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Establishing a Successful Monthly Giving Program: Part Two

WRITTEN BY LEAH LIBOLT

So, you have decided that you would like to launch a monthly giving program and have determined who your best prospects for such a program are. You are ready to reach out to these prospects and see an increase in sustainable monthly giving. Your next step is going to be optimizing your giving infrastructure to encourage recurring gifts.

STEP 2: OPTIMIZE YOUR DONATION EXPERIENCE FOR MONTHLY DONATIONS

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The latest in marketing and engagement research continues to show that globally, consumers are more likely to engage with a brand if the brand makes it simple for them to make their purchase-decision* and complete their transaction (*A Purchase decision is the thought process that leads a consumer from identifying a need, generating options, and choosing a specific product and brand).

At this point, you are probably thinking to yourself, what does this have to do with establishing a monthly giving program at my small nonprofit?

Think about it: if people are more likely to make a purchase because the seller made the purchase-decision process easier, they will be more likely to complete their donation if you make their donation-decision process easier. 

A frictionless online giving experience will make it easy for people to opt into your Monthly Giving Program. 

You will want to start by weaving monthly giving language into all your communications and branding—especially your website. Make sure your monthly giving program is prominently displayed on your homepage. The easier it is for someone to find your Monthly Giving options—the more likely it is that they will sign up to become a monthly donor. 

Here are some MobileCause customers that have done a great job incorporating Monthly Giving into their websites and making it a seamless experience for their donors to choose monthly giving:

In addition to making monthly giving a prominent option on your website, make sure monthly giving is front and center on your donation forms. By making it easy for people to choose monthly giving and providing transparency about how their gifts will be used, more people will make the choice to join a monthly giving program. 

MobileCause forms are easy to optimize for recurring giving. You can set“Monthly” as the default gift frequency. You can also add graphics and images that illustrate the  impact of recurring gifts on your mission. See the sample form below:

Would you like to learn more about how MobileCause can help you set up an
online giving form with recurring giving options for your organization?

Even organizations with smaller staffs and limited capacity will see their monthly giving grow by making these simple tweaks to make recurring giving more prominent in their forms, website, and communications– without developing a targeted outreach campaign for their monthly giving prospects (as determined in part one of this series). 

But, in order to really see your monthly donor numbers increase, you will need to develop a targeted communications plan. In the next post in this series we will  go over how to create a communications plan that targets your monthly donation prospects.

Leah Libolt
Senior Digital Marketing Strategist
MobileCause  

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