The mission of Maryland-based nonprofit A Wider Circle (AWC) is simple: to help children and adults lift themselves out of poverty. The group provides basic-need items to families transitioning from shelters, furnishes the homes of more than 1,000 people every month, and leads educational workshops on such topics as stress management, resume writing, and financial planning.
A Wider Circle signed up for DonateNow because of Network for Good’s commitment to serving the nonprofit community.
—Dr. Mark Bergel, Founder and Executive Director of A Wider Circle and a 2014 CNN Hero
Volunteers as well as folks who have benefited from A Wider Circle’s adult education programs help spread the word of this nonprofit’s mission. Email and postal communications—including quick and easy DonateNow links—help share the group’s impact and successes, leading to online fundraising success.
After just 6 years in operation, Pacific Ridge School in Carlsbad, California, enjoys a high level of repeat donations from parents and alumni. Making sure their audience is aware that they can give online via DonateNow is an important part of PRS’s communications, both online and in paper mailings. The result: Folks are giving earlier than ever and alumni donation rates have reached 80 percent!
Engage your community. Let them know that online giving is an option."
—Emma Balina, Manager of Annual Fund and Alumni Relations, Pacific Ridge School
Gardens for Health International, a nonprofit that gives Rwandan families the tools, education and skills to grow their own food and break the cycle of malnutrition, combines social media with DonateNow to increase fan engagement and boost giving. Executive director Jessie Cronan explains that posting lots of photo and video success stories to Facebook and YouTube has been a valuable strategy for connecting with donors. Adding DonateNow makes it easy for their fans to donate on the spot.
Money coming in from DonateNow is my favorite 'feature.' "
—Jessie Cronan, Executive Director, Gardens for Health International
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