Of the data collected and presented, a couple of very interesting trends appeared. One of those was that despite the fact that giving traditionally falls during a recession, there are other numbers that have continued to trend upward. For example, traffic to a pool of 100 of their clients web sites has continued to increase by about 20% each year from 2006 to 2009. This is important to note when considering the fact that many organizations have placed increased focus on donor solicitation through their sites. While traditional funding may be coming up short, and increase in web traffic offers new opportunities for growth in a still expanding area of fundraising.
Probably the other most significant trend noted in the presentation was the fact that the size of individual gifts seems to be falling but the number of gifts is increasing. This means that individual donors may be choosing to contribute smaller amounts of money but to do so more frequently. The result is a smaller ticket amount (total per transaction), with potential to keep a steady pace or even increase overall donations over time.
Whats the lesson to be learned from this data? Dont ignore your organizations web site, as it may be one of your best options for fundraising in the current recession! Look for creative ways to increase web traffic: Start a YouTube page, a Flickr account, a Facebook fan page, etc. Subscribe your donors to text messages and email newsletters. Use Twitter and LinkedIn to garner their attention and loyalty. Each of these methods offers a new way to reach out, grab their attention, and get them to visit your site and leave a contribution.