7 Simple Ways To Increase Donations For Your Nonprofit

Acquiring a new donor is more expensive than keeping a current donor. At least 5 times more expensive!

Plus, the lifetime dollar value of a happy donor is way more than the value of a donor who only gives once (d’uh).

Most nonprofits know this, but it seems like many still spend a larger amount of their resources on acquiring new donors than keeping current donors.

Overtime, this strategy could be lethal:

Higher acquisition costs + lower donations = 🙁

7 Simple Ways To Increase Donations For Your Nonprofit

Following are seven simple ways to help you turn this sad face upside down:

1. Say Thanks

Can you believe that even huge organizations with lots of resources never said thanks once a donation is made? Research shows that thanking donors increases the likelihood they’ll continue to give, and increase the amount they’ll give.

2. Give Your Supporters Better Tools

You know what’s made Amazon a billion-dollar success? They’ve optimized their purchase down to a single mouse-click.

Same thing goes for your top social fundraisers.

Don’t give your top fundraisers a clunky platform. Give them something powerfully simple, like Classy, DonorDrive, or Bloomerang.

3. Plug up the Holes in Your Website

There are critical pages on your website where you want visitors to complete a specific transaction, such as donating money or joining an email list.

Sadly, these pages are often the reasons why people aren’t donating as much as they would.

4. Make Your Supporters Agendas Your Agenda

One way to keep your top supporters interested and committed is to support their agendas!

For example, if one of your top supporters publishes a blog about why the cause is personal, you need to be retweeting their blog posts.

Or if one of your top fundraisers owns a local restaurant, you’d better be holding some of your events there.

5. Constantly Report Outcomes

53% of online donors in one study identified “achieving and communicating measurable results” as a reason why they continue to give. No doubt you hear outcomes stories every day! Why not share them?

For example, the Animal Rescue League of Boston shares several amazing success stories each week, generating a huge amount of engagement throughout their Facebook community.

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6. Develop One Cause Marketing Partnership

Cause marketing is a partnership between a nonprofit and a for-profit for mutual profit. And it’s probably one of the most overlooked, underutilized strategies for raising money.

Joe Waters’ has five tips for creating a cause marketing program for your organization.

7. Don’t Shoot for Perfect

Trying to get everything perfect will only get nothing done. But done is what you want – not perfect!


Break your donor retention strategy down into to small chunks that are doable.

Done… next… repeat.

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John Haydon