A Changing Landscape
You’ve probably heard the phrase “cash is king.” But is that still true?
- The Federal Reserve of Philadelphia has even predicted that paper checks will be obsolete by 2026.
And in the philanthropic world, Giving USA’s 2023 report showed a 6.4% decrease in individual giving in 2022. But we know that Qualified Charitable Distributions and Donor-Advised Funds (both of which come from individuals) grew at a rapid rate. So, can we conclude that cash giving is going down even faster than 6.4%?
By “cash giving” we mean hard cash, checks, credit cards, PayPal, Venmo, etc. It's gifts that come from money a donor can immediately access and give to your organization.
Cash gifts also suffer from pre-inflation anchor points. Donors who have been giving $500 in cash annually for 10 years are not increasing their gifts to compensate for the decreased purchasing power. So, the same cash gifts are worth less every year.
Try Something New!
Here is the secret about non-cash giving: research shows that reminding people about their investments and assets may provide multiple benefits to them while also allowing them to support your cause in a more significant way. By including smart giving options (alongside cash) in your normal fundraising outreach you have the potential to:
- Get a larger gift (and learn who has such assets)
- Increase the size of your cash gifts by recommending a donor use an option such as their Donor Advised Fund (DAF).
Start with your next fundraising email appeal, including an ask for smart gifts like stock and donor advised funds. For example:
“Please consider donating today, using credit card, gifts of stock or a gift from your Donor Advised Fund (DAF).”
Place a link to “give stock,” and “give from my Donor-Advised Fund (DAF)” on your main donate page — not just your “Ways to Give” page.
Open the Door to New Conversations
By trying something new and telling your donors and prospects that your organization is open to receiving non-cash donations, you open the door for them to receive the meaningful benefits of a non-cash gift and greater impact in return.
For your nonprofit, the biggest benefit is often once you show donors that their gift does not have to come from their checking or savings account, a whole new giving scenario opens for them. It could start new and different conversations with your donors/prospects once you expand your fundraising to include non-cash giving.
THIS MONTH'S FOCUS
As you start a new year, you might have a long list of work resolutions. We’re not here to add to your list, but to give you some ideas on how to make those resolutions a reality. Why not try something new?