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Donor Participation Project

How to Build an Automated Donor Welcome Series

​Everyone wants to welcome all their donors in a timely, heartfelt manner. We know this creates donor loyalty and leads to larger gifts.

​It’s just so hard to do!

​In this session, Louis Diez will show you how you can build your own automated Donor Welcome Series with free or low-cost resources so you can immediately start improving your donor retention!

​We’ll have a brief conversation followed by Q&A.

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Social Media in 20 Minutes per Day with Julia Campbell

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Following her DPP Conference appearance, join us in this Lunch Analysis for action-oriented tips on nonprofit social media from expert communicator Julia Campbell.

​Julia Campbell has run her digital marketing consulting business for almost a decade, focused exclusively on mission-driven organizations. Her passion is to get nonprofits of all sizes to stop spinning their wheels on social media and to start getting real results using digital tools. You can check out her thoughts and ideas on all things nonprofit digital storytelling and social media at www.jcsocialmarketing.com/blog.

About: The Donor Participation Project (DPP) convenes fundraising professionals who are concerned about the nationwide decline in donor participation (20 million US households lost between 2000-2016). 

​We believe this can be solved by changing our fundraising practices and want to learn from peers who are moving the participation needle.

Discuss this Topic and Learn with Your Colleagues During our October 12 Lunch Analysis

  • ​Download the video and review Julia’s presentation during the DPP Conference in the Resource Library
  • ​This event will take place over Zoom.
  • ​The session will be recorded and accessible post-event for DPP members only.
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Donor-Focused Communication

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It’s not about you. It’s about the donor.

​Are your communications connecting with your donors or ending up in the literal or virtual recycle bin? Join us as Debbie Meyers shares a brisk top ten list of ways to make your appeals, acknowledgments and emails more donor focused and more effective. 

​As Chief Inspiration Officer for EDiT!, Debbie Meyers helps advancement professionals find that spark of inspiration in their writing. Learn more about her and her work on her website.

About: The Donor Participation Project (DPP) convenes fundraising professionals who are concerned about the nationwide decline in donor participation (20 million US households lost between 2000-2016). 

​We believe this can be solved by changing our fundraising practices and want to learn from peers who are moving the participation needle.

Discuss this Topic and Learn with Your Colleagues During our August 17 Lunch Analysis

  • ​This event will take place over Zoom.
  • ​The session will be recorded and accessible post-event for DPP members only.
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Fundraising Leadership Skills with Craig Evans (7/12/22)

Join Craig Evans, Associate Dean, Development and External Relations at the Johns Hopkins University School of Education.

Are you a fundraiser new to a leadership role? Being a leader is a different set of skills. Craig will discuss some ways to build a great culture and team and give you some ideas on how to implement them.

About: The Donor Participation Project (DPP) convenes fundraising professionals who are concerned about the nationwide decline in donor participation (20 million US households lost between 2000-2016). 

We believe this can be solved by changing our fundraising practices and want to learn from peers who are moving the participation needle.

Discuss this Topic and Learn with Your Colleagues During our July 12 Lunch Analysis

  • This event will take place over Zoom.
  • The session will be recorded and accessible post-event for DPP members only.

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Fundraiser’s Pep Talk with Kenna Barrett & Presenting DPP Intro Club! (6/15/2022)

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Join Kenna Barrett, incoming Chief Development Officer for the UMD University Libraries, for a conversation on the inner game of fundraising.

Need a Pep Talk? How to handle even the most challenging fundraising interactions

Whether you’re an introvert, an extrovert, or in between, sometimes our brains get in the way of our own progress as fundraisers (and as human beings). In this talk, Kenna shares some of the techniques that she has adapted from neighboring fields to position yourself for success.

We will also be presenting the DPP Intro Club! A way for you to meet fellow DPPers 1:1 for networking, career advice, or just sharing common challenges.

About: The Donor Participation Project (DPP) convenes fundraising professionals who are concerned about the nationwide decline in donor participation (20 million US households lost between 2000-2016). 

We believe this can be solved by changing our fundraising practices and want to learn from peers who are moving the participation needle.

Discuss this Topic and Learn with Your Colleagues During our June 15 Lunch Analysis

  • Before this session, please review Kenna’s articles in Fairygodboss and NonprofitPRO
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  • The session will be recorded and accessible post-event for DPP members only.

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Video Marketing for Fundraisers (5/18/2022)

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If you want to use more video in your fundraising, join David Phu for a brief presentation and conversation on what you should be thinking about.

(Sneak peek: videos that work don’t require a huge production budget!)

About: The Donor Participation Project (DPP) convenes fundraising professionals who are concerned about the nationwide decline in donor participation (20 million US households lost between 2000-2016). 

We believe this can be solved by changing our fundraising practices and want to learn from peers who are moving the participation needle.

Discuss this Topic and Learn with Your Colleagues During our May 18 Lunch Analysis

  • Please connect with David on LinkedIn and review his latest posts so you are familiar with his general philosophy on video for nonprofits.
  • This event will take place over Zoom.
  • The session will be recorded and accessible post-event for DPP members only.
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Starting from the End: Purdue’s Approach to Transformational Gifts (3/2/2022)

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The Purdue Optimizes Development Support (PODS) concept is designed to optimize operational support with an end goal of maximizing our revenue generating potential at Purdue. Through the PODS, the Purdue for Life Foundation is creating a culture of shared purposes and responsibilities, while acknowledging the independencies that produce fundraising success.

Join John Dinkens, Michele Miller, and Amber Turner in a discussion about the A (acquisition), B (building), C’s (customization)—and D (data-driven decisions)—and how they use them within and across their departments and to effectively collaborate and increase Purdue’s ability to raise money.

About: The Donor Participation Project (DPP) convenes fundraising professionals who are concerned about the nationwide decline in donor participation (20 million US households lost between 2000-2016). 

We believe this can be solved by changing our fundraising practices and want to learn from peers who are moving the participation needle.

Discuss this Topic and Learn with Your Colleagues During our March 2 Lunch Analysis

  • This event will take place over Zoom.
  • The session will be recorded and accessible post-event for DPP members only.
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New Marketing Realities for Nonprofits with Mark Schaefer (2/16/22)

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We are privileged to welcome Mark Schaefer as the facilitator for this month’s Lunch Analysis.

Mark is a globally-recognized author, speaker, podcaster, and business consultant. He is a prolific writer and speaker whose work sits at the intersection of marketing, technology, and humanity. He has advanced degrees in marketing and organizational development, holds seven patents, and is a faculty member of the graduate studies program at Rutgers University.

He is the best-selling author of nine popular books including the
very first book on influence marketing. His blog, GROW, and podcast “The Marketing Companion” are ranked among the top-rated publications in the marketing field. His clients range from successful start-ups to global brands such as Adidas, Johnson & Johnson, Dell, The U.S. Air Force, and the UK Government. And he has appeared on media channels such as CNN, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and CBS News.

In this session, Mark will guide us through his research on where marketing is headed and how his findings in his books Cumulative Advantage and Marketing Rebellion apply to the nonprofit sector.

About: The Donor Participation Project (DPP) convenes fundraising professionals who are concerned about the nationwide decline in donor participation (20 million US households lost between 2000-2016). 

We believe this can be solved by changing our fundraising practices and want to learn from peers who are moving the participation needle.

Discuss this Topic and Learn with Your Colleagues During our February 16 Lunch Analysis

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Why People Give: Fundraising Recommendations from Behavioral Science by Russell James, Ph.D. (1/19/2022)

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In this session we will review some findings from experimental research and see how this can apply to effective communications in fundraising.  Beyond just gleaning a few tips and tricks, we will discuss how these findings reflect underlying realities about the process of charitable decision making.

Russell James, J.D., Ph.D., CFP® is a chaired professor in the Department of Personal Financial Planning at Texas Tech University where he directs the on-campus and online graduate program in Charitable Financial Planning (planned giving) and also teaches a graduate course in behavioral finance.  Prior to his academic career he worked in planned gifts fundraising and then major gifts fundraising for 11 years.

About: The Donor Participation Project (DPP) convenes fundraising professionals who are concerned about the nationwide decline in donor participation (20 million US households lost between 2000-2016). 

We believe this can be solved by changing our fundraising practices and want to learn from peers who are moving the participation needle.

Discuss this Topic and Learn with Your Colleagues During our January 19 Lunch Analysis

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Manage Complex Projects with Airtable by Jaemi Loeb (11/17/2021)

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We are honored to feature DPP member Jaemi Loeb, Senior Director of Cultural Arts at the JCC of Metro Detroit, in a demonstration of how she manages complex fundraising projects using the popular no-code tool Airtable.

Dr. Loeb is a long-time arts entrepreneur and tech enthusiast, which has made her obsession with efficiency and information quality seem like a job skill. Airtable’s powerful automation, data visualization, and integration tools make it one of the best databases on the market. But, it’s most powerful feature is that it is shockingly easy to use.

About: The Donor Participation Project (DPP) convenes fundraising professionals who are concerned about the nationwide decline in donor participation (20 million US households lost between 2000-2016). 

We believe this can be solved by changing our fundraising practices and want to learn from peers who are moving the participation needle.

Discuss this Topic and Learn with Your Colleagues During our November 17 Lunch Analysis

  • Strongly suggested pre-viewing from Jaemi: Airtable’s YouTube channel
  • This event will take place over Zoom.
  • The session will be recorded and accessible post-event for DPP members only.

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