Toward the end of each year, many Americans give more than thanks and gifts.
As you’re likely aware, the six-or-so winter weeks between Giving Tuesday (the Tuesday after Thanksgiving) and the start of the New Year is when one third of annual giving takes place. Despite a fairly disastrous news year in 2017, donors remained energized, and gave even more generously this past “giving season” than the one before.
That’s great news, but it does beg the question: what happens once that holiday rush is done? How can people and organizations trying to better their communities still fundraise effectively once giving season is over and it’s just plain old boring winter for the next few months? (Or maybe for you it begs the question: “I started this project, but now I’m wondering if the timing is all wrong. Help!”)
Continue reading Winter fundraising: How to get attention & dollars for your project after the holiday rush
How does ioby staff help project leaders decide which fundraising strategies are best? Well, up to this point, experience, “best practices,” and intuition have been our guide. ioby Leader Success Strategists, ioby’s in-house fundraising coaches, have supported 1,400 ioby Leaders in raising over $4 million in funding. They’ve done this work for years. “We have a pretty good sense for which strategies are helpful to ioby Leaders and which are duds” says Lauren Patti, Leader Success Strategist since 2014, “but we can do even better.”
Continue reading Nerd alert! Shiny new data about our ioby community and fundraising!
Arts nonprofits help people express themselves and build community to create new ways of looking at the world. In order to do this well, arts groups need to juggle many priorities, from planning programs to spreading awareness on social media to enlisting volunteers – and of course, there’s FUNDRAISING. At ioby, we think crowdfunding can be an important tool in every nonprofit’s toolkit, and arts nonprofits have been some of our greatest fundraisers.
Continue reading 10 great crowdfunding projects for nonprofit arts organizations
Wondering if your group needs to formally incorporate as a nonprofit organization before you can fundraise? Friends, we are here to tell you that the answer is a loud-and-proud: NOPE!
Continue reading How to fundraise if you’re not a 501(c)3 nonprofit
Today we are happy to release the first in a series of ioby Leader Guides. This series will provide best practices, tips and tools for overcoming common challenges for citizen and community led neighborhood projects.
The ioby Leader Guide to Getting Business Bucks is a easy 10-step guide for ioby Leaders who want to attract support from local businesses and large corporations alike. ioby is unique among crowdfunding platforms because we can act as a fiscal sponsor for informal groups, allowing businesses to make tax-deductible contributions of cash and in-kind materials or services.
Perhaps most useful to community leaders is ioby’s custom built Match Campaign tool that allows businesses to match citizen donations to projects. This unique tool allows businesses the opportunity to share their support for neighborhood projects in ioby’s high touch, high traffic crowdfunding campaign pages.
Download the guide here.