When you are raising funds for a cause that is close to your heart, the support you receive from donors can have a major impact. Thanking your donors is key to keeping your crowdfunding community engaged. Showing your donors appreciation not only helps maintain relationships, it also keeps them interested in your fundraiser. Learn about all the unique ways you can say thank you to donors, without breaking the bank.
1. Custom GIF
With GIFs, you can bring pictures to life. A creative way to say thank you to donors is to create animated, personalized GIFs. You can share them on your donor’s social media pages with a simple thank you message. There are several resources online to help you create a custom GIF for free.
2. Make a Playlist
Even small gestures like creating a playlist for your donors can be used to say thank you to donors. You can easily create and share public playlists for free on various music streaming sites.
3. Plant a Tree
If you want to say thank you in a lasting way, consider planting a tree dedicated to all your donors. This is the perfect donor recognition idea to honor your supporters while helping beautify your community.
4. Snapchat Story
You can show your donors appreciation with a short and sweet thank you video that you post on your Snapchat Story. It is an easy way to publicly showcase those who have contributed to your campaign’s success. Learn more tips on how to use Snapchat for crowdfunding.
5. Public Thank You
There are several ways you can show your appreciation for all your donors in public. For years people have been using engraved bricks and plaques as meaningful donor thank you gifts. You can integrate this idea into your fundraising efforts. For example, you can ask supporters to “buy” bricks as a way to donate to your cause.
6. Handmade Donor Gift
There are endless ways to get crafty when thanking donors. You can use your skills to hand make a gift as a way to show your gratitude. Consider hand making holiday wreaths, baking dog treats, knitting scarves, or brainstorm some of your own donor gift ideas.
An easy way to get a large amount of thank you’s out at one time is to send an email to your donors. Write an email that outlines why you are grateful for your donors’ help and how they are helping you make a positive difference in the world.
8. Pay it Forward
One unique way to say thank you to donors is to reciprocate. When your donor community has a cause they are fundraising for, then offer your help. Even if you can’t donate to their cause, you can still offer to volunteer, to help with their campaign, and to share their fundraiser with your social network.
9. Social Media Shout Out
There are several different social media platforms that you can utilize to show gratitude to your donors. If you’re wondering how to thank donors, a simple shout out on Facebook is a great way to highlight your supporters.
10. Share Your Knowledge
One donor recognition idea is to offer to teach them useful skills. Consider teaching things like resume building, baking, guitar, and whatever else to interested donors. Another option is to use the site Wisdo to share your ‘wisdom’ on your experiences as a way to help others going through similar life events.
11. Facebook Live Video
A great way to thank donors is to show how their contributions are directly impacting your cause. Consider creating a Facebook Live video to broadcast your appreciation. For example, if you are raising funds to create a community garden, consider using Facebook live video to broadcast the building process. That way, your supporters get to feel more involved in the experience.
12. Handwritten Letter
For those interested in adding a more personal touch to your donor appreciation, consider writing donation thank you letters. Simply taking the time to write down a why you appreciate your donors conveys thoughtfulness.
13. Creative Gift
Tap into your creative side to create a meaningful donor thank you gift. Let your donors inspire you to write a thank you poem or a song. Enlist the help of your friends to help your creative process.
14. Use Your Donors
Several of your donors may be interested in supporting you in others ways. Ask your donors to be in a video for your fundraiser to help bring more awareness to your cause. In your video you can talk about your appreciation for your donors.
15. YouCaring Thank You Experience
If you use YouCaring to start a crowdfunding campaign, then you already have a thank you tool at your disposal. Once you log into your account, you will be able to see the “supporters” tab in your dashboard. This tab gives you a way to send thank messages to your donors that is hassle-free.
16. Cook a Meal
An easy way to say thank you to donors is to make a home cooked meal for your supporters. Consider inviting some of your local donors to a dinner to show your appreciation. For your supporters who are not local, you can use TakeThemAMeal to schedule meal deliveries for free.
17. Spotlight Donor Profile
If you have a personal website or blog, then consider writing a profile on some of your donors. This simple act of kindness serves as an opportunity to get to know some of your supporters more personally.
18. Illustrate Your Donor’s Impact
A clear-cut way to demonstrate to your supporters how they are helping your cause is to illustrate the progress throughout. You can get creative in your demonstration by using a chalk board. With each donation you can add to it, thanking each donor along the way.
19. Custom Swag
From homemade jewelry to monogrammed T-Shirts, there are endless ways to make custom swag for your supporters. Your donors will appreciate having a personalized reminder of your cause and how they helped.
This is a great idea if your fundraiser takes you somewhere outside of your community. Pick a few fun postcards and write a heartfelt thank you message on the back of each before mailing it off to your donors. Or consider using some of your own fundraiser photos to create your own postcards.
Say Thank You to Donors Today
However small the gesture, a thoughtful thank you helps show your donors that their impact is not only meaningful but appreciated. Practice your donor appreciation today. Use these tips and ideas to help enhance your fundraising efforts. If you haven’t already, start your free fundraiser.