August 22, 2022
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4 Psychological Triggers To Significantly Increase Donations

Raising money for any cause is a difficult deed. With the number of charities and nonprofits out there, announcing your cause isn't enough to get attention and donations. It takes effort to raise funds. There are many methods practiced by charities to get donations from fundraising events to directly emailing members for donations. All of these methods are effective in their own ways. There isn't a simple equation that yields results but there are some psychological triggers that can help all of your fundraising efforts significantly, especially when combined.

1. A Single Identifiable Victim

This is a phenomenon that has been observed in many studies. People are more likely to donate to a single identifiable victim with a name and a face rather than a group of anonymous people. People donate based on feeling and not logic and due to this fact, while helping ten starving children should be a greater driving force, one child is easier to empathize with and therefore has greater effect raising donations.

Also helping an individual person gives the sense of having greater impact. Most people dismiss the impact they have at a greater scale as it feels like a drop in the bucket but helping save a singular individual feels more possible to donors.

2.The Martyrdom Effect

As much as it sounds illogical, research suggests that people are more likely to donate when they have to suffer to do so. Christopher Olivola of Carnegie Mellon University found that people perceived donations requiring pain and effort to be more meaningful and they were willing to donate more when they had to endure physical pain to do so. Enduring pain for and personally engaging with a cause increases the commitment to it. This proves the effectiveness of fundraising marathons and popular challenges such as the ice bucket challenge.

3. Delayed Loss, Immediate Reward

According to one study, asking donors to pledge for a donation where they will pay at a later date was helpful in convincing hesitant donors. This effect was even stronger with an option to cancel their pledge anytime and an immediate thank you message that portrayed gratitude. The researchers hypothesize that this was caused by the donors receiving the immediate positive reward of choosing to support the charity, but delaying and hence discounting the pain of actually paying the money.

4. Personalized Appeal

Statistics suggest that personalization enhances the donor experience, fosters a favorable perception of your nonprofit, lengthens the relationship with donors and nonprofits, and boosts fundraising efforts. There are two ways of personalization: personalizing the message and personalizing the experience.

Tailoring your appeal message to donors' wealth levels might be a better tactic than you think. One recent study suggests that wealthier individuals were likely to give more when the message was more individualistic and emphasized more personal initiative such as "Sometimes one person needs to come forward to save the rest." Whereas less affluent individuals were more likely to donate when the message emphasized a feeling of community such as "Let's save the world together."

According to Accenture, 44% of donors said, receiving a customized experience would make them inclined to give up to 10% more. Moreover, the figure rose to 62% with millennials. Personalizing the communication efforts works because it recognizes donors as individuals, giving them a feeling of relevancy and connection to the organization. It also allows for organizations to cut through the clutter of advertising.

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