Classy’s Top 10 Blog Posts of 2019

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There’s a chill in the air, lights are twinkling everywhere, and people are reminiscing and talking resolutions. This is a particularly reflective time as we’re approaching a new decade, but in addition to listening to the top songs and rewatching award-winning movies of the 2010s, nonprofit professionals are focused on year-end campaigns and bringing in those final donations. 

To help keep your fundraising hat on amidst all of the excitement, take a look back at the content that resonated with the Classy community this past year. From forecasting 2020 giving trends to inspirational quotes that will re-energize your team, these are the top 10 posts from the Classy blog in 2019. 

1. 5 Fundraising Trends for 2020 and Beyond

Classy CEO and co-founder Scot Chisholm shares his predictions for 2020 fundraising trends in this blog post. He discusses the following five areas:

    1. Big Results for Nonprofits That Embrace Flexible Work Environments 
    2. The Resurgence of the “Election Effect” as the Political Climate Heats Up 
    3. A Call for Greater Financial Transparency and Global Effectiveness 
    4. The Concept of Integrated Giving Empowering Everyday Donors
    5. The Rise of Giving Experiences and Conversations About Sustainable Impact

Some of these topics have been long-discussed, but check out the full post to find out how industry leaders are approaching the themes as we are closing in on the new decade. 

Dive Into 2020 Trends

2. 37 Giving Quotes That Will Re-Energize Your Nonprofit Community

When you spend your days tackling some of humanity’s greatest struggles, there might be some times when you need a quick infusion of optimism. During those trying moments, reading motivational quotes from other philanthropic leaders can give you the momentum needed to march forward. 

Bookmark this post so you can come back to these quotes, share them with your team, and feel energized in your dedication to working towards social change. 

Get Inspired

mother teresa inspirational quote

3. 13 Free Email Templates to Retain Donors

With recent estimates showing that just 19% of first-time donors return to make another donation, donor retention should be a focus area for all nonprofits. Furthermore, it costs an organization more to acquire new donors than retain existing donors—so what are you waiting for? 

Use these 13 email templates to create a stellar donor engagement strategy and effective communications cadence to nurture new donors.

Download the Templates

4. The State of Us: 8 Takeaways From the 2019 Collaborative

In June 2019, Classy hosted the sixth Collaborative event where attendees came together to share ideas, gain strategies, and create connections with like-minded changemakers in the social sector.

Following the event, we shared a robust recap of sessions, workshops, and experiences in eight themes that popped up over the three-day event. Find out what the 2019 event entailed and then get your early-bird tickets for the 2020 event scheduled for June 9-11 in Boston

Relive the Collaborative

5. 21 of the Most Interesting Data Points From Nonprofit Reports

To help you stay on top of industry trends, we collected 21 of the most interesting points from recent nonprofit reports. In addition to the data points, we include tips, resources, and related content to learn more about the content you’re most interested in. Cozy up with a cup of hot cocoa and read on to make sure you’re caught up on predictions and trends going into the new year.

Dig Into the Data

6. Why Small Donations Are Worth More Than You Think

Nonprofit professionals know that every dollar can make an impact, but there are a few industry trends that make small donations more valuable than ever. The post discusses how small monthly gifts contribute to a diversified fundraising strategy, there is an influx of younger donors who can’t afford to give large gifts, and more. 

Find out about the power of small donations and learn three tips for asking for small donations so that you can leverage this tactic during year-end and when planning your annual strategy for next year. 

Uncover the Power of Small Donations

7. 4 Questions to Inspire Your Team on National Nonprofit Day

For National Nonprofit Day on August 12, we shared questions that charitable organizations can use to spark conversations with their teams. We then asked several nonprofits to share their responses and individual experiences. 

Questions included:

  • What Is Your Favorite Thing About Working at a Nonprofit? 
  • What Accomplishment or Moment Are You Most Proud of From This Past Year?
  • What’s One Thing About Your Nonprofit (or Mission) You Wish More People Knew?
  • How Do You Show Appreciation to Your Nonprofit Community (Donors, Fundraisers, Volunteers, Employees)?

Read on to feel inspired by the 13 organizations we spoke to including Bike  & Build, World of Children, The Pablove Foundation, and Operation Broken Silence. 

Celebrate Your Nonprofit Team

8. 11 Ways to Make the Most of the Summer Slump

The summer slump is a real hurdle for nonprofits to tackle. Donors and fundraisers alike are less engaged than usual because they’re busy going on vacations, hosting BBQs, and soaking up the sun. Make sure your nonprofit team is making the most of these slower months with these 11 activities that include reading recent reports, planning your Giving Tuesday campaign, cleaning up your email lists, and more.

Avoid the Slump

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9. Hot Off the Press: The State of Modern Philanthropy 2019 [REPORT]

The second edition of our annual report focused on return donor behavior to understand what happens after someone makes their first one-time donation. The report is full of new insights and exclusive data around demographics and referral sources, how campaign type impacts retention rates, the most common follow-up actions that a one-time donor takes, and so much more. 

Use these findings to inform your fundraising strategy and help you to better nurture and retain supporters. 

Check Out the Report

10. 14 Ways You and Your Nonprofit Team Are Avengers [GIFs]

Avengers: Endgame was one of the most highly-anticipated movies of 2019, and amidst all of the excitement for its release we realized that nonprofit professionals are basically superheroes themselves. To celebrate this community, we shared 14 GIFs that show how the everyday heroes of the social sector are as courageous, loyal, strategic, and strong as the costumed heroes of the silver screen. 

Which Avenger Are You?

We hope you’ve had a successful 2019 and enjoyed the content we shared this year.  Subscribe to the blog below so that you can get our posts, resources, and news delivered to your inbox in 2020. 


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