Blackbaud is proud to be a founding partner of #GivingTuesday, which kicked-off yesterday and attracted both major media and social media buzz, but even more importantly, brought great awareness to the nonprofit sector during the critical year-end giving season.

Similar to the way Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become days synonymous with holiday shopping, organizers are aiming to put #GivingTuesday on the calendar as a day dedicated to giving.

An unprecedented partnership of more than 2,500 charities, volunteer organizations, corporations, community centers and foundations made history yesterday with the inaugural #GivingTuesday, marked by activities and campaigns in all 50 U.S. states.

Results will continue to trickle in, but early indications from #GivingTuesday certainly show a positive sign for the nonprofit sector. For example, Blackbaud processed more than $10 million in online donations on the inaugural #GivingTuesday, a 53% increase over the same day last year. Blackbaud monitored online donation activity through its systems throughout the day.

Blackbaud also found that the average online gift on #GivingTuesday was $101.60, which is larger than one published industry benchmark of $62. Blackbaud did see an increase in the total number of organizations receiving online donations on #GivingTuesday compared to a normal day. We plan to do further analysis in this area to look for some meaningful trends.

It’s important to note that donations are just one part of the giving experience. People also used #GivingTuesday as an opportunity to give their time and talents to causes important to them.

Next year, #GivingTuesday will fall on December 3, 2013, so be sure to mark it on your shiny new calendars, and sign-up now to join the movement!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Steve MacLaughlin is the Director of the Idea Lab at Blackbaud where they leverage the company’s expertise, information, and technology to accelerate bringing new solutions to the nonprofit sector. Steve has spent more than 15 years building successful online initiatives with for-profit and nonprofit organizations across the world.

He is a frequent speaker at events including the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), American Marketing Association (AMA), Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), Direct Marketing Fundraisers Association (DMFA), Giving Institute Summer Symposium, National Association of Independent School (NAIS), Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN), Institute of Fundraising National Convention, Civil Society Conference, Resoure Alliance’s Fundraising Online, and a keynote speaker at such events as the Crescendo Practical Planned Giving Conference.

Steve serves on the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN) Board of Directors and supports its focus on both the growth and professionalism of the nonprofit technology field as well as building knowledge and information sharing capacity throughout the sector.

He is a frequent blogger, published author of a chapter in the book People to People Fundraising: Social Networking and Web 2.0 for Charities, and is a co-editor of the book Internet Management for Nonprofits: Strategies, Tools & Trade Secrets. Steve earned both his undergraduate degree and a Master of Science degree in Interactive Media from Indiana University.

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