Produced in collaboration with Virginia Tech’s PRISM team.

It’s that time of year — Christmas carols on the radio, decorated trees up in every window, and lights glowing on every house you pass.

But the holidays aren’t just about decorating, but about giving as well. Here are some of our tools and tips to make your nonprofit more successful. Consider them gifts during this holiday season.

1. Swiper 1

The Swiper 1 Credit Card Reader takes payments directly from your mobile device. It’s reliable, flexible, scalable, and competitive. Accept payments anywhere with this versatile tool! You can either swipe a credit card or enter the number manually, with no extra fee.

2. Payment Processing Platform

Online payment processing eases the process for donors — allowing you to benefit from their gifts. Merchant bank payment processing handles all major credit and debit cards as well as e-checks. With a quick setup, customized reports, and security, our payment processing platform will facilitate donations.

3. Real-Time Reporting

Our real-time reports can save you time and lots of headaches. Stay up to date on everything your nonprofit needs to know.

4. Website Tip

Did you know websites are the 2nd most popular medium for donation asks? You can optimize them by grabbing people’s attention—combine a ‘call to donate’ now with a compelling reason. Strong imagery that supports your cause is useful as well when attracting donations.

5. Salesforce Integrated Mobile App

What’s better than making your fundraising more accessible? The Salesforce mobile app allows your organization to raise money, even while on the go. Bring it everywhere, on any mobile device, to help increase donations and make it easier for people to donate to your nonprofit.

6. SMS Giving

For your donors on the go, our Donor Management app for Salesforce has the option of enabling SMS messaging for communications. 70% of U.S.  adults donate through multiple channels, including text messaging. SMS giving options allow donors another way to give on-the-go.

7. Customizable Event Manager Platform

Whatever you’re planning for your next fundraiser, we’ve got you covered. With registration, custom reports, and flexible design, our Event Management app for Salesforce is a quick and efficient way to track your planning process.

8. Earn More Revenue

Lower default values can increase the volume of people donating, but with smaller amounts. This simple tip can help you help more people by earning more money.

9. Email and SMS Autoresponder

Want your donors to know you appreciate them? Email and SMS Autoresponder will automatically send them a thank you after donating—letting them know how thankful you are for their donation.

10. Patron Analytics

Real-time analytics will allow you to know the last time you reached out to your donors, or whether they reached out to you. Patron Value Rank and Relationship Tracking will identify which donors are most valuable to your bottom line and who has influenced the most networked donations.

11. CONNECT 2.0

Peer-to-Peer fundraising is one of the easiest ways to turn supporters into fundraisers and reach new audiences. Harness the power of social networking and allow the donors to come to you. With customizable donation pages and unlimited campaigns, CONNECT is a valuable tool to connect your organization to your peers.

12. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!  

We hope these tools and tips will do the trick for your nonprofit this holiday season.

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