Is there a light at the end of the tunnel for fundraisers this year? Based on the rock solid fundraising performance by Convio clients, I’m hopeful of what’s to come in 2012. Overall, Convio clients raised 17 percent more online in the last three months of 2011 than in 2010. But, the real impact was made in December when our client’s year-end fundraising efforts came on like gangbusters—raising more than $30 million more online than in December 2010.
Of course, my first question was what made 2011 year-end fundraising different from years past, and I was excited to hear from Sara Thomas, Senior Manager, Digital Marketing at Ocean Conservancy on their year-end success…
“For Ocean Conservancy’s 2011 year-end fundraising campaign we took a coordinated, multi-phase approach that focused on solutions-based messaging and highlighted our successes over the previous year both as an organization and also as a collective movement. It was important to us that we give our constituency tangible actions; reasons to continue supporting us and evidence that we were worthy of their gifts. And everything from our design and messaging, to the various channels we chose to engage with our constituency on, reflected just that. We look forward to continuing the success of our year-end campaign throughout 2012 and working with our committed constituency to expanding the movement for a healthy, sustainable ocean.”
Also, Tobi McIntyre, Interactive Media Manager at Canadian Wildlife Federation shared some details about their year-end planning and execution…
What made CWF’s 2011 year-end campaign so special and why do you think it performed so well?
“We implemented a year- end plan in 2009 and have been steadily building it since then. Our campaign begins in August and ends January 1 and is comprised of 3 stages. The first stage is to build our email list, the second stage is to remind folks what great works CWF has done and is doing, and the third stage is our big fundraising push. As our list builds so do our results.”
How will you carry-over your year-end momentum into 2012?
“We have a few solid follow-up campaigns planned for the first half of 2012, building on advances we made in our year end campaign. We plan on implementing our year-end campaign starting in August 2012 again with only a few adjustments – adopting more social media opportunities within our messaging etc. But largely we plan on sticking to our plan that has been successful so far – in marketing when something works don’t fix it!”
Thanks to Sara and Tobi for reinforcing the themes of a multi-phased approach to year-end fundraising and starting early! I’d love to hear more about what made your year-end fundraising season great so please leave comments. And, check out more tips from our latest guide on how to continue your year-end momentum into the new year.