Text Giving: A Tool, Not a Miracle

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Here’s my column in this month’s FundRaising Success magazine, Text Giving: A Tool, Not a Miracle.

Teaser: If you pushed just one person to give via mobile who otherwise would have given by any other medium, you lost a rather large bunch of money…. How many people scratched their philanthropic itch with a quick, anonymous 10 bucks — when they might have happily gone online and joined the ranks of connected and considerably more valuable donors?


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6 responses to “Text Giving: A Tool, Not a Miracle”

  1. Jeff,
    I believe that if nonprofits only see mobile as another tool for getting donations, then they’re only seeing the tip of the iceberg. It is a very viable means of donor cultivation through news updates, success stories, reminders for special events, call for volunteers, and on it goes.
    Surveys of mobile donors indicate 71% like the idea of receiving relevant updates via mobile. And most appear to see mobile as a means of donating for emergencies. All this will evolve over time. Meanwhile it is definitely worth integrating into the marketing mix.
    Again, text-to-give is only the tip of the iceberg regarding what mobile can do for a nonprofit.

  2. Jeff,
    I believe that if nonprofits only see mobile as another tool for getting donations, then they’re only seeing the tip of the iceberg. It is a very viable means of donor cultivation through news updates, success stories, reminders for special events, call for volunteers, and on it goes.
    Surveys of mobile donors indicate 71% like the idea of receiving relevant updates via mobile. And most appear to see mobile as a means of donating for emergencies. All this will evolve over time. Meanwhile it is definitely worth integrating into the marketing mix.
    Again, text-to-give is only the tip of the iceberg regarding what mobile can do for a nonprofit.

  3. Dear Jeff,
    Loved the way you equated texting with your new power tool! Your POOR CAT!
    Great column!
    Mazarine
    http://twitter.com/wildwomanfund
    http://wildwomanfundraising.com

  4. Dear Jeff,
    Loved the way you equated texting with your new power tool! Your POOR CAT!
    Great column!
    Mazarine
    http://twitter.com/wildwomanfund
    http://wildwomanfundraising.com

  5. Randy Avatar

    Jeff–with different tools–we would say you hit the nail on the head! Keep us thinking about how to use technology to advance the ministry vs technology driving the ministry. RVB@BL

  6. Randy Avatar

    Jeff–with different tools–we would say you hit the nail on the head! Keep us thinking about how to use technology to advance the ministry vs technology driving the ministry. RVB@BL

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