The attention around #GivingTuesday 2015 reached record levels and online giving grew 52% compared to 2014. Blackbaud processed more than $39.6 million in online donations on #GivingTuesday 2015 and this surpassed all prior years since the movement began in 2012.

The growth in #GivingTuesday not only shows the momentum of the movement, but also the key role digital technology plays in helping donors contribute to the causes that matter most to them. #GivingTuesday 2015 certainly reinforced the power of engaging donors across traditional, online, and mobile channels.

Online giving growth can be attributed to very strong numbers throughout #GivingTuesday. There was a 15% increase in the number of nonprofits that received an online donation on #GivingTuesday. This helped drive a 42% increase in the volume of online gifts compared to 2014.


It is also worth noting that the average online gift amount increased by 6% to $137 per online donation. Online donations tend to be larger than traditional direct mail gifts and #GivingTuesday donors also show this behavior. Blackbaud also tracked a significant number of online donations over $1,000 on #GivingTuesday 2015. This includes several $50,000 online donations made during the day. This continues a trend that Blackbaud has seen for years as affluent donors choose to give online in great numbers.

We know that consumer adoption of mobile devices has skyrocketed in recent years. Consumer behavior is changing donor behavior and #GivingTuesday is just one more example of this trend. Last year, about 13% of #GivingTuesday donations were made on a mobile device. In 2015, that jumped to 17% of those digital donations coming from mobile donors.

In just a few short years, #GivingTuesday has become a global movement. It has also meant that nonprofits of all sizes have been able to increase their year-end fundraising results. The data from 2015 is still new and there’s no doubt that additional insights will be gained from analyzing it more in the future.

This post was originally featured on Huffington Post Impact


Steve MacLaughlin is a Director of Analytics at Blackbaud, the leading provider of technology and services to the nonprofit sector. Steve has spent 20+ years driving innovation with a broad range of companies, government institutions, and nonprofit organizations.

MacLaughlin has been featured as a fundraising and nonprofit expert in many mainstream publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, USA Today, The NonProfit Times, Bloomberg, and has appeared on NPR.

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. His latest book, Data Driven Nonprofits, will be published in September 2016.

Steve earned both his undergraduate degree and a Master of Science degree in Interactive Media from Indiana University.

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