This is a guest post from our non-profit partner Qgiv

Hospitals and other healthcare organizations work day and night to ensure they offer the best service and medical experience for everyone involved. Because health organizations are often busy with a never-ending flow of patients and high-intensity tasks, they often don’t have time to really think about their own needs.

That is why healthcare fundraising is crucial for health organizations. Running a medical-based organization takes an incredible amount of resources. You need a great fundraising program in order to support your foundation’s philanthropic goals, serving your community and staff.  

Sphere is proud to partner with Qgiv and is working toward making fundraising accessible and meaningful for health organizations. With Qgiv’s comprehensive fundraising platform, healthcare fundraisers can oversee the entire donation process, engage with past patients and active supporters, and boost their overall fundraising revenue.

Ensure your health organization has all the resources it needs! Here are some ways you can use Qgiv to supplement your healthcare team’s fundraising efforts; you can:

  • Securely process online donations.
  • Engage donors with peer-to-peer fundraising.
  • Invite top supporters to a hospital fundraising gala.
  • Motivate giving with text fundraising.
  • Easily oversee capital campaigns.

Read on to learn about how you can take advantage of Qgiv’s software and increase fundraising for your health organization. Let’s get started!

Securely process online donations.

These days, offering online donations is more of a necessity than a nice bonus. According to PewResearch, 90% of Americans are active Internet users—your potential donors are active on the Internet! Additionally, the last thing on your patrons’ minds is making a stop at the donation office to drop off a check while they’re in your hospital. An online donation might be the only way they’d make a gift.

With fundraising software like Qgiv, processing online donations and gifts have never been easier. You can customize the online donation form to a specific campaign and even brand it to your health organization with your unique colors and your logo.

With these other features, your online donation form will encourage donors to complete that donation:

  • Easy-to-use form builder. You don’t have to be a coder to create the perfect donation form for your healthcare organization. The form builder makes it easy to customize your donation form so you always get critical donor information without wasting your donor’s time with unnecessary fields.
  • Recurring gift options. Donors often want to thank your health organization in a generous way, but can’t afford to do so all at once. Include a recurring gifts option so donors can space out their contributions in a way that’s convenient for them. Recurring donations have the added benefit of providing is consistent, predictable support for your health organization.
  • Suggested giving amounts. This is a great way to inspire your donors to give a little more than they might have originally. Sometimes, a potential donor won’t know exactly how much to donate, get overwhelmed trying to make a choice, and end up closing the window without making a gift. Offer a few suggested giving amounts with associated impact statements to help them decide how much to give and show them what their money can achieve.
  • GiftAssist. When someone makes an online donation, the nonprofit has to pay a processing fee. With Qgiv’s GiftAssist, donors can choose to offset that fee by adding a couple of dollars to their gift. This is a popular option! Right now, around 55% of donors make this additional gift if their favorite nonprofit gives them the opportunity.
  • Secure payment processing. You can use Qgiv and Sphere payment solutions together for safe, secure payments. Qgiv was the first online fundraising software to become Level 1 PCI Compliant, so you know your donors’ financial information is in safe hands.  Qgiv’s top-notch security is reinforced by their streamlined forms that can be branded to match your individual nonprofit.

Qgiv not only gives you the tools to create the online donation form that suits your efforts best, it also empowers your donors with multiple fundraising options and facilitates them in a safe and secure way.

Engage donors with peer-to-peer fundraising.

A great way for hospitals and other healthcare organizations to raise support is to run a peer-to-peer fundraising (P2P) campaign. A P2P campaign is especially great for healthcare organizations that engage volunteers; each volunteer likely has their own personal story about how they’re connected to your institution. Let your supporters express this to their own network of friends and family and fundraise on your health organization’s behalf!

Though you can technically conduct P2P campaigns without any outside tools, most nonprofit organizations will invest in a platform specifically for these efforts. With a fundraising solution like Qgiv, you also have access to their top peer-to-peer features. When you use their peer-to-peer platform, you can:

  • Give each P2P volunteer their own branded online donation page. Customize these pages to fit your overall campaign, then let each volunteer add their own photos, testimonials, and stories about why your health organization and fundraiser is important to them. This way, their own friends and family instantly feel more connected to your cause because they share a personal link to your work.
  • Encourage more fundraising with gamification elements. Qgiv gives you the tools to motivate your volunteer fundraisers, including a leaderboard showing top fundraisers, fundraising thermometers, fundraising badges, and more. When P2P volunteers see how close they are to being first in the leaderboard or see how much money is left until your end goal, they’re encouraged to stay active in the fundraising process.
  • Each P2P volunteer can easily share their individual fundraising page on social media and can even schedule posts in advance. You can make sharing on social media even easier for your participants; Qgiv provides the option to built pre-written social post templates that can be tweaked and published by individual users.
  • Monitor all fundraising activities from one central platform. Qgiv’s control panel allows you to oversee your fundraising participants, their teams, and your progress in real-time.

Empower your supporters by letting them fundraise for you. Just ask VISTE! VISTE, Volunteers in Service to the Elderly, is an organization that helps the elderly travel to doctor appointments, provides in-home meals and food, and more. With Qgiv’s tools, they were able to raise around $30,000 during their last peer-to-peer campaign.

Invite top supporters to a hospital fundraising gala.

Hospitals and other health organizations often host live fundraising galas in order to raise awareness for a cause, collect money for a project, announce an exciting change, or recognize their top donors.

But managing registration, planning the gala festivities, and ensuring each guest is properly engaged, can make event preparation a long and difficult process.

Take the stress out of planning and managing your hospital fundraising gala with Qgiv’s event management software. Consider how these top features can elevate your fundraising gala:

  • A variety of registration options to meet the needs of all your supporters. Let people register in groups (like for a family) or as individuals! You can also create certain packages for guests registering as a table and even offer discounts and promo codes to top supporters.
  • Social sharing options on your event form. Make it easy for potential guests to share your event with their friends and family.
  • Easily-incorporated auction features with Qgiv’s auction tool. By including a silent auction element in your gala, you can auction off interesting items and let your guests bid in real-time (from their phones). Qgiv’s mobile app makes it easy to streamline the registration, check-in, and post-auction checkout process.

A live fundraising event is a great way to bring together your supporters and donors and remind them of the good your healthcare organization has accomplished! Make sure you have all the necessary tools to plan this quickly and efficiently.

Motivate giving with text fundraising.

One of the best ways to increase fundraising for any nonprofit organization is to provide multiple giving channels for different groups of donors. A popular channel includes mobile solutions for giving. Another PewResearch study found that 96% of Americans own mobile phones. A vast majority of people have near-constant access to mobile phones and are highly likely to use a tool like mobile giving.

Qgiv has dedicated software to make text fundraising and mobile giving as easy as possible for nonprofit fundraisers and donors alike. Your healthcare organization can take advantage of different types of text fundraising that Qgiv supports:

  1. Text-to-Donate: This simple donation method involves donors initiating a gift via texting a campaign keyword to a designated shortcode. Donors enter the amount they want to give and are presented with a link to a mobile form to officially complete the gift.
  2. Outbound Text Messages: Outbound text messaging is a powerful way to make urgent requests, share information about upcoming events, remind donors to finish their mobile gift, or provide updates on a fundraising campaign. Qgiv’s outbound text messaging tool makes it easy to build and manage lists so you can reach the right donors at the right time.
  3. Bill-to-Carrier Text Donations. This traditional text giving style involves a donor sending a keyword to a text shortcode. Instead of finishing their transaction on a mobile donation form, the predetermined donation amount is billed to the donor’s cell phone bill. Later, their carrier transfers the donation to the charitable organization.

Text-based mobile fundraising is not only simple to set up but also gives your donors a chance to give wherever and whenever they want to.

Easily facilitate capital campaigns.

Hospitals and other health organizations often need to raise money for larger projects like building renovations or new medical tech. Those large campaigns usually require large-scale fundraising efforts that involve more than just a simple online donation page. This is where capital campaigns come in.

A capital campaign is a focused effort to raise a sizable amount of money within a certain timeframe. This type of campaign usually funds high-cost changes that will help your organization run more efficiently and continue to offer the highest quality services. It often takes years to reach a capital campaign’s fundraising goal.

Capital campaigns typically include multiple fundraising efforts, including events, online and offline fundraising, and text-fundraising channels. That is why a comprehensive solution like Qgiv might be the best choice for this kind of large-scale campaign. Your healthcare organization can integrate the software with your CRM and:

  • Capture the necessary donor information. Using your online donation forms, event registration pages, and other giving methods, you can accurately record each donation with the appropriate details alongside it. You’ll gradually build a list of people who supported this capital campaign, which will leave you plenty of opportunities for future engagement. For instance, prioritize engagements with those who gave substantial gifts to see if they could be cultivated into becoming major gifts donors.
  • Keep up communication with donors. As the campaign progresses, use the donor data in your CRM to continue donor engagements, including thank-you messaging, progress updates, and more. You can even send them matching gift information if you think their gift can be doubled by their employer.
  • Vary your fundraising efforts. Get creative with your capital campaign! You can conduct peer-to-peer campaigns, start a mobile fundraiser, and even host an auction! No matter what you choose to do, all that data will be safely centralized in your CRM to review it whenever you want.
  • Review campaign progress in real-time. Use Qgiv to create custom reports and track specific statistics so you can see how you’re doing as the campaign progresses. You can also use Qgiv’s FundHub tool to aggregate data from individual campaign events, donation forms, text keywords, and more. Getting a birds-eye view of all your fundraising activity will help you identify areas to improve and track which methods are performing best.

With Qgiv on your side, you’ll be able to successfully manage your entire capital campaign from one place and easily pinpoint areas for improvement or of success. Reach your fundraising goal and help your capital campaign objective come to fruition with this comprehensive solution.

OCHIN Learning Forum

April 27-29, 2020
Portland, OR | Hilton Portland Downtown
https://www.ochinlearningforum.org/ 

Parking Industry Expo

March 22-25, 2020
San Diego, CA | San Diego Convention Center
https://pieshow.parkingtoday.com/ 

HFMA Symposium Region 10

January 12-15, 2020
Las Vegas, NV | Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino
https://hfmawesternsymposium.org/2020/

Sphere is pleased to announce that Dr. Heather Mark, Director of Compliance and Security at Sphere will present an informative webinar on data privacy for Qgiv, leading provider of fundraising technology.

In this webinar, Dr. Mark will share practical strategies to help non-profit organizations keep donor data safe. You will learn:

  • The ins and outs of current data privacy laws, such as GDPR and CPPA, and what they mean for nonprofits
  • How to protect your organization’s reputation with proactive privacy policies
  • Tips for ensuring everyone—including volunteers—is up to speed on data protection

Join this webinar to learn how to keep your organization (and your donors!) safe.

The webinar takes place February 4, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. EST. Register today!

By Dr. Heather Mark, CCEP

The data economy has become so pervasive in today’s business that it sometimes is necessary to pause and think about where we’d be without the explosion of data that businesses have at their disposal.  Cloud software firm, Domo, releases an annual report each year on the astronomical growth of data.  Their report, Data Never Sleeps, provides a fascinating example of just how people are using the internet, leaving digital trails to be followed.  According to Data Never Sleeps 7.0, more than 511,200 tweets, 18, 100,00 texts, and 188,000,000 emails are sent PER MINUTE. And that doesn’t include our unintentional data creation – the Internet of Things, or our browsing history, or geolocation data. Our world runs on data, which means that as consumers, we need to be able to trust that our data won’t be misused by the companies with which we do business.

A PwC survey conducted in 2017, tells us that consumers are becoming more cynical about how companies handle data.  Just 25% of survey respondents believe that companies handle data responsibly and less than 15% believe that the data will be used to improve lives. Further, 87% of those respondents have said that they will take their business elsewhere if they don’t trust the data handling practices of a company.

In Francis Fukuyama’s book, Trust: The Social Virtues and the Creation of Prosperity, he proposed the idea that trust and ethics was central to economic well-being.  “If people who have to work together in an enterprise trust one another because they are all operating according to a common set of ethical norms, doing business costs less…”  It costs less because we know that our colleagues and our partners will behave in ways that we expect, and that serve the good of the organization.  Similarly, as consumers, we are more likely to do business with organizations that we trust.

An essential element of trust is transparency. Again, referencing the PwC survey, 71% of consumers find the privacy policies posted by companies to be difficult to understand.  If a consumer believes that an organization is intentionally obfuscating its practices, trust erodes.  When trust erodes, consumers say they will take their business elsewhere.

The moral of the story here is that as we move more fully into the data economy, we must also move more fully into being trustworthy stewards of personal data.  We do that, by adhering to the letter and the spirit of the data protection laws and establishing strong information practices.  Some of those practices include:

  • Data Flow and Categorization – It sounds cliché, but you can’t protect what you don’t know you have. So, the first step that is typically suggested is doing a data flow or data mapping.  This helps you to determine where the date is coming from, how it’s being used, and who you might be sharing it with.  You may find that you’re collecting more data than you need, or that you’re sharing it with vendors that don’t need it.
  • Limit Collection of Data – Another old axiom in the data security and privacy business is “don’t collect what you don’t need.” To put it simply, it’s difficult to disclose or inappropriately use data that you don’t have.  Once you’ve done a data mapping exercise, you can review this with your team to determine which data is strictly needed as opposed to “nice to have.”  Moreover, many of the fair information practices are built on the notion of only collecting the data that you need to complete transaction with the individual.
  • Disclosures – Transparency with your constituency about what data you’re collecting and when, and how it’s being used is one of the simplest, but most important, steps that can be taken with respect to privacy. Visitors to your site, and consumers of your product or services, can’t make informed decisions about sharing their data if they don’t understand how that data might be used. Providing clear and concise information about your information practices helps to engender trust and stands you in good stead with legislative privacy regimes.
  • Awareness and Training – In today’s economy, most of our businesses and non-profits run on data. Whether we intend to or not, we become dependent on data transmission, data analysis, data storage, and data collection.  That means that everyone in our organization is going to encounter personal data at some point.  Given that fact, it’s important that your team knows what data is considered sensitive, and how that data is to be treated. An important part of training, that can be easy to overlook, is how to report a potential incident.  For example, what should be done if someone has emailed a payment account number?

The dilemma facing businesses today is encapsulated nicely in the January 2019 issue of the Frontier Technology Quarterly:

On one hand, the data economy is radically transforming many economic activities and creating new levels of prosperity. On the other, it presents the possibility of a perilous dystopia … A market economy cannot function without trust, and the data economy is no exception. Trust deficits can unravel the data market and undermine social cohesion, stability and peace.

 

The Sphere teams will be out and about at a variety of payments and industry events. Stop by and see us! Learn more about our end-to-end integrated payment solutions, security software, payments gateway and merchant acquiring products and services.

HFMA Symposium Region 10

January 12-15, 2020 | Las Vegas

 

 

WRUG Winter Conference

February 20-21, 2020 | San Diego

HIMSS20

March 9-13, 2020 | Orlando

Visit us at Booth #2488

Parking Industry Exhibition

March 22-25, 2020 | San Diego

OCHIN Learning Forum

April 27-29, 2020 | Portland

Nashville, TN, December 4, 2019—Sphere, the leading provider of end-to-end integrated payments and security software, today announced a new integration with Sikka Software, the leading API cloud platform and application marketplace for the retail healthcare community. Together, they have launched a new payments platform called Sikka Payments, which integrates Sphere technology and merchant processing for a complete solution that spans the full payment lifecycle.

With this powerful alliance, dental practices can accept patient payments from a variety of channels, all seamlessly integrated to their practice management system. Whether in person, online, mobile or card on file, the innovative Sikka Payments platform delivers safe and compliant ways for dental practices to take payments without disrupting business operations.

Serving more than 34,000 practices, Sikka aims to improve operational efficiency through its API enabled marketplace, including the new Sikka Payments platform. Their API and cloud platform connects to 90% of the retail healthcare market, including practice management systems and financial software.

Sphere’s developer-friendly payment solutions facilitate omni-channel payments in a way that is highly secure and scalable. Designed for ease of integration, our payment solutions:

  • Support card-present and card-not-present transactions
  • Are secure and compliant, supporting validated point to point encryption and tokenization
  • Provide a single source for technology and merchant processing

“We are excited to join forces with Sikka on this comprehensive platform for healthcare,” said Steve Rizzuto, Chief Executive Officer of Sphere. “With their award-winning API and deep healthcare experience, Sikka is a natural fit, aligning with our expertise in healthcare software and financial technology.”

“Sphere continues to extend its reach within the healthcare vertical,” said Andrew Rueff, Executive Chairman of Sphere. “Together with Sikka, we are able to provide our secure, robust integration to a new market segment while leveraging our expertise in healthcare.”

“Patients demand more options in how they pay their healthcare providers, such as dentists and veterinarians. Doctors are interested in reducing the time and errors inherent in payment acceptance, with an eye to lower costs. Integrated with Sphere, we are now able to deliver this valuable payment solution to the tens of thousands of practices that rely on the Sikka platform,” said Vijay Sikka, Chief Executive Officer of Sikka Software.

For more information on Sphere, please visit http://www.spherecommerce.com.

 

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About Sphere
Sphere, powered by TrustCommerce, is a software and financial technology company providing integrated solutions that reduce friction and facilitate better and more secure commercial interactions with customers in specialized verticals markets, primarily healthcare, non-profit, transportation and education. Sphere’s integrated payments technology and security software enable its clients to process payments in a way that is: highly secure and compliant, integrated with their core business software, omnichannel, and processor-neutral. Sphere’s partner-centric focused payments solutions serve small, midsize and enterprise level businesses and software companies in the U.S., Canada, and Australia. Connect with us on Twitter, and LinkedIn.
About Sikka Software
Sikka Software is helping to rethink the retail healthcare market using a single API cloud platform with Artificial Intelligence and Predictive Analytics. Focusing on non-physician practices in dentistry, audiology, veterinary, optometry, chiropractic, orthodontic and oral surgery etc., Sikka Software now has over 34,000 practice installations on its platform. These are businesses where the primary skilled worker is also the owner who needs tools to digitize their practice and help them make more real-time, optimized decisions. Sikka Software API and cloud platform connect to 90% of the retail healthcare market including practice management systems and financial software. For more information, please visit https://sikkasoft.com.

As Council’s Newest Participating Organization Sphere to Contribute to The Development of PCI Security Standards 

Nashville, TN, November 25, 2019 — Sphere, the leading provider of end-to-end integrated payments and security software, announced today that it has joined the PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) as a new Participating Organization. Sphere will work with the PCI SSC to help secure payment data worldwide through the ongoing development and adoption of the PCI Security Standards.

The PCI SSC leads a global, cross-industry effort to increase payment security by providing flexible, industry-driven and effective data security standards and programs. The keystone is the PCI Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), which provides an actionable framework for developing a robust payment card data security process and preventing, detecting and mitigating criminal attacks and breaches.

“We have tremendous respect for the work of the PCI SSC, and for the organizations that have worked to continuously evolve the PCI Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) to meet the changing threat landscape encountered within the payments system,” said Dr. Heather Mark, Ph.D., Director of Compliance and Security at Sphere.  “I’m excited that Sphere is joining their effort to further the protection of payment account data.”

As a Participating Organization, Sphere adds its voice to the standards development process and will collaborate with a growing community of more than 800 Participating Organizations to improve payment security worldwide. Sphere will also have the opportunity to recommend new initiatives for consideration to the PCI Security Standards Council and share cross-sector experiences and best practices at the annual PCI Community Meetings.

“In an era of increasingly sophisticated attacks on systems, PCI Security Standards and resources help organizations secure payment data and prevent, detect and mitigate attacks that can lead to costly data breaches,” said Mauro Lance, Chief Operating Officer of the PCI Security Standards Council. “By joining as a Participating Organization, Sphere demonstrates they are playing an active part in improving payment security globally by helping drive awareness and adoption of PCI Security Standards.”

“We are excited to demonstrate Sphere’s commitment to security and compliance through our participation in the PCI SSC.  Through our participation, we hope to be able to work towards a safer, more secure payments ecosystem, which serves to benefit us all,” said Steve Rizzuto, Chief Executive Officer of Sphere.

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About the PCI Security Standards Council
The PCI Security Standards Council is a global forum that is responsible for the development, management, education, and awareness of the PCI Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) and other standards that increase payment data security. Connect with the PCI Council on LinkedIn. Join the conversation on Twitter @PCISSC. Subscribe to the PCI Perspectives Blog.
About Sphere
Sphere, powered by TrustCommerce, is a software and financial technology company providing integrated solutions that reduce friction and facilitate better and more secure commercial interactions with customers in specialized vertical markets, primarily healthcare, non-profit, transportation and education. Sphere’s integrated payments technology and security software enable its clients to process payments in a way that is: highly secure and compliant, integrated with their core business software, omnichannel, and processor-neutral. Sphere’s partner-centric focused payments solutions serve small, midsize and enterprise level businesses and software companies in the U.S., Canada, and Australia. Connect with us on Twitter, and LinkedIn.

 

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This is a guest post from our partner, Qgiv.

As a nonprofit, much of your focus falls on fundraising and securing what you need to further your mission. But sometimes you’ll run into challenges like issues with payment processing or limited fundraising resources.

As proud partners, Sphere and Qgiv are working to change that. With Qgiv’s fundraising software, you can streamline each and every aspect of your fundraising process and boost your donation revenue. From there, you’ll be on your way to achieving your nonprofit’s goals!

There are many ways nonprofits can use Qgiv. From events to online campaigns, here are the top ways you can benefit:

  1. Online Donations
  2. Event Registrations
  3. Peer-to-Peer Fundraising
  4. Mobile Donations
  5. Silent Auctions

Leveraging a robust fundraising platform is the key to raising more. Let’s take a closer look!

  1. Online Donations

Many nonprofits are moving to online donation forms, but the ways in which they create their forms will vary. Some are turning to third-party payment processors, though there are other solutions that may be more appropriate and built with nonprofits’ specific needs in mind.

Fundraising software like Qgiv that allows you to create and customize an online donation form can drive more donations by encouraging completion. This is because you can:

  • Brand the page to match the rest of your website. Maintaining consistent branding between site pages instills a level of trust with your donors. This will reassure donors that their gift is going directly to you and that their information is safe.
  • Set up recurring donations. Recurring donations give your supporters the opportunity to give on a regular basis (monthly, annually, etc.) so they can continuously support your organization without much effort on their end.
  • Suggest giving amounts. Suggested giving amounts help guide your donors who are unsure of how much they want to give. Having a point of reference is helpful and can often encourage donors to give larger gifts.
  • Offset processing fees. Donors that use GiftAssist through Qgiv can offset the processing costs associated with their donation, which means you get to keep more of the donor’s gift.

Qgiv offers each of these elements while remaining PCI-compliant, which means your donors’ payment information and other personal data will always be safe and secure. Leverage online donation forms that can be customized to your organization (and offer security!) and you’ll be on your way to bringing in more donation revenue.

  1. Event Registration

When attendees register for your event, that’s your nonprofit’s first chance to make a great impression. Registering for events should be easy and efficient for supporters, and with the right platform, your nonprofit can make sure that signing up is a breeze.

With Qgiv’s registration software, you can create a smooth user experience when supporters come to register for your events. For example, you’ll be able to:

  • Provide a variety of registration options, such as packages for groups, discounts, and private VIP packages.
  • Boost event attendance by enabling social sharing options so guests can invite their friends.
  • Automate your process by cloning annual events and accessing real-time registration data so you can focus more on planning an amazing event.
  • Easily reach out to your attendees to remind them about your event.

By incorporating event registration software into your strategy, you’ll be able to boost event attendance, accommodate different registration needs, and ensure your focus remains on running the best event possible.

  1. Peer-to-Peer Fundraising

Peer-to-peer fundraising is a powerful, socially driven fundraising method that can help you tap into new donor networks that you wouldn’t have otherwise reached. During a peer-to-peer campaign, nonprofits recruit their supporters to fundraise on their behalf.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Your nonprofit sets a campaign goal and posts its main campaign page.
  2. After some coaching and training, your peer-to-peer participants set up their own individual campaign pages.
  3. Your participants share their campaign pages with their greater networks.
  4. People in those networks are encouraged to donate to participants or create their own fundraising page.

But just running this type of campaign isn’t enough. It’s important to leverage a peer-to-peer fundraising platform that handles multiple participant campaign pages and allows you to track the progress.

According to Qgiv’s guide on peer-to-peer fundraising, you can increase your fundraising results using software elements like gamification. Gamification incorporates “game-like” elements to spark friendly competition and further motivate your supporters. These include:

  • Leaderboards, which display the participants who raise the most funds.
  • Fundraising thermometers, which show your progress towards your goal.
  • Badges, which reward participants once they’ve reached a certain milestone or achievement.

Using the right peer-to-peer fundraising platform can maximize your results and keep you on track to reach your ultimate goal. When you leverage software that offers gamification elements, provides robust reporting, and collects donations through personalized campaign pages, you’ll be on your way to hosting a successful fundraiser.

  1. Mobile Donations

As most of us are constantly on our smartphones these days, nonprofits can and should offer convenient ways to give straight from a phone. With Qgiv’s text fundraising features, you can offer an easy, straightforward giving channel to your donors.

There are two types of solutions you can take advantage of:

  • Text-to-donate. This is a mobile fundraising method wherein donors initiate a gift via text before visiting a mobile form to complete their donation.
  • Text-to-give. This is a mobile fundraising method wherein donors are billed the donation amount on their phone bill.

Both of these solutions make it easy to give on the go and can significantly widen your donor network, as more and more donors prefer to give on their phones. Find more donors by implementing this type of software into your fundraising strategy and provide a positive user experience as individuals give.

  1. Silent Auctions

When it comes to hosting large events, using a software solution that can streamline each aspect of your planning process is essential. We’ve already discussed event registration software, but what about creating donation opportunities at the event itself?

If you’re planning to host a large event that includes a silent auction, you can use Qgiv’s silent auction software to streamline the bidding process, payments, and more. Once you learn how to run a silent auction, you can raise a lot with the right tools.

These include:

  • Real-time bidding. Rather than using web-based forms or paper auction sheets, use a silent auction software app that allows bidders to build a watch list and set maximum bids, and streamlines the overall bidding process.
  • Registration and check in. Make it easy for supporters to register for your event and check in upon arrival.
  • Event purchases. Let guests purchase raffle tickets or merchandise via the silent auction app and add them to a running tab.
  • Checkout. Streamline the checkout process by allowing guests to pay for auction items they won, as well as other purchases and donations, through the app.
  • Reporting. Robust reporting features let you view event registration, bids, and other transactions. You can then export all of this data to your integrated CRM.

Simplify every aspect of your silent auction using Qgiv’s auction software. When your guests have a good experience at your event, they’re more likely to give again and take part in future events. When there’s less frustration surrounding the planning and execution process of your auction, this will benefit everyone involved.

Part of planning a successful auction also means procuring the right items. Check out a list of great auction item ideas here.

Your payment processing shouldn’t cause a headache. With solutions brought to you through Sphere and Qgiv’s partnership, you can raise a lot more through additional channels you might not have otherwise been able to access.

Keep your donations and payments organized and your campaigns running smoothly with easy-to-use software features that will keep your donors coming back. After all, they make up the foundation of your nonprofit. Reach new heights with the right solution for you!

WRUG Winter Conference

February 20-21, 2020
San Diego, CA | Kona Kai Resort & Spa
https://mcag-wrug.org/ 

ACN Long Beach

December 6-8, 2019
Long Beach, CA | Long Beach Convention Center
https://acn.com/us-en/training-events