Balancing Aspiration With Reality: Sensible Milestones & Better Donor Journeys Lead to Beautiful Destinations

Wendy Orleman has joined THD as vice president, client strategy, bringing over 20 years of experience leading strategy for nonprofit and commercial clients. We sat down with Wendy to hear how she will be helping clients grow and create meaningful social impact in her new role.

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The One Thing: THDers and Their One Change for Better RFPs

As we developed our content series on the RFP process, we've had some thoughtful exchanges on the topic both internally and with clients. We recently asked our team:  What is one question you’d add or one change you would make to the RFPs we typically receive that you think would result in a better response?  We are sharing four ideas here as thought-starters for your process:

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Three Ways to Improve the Nonprofit RFP Process

We launched an unscientific poll series on LinkedIn several weeks ago to tap into the nonprofit zeitgeist about Requests for Proposals (RFPs). The season for issuing and responding to RFPs is beginning to rev up, as many organizations evaluate partner relationships in the early months of the year for mid-year contract renewals.

The RFP process is a notoriously laborious and lengthy undertaking for both requesters and responders; we were curious to learn how colleagues on the client and partner sides of the nonprofit world felt about it. As 2021 came to a close, our survey series sparked lively discussions with clients and among our Account Teams internally. Here are some of the musings that could improve the experience for all parties.

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Five Data Musts to Power Insight-Driven Nonprofit Marketing

Garbage in, garbage out. Or, as I like to say, G.I.G.O.

I suspect many of you reading this are familiar with this concept.

The concept is that if you input flawed information into a system, your output is also going to be flawed. It’s really a pretty simple idea.

I’m also betting that if you are familiar with the concept, there’s a good chance it’s because you’ve encountered G.I.G.O. firsthand.

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Your Donors’ Habits & Motivations Are Permanently Changing… Are You?

My iPhone’s “control center” serves up a daily sampling of photos from my photo library, taking me back in time to pictures of vacations, graduations and reunions, birthdays, and weddings captured “On This Day,” sometimes many years ago. These strolls down memory lane are an invitation to revisit the past, but it’s not the oldest photos that give me pause lately — it’s revisiting photos from just one year ago. 

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Audience First: Recalibrating Your Fundraising Program to Meet the Moment

In case you missed the 2021 Nonprofit Federation Winter Conference hosted by the Association of National Advertisers (ANA), or are looking to refresh what you learned, we are happy to share the Thought Leadership presentation we delivered with our partner, Feeding America.

THD’s Chief Strategy Officer, Linda Williams, and Feeding America's SVP of Digital & Direct Marketing, Liz Nielsen, discussed Feeding America's growth in the last year and meeting the moment of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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My Pandemic Career Pivot: Finding More Meaning In Work

As 2020 progressed, I heard many people wishing for things to get “back to normal.” For me, last year's events were an inspiration to move forward to better, not back to normal. 

2020 shined a spotlight on the many gaps in our society, revealing opportunities to make things better. I became more aware of how each of us has just so much time and energy, and I wanted to use both more purposefully as part of a collective mood and movement that makes a positive, meaningful difference. 

That’s why I feel so fortunate to join the exceptional team at THD as Vice President of Account Management. 

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Don’t Get Left Behind in a Cookie-Less Future

SUMMER 2021 UPDATE:

Big news! In June, Google officially pushed out the date Chrome will end support for third-party cookies in its Chrome browser from early 2022 (as originally announced in January 2020) to the second half of 2023.

For many, the delay is welcome news. After all, it gives nonprofit marketers more time to adapt and develop privacy-focused alternatives in key areas like ad measurement, delivering relevant ads and content, and fraud detection. However, while the timeline has shifted, make no mistake that the end of third-party cookies still represents the seismic shift to the mechanics of the digital marketing landscape that we’ve been expecting. Like before the delay was announced, digital marketers and fundraisers need to prepare their organizations for these shifts.

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2020’s Shifting Plate Tectonics: Impact of 2020 Events on Donor Attitudes and Expectations

Recently, I’ve found myself tapping to the drumbeat of a rap poem that each of my kids performed in 5th grade about shifting of the tectonic plates (hard to forget … I have four kids so I heard it a lot) because, on so many fronts, 2020 has felt like the Earth’s plates are moving under my feet.

With so much seemingly in flux, envisioning the impacts on charitable giving (specifically) and the nonprofit sector (in general) is daunting. But as Chief Strategy Officer at a social impact agency, that’s in the job description.

To better understand the impact of the “events of 2020” on charitable giving, THD fielded research just after the presidential election. The outcome presented both immediate-term observations, as well as interesting insights with longer-term implications. While some of the data reinforces broader trends that are known to us, other data suggests new opportunities for those nonprofits whose focus is on building sustainable revenue streams from long-term donors. 

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We Put Our Interactive Dashboards into Hyperdrive

We’ve been busy in our home laboratories during these past few months. After lots of testing (and retesting), we now have a new way to spot your program and audience trends — and do it faster than ever.

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