising tens of millions of dollars, will help propel you forward as a nonprofit fundraiser.
Episode 016 – Effective Nonprofit Storytelling
Storytelling is the foundation of excellent nonprofit marketing. Jeremy is frequently asked, "how do I effectively tell our story?" In this special episode, Jeremy Reis explores effective nonprofit storytelling that produces results. You'll learn the tips and tricks to writing great nonprofit stories that raise funds and builds relationships with your donors and stakeholders.
Episode 015 – How to Define a Major Partner Email Strategy
In this episode, Gary asks what, if anything, should we email major donors? Jeremy teaches you how to define a major partner email communication strategy and recommends which emails to send based on which segment the donor is in.
Episode 014 – How Do I Grow My Email List?
Growing your email list is an essential part of digital marketing for your nonprofit. You will be able to create a new source of donors through adding people who have an affinity for your cause. In this episode, Jeremy explores several ways you can add new names to your email list.