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The Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Hartford

Founded

1971

How we helped

Online Giving

Custom Fundraising Thermometer

Text-To-Donate

Campaign Strategy

Digital Fundraising Services (DFS)

Real-Time Donor Recognition

Customized Online Forms

Segment

Preschool to 8th Grade

Size

Small

$32,365

total raised

124

total gifts received from donors

$261

average gift size for event

“Within the first hour of our event, MobileCause paid for itself and then some. We raised over $13,000 after the first 30 minutes of displaying the live event thermometer at our annual Ner Tamid gala. If you don’t utilize a live thermometer at your fundraising event, you’re leaving money on the table.”

– Sherri Pliskin, Development Officer, Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Hartford

Challenge

Prior to MobileCause, Solomon Schechter had no way of accepting donations at fundraising events other than checks or cash payments, which created a lot of extra work for both the donors and the Solomon Schechter staff. They needed a better way to allow the school’s millennial parents to more easily donate at their fundraising events.

Solution

Solomon Schecter’s Development Officer, Sherri Pliskin, was the first to hear of MobileCause. She was impressed with the platform after seeing another nonprofit organization display a MobileCause live fundraising thermometer at their event, and decided Solomon Schecter needed their own for their upcoming Annual Ner Tamid Gala. Hosting between 200-300 attendees, Ner Tamid is Solomon’s annual fundraising gala for parents, students, staff and supporters of the school. After much research and comparison, Sherri chose the MobileCause platform because of the fundraising thermometer’s ease of use and the ability for donors to give effortlessly from their seats, and in any amount, using text-to-donate keyword and shortcode.

Impact

Within the first hour of Ner Tamid, MobileCause paid for itself and then some, as the keynote speaker raised over $13,000 through the fundraising event thermometer. During the following year’s Gala, the live fundraising thermometer raised $18,000 within the first hour of being displayed! The school credits the thermometer’s success to the ease of texting in to donate for their parents and supporters. The excitement of seeing donors’ names in real time on the thermometer’s screen also encouraged more ‘in the moment’ giving. Sherri was impressed by her entire experience with MobileCause, including the training and instruction her Digital Fundraising Strategist provided to set up and operate their live fundraising thermometer, text-to-donate and even script talking points. 

With the partnership of MobileCause, the live fundraising thermometer and text-to-donate at their Annual Ner Tamid campaign, Solomon Schechter surpassed their event goal of $18,000 to raise a total of $32,365 from 124 total donors.

What is DFS?

Our team of Digital Fundraising Strategists have experience in nonprofit management and are power users of MobileCause. Using best practices and extensive fundraising, marketing and communications experience, the team provides fully-integrated development and setup of your campaigns. Enabling you to spend your time executing programs and connecting with your constituents. We create and implement campaigns for you so you can focus on running your organization.

The Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Hartford

Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Hartford is Jewish day school for children from early childhood through 8th grade. Their mission is to help develop each child in an academically challenging and nurturing environment with wisdom and compassion to navigate an ever-changing world.

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