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It might seem like lightyears away, but Giving Tuesday 2021 is right around the corner. If you want a successful campaign this giving season, now is the time to start planning and prepping. And we are here to help.

What is Giving Tuesday?

Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving. It is on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, following Black Friday and Cyber Monday. And then, it’s game on. Giving Tuesday kicks off the giving season when nearly 1/3 of all financial gifts are donated. Giving season lasts through the end of the year, and takes place predominantly online.

Here are some more fun #GivingTuesday facts to kick off your planning:

25

Retention rate for first time, online donors

21

Online giving increase in 2020

28

Donations came from mobile devices in 2020

This year, #GivingTuesday is on November 30. That means the best way to celebrate Christmas in July is to get pumped about this quickly approaching holiday!

How should you prep for #GivingTuesday?

Website Checklist

Since Giving Tuesday is primarily based online, now is a good time to give your site a tune up. While an efficient website is essential all year, ensuring you have the right pages with the quality content paired with a smooth user journey is more necessary than ever. After a year of so many people nearly living online, not only did the number of mobile users increase, online giving grew in size, dollar amounts and retention rates. People’s standards have gone up and their patience for rookie mistakes is down.

Here are a few things to put at the top of your #GivingTuesday To Do List:

Is your site mobile responsive?

The number of people donating via their phone is increasing each year. Ensuring that your website is mobile responsive is a priority. You don’t want a clunky desktop site on a phone scaring off potential donors.

How’s your site speed?

If your potential supporters have to wait more than 3 seconds to learn about your cause or for the “donate” button to pop up, they may just move on.

What are you trying to say?

The last thing you want is for your audience to scratch their heads and wonder, “Ok, now what is it exactly they do?” Instead, make it crystal clear: Who you help, how you help, and where their donation goes.

Are you participating in #GivingTuesday?

Of course you are. All nonprofits are. But you need to let your visitors know that you are actively engaged in this day of action. Consider a banner on your website, or a dedicated donation page.

Target new audiences…

Alright, now you’ve got a solid website that will work quickly on any smartphone to get your #GivingTuesday message across. You’re done, right? Not quite. Once they land on your site, you want to engage them.

Keep it Fresh

For the younger audience, a design that feels fresh will instill more confidence and trust in the organization. Make sure you are putting a contemporary foot forward without losing touch with your brand.

Be Transparent

The younger generation may be giving more in 2021, but that doesn’t mean they have more disposable income than in years past. Tell them what a $20 donation does for the community. Give them the opportunity to say “I provided new books to 25 kids” rather than saying “I donated $100.”

Have Fun

Show a progress bar to let them see the exact impact they are making that day. Add a countdown timer to ramp up that sense of urgency. Give a social media badge for them to share after donating. Have fun with it!

…without forgetting about your existing donors.

It is a good goal to get new donors to your site, especially during Giving Tuesday, but not at the expense of your existing donors. Make sure they feel welcome too.

Invite them to Giving Tuesday.

There are lots of ways to invite your supporters to Giving Tuesday. If you have an email list, send out your #GivingTuesday plans and goals so that they are a part of it. Even better if you can target those who have given online in the past.

Be appreciative.

Let them know that their previous donations have made a difference. Like all donors, they will want to know where their dollars are going this year, but they will also want to know where they went last year and that you appreciated their gift.

What NOT to do

Don’t forget to say thank you.

Have a plan for how you will thank each and every donor – publicly and personally. Not only is it good for donor retention, it is good manners.

Don’t get stuck.

It is always best to plan for the worst and hope for the best. Spend some time thinking about what crisis could derail your campaign and how you could be ready for it. Here at Mittun, we are big fans of Agile Web Development for exactly this reason.

Be Resourceful

You are not in this alone. There are plenty of resources you can use to make this #GivingTuesday your best yet:

  • GivingTuesday.org shares everything you need to know about the big day.
  • Website solutions for Classy customers include a new donation or landing page.
  • Mittun knows how important Giving Tuesday 2021 is, and this is only the beginning. Check back for more tips, or reach out to talk about your specific strategy

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