The Peer-to-Peer (P2P) strategy, whether at a grassroots or major gift level, has always been at the heart of successful fundraising efforts. With the rise of 24/7 connectivity, social media and smartphone technology, Peer-to-Peer campaigns are more prevalent than ever, offering the ability to engage supporters, attract new donors, and build your brand through exciting events, giving days, and special campaigns.
What is Peer-to-Peer (P2P) fundraising?
As a concept, Peer-to-Peer fundraising is nothing new. Long before smartphones, tablets and wifi, volunteer fundraisers used all of the tools at their disposal to solicit and collect funds for a cause. In fact, kids would often take the lead, schlepping a Unicef box door-to-door to collect loose change on Halloween; or motivating relatives to give a cash or cheque sponsorship towards their school’s readathon. At their core, these are Peer-to-Peer campaigns distilled down to the most basic principles.
Marlene recently got a $4,000 haircut. Before incredulity sets in, allow me to clarify. As a passionate supporter of Chai Lifeline Canada, an organization that supports the families of children facing serious illnesses, Marlene chose to turn a simple haircut into a fundraising opportunity. After deciding to grow her hair and donate it to make a wig, Marlene invited her friends, family, and colleagues to sponsor her efforts and the work of Chai Lifeline Canada. Reaching out on-line through a personalized fundraising platform, Marlene’s haircut garnered close to $4,000 in support for the charity within a very short period of time.
Having a professional, well branded website is still one of the most important tools for any nonprofit organization as it remains the central hub of information and engagement opportunities. That being said, the habits and expectation of website visitors have evolved considerably over the past number of years. As modern society has shifted towards the convenience of mobile phone usage for many of their daily tasks, it has become even more important for charities to tailor their online presence towards mobile-friendly capabilities.
First impressions can make a huge impact on whether or not potential supporters deem your organization worthy of their time and donation, and when it comes to online marketing, small oversights can risk a huge loss. This is why many charitable organizations have learned to invest substantial resources to developing an impactful web presence.