Bentz Whaley Flessner

Social Philanthropy Blog

Seems like every week… shoot, almost every DAY now we’re hearing about another $1 million+ online fundraising campaign or giving day in higher education. From Arizona State to Boston University, these seven-figure giving days are becoming the norm rather than anomalies. But how, right? What is it these schools are doing differently or better than … Continue reading

Arizona State: $3.059 million in 36 hours … Columbia University: $7.8 million in 24 hours (after raising $6.8 million just one year earlier) … Santa Clara University: 2,600+ donors in 24 hours – by far their biggest day for donor participation ever. Short duration, online fundraising campaigns or “money bombs” are taking over higher education. … Continue reading

Content, content, content… In some ways, it’s the simplest concept: produce lots of good content and you’ll have more supporters and more goodwill among those supporters (not to mention online hooks that catch new supporters). The thing is, creating good content – especially on a consistent basis – is anything but simple. You need at … Continue reading

When you’re selling shoes, the metric to prove social media ROI is relatively easy. Ultimately, it boils down to …how many shoes you’ve sold. (A lot of quantifiable engagement metrics lead to that end result, but ultimately, shoe sales trump all else). For many of us working in the nonprofit world – higher education, in … Continue reading

When I ask clients “do you have a social media strategy?” they will often point me to a list of guidelines for best practices on using social media. Make no mistake, establishing guidelines for your organization’s use of social media is smart …but it’s far from a strategy. An online and social media strategy – … Continue reading

There’s nothing like the feeling after an intense fundraising campaign ends with all the goals met. And of course, it’s great when your organization blows past its goals. But how about when you beat your goals by more than 3,800 percent? That was the glorious experience Arizona State University development pros enjoyed after ASU recorded … Continue reading

A message to social media managers, consultants, gurus, experts, etc – STOP TELLING NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS YOU CAN’T RAISE MONEY ON SOCIAL MEDIA. It’s cliche and it’s not true. But you don’t have to take my word for it… In October 2012, Columbia University launched their inaugural Giving Day. By all accounts, Giving Day 2012 was … Continue reading

Facebook ads, email, targeted content marketing …with the help of technology, we practically have the ability to know our donors better than themselves. Smart nonprofits will (responsibly and tactfully) use that information to create a personalized donor experience that delivers exactly what our supporters are looking for when they’re online. This leads to more satisfied … Continue reading

Finally, you get the green light to purchase that fundraising or crowdfunding platform that gives you all the tools you need to start raising real money online. Personal fundraising pages for your biggest advocates? Check. Seamless integration with your database? Check. Beautiful, content-rich campaign landing pages? Check. Maybe you’ve had these online platforms in place … Continue reading

Attention major gift crowd: what’s your mobile strategy? According to this BBC World News study, you need one. The BBC World News and BBC.com study surveyed 6,000 smartphone owners from the US, Australia, Germany, Hong Kong, India, and Sweden and found that: 39 percent of affluent individuals access their smartphone at least once per hour (18 … Continue reading