What We Learned About Digital Engagement from the 2019 M+R Benchmarks Report

Every year, nonprofit consultants M+R release their annual Benchmarks report, which provides an overview of digital trends in the sector. This year’s report addressed issues such as email list growth and churn, the rise of monthly giving, and the impact of social media’s peer-to-peer fundraising for nonprofits.

Harness the latest giving trends for digital fundraising success

While plenty of people are out in the streets holding rallies and visiting their elected representatives, the digital landscape has become ground zero as a prime organizing and engagement channel. Nonprofit organizations are pushing the envelope on their digital efforts to engage activists, grow the size of their email lists, and raise money online.

Grow Your Email List Without Spending Money

Growing the size of your email list is an important strategic goal for your nonprofit’s marketing, communications, and fundraising programs. There are several effective free techniques to grow your email list using the current digital assets and online properties your organization already has. So before you spend money to rent email lists, distribute an email offer through a media platform, or work with a paid co-registration service, read my article.

Seize the Opportunity for Mobile Engagement in 2016

We’ve reached an important tipping point in how mobile is being used. Blackbaud has reported recently that mobile conversions in 2015 have reached a new record, with 19 percent of donations and 23 percent of event registrations made from a mobile device. In my own work with nonprofits of various sizes, I’m seeing email readership rates of 40 percent from mobile devices.