10 Ways to Increase Non-Profit Donations Around the Holidays


The holiday season is upon us which means it’s time to sprinkle some extra kindness,generosity, and sweetness into the world! 

At Honey Creative, we’re all about spreading joy and making a positive impact. So, whether you’re working with fuzzy animals, helping the homeless, or saving the planet, here are 10 not-so-secret tips to ramp up those donations for your non-profit this holiday season.

1. Jingle All the Way to Social Media Stardom:

Unleash your inner social media maven! Get your nonprofit’s story out there with eye-catching posts, heartwarming success stories, and behind-the-scenes glimpses. Use holiday-themed visuals and shareable content to spread the love like honey. And don’t forget to sprinkle in a dash of humor—after all, ‘tis the season to be jolly! Engaging with your audience on platforms like Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter allows you to build a community around your cause, creating a buzz that extends beyond the holidays.


2. Festive Fundraising Events:

Host an unforgettable holiday event that brings people together in the spirit of giving. Whether it’s a virtual silent auction, a festive gala, or a quirky holiday-themed run, creating memorable experiences encourages community engagement and opens up new avenues for donations. Remember, the goal is not just to raise funds but also to create lasting memories that participants will associate with your non-profit and its mission.


3. Storytelling that Warms the Heart:

Paint a vivid picture of the impact your non-profit makes. Share stories that tug at the heartstrings, showcasing real people and real change. Personal connections create emotional bonds, and people are more likely to open their wallets when they feel a deep, meaningful connection to your cause. Craft narratives that not only highlight the challenges but also celebrate the triumphs and the positive outcomes of your nonprofit’s efforts.


4. Santa’s Little Elves (aka Volunteers):

Enlist the help of dedicated volunteers to spread the holiday cheer. Whether it’s decking the halls or assisting with holiday events, a team of enthusiastic volunteers can amplify your reach and add a personal touch that resonates with potential donors. Volunteers are the unsung heroes, and by involving them in your holiday initiatives, you not only get valuable support but also showcase the sense of community your non-profit embodies.


5. Tinsel-Wrapped Email Campaigns:

Craft an email campaign that sparkles like tinsel. Send out heartfelt newsletters, share updates on your nonprofit’s achievements, and include a clear call-to-action for year-end donations. Bonus points for throwing in some holiday-themed GIFs—because who doesn’t love a dancing snowman? Make your emails visually appealing and emotionally resonant, providing donors with a seamless and joyful way to contribute.


6. Dazzling Donation Matching:

Partner with local businesses or generous donors to set up a donation-matching program. Doubling the impact of each contribution not only encourages giving but also creates a sense of urgency.l, Who wouldn’t want to make their donation go twice as far during the season of giving? Collaborate with businesses in your community to amplify your fundraising efforts and show potential donors that their contributions will have an even greater effect.


7. Adopt-a-Cause Stocking Stuffers:

Encourage your supporters to “adopt” a specific cause or project. Create a festive list of items or goals that need funding, allowing donors to choose a cause that resonates with them. It’s like stuffing a stocking with goodwill and making a direct impact on the initiatives they care about most. By providing a menu of options, donors feel a sense of agency, directing their contributions toward the specific aspects of your nonprofit’s work that matter most to them.


8. Funky Festive Merchandise:

‘Tis the season for swag! Create limited-edition holiday merchandise that your supporters can proudly wear or gift to spread the word about your non-profit. From cozy sweaters to festive mugs, turn your brand into a statement that people can’t resist. Unique and fun merchandise not only serves as a walking advertisement for your non-profit but also creates a sense of belonging among your supporters.


9. Thank-You Carolers:

Show appreciation in harmony! Create a thank-you video or a live-streamed caroling event to express gratitude to your donors. Personalized thank-you’s go a long way in making donors feel like part of your non-profit family, and it adds a delightful touch to the holiday season. Take a moment to celebrate your donors publicly, acknowledging their contributions and reinforcing the idea that every donation, big or small, is instrumental in making a positive impact.


10. Snow Globe Surprise:

Launch a surprise campaign or giveaway. Whether it’s a digital snow globe on your website with hidden donation incentives or a surprise gift for every donor, adding an element of excitement can boost engagement and encourage donations during the festive season.


Remember, the holiday season is all about giving, joy, and creating memorable moments. Injecting a bit of fun and festivity into your fundraising efforts not only boosts donations but also strengthens the connection between your non-profit and its supporters. So, grab your Santa hat, sprinkle some kindness, and let the holiday giving begin!


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