Nonprofit Glossary

Like any other industry, the nonprofit industry can be full of jargon. So we’ve put this glossary together for you to define some of the terms you may have heard or read.

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Crowdfunding

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Donation Acknowledgment Letter

All donors deserve to be recognized, no matter the size of their gift. Use donor acknowledgement letters to show your gratitude and provide donors with important information they’ll need come tax season.

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Donation Button

Donation buttons make it easy for supporters to participate in online giving. Including a simple, eye-catching donation button on your nonprofit’s website and other virtual platforms is a great way to encourage people who are engaging with your content to support your cause.

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Donation Page

A donation page is a location on a nonprofit’s website where people can go to give money to the organization.

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Donation Pledges

Pledges are a great way to secure consistent support over a prolonged period of time. Donors make pledges to show their deep connection to and support for an organization.

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Donor Acquisition

Donor acquisition is the process of bringing on new donors or potential donors to your organization via marketing and networking.

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Donor Communication

Donor communication is any activity in which a nonprofit communicates with donors, including both established donors and potential donors they hope to engage.

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Donor Lifecycle

The donor lifecycle describes the way that nonprofit organizations engage with and view their donors from the start of their relationship (when they first learn about your organization) to when they give and beyond.

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Donor Management Software

Donor management software is a platform that helps organizations understand and maximize their relationships with their donors. The software organizes donor data, identifies donor trends, and makes recommendations to increase the likelihood of receiving future donations.

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Donor Retention

Retention is the second phase of the donor lifecycle, which entails engaging existing donors so that they continue to give to the organization each year.

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Donor Upgrade

A donor upgrade refers to the third phase of the donor lifecycle. This is the part of the donor lifecycle where the nonprofit organization should encourage a donor to increase their donation from their previous giving amount.

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Fundraising Appeal

Fundraising appeals are a powerful way to compel supporters to give to a cause. Appeals should always speak to the audience’s emotions, remind them why the organization’s mission is important, and include a call to action.

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Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday is a day that encourages people to give back in whatever ways they can. It presents nonprofit organizations with the chance to raise even more money than they would on an average day of giving, which is why many organizations create special campaigns around Giving Tuesday.

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Lapsed Donor

A lapsed donor is a donor who used to contribute to an organization but who has not donated within a specified amount of time. Usually, that time period is twelve months. However, some organizations consider a donor lapsed after two or three years.

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LYBUNT & SYBUNT Reports

LYBUNT and SYBUNT reports are instrumental in identifying lapsed donors. Once you know who has lapsed, you can begin to learn why they’ve stopped giving and ways to win them back.

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Major Gifts

Major gifts are the largest gifts an organization receives within a single year. Major gifts make up the bulk of a nonprofit’s revenue each year.

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Nonprofit Accounting

Nonprofit accounting is essential to running a successful nonprofit organization. By finding nonprofit accounting software that meets the needs of your organization, you can accurately record and report every penny donated to your cause, making it easier for you to achieve your financial goals and carry out your mission.

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Nonprofit Annual Report

Annual reports are an important part of any donor-organization relationship. Annual reports are used to brief supporters on the impact the organization is having and ultimately remind readers of the importance of their mission.

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Nonprofit Board Of Directors

Few things are more important to the health and sustainability of a nonprofit than its board of directors. A board of directors leads organizations through important tasks and decisions.

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Nonprofit CRM

A nonprofit CRM (customer relationship management) is a platform that helps organizations understand and maximize their relationships with their donors. The software organizes donor data, identifies donor trends, and makes recommendations to increase the likelihood of receiving future donations.

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Nonprofit Email Marketing

Email marketing is an effective way for nonprofits to engage donors and promote online giving. Send emails to inform your audience about new initiatives they’ll find interesting or simply to stay in touch and show your appreciation for their recent donation. Reinforce your organization's mission and include a simple call to action to encourage online donations.

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Nonprofit Event Management

Nonprofit event management involves coordinating the details leading up to an event. The term often encompasses other aspects of managing events such as event registration, event ticketing, and more.

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Nonprofit Grant

A nonprofit grant is financial support given to nonprofits by corporations, foundations, or government agencies. They are beneficial for nonprofits because they provide the opportunity for additional funding that doesn't need to be paid back and increases awareness of their organization.

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Nonprofit Payment Processing

Nonprofit payment processing is an essential part of any nonprofit organization. Providing donors with a secure, easy-to-use payment system will ensure their donation experience is a positive one.

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Online Fundraising

Fundraising in the digital age requires the use of virtual tools and online fundraising. Nonprofits can use online resources to expand their reach, grow their donor base, and make giving more convenient for their supporters.

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Online Fundraising Software

Online fundraising software is designed to help organizations get the most out of their fundraising efforts.

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Peer-To-Peer Fundraising

Peer-to-peer fundraising, also referred to as social fundraising, involves individuals organizing personal campaigns to collect donations from their peers.

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Recurring Giving

Recurring giving is when a donor elects to make a regular, ongoing donation to your organization instead of choosing to make a one-time gift.

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Text-To-Give

Text-to-Give is a type of campaign that allows people to donate money to your organization from their cell phone via text message.

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Volunteer Management

Good volunteer management is essential for any nonprofit organization. Recruit and retain valuable volunteers by crafting a volunteer management plan that includes an effective volunteer management system.

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Wealth Screening

Wealth screening is a way that organizations assess their donors’ assets to learn how much they can give, which informs how much your organization should request when making an ask.

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Year-End Giving Letter

Donors love contributing to meaningful initiatives--especially around the holidays at the end of the year. Sending a year-end giving letter can encourage them to support your organization.

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