I reached out to Facebook and Twitter for places to give and received some amazing responses. I even reached out to some of my favorite travel brands, Delta, Marriott, Kimpton, etc and asked for a place I could give to in their honor and ONLY ONE responded, Kimpton, giving me the Trevor Project. I made a generous donation and the fine folks at Kimpton even sent me a video of them dancing with joy over my donation- wooo.... good stuff!
Here is the spreadsheet tracking more than 30 donations made yesterday.
Here are some things I noticed:
Organizations still are not paying attention to the gift receipt/email confirmation process:
Those that have are making a great first impression- check out these examples!
Monthly giving is still not a primary option for many organizations- this is a missed opportunity- To look at someone who has done it well- Check out Planned Parenthood!
Also, it is 2015 and many forms were not mobile optimized. This is a shame, also many of them did not allow me to share my gifts on social media. Of those that did here are some images:
I tweeted EVERY single organization that had Twitter (don't get me started on the fact that some organizations didn't have Twitter) and not all tweeted me back. This is a FREE way to recognize your donors that ANY organization can do. Have someone monitor Twitter and reply to every donor. Check out the great conversation I had here:
Alas, the Michael J Fox Folks re-solicited me less than an hour later via email. I felt betrayed.
Michigan again wowed me with a GIF posted to my Twitter- bravo!
Some organizations still don't understand that their radio buttons turn donors off... Here is one that aimed way too high and one with an odd amount- $21?
Most innovative giving button goes to the Hawaiian Humane society letting me know that my donation fills the bowl. Cute!
Finally, THE BEST giving experience of the day goes to the folks at Florida Institute of Technology. Their giving site was PHENOMENAL- https://dayofgiving.fit.edu/ is the site. They sent us on a mission to rescue their deans. It was interactive, it was powerful and darn it it was FUN! It was so well executed. Here are just some of my screenshots:
Brilliant Idea and Execution. Well done. The best I have ever seen.
Top honors for the day also go to The Trevor Project http://www.thetrevorproject.org/ and the #elvesofcookchildrens idea will have me coming back every day! http://www.cookchildrens.org/elves
What organizations did you give to that left an impression? Next week I'll be following up on my 2014 donations that were made to show you how many times I was re-solicited by each organization and if I chose to give again this year... until then I would love to hear your #givingtuesday experiences in the comments!