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Nov 6, 2023

Giving Tuesday: Is it still working for you?

In the past, some of us at Analytical Ones have been a little “Grinch-y” about Giving Tuesday. Being blitzed by emails during the workday can be overwhelming. However, we won’t knock it if it’s working!

In September, Classy (the online fundraising platform utilized by many nonprofits) held a webinar titled “How Nonprofits Can Leverage Data to Build Long-Term Relationships”. Buried in this webinar were golden nuggets regarding donation trends around Giving Tuesday such as:

  • 25% of donation volume occurs between Giving Tuesday & December 31st
  • 12x more donors were acquired on Giving Tuesday than on an average day


The most compelling information to us is that Giving Tuesday “giving” actually starts on Monday and new recurring donations increased year over year on the last Giving Tuesday as well!

There are 22 days until Giving Tuesday and it’s not too late to tweak your digital campaigns to include a warmup email or social post on Monday. Make your offer stand out in the crowd of communications that individuals will be bombarded with that day and don’t forget to incorporate opportunities for sustaining giving as well!


Measuring Speedy Gratitude

On the first day of November, I sent out 49 small “white mail” gifts. After 3-weeks, here is what I received: Two of the gifts were returned because the address was undeliverable. Of the 47 gifts that (I think) were delivered, I have received 14 acknowledgments (30%...

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Here it is Thanksgiving week. If you are like most people in the fundraising sector, the lead-up to Thanksgiving can be a hectic period, with the most important cultivation asks either in the mail or ready to be deployed, new donor acquisition campaigns in-home, and...

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