Salsa Weekly Highlight: Ready your donation pages for the holidaysSubmitted Thu Dec 09 2010 15:16:00 GMT-0500 (EST) by Adam Rosenberg
Greetings!It's the "Salsa Weekly Highlight," your quick hit on what's what in Salsa to help get the most out of your online program. As always, you can find plenty more news, updates, and conversation throughout the week on SalsaCommons.org.
If you're like most organizations, December is the most important fundraising month of the year.
About one-third of all donations Salsa Labs processes take place in December.
Those December donations each yield about 50% more per gift than gifts from January to November.
So we thought we'd share a few tips you can use to make sure your donation pages are ready for the holiday rush.
Donation Page Checklist
Perhaps the best way to start checking up on a donation page is just to make a donation yourself. Is the link easy to find from your home page? Does the ask make sense? What happens after you give?
Like any other page on your site, donation pages can "age" into obsolescence as your site and strategy evolve. Better an ounce of prevention than a pound of lost donors.
Here are a few areas to give special attention to.
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Get Validated for April Fool'sSubmitted Thu Apr 01 2010 14:04:00 GMT-0400 (EDT) by Jason Z.
Thanksgiving Salsa: Fresh JobsSubmitted Tue Nov 24 2009 14:28:00 GMT-0500 (EST) by Jason Z.
It's a light week with (U.S.) Thanksgiving bringing food, family, and football this week. Salsa offices will be closed on both Thursday the 26th and Friday the 27th, and there are no trainings at all this week.
We'll be right back at it next week, though, when the calendar turns over to December and the critical fundraising home stretch.
And maybe there'll be a few new faces at the table, too. Maybe ... yours?
Salsa Labs (the company that provides organizing technology to DemocracyInAction and Wired For Change) has a whole slew of job opportunities for at least 9 exceptional individuals.
Those who join our team will have the opportunity to work with some of the most effective nonprofits and political campaigns by developing, supporting, and training on the Salsa organizing platform -- with the DLCC, DCCC, DSCC, Emily's List, Moms Rising, True Majority, Brave New Films, Oceana, and a slew of other creative organizations and brilliant online organizers working on the most pressing issues of the day. (International organizations, too.)
It's a great time to join the team as
- Director of Nonprofit Business Development
- Salsa Enterprise & Node Manager
- Political Business Development Associate
- Salsa Support Specialist
- UI Engineer
- Online Community Manager
- Software Engineer
- Systems Administrator - Entry Level
- Lead Product Manager
We operate with the soul of a nonprofit and the savvy of a business. People who thrive here are those who enjoy doing good in a fast-moving (sometime chaotic) working environment that’s always focused on growing and achieving results.
We pride ourselves on our team of talented, driven, entrepreneurial individuals -- each of whom is deeply committed to the organizations which we serve and advancing our progressive ideals. We also have a workplace that values work/life balance, creativity and innovation. That combination is the key to our success and makes Salsa Labs not only an excellent place to work, but a highly efficient and productive company.
Wired for Change and DemocracyInAction are equal opportunity employers and seek to build a diverse staff representative of the communities they serve. Women, minorities, LGBT are strongly encouraged to apply.
In additional to our casual work environment we have an excellent benefits package that includes:
- 3 weeks of paid vacation (4 weeks after two years)
- 14 paid holidays (includes 3 days between Christmas and New Year's)
- Paid sick leave
- Paid time off for volunteer opportunities
- CareFirst Health and Dental insurance
- Flex Time / Telecommuting options
- Metro SmartBenefits<
- 401K with percentage matching benefits
Please send a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, your resume (in .doc or pdf format), plus salary requirements to: firstname.lastname@example.org; No phone calls please.
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Happy Memorial DaySubmitted Fri May 23 2008 16:06:11 GMT-0400 (EDT)
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The Small Nonprofits' Guide to Holiday Fundraising You Actually Have Time To DoSubmitted Wed Dec 05 2007 08:43:21 GMT-0500 (EST)
Best Practices for a 3x5 NotecardThere are 18 business days from Wednesday, Dec. 4 through the end of the year, assuming you're actually working all of them and none fall victim to office parties, inclement weather, holiday sniffles, or miscellaneous NGO emergencies. For those also scratching out grant reporting, board cozying, postal mail soliciting, major donor massaging, admin drudging and -- oh yeah -- that part of the day that's actually about the mission all this is supposed to uphold -- finding as much as half a working day over that span to devote to online giving might very well be an achievement. And even that might be a questionable return-on-investment proposition if the idea is to, say, bump up your donation harvest by +50% ... from an expected 20 donations. I question how well those of us with the chutzpah to speak from Olympus on the subject treat with that reality for the small and the strapped. Take The Procratinators' Guide to Year-End Fundraising (.pdf), a new joint publication of Care2 and Sea Change Strategies. These are smart cookies, and there's some very good stuff here for building an online fundraising presence. But four chapters of 10 are about what you should have been doing for the other 11 months, which is rather the opposite of what the title promises. And many of the other suggestions (videotape test donors interacting with your pages?!) could only be implemented quickly by an online department so well-resourced that it wouldn't have been procrastinating its year-end fundraising to begin with. Other organizations may have a more basic and pressing question:
How do you get the most return for four hours' work on your online ask?
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Inbox ZeroSubmitted Wed Nov 21 2007 18:10:04 GMT-0500 (EST)
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The Progressives Guide to Holiday Gift-GivingSubmitted Fri Nov 02 2007 09:54:29 GMT-0400 (EDT)
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Happy Halloween: Mind the WerewolvesSubmitted Wed Oct 31 2007 09:36:51 GMT-0400 (EDT)
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