12 Dos and Don’ts to Plan a Successful Giving Tuesday Campaign

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Giving Tuesday Dos and Don'ts
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Creating a Giving Tuesday campaign can be an impactful way to attract new donors and engage previous supporters. Since it only happens once a year, and given how important it is, it’s crucial that your organization does everything possible to ensure a smooth, successful day of fundraising. 

At the same time, there’s an equally long list of things you should avoid doing on Giving Tuesday. These may slow down your momentum and consume valuable time in your day. 

Below, we’ve compiled a list of things to be mindful of when creating, promoting, and wrapping up your campaign this year. Check out our Giving Tuesday dos and don’ts, which were compiled by Classy’s in-house Care and Customer Success Management Teams.

Giving Tuesday Dos

There are a lot of small details that go into creating a well-rounded Giving Tuesday campaign. To help you stay on top of them, and ensure they don’t fall through the cracks, we compiled a list of tasks you should prioritize.

1. Do Use Impact Blocks

Classy’s impact blocks can help you show supporters the real-world impact of their contribution to your nonprofit. Include a title, a simple image, and a brief description in your copy that tells them what they can expect their donation to accomplish. 

You can also include specific gift amounts on each impact block. Then, when someone clicks through on the impact block to your checkout page, it will be populated with that pre-selected amount on the checkout page.

Campaign page with impact blocks for impact transparency

2. Do Maintain Consistent Branding

It’s important you maintain a consistent brand for your nonprofit across all Giving Tuesday collateral, like marketing materials, emails, and campaign pages. When it comes to building your campaign, make sure to upload your nonprofit or campaign logo first and foremost. Then, put your specific font and colors on other sections of the page. 

In this way, you can help build trust between your organization and your audience. It also mitigates any confusion people may have when it comes time to donate: they know precisely who their gift is going to. This is an important best practice any day, but especially on Giving Tuesday as you may engage with first-time donors who aren’t as familiar with your organization as others.

3. Do Prepare Design Assets 

Before you even start to create your campaign page, it can be helpful to have all of your high-resolution images saved on your computer. This will help save time when you’re ready to assemble everything onto the page. 

Consider creating a folder titled “Giving Tuesday Assets” on your computer where you save everything. From there, you can upload and plug in these images—like the logos, hero image, and impact block photos—in the campaign designer quickly.

4. Do Suggest Gift Amounts 

Take a minute to find out your average gift size, and then apply that knowledge by creating suggested gift amounts on your donation form that align with the data. 

Learn How to Discover Your Average Gift Size, and More

By providing specific amounts, you can nudge donors to contribute larger gifts than they might if you let them choose their own amount. To add in the suggested gift amounts, navigate to “Pages” in the back-end of Classy, select “Donation Page,” and then edit the “Donation Settings.”

5. Do Test Campaign Links

Once your campaign page is fully built, but before you launch it to the public, double-check all the places you’re linking back to it. This includes marketing messages, social media posts, emails, and pieces of direct mail. 

Be sure to update any broken links before you’re unable to change them. This will provide a seamless giving experience for your audience and ensure you don’t lose donations because of an avoidable mistake. 

Keep in mind that your campaign will also need to be published first, in order for supporters to access it. The link to your published campaign will also be different than the link that’s seen when it’s unpublished.

6. Do Make a Test Donation

Before sharing your campaign to the public, make a test donation. You can vet your checkout flow, make sure it’s optimized for different devices, and ensure you’re providing the donor experience you want. 

It also puts a few donations in your campaign’s pot, which is a sound tactic to help generate early momentum for your campaign and encourage others to donate. To that end, you can also ask your staff to make an early donation to the campaign as well to further this early momentum. 

7. Do Use Source Codes

Source codes are unique identifiers that you can manually build into your campaign URLs. They capture data about the source from which people are coming to your fundraising page from, like direct appeals, email newsletters, or social media posts. 

Include them in your Giving Tuesday outreach this year to track the effectiveness of your marketing across different channels. This can help inform your future marketing strategies like where you can double down on the same effort of pivot away to a new tactic.

Learn All About Classy’s Source Codes Here

Giving Tuesday Don’ts

Just as important as what you should do is what you should avoid. As you work towards Giving Tuesday, launch your campaign, and wrap everything up, remember the following don’ts.

8. Don’t Forget to Thank Your Donors

Giving Tuesday provides an opportunity to engage donors well beyond the one day. In order to nurture long-term relationships with your supporters, the first step is to thank them in a timely fashion. To help, Classy provides a few tools to easily thank donors, like the “Thank You” page and “Donation Receipts.”

Write copy for these emails beforehand and automate them so they get sent the minute someone donates. While these in-the-moment emails are a great first step, don’t overlook the power of a handwritten note to thank donors. Finally, don’t be afraid to steward your Giving Tuesday donors to come back and give again. 

9. Don’t Clutter Your Page With Logos and Text

You want to make sure your page stays simple with a few text blocks, images, and links. A clean layout allows supporters to easily navigate your page, find the call-to-action button, and understand what your ask is. A cluttered page can potentially disrupt someone’s path to completing a donation, or push them to abandon your campaign page entirely. 

10. Don’t Underestimate a Communications Plan

Create a communications plan prior to launching your campaign that clearly outlines all the touchpoints you’ll have with your audience leading up to, during, and after Giving Tuesday. In this plan, you should map out which channels you’ll use, like email or social media, what cadence you’ll send messages with, and what the overall goal of your communications are. 

Get 28 Free Giving Tuesday Social Media Templates

11. Don’t Make a Broad Ask

When you reach out to your supporters, you can easily overwhelm them with too much information about your organization. For example, you likely don’t need to include your founding story in your Giving Tuesday outreach. 

Instead, provide a tight one to two sentence description of your campaign and its goal. Then, transition into a very specific and targeted ask. It doesn’t matter what your goals are, like signing up peer-to-peer fundraisers or simply making a donation: be direct. 

12. Don’t Forget to use Classy’s Support Center

For any last-minute, quick questions that might come up on Giving Tuesday, you can turn to Classy’s Support Center. It has step-by-step articles that walk you through various features and subtleties of the Classy platform. 

New articles are consistently added and updated as new features are rolled out. Spend some time reading before Giving Tuesday and bookmark any helpful articles for quick reference.

Most fundraising campaigns have a lot of moving pieces, and Giving Tuesday is no exception. As you keep working, remember to stick to your checklist and refer to Classy’s Support Center. You can also reach out if you have any questions along the way when prepare your campaign. 

If you’d like even more Giving Tuesday insights, best practices, and free resources, be sure to visit our page below.


This post was written by Britney Haas, a San Diego native who loves to read and support local libraries. You can find her helping clients with technical questions on the Classy Care Team.


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