Any fundraiser worth their salt knows they should be thanking people who donate or fundraise for their cause. However, there seems to be confusion around the best way to thank Facebook Fundraisers, with many nonprofits not doing any thanking at all.
This blog post was updated on 05/02/2020. Previously we recommended a three message strategy, however, through testing we have found that a two message strategy works best so have updated accordingly.
The reasons for this vary but usually is a result of there being not enough resource as well as a lack of knowledge on how to find who has set up a Fundraiser for your nonprofit.
With the right ‘thanking’ strategy you can ensure that the supporter feels valued and you can build a long term relationship with them, through your onboarding ‘welcome’ journey.
Through our work with a variety of nonprofits, here are tried and tested best practices for thanking your Facebook Fundraisers.
Four reasons to say ‘thank you’
- A Facebook Fundraiser, particularly a Birthday Fundraiser is a pretty big gesture and implies a strong affinity to your cause.
- It will motivate them to raise more. When you say ‘thank you’, let them know how their money will help. Also offer tips and advice on how they can reach their target.
- It reassures the fundraiser that you know they are raising money for your cause and that you will receive the funds.
- It’s a chance to start a relationship as – from our research – most Facebook Fundraisers are new supporters to your nonprofit.
Who you should thank
It’s important to distinguish between fundraisers and donors. The fundraiser is the person who sets up the Fundraiser and has an affinity to your cause. The donor, in this context, is the person who donates to the Fundraiser. These people are usually friends, family or colleagues of the fundraiser and are donating to support their friend, not necessarily your nonprofit. That’s why we recommend only thanking the fundraiser BUT empowering them to thank their donors.
If you are a nonprofit with a lot of Fundraisers, how do you prioritise who to thank? By using GivePanel you can start thanking new fundraisers as soon as they’ve had their first donation. Or perhaps you want to prioritise your top fundraisers? If you don’t have time to thank everyone, decide who you will focus on first. With GivePanel, you can filter by Amount Raised so that you ensure you prioritise those who have raised the most.
The best way to thank Fundraisers
Our research shows that the best way to thank the fundraiser is by posting a message on their Facebook Fundraising wall as this means you’ve acknowledged their effort and you’re thankful for their support. It’s not best practice to thank them on Messenger. Find out more about this here.
Next, decide on your messaging strategy. This will depend on how much resource you have and how many Fundraisers there are for your nonprofit. We’d recommend a strategy of a maximum of three messages. This is the most effective for thanking as it encourages them to raise more as well as encouraging them to opt in to communications with you, meaning potentially converting them into lifetime supporters.
Here’s our two message strategy:
- The first message should simply say ‘thank you’ and include a link to your website where they can find top tips on how to maximise their facebook fundraising. It’s key to first give something to the fundraiser, such as tips. Here’s an example:
Hi (name), thank you so much for donating your birthday for (cause)! We are delighted and grateful for your support. If you need any tips on how to reach your fundraising goal, we have a bunch of ideas on our website (link to website). Thanks again, (name).
- The second message is a final ‘thank you’ when the Fundraiser has ended and to include a reminder to fill out the data capture form IF they didn’t the first time. Here’s an example:
Hi (name), now that your Fundraiser is complete, we just wanted to say a huge thank you for raising (amount) to support our work! We couldn’t do (x,y,z) without amazing people like you. We’d love to keep in touch to let you know the difference that your support has made so please do fill in this form so we can contact you. Thanks, (name)
How nonprofits are saying ‘thank you’
Here are some examples of ‘thank yous’ from nonprofits. A top tip is to stand out and make it memorable. You could use Gifs, emojis, video or even certificates. If you don’t have an in-house designer, get creative using Canva for Nonprofits, which is a free design tool.
Keeping track of who you’ve thanked
Whether you have three Facebook Fundraisers or 300, it’s important to keep track of them and who you’ve thanked. One way you could do this is by using a spreadsheet – although you’d need some Excel wizardry skills! A simple way to keep track is through GivePanel, using the labels feature. The labels help you to log where you’re at with your messaging, ensuring that you don’t miss anyone, or any stage, out.
How do you thank your facebook fundraisers? We would love to hear from you so please leave a comment or tweet us at GivePanel.