FundRaiser Blog

The FundRaiser Software Blog is an excellent resource for nonprofit organizations looking to learn more about fundraising, donor management, membership management, and much more.

Creating Value with Non-Ask Events


Most of the time organizations offer donors reciprocated value. They send thank you notes in response to donations, preprinted labels in the hopes of receiving a donation, tickets when purchased, or other tangible things received either in response to or in anticipation of a donation. This isn’t bad, but it’s very reactive. It assumes the organization has a quid pro quo relationship with its donors.

To start thinking proactively, it’s important to work on non-reciprocated value. This is something that you can offer to your donors for free without asking for a donation or any other consideration. When it holds real value for them, it becomes memorable.

Continue reading
125 Hits

How Often Should You Communicate with Donors?


When your organization receives a gift, you send a thank you letter. Perhaps the donor has requested to be subscribed to your newsletter, which is sent maybe once a quarter. Other than that, do you reach out to your donors? Are you afraid you’re talking to them too much?

It’s a fine balance between too much outreach and not enough. On one hand, you don’t want your donors to forget about you, and it happens in even those with the best of intentions. People’s lives are busy. In the hustle and bustle of juggling jobs and family along with everything else, something as simple as sending a check slips through the cracks.

Continue reading
255 Hits

New Organization? Creating Your First Thank You Letter


When you’re new to using donor management software, one of the things you will do is create your first thank you letter. Even if you’ve been using the software for a while, you’ll probably create new letters, so a lot of what we’ll cover will apply to long-time users of the software as well. One of the biggest tasks of writing a thank you letter is deciding what to say. You want to strike a balance between conveying your organization’s mission and thanking the donor, while being personable, yet professional.

Within our software we provide a template to get you started. While we call this our “Generic Thank You Letter”, there certainly will be nothing generic about it once you’ve followed our lead. We provide the template, including automatically adding in merge fields for the gifts and the donor’s address. And more importantly, we provide pointers to give you an idea of what to write.

Continue reading
274 Hits
Wait a minute, while we are rendering the calendar
giving history donor retention rate PayPal auction motivation user spotlights training tip new nonprofit development director tech tip membership programs mission driven accounting software updates GivingTuesday donor loyalty membership benefits data analysis FundRaiser Hosted Importing Data vacation Personalizing prospects donation history grants support volunteers add ons phoning donors technical support disaster relief GoFundMe project Groupings increasing giving amounts NCOA processing gift notes field donor profile recurring gifts major gift prospects Donor Portal backing up data charity golf tournaments donor source Reminders volunteering banquet donor fundraising letters donor contact information features foundations community supported gardens memorial giving donor targeting merge notes pledges look and feel welcome packet donor attrition rate donor slip SYBUNTS social media merge fields brick campaign nonprofit fundraising large donations donor attrition new leadership follow up membersip benefits Snow Birds password protection donor advised funds case study Company culture entering auction gifts role of nonprofits lapsed donor In-Kind gifts ticket sales change of address updating letter templates Tickles campaign management tribute gifts annual campaign solicitors segmenting donors community broadcasting FundRaiser Basic reports online donations Task List Reporting to IRS upgrading donors Constant Contact word processor gift entry Network for Good targeted mailings salutation spare fields transparency event management the Ask Volunteer module anonymous donors publicity materials ROI direct mail mode code Thank You new features building donor relationships annual maintenance plan endowment campaign budget personalizing letters #GivingTuesday monthly giving in honor of donations training custom page premiums importing csv Facebook spreadsheets motivation code arts End of Year Letters animal rescue planned giving advanced tab Excel corporate sponsors donor preferences announcements raffle customer portal Cloud texting donors operating systems overview relationship tracking Facebook campaign general LYBUNTS New Year alumni operational costs grassroots campaign Codes security how to handle auction gifts Congratulations fundraising communications FundRaiser Spark ticketsales moves management upgrade gift acceptance policy giving levels donor recognition major donors Resiliency customer service new donors government grants office understanding giving trends on site training National Change of Address new version capital campaign legacy giving Crowdfunding Campaign small donations correspondance Alternative Addresses adding personal notes to letters data entry pictures user interface Thanksgiving how-to videos thank you letters board members product news online donations data conversion repeat donors tax summary letters community arts nonprofits happiness correspondence flash sales appeal letters

Connect With Us

  800-880-3454 ext 3
  Email Us
  Request More Information
      8:30AM-5:30PM CST

Customer Portal Login Form

User Name:

If you are not sure about your Customer User Name, please call 800-543-4131 and we will be able to help you.

Or you have lost your password, Request Password