The Standing Desk

Notes, research, and company thoughts

Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning: Helping Nonprofits Fundraise Smarter

  You see it everywhere you go, whether it’s in news publications, blogs, or social media posts; at industry conferences; or even through word of mouth from friends or colleagues: Artificial intelligence is revolutionizing the way the world operates. You might even be rolling your eyes at the mere mention of AI, machine learning, or even Big Data because you instinctively think of Hollywood blockbusters like “Terminator” or “I, Robot.” But don’t go running off yet; we promise that robots aren’t taking over the world. 

How Your Tech Should Support Your Staff

The nonprofit sector has been one of the most hard-hit industries amid The Great Resignation — a phenomenon in which more employees quit their jobs in a single month than they have in a century.  According to the Forbes Business Council, even before the pandemic hit, the voluntary turnover rate for nonprofits was 19%, far outpacing the all-industry average of 12%.
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Topics: Insider, fundraising

5 Ways to Expand Your Unrestricted Fundraising

Unrestricted (or undesignated) fundraising is the backbone of any nonprofit organization. These funds not only help you with your overall mission, but pays for your staff, office, electricity, and even the cost of fundraising itself. Unfortunately, donors are less interested in the granular details of what it takes to run a nonprofit than they are with the emotional engagement of your mission.
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Continued Research on the Impact of Asking Donors to Cover Transaction Fees

The question of whether or not to ask donors to cover transaction fees remains one of the most debated topics within the nonprofit sector. We at Fundraise Up  previously addressed this question, and our conclusion was a resounding “yes” to asking donors. 
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Does Payment Method Determine Donation Amount?

Demographics — from preferred device, to age, to frequency of gifts — are crucial to predicting donor behavior. But what can we learn from observing payment method?
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8 Types of Donation Friction and How to Spot Them

  At Fundraise Up, it's our mission to eliminate friction in the donation process and convert more visitors into donors. But what exactly is friction and where do you encounter it?
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Customer Spotlight: The American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is one of the most well-known nonprofits in the USA and has spearheaded some of the most important research in its field. But over the course of the last year, they realized they were missing out on valuable revenue.
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