CaringBridge tells donors ‘You Are Powerful,’ while HealthConnect One ignites its board’s passion for giving/raising money.March 2012 By Joe Boland
CaringBridge put the emphasis on its constituents in its annual campaign, highlighting the importance of donors for an organization that relies almost entirely on individual donations for its funding. And while HealthConnect One gets a good chunk of funding through foundational grants, it tapped its board of directors to help ignite its year-end fundraising campaign to grow individual giving.
You Are Powerful
When a nonprofit organization relies almost entirely on individual donations for its funding, it puts a lot of pressure on the fundraising team to come up with engaging, relevant and, most importantly, successful campaigns.
CaringBridge, which provides free websites that connect people experiencing significant health challenges to family and friends by chronicling their health journeys, is such an organization. Nearly all of its funding comes from individual donors so it can continue to work on its mission to amplify the love, hope and compassion in the world to make each health journey easier through community. So each year, CaringBridge embarks on two annual campaigns — one in June and another at year end. And while the bulk of donations typically come in during year-end campaigns — it's not called the giving season for nothing — CaringBridge found tremendous success with its midyear "You Are Powerful" campaign in 2011.
Acknowledging just how vital CaringBridge's donors and supporters are to its mission, the organization decided it was time to center an entire fundraising campaign around them. Thus, You Are Powerful was born.
"It was one of the first times that we really switched it around and instead of featuring all the great things about CaringBridge, we turned it around and made it be more about our authors and our visitors and our donors," says Senior Development Specialist Kelly Espy.
Realizing that its constituents interact with CaringBridge in a multitude of ways, the organization made You Are Powerful a truly multi channel campaign, utilizing direct mail, e-mail, social media, mobile, search engine optimization, video and Web — all done in-house.
"While we have done dedicated fundraising campaigns during this time period in the past, I think it's safe to say this campaigns was by far the most integrated," says Development Engagement Officer Amy Nelson.