In a recent survey we did at Choose Life Marketing, many of you indicated 2020 has been a struggle when it comes to fundraising. You know year end giving is important – and you are counting on a strong finish. For many centers, nearly half of their donations come in during the fourth quarter of the year. If you have had a challenging year raising funds, you still have time to make up for any event deficits and unexpected expenses. Or, maybe you are ready to look forward to 2021 and God has given you a big vision for your pregnancy center that requires additional funds to support that vision. Now is a great time to raise those funds, too!Get Resource
It’s September, and hard to believe it’s time to start thinking about your plan for your year-end giving campaign. Do you know what stories of impact you want to share? Do you have statistics you want to highlight? Will you be creating direct mail pieces, social media posts and eblasts? What is your fundraising goal for the end of the year? Is your donor website up-to-date and engaging?
Most year end campaigns kick-off just before Thanksgiving and go through the very last day of December. We encourage you not to wait until October or even November as last minute planning may impact your bottom line. This has been a unique year – as you consider year end giving, there is much to share about how you overcame, made an impact despite challenges and share about exciting plans you have for 2021!
Know that Choose Life Marketing is available to partner with you in any of these year-end fundraising tactics. At the end of this guide there is information on a special we are offering this month to support your pregnancy center in reaching your year-end fundraising goals.Get Resource
It’s easy to create your website, happily sign off on all of the content, and then never think about it again. But that isn’t a good long-term strategy if your goal is to reach abortion-minded and abortion-determined women in your community.
Test your knowledge of effective websites by taking this quiz and then keep reading to implement website best practices today!Get Resource
Years ago there was a public service message on TV every night at 10 pm that asked the question, “Do you know where your children are?” Do you remember that?
We have a new question for you:
“Do you know where your donors are?”
Many pregnancy centers and other pro-life organizations are making false assumptions about their donors giving capacity during this pandemic. The shortfall for most is not due to diminished donor giving capacity – it is a logistical issue. If your revenue is down, it is likely due to a postponed or canceled event or a shift to a virtual event. If you are feeling overwhelmed by accelerated needs brought on by Coronavirus, against the backdrop of reduced revenue, we have tools to help you.Get Resource
A newly released study by Fidelity Charitable indicates that 80% of major donors plan to give the same or more than they did last year, even in the face of this crisis. Further, the study indicated that most donors do not plan to shift their giving to different organizations in light of the pandemic; they will stay the course by continuing to support their favorite nonprofits and missions they are passionate about. As an added bonus, the recently passed CARES Act also expands tax deductions for charitable giving this year, providing many major donors with a powerful incentive to give more.
What does this mean for you? You need to simply ask.Get Resource
Do you ever feel overwhelmed in your day-to-day work, wondering if you’re doing all you can to bring hope and truth to women in need of your services as you combat the lies the abortion industry is selling them? It’s easy to look at the lobbying power, finances, and marketing prowess of Planned Parenthood and feel discouraged. The abortion giant seems to have it all and it can feel daunting to take it on.
If you’re feeling a little like David in the David and Goliath story, take heart! David had a plan, and most importantly, he had God on his side. You do, too. No matter how big and intimidating Planned Parenthood may seem, God is for you and with you, providing the resources and light to take on the darkness of abortion.
In this guide, we share eight things you can do today to combat Planned Parenthood. With these tools in your kit, you’ll be able to plan to reach and serve more abortion-minded women, showing them better alternatives than abortion.Get Resource
Raising major gifts in the midst of this pandemic? You are likely concerned about your finances. A survey of nonprofits in early April by Charity Navigator and Reuters News showed that 83% of respondents reported they are suffering financially. The pregnancy centers and other prolife organizations we work with have shared their many concerns over their present and future financial situation due to cancelled or postponed events and donor job loss. These are legitimate concerns for ministries who depend on the generosity of others for their daily income.Get Resource
Because we live and breathe marketing strategies, we get a lot of questions from pregnancy centers around the country about the best practices for most effectively reaching abortion minded women. And because we love partnering with you to impact women’s lives and save babies, we also love answering these questions for you!Get Resource
Did you know that for the past 45 years, charitable giving increased every year except for three (1977 – the height of the energy crisis and 2008/2009 – the great recession)? Those three years showed a decline in charitable gifts. However, during the 2008/2009 recession, the decrease was in giving that was not relationship based. Those who are most connected to nonprofits have historically stayed connected in hard times. Both your major gift development and faithful monthly givers will carry you through even in the hardest of economic downturns because of your strong relationship with them. Realistically, due to job loss and other factors, you have to expect some donors to take a break from giving. However, trends show that others will step up to help in a big way.Get Resource
Though news of the coronavirus has been spreading for a few months, the decisions and actions of the last two weeks have impacted the United States in ways we hadn’t felt before. The mandatory shut down of restaurants, schools and non-essential businesses has caused great concern as many businesses also move to remote-only work for their employees.
For pregnancy centers all over the country, this change has caused uncertainty and raised a lot of questions about how to continue operations. We know many of you want to stay open, but you are concerned about safety for your staff, volunteers and clients. Many directors have had to make difficult decisions about postponing or canceling fundraising events, which raises real concerns about how to make up for budget losses. (Next week, our email will be full of tips on how to stay funded during a crisis.)Get Resource
As women seek abortions earlier and earlier in their pregnancies, it becomes imperative for you to do all you can to reach them before the abortion clinic does. The best place to accomplish this is online, and it’s important to utilize every tool available to make sure women know abortion is not their only choice.
We want them to find life-affirming options and support through your center.
One of the most basic and effective ways to help women find your center is by setting up and optimizing a Google My Business profile. Never heard of Google My Business? That’s okay. We’ll walk you through what it is, how it will help you reach more abortion-minded women, and how to get it set up today.Get Resource
Have you considered a capital campaign to raise major funds? Your pregnancy center is growing and exciting things are ahead for your center and the people you serve. With growth comes opportunities to make an impact as well as a need for greater donor support. A capital campaign is a focused effort to raise significant dollars in a specified period of time. Often the money raised in a capital campaign is to fund the purchase or renovation of a building, but the campaign’s focus can also include building an endowment for the future. When implemented correctly, capital campaigns can be a highly effective fundraising tactic in addition to your regular fundraising strategy. Whether it’s your first time or you’ve been running them for years, in this guide we’ll cover all the basics so you can feel confident running your own capital campaign.Get Resource