online donations givingtues

fundraising, presentations, social media campaign

Planning for Your Best GivingTuesday Yet

No Comments 09 May 2016

GivingTuesday is still six months away, but April is the perfect time to begin planning for this year's event. It's the right time for an accounting of the assets you will need for success, and what still needs to be done. It's the right time to look at mobile tech trends and configuring for a mobile GivingTuesday experience. And it's the right time to sketch out the bigger story of your campaign before it is too late. In this blog post, you'll find out what it takes to plan for a successful GivingTuesday, relevant donor engagement models, and why you should care about the tech trends that affect GivingTuesday and donor engagement. The slide deck from a recent workshop on GivingTuesday is also embedded, with downloadable planning worksheets.

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Matterness, metrics, presentations

Social Media Metrics That Matter

1 Comment 31 August 2015

I had the privilege of presenting at the Dallas and Austin Social Media for Nonprofits Conferences this month on the topic of social media metrics. As some readers may know, I’ve recently started a collaboration with colleague Allison Fine to create Matterness Consulting, a consultancy focused on bringing Matterness to the way that mission-driven organizations […]

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presentations, storytelling

Creating Stories that Compel: Video Storytelling for Nonprofits

No Comments 17 November 2014

As humans, we tell stories in order to make events that have happened to us relatable, we re-tell stories we've heard because they are memorable, and we tell stories to make sense of our world. Why wouldn't we do the same when explaining a need, cause, or event? In October, I offered a workshop for organizations participating in Valley Gives 2014, highlighting what makes a good story, the stories you have right now, and the types of stories that can power your fundraising/crowdfunding campaign. This is a summary of the workshop content, with embedded slide presentation.

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case studies, presentations, social media campaign

Designing Effective Online Engagement Campaigns

3 Comments 12 August 2014

One of my favorite types of online campaigns to run are online engagement campaigns. Once an organization has built what it believes is a steady and committed following online, I strongly suggest testing fan commitment by designing an online engagement campaign. Engagement campaigns serve the purposes of identifying who is most engaged with your organization online, whether online fans can be moved to action, and testing new ideas. What's the secret to designing and executing a successful online engagement campaign? In this blog post, I outline the assets needed to launch and run a successful campaign, timelines, elements of engagement campaigns, and two case studies. A comprehensive slide deck is included.

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community, conferences, presentations

Unlocking Community Conversation: Cantors Assembly Keynote Address

No Comments 07 July 2014

We all want to connect with others, and to be valued and heard. Even a conversation with a barrista at Starbucks can increase our happiness, as the studies show. In this blog post, a writeup of the keynote address that I gave at the Cantors Assembly, I offer a workplan for creating real community online. If we can "unlock the community conversation" in our online social spaces, then doesn't it follow that it's a hop-skip-jump away to increasing connectivity within our offline communities, and to creating the groundwork for long-term viable 21st century communities?

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Debra Askanase is an experienced digital engagement strategist, non-profit executive, and community organizer. She works with mission-driven organizations to develop digital strategies and campaigns that engage, create trust, and move stakeholders to action. Debra speaks at conferences worldwide on the intersection of technology, social media, and nonprofit organizations.

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