Donor Retention Education with Wayne Robbins - Bloomerang

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This session explores the Fundraising Effectiveness Project report commissioned by AFP and the Urban Institute. The dismal news in this report can and should be an eye opener for every nonprofit engaged in fundraising.

We will focus on the root causes of poor retention rates, and offer tips for improvement based on the principles of Dr. Adrian Sargeant and Tom Ahern: two world-renowned authorities on building donor loyalty. Sargeant and Ahern’s principles are based upon years of research conducted in the sector and can be used by any organization, whether you are a one-person shop or a large department. We will show examples of their principles in action. The results can be astounding when put into daily use!

Learning Outcomes:

- Be familiar with current research on donor retention and how an increase or decrease can impact your bottom line

- Understand how to calculate your donor retention rate

- Learn new donor communications techniques in order to improve donor loyalty and retention

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Donor Retention Education with Wayne Robbins - Bloomerang

  1. 1. What Fundraisers Can Do to Stop Falling Donor Retention Rates Wayne Robbins
  2. 2. • Wayne Robbins • 20 Years in Nonprofit Sector • 10 Years of Technology Leadership • Over 5,000 Database Installations • Former Director at eTapestry • Former Director of Development • Former Board Member and Current Volunteer for many nonprofit organizations 3 Your presenter »
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  4. 4. “Active donor commitment is the enduring passion for your nonprofit. Inspiring donors is key for loyalty.” - 101 Fundraising Retention » 4
  5. 5. 1. WHY? The Case for building/improving Donor Retention 2. Addressing the Attrition Problem (Building Donor Loyalty) 3. HOW? – Retention Drivers 4. Conclusion: Donor Engagement! Agenda » 5
  6. 6. In our surveys, less than 45% of fundraisers knew their current donor retention rate. Do you know your retention rate? https://bloomerang.co/blog/infographic-the-state-of-donor-retention-in-2014
  7. 7. What does a 10% increase in donor retention mean in terms of LIFETIME dollars raised? • 50% • 100% • 150-200% 8 Do you know your retention rate?
  8. 8. Donor Attrition Over Five Years # of Donors Attrition Rate Donors Remaining After 1 Year Donors Remaining After 2 Years Donors Remaining After 3 Years Donors Remaining After 4 Years Donors Remaining After 5 Years 1,000 20% 800 640 512 410 328 1,000 40% 600 360 216 130 78 1,000 60% 400 160 64 26 10 So what?
  9. 9. http://afpfep.org Growth in Giving Initiative / FEP »
  10. 10. Participating Donor Software Firms: • Donor2/Campus Management Corporation • PhilanthrAppeal (FundTrack Software) • DonorPerfect Fundraising Software • The Raiser’s Edge ® (Blackbaud) • eTapestry • Avectra • Bloomerang • Sage Software • MatchMaker FundRaising Software • Telosa Software (Exceed!) • Metafile Fundraising Effectiveness Survey »
  11. 11. The 2014 results are in » Nearly 6 out of every 10 donors do not give again!
  12. 12. New donor retention is even worse »
  13. 13. Participating Donor Software Firms: • Donor2/Campus Management Corporation • PhilanthrAppeal (FundTrack Software) • DonorPerfect Fundraising Software • The Raiser’s Edge ® (Blackbaud) • eTapestry • Avectra • Bloomerang • Sage Software • MatchMaker FundRaising Software • Telosa Software (Exceed!) • Metafile Fundraising Effectiveness Survey » (Not a SINGLE firm above has taken any steps to address the continually increasing problem of FALLING Donor Retention!)
  14. 14. Donor Attrition Over Five Years # of Donors Attrition Rate Donors Remaining After 1 Year Donors Remaining After 2 Years Donors Remaining After 3 Years Donors Remaining After 4 Years Donors Remaining After 5 Years 1,000 20% 800 640 512 410 328 1,000 40% 600 360 216 130 78 1,000 60% 400 160 64 26 10 So what?
  15. 15. Donor retention math »
  16. 16. Addressing the Attrition Problem! Is It a Donor Loyalty Problem?
  17. 17. Building Donor Loyalty! 1. Listen to your donors -Find out what will compel them to further help you achieve your mission. Ask for their advice, and put it to practice. 2. Share your good news -Communication is key to building any relationship, and nonprofit relationships are no different. Think about newsletters, e-mails and face-to-face visits to keep the flow of information open. 18
  18. 18. Building Donor Loyalty! 3. Measure your success -“In general, donors like to receive regular, measurable and concrete feedback about how their money makes a difference,” says Ursula Pfahl. -By sharing the impact in real measures, you solidify the good work you are doing. 4. Survey your donors -When Courtney Polster, fund development manager at Agrace HospiceCare, started surveying her donors, she discovered that a high percentage were utilizing planned- giving vehicles to support a charity — but she was surprised to see how few said hers was their charity of choice for this option. This revelation led to further research. “Quality initiatives like these are helping build a stewardship and recognition program as well as a planned-giving program," Polster says. "It has been most beneficial!” 19
  19. 19. Building Donor Loyalty! 5. Leverage donor loyalty -Use your board members to make calls and write thank-you notes. The power of appreciation from a strong board member can go a long way in building loyalty. 6. Involve donors in the cause -By regularly inviting donors to come and see their donations in action, Keith Greer, fundraising and membership coordinator at Popejoy Hall, has changed the way donors view his organization and increased retention rates by 14 percent and the average donation size by $500! 20
  20. 20. Building Donor Loyalty! 7. Get social -Create connections in the social networks where your donors spend their time. Connecting socially is very powerful. 8. Customize your approach -“Bottom line: Loyalty comes when we show folks we know them. This means we have to really listen to them. There's no cookie-cutter approach, as donor preferences vary. We have to be sensitive to our donors’ particular styles, then give them what they want,” says marketing and fundraising consultant Claire Axelrad. 21
  21. 21. Building Donor Loyalty! 9. Recognize repeat donors -“Whether your organization is new or has been around for years, you can recognize continuous yearly donors in your annual report. Give recognition to donors who have supported you (at a set level) for three years, five years, 10 years — break it down however it works for you — but with recognition, if they have to drop a nonprofit one year, hopefully it won't be yours!” says CFRE Debbie Joyner. 10. Say thank you -“One easy element is thanking donors for every gift either with a phone call or personalized e- mail. When dealing with loyal donors, I am always sure to mention how long they have been giving and let them know how much their continued support is appreciated. Most donors haven't thought about how long they have been giving, and I think these small gestures have deepened donor relations with a pretty small investment of my time and our long-distance bill,” says Daniel Blakemore, assistant director for individual giving at International House, New York. 22
  22. 22. Lifetime value » Dr. Adrian Sargeant, Bloomerang Chief Scientist Professor of Fundraising at the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University holding what is presently the world’s only endowed chair in that discipline. Professor of Nonprofit Marketing and Fundraising at Bristol Business School (U.K) and an Adjunct Professor of Fundraising at the Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies. Top 10 Most Influential People in Fundraising
  23. 23. “The total net contribution that a customer/donor generates during his/her lifetime in your database” 24 Defining Lifetime Value (LTV) »
  24. 24. LTV = ∑Ci Where c = net contribution from each year’s fundraising activity i = expected duration of each relationship in years Defining Lifetime Value (LTV) »
  25. 25. Key Decisions in Building Donor Loyalty • Costs vs. Donation Revenues • Average Lifetime (1-25 Years) • Your Retention Rates 26
  26. 26. Key Decisions in Building Donor Loyalty • Costs vs. Donation Revenues • Average Lifetime (1-25 Years) • Your Retention Rates • Best Use of Staff Time 28
  27. 27. $1000 + $500 - $1000 $100 - $500 $25 and under annually $25 - $100 Value Value Segments » Time
  28. 28. Key Decisions in Building Donor Loyalty • Costs vs. Donation Revenues • Average Lifetime (1-25 Years) • Your Retention Rates • Best Use of Staff Time • Using Retention/Reactivation Practices • Finding a Database that Helps rather than Hinders Loyalty! 30
  29. 29. 39 Why customers leave » • 1% - death • 3% - relocation • 14% - won by competitor • 14% - bad service/complaint handling • 68% - lack/loss of interest http://www.insightsfromanalytics.com/blog/bid/335381/5-Reasons-Customers-Leave-and-9-Ways-to-Keep-Them
  30. 30. • 5% - thought charity did not need them • 8% - no info on how monies were used • 9% - no memory of supporting • 13% - never got thanked for donating • 16% - death • 18% - poor service or communication • 36% - others more deserving • 54% - could no longer afford Does your Donor feel Connected? Why nonprofit donors leave » https://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140520191728-746287--infographic-why-donors-stop-their-support
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  32. 32. 6 Key Retention Drivers (That can double lifetime value) • Drip feed mission performance data
  33. 33. 6 Key Retention Drivers (That can double lifetime value) • Drip feed mission performance data
  34. 34. 6 Key Retention Drivers (That can double lifetime value) • Drip feed mission performance data
  35. 35. 6 Key Retention Drivers (That can double lifetime value) • Drip feed mission performance data
  36. 36. 6 Key Retention Drivers (That can double lifetime value) • Drip feed mission performance data
  37. 37. 6 Key Retention Drivers (That can double lifetime value) • Drip feed mission performance data
  38. 38. 6 Key Retention Drivers (That can double lifetime value) • Drip feed mission performance data
  39. 39. 6 Key Retention Drivers (That can double lifetime value) • Drip feed mission performance data
  40. 40. 6 Key Retention Drivers (That can double lifetime value) • Drip feed mission performance data • Connect often (1st 90 Days!) • Be personal (SEGMENT via DB) • Develop like a good personal friendship
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  42. 42. 6 Key Retention Drivers (That can double lifetime value) • Drip feed mission performance data • Connect often (1st 90 Days!) • Be personal (SEGMENT via DB) • Develop like a good personal friendship • Find & use numerous human connectors • Always communicate what monies are doing!
  43. 43. Conclusion: So Strive For: • Donor Satisfaction • Donor Commitment/Engagement 54
  44. 44. Retention Drivers 56
  45. 45. Conclusion: So Strive For: • Donor Satisfaction • Donor Commitment/Engagement • Donor Trust • Donor Loyalty Doubling your lifetime value = ? 57
  46. 46. Questions? Retention Based Fundraising Date: 1/21/2016 Presenter: Wayne Robbins wayne.robbins@bloomerang.co

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