Giving Tuesday Prep: Get Ready for the Big Day

By October 9, 2017 Fundraising No Comments

Giving Tuesday, one of the greatest opportunities of the year for generating nonprofit donations, is coming November 28! If you have not started planning for this singular event, you need to get on it ASAP.

It is especially important to get out in front of this vital date because, with the growing popularity of Giving Tuesday, there is increasingly heavy competition among nonprofits for donor dollars as each year passes. You need to prime and expand your donor base with a compelling and, if possible, unique hook to convince them to give to YOUR nonprofit.

We put together some ideas that can help you prepare for an awesome day of giving.

The Hook

This is the most important part of the planning process. What is your hook? What will encourage donors to give? To get your creative juices flowing, go out on the internet and see what other nonprofits did successfully in 2016. Then, think about what makes your nonprofit unique. What theme or activity will not only be fun and attract attention, but also show donors and potential donors what you will do with the money? There is a perfect idea for your nonprofit out there. You just need to think on it.

Plan a Pre-Giving Tuesday Event

It is time to fire up your donor base, staff, and volunteers! There is no better way to do that than by having an event, either in person or online, that gears everyone up for the big day.

Email and Social Blitz

Communicating directly with donors and potential donors about Giving Tuesday will give you a leg up on some of your competition. Tell your constituency what you are planning, and how they can be a part of it. And whatever you do, with social, be sure to use not only the #GivingTuesday hashtag, but also a hashtag that is unique to YOUR Giving Tuesday activities.


Your website should prominently feature your Giving Tuesday activities and initiatives NOW.

Plan a Giving Tuesday Event

Put your thinking cap on… what would be the best way to stand out on Giving Tuesday? It can be something you do in person or on social media. Be creative!

Video Storytelling

If you are not posting videos already, now is a great time to start. It can be as simple as having your team talk about Giving Tuesday and its importance to your cause. But you can do all kinds of other stuff on video… remember the Ice Bucket Challenge? Maybe this is the year that YOUR nonprofit goes viral!

Reach Out to Your Corporate Donors

Maybe you can convince them to match all or part of your Giving Tuesday donations… or host/sponsor an event.

Enable Online Giving

Giving Tuesday is, at its roots and core, an online phenomenon. On this day, many people want to give online. Are you set up for giving through your website, and even via social media? If you are not sure how to do it, give us a call. We can help.

Thank All of Your Giving Tuesday Donors

After the big day has come and gone, it is time to personally thank everyone who donated to your cause. This is vital because, next year, you want them to think of YOUR nonprofit first for Giving Tuesday giving. Have an email or social campaign ready to go so you can get on this the day after (Wednesday), or at least by the end of the week.

Over a month left until the big day! Plenty of time to get your efforts under way, and DonorLynk is here to help.

Joe Paone is a content strategist at DonorLynk who loves informing nonprofits.