Articles by Beth Kanter

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    Record-breaking donations on Give to the Max Day in Minnesota

    November 24, 2014 by Beth Kanter

    Record-breaking donations on Give to the Max Day in Minnesota

    This is cross-posted with permission from Beth Kanter's Blog. GiveMN launched its “Give to the Max Day” over 6 years ago.  It was one of the first 24-hour day of giving that rallies and inspires to donate to charities.  On November 13, Minnesotans broke a record Thursday, donating more than $18 million to schools and non-profits.  I have been tracking this giving day since its first Giving Day back in 2009 and every year do a debrief post or interview. This year, I was lucky enough to get Dana Nelson, Executive Director to do an email interview.    

    GiveMN and Dana have been a key part of the Knight Foundation Giving Day Learning Exchange that I have had the honor of facilitating. This network of community foundations are actively experimenting and learning how to get better results on their Giving Days and adding to the knowledge in the Giving Day Playbook.

    Here’s what Dana Nelson had to say about their dramatic giving day results, their secret to success, and what is next.

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    The Giving Day Playbook answers your questions

    September 17, 2013 by Beth Kanter

    The Giving Day Playbook answers your questions

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    ​The following blog post is written by Beth Kanter, a consultant for Knight Foundation. Photo credit: GiveMn.org on Facebook.

    Knight Foundation recently published the Giving Day Playbook , the first how-to guide providing community foundations and other nonprofits comprehensive tips to planning a successful online giving marathon.  On Sept. 12, Knight Foundation hosted a webinar for almost 200 community foundations, nonprofits, and others interested in hosting a Giving Day.   

    The engaged crowd on the webinar asked many smart questions of the presenters, who included Knight Foundation’s Bahia Ramos and GiveMN’s Dana Nelson, in addition to myself.  

    If you missed it, you can listen to the recording here, or join us for one of two upcoming conversations on Giving Days: the #FundChat Twitter chat on the Playbook at 12 EST Wednesday Sept. 18, and a Google Hangout with the Chronicle of Philanthropy at 1 p.m. ET Thursday Sept. 19.

    Below is a summary of answers to some questions during the webinar and related resources on the Giving Day Playbook.

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    In wake of giving day tech failure, here’s what we have learned

    August 10, 2016 by Beth Kanter

    In wake of giving day tech failure, here’s what we have learned
    The tech failure that disrupted the national Give Local America Day fundraising campaign in May 2016 raised a big question for community foundations hosting giving days:  What can they do differently to ensure smooth sailing in the future? To answer, Giving Day hosts turned to each other through Knight Foundation’s Peer Learning Exchange and Facebook Group, and participated in conference calls organized by Priscilla Enriquez, Chief Giving Officer of the Sacramento Regional Community Foundation.  They sought a host of answers. Even while some communities reached or exceeded  their Give Local America goals, they searched for ways to address administrative messes, their own technical reviews, in addition to ways to rebuild trust with their community.  
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    Giving Day Playbook offers crucial guidance for online fundraising campaigns

    June 18, 2014 by Beth Kanter

    Giving Day Playbook offers crucial guidance for online fundraising campaigns

    Photo: Panel Session at the Social Media 4 Nonprofits Conference on Silicon Valley Gives Day. Caitlin McShane from Opportunity Fund describes how they raised over $75,000.

    In August 2013, Knight Foundation published the Giving Day Playbook, a website and digital publication for community foundations and other organizations interested in hosting an online Giving Day. The easy-to-use guide was packed with best practices, examples and templates from Giving Day organizations across the country.

    Many organizations have found the resource valuable for planning, implementation and evaluation of their Giving Days. Here are some of their experiences: