Tip #3: Focus on Female Donors

By Laurence A. Pagnoni, MPA

This is part three of a four part series on year-end giving tips.

To read Tip #1, click here.

To read Tip #2, click here.

Many nonprofits receive 40 percent or more of their annual fundraising in the final weeks of the year. Start planning now – don’t wait until it’s too late.

I have a few really hot “tips” for you about year-end giving, but first, here’s the data supporting the “tips.” By sharing these first, my “tips” will be self-evident.

  • Charitable gifts were up 3% last year, and wealthy individuals were responsible for most of the increase.
  • Baby Boomers are today’s major donors. They comprise only 34% of all donors, but are giving 43% of the money.
  • 64% of all charitable gifts are made by women, and older women are more likely to give and give more than their male counterparts.
  • 89% of high net-worth individuals volunteer with nonprofits.

With these four statistics in mind, here we go…

Hot Tip #3

Are pictures of girls and women in your promotional materials positioned in a way that invites the attention of new female donors? I suggest that you gather testimony from existing female donors about why they give and post them at your website. Feature their stories by making two-minute videos in which they share what draws them to your work. Given the statistics above, I would urge your year-end drive to be sensitive to this approach.

We welcome your comments about this post on the LAPA blog.

Subscribe
Notify of
guest
0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

Related Posts

Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday

GivingTuesday 2022 is coming up, Tuesday, November 29th, and it’s a banner day for many nonprofits. Some use it to launch their year-end campaign. No other day creates the same worldwide feeling of philanthropy and good will. Often stylized as #GivingTuesday for the purposes of hashtag activism, GivingTuesday occurs on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving in the United States. It’s touted as a “global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world.” Perhaps these LAPA blog resources will help you harness the power of GivingTuesday: GivingTuesday: You Have A Decision To Make Countdown

Read More »
Giving

Year-End Giving

Year-End Giving
You never hear people say, “I know when I am.”  But it’s often useful to know where you stand in a temporal sense.  From a fundraiser’s point of view, it’s important to know where you are timewise  when we approach the end of the year.  One of out of every three dollars contributed to nonprofit organizations is donated in the month of December alone!

Read More »

Donors Drop By 7% But Dollars Up 6.2%, Buoyed By Major Donors

U.S. charitable giving increased significantly in Q2 2022, but gains were accompanied by a continuing steep decline in donor acquisition and retention, particularly among new and newly retained donors, according to the Fundraising Effectiveness Project’s (FEP) Second Quarter Fundraising Report. The Fundraising Effectiveness Project (FEP) is a collaboration among fundraising data providers, researchers, analysts, associations, and consultants to empower the sector to track and evaluate trends in giving. The project offers one of the only views of the current year’s fundraising data in aggregate to provide the most recent trends for guiding nonprofit fundraising and donor engagement. The FEP releases

Read More »