Americans donated over $410 billion to charities and nonprofits in 2017 alone. That seems like a huge number (and it is!) but there is one slight problem.
Although the amount of money given is at an all-time high, the number of American’s making donations has been decreasing over the past few years. This means that you’ll need to work extra hard to snag those high-spending donors for your fundraiser.
One way to say, “thank you for your donation” is by giving donors a promotional gift. Of course, this may also help convince someone to donate in the first place, so it’s a real win-win!
Don’t know what to give your donors? Keep reading to discover the top gift ideas any donor would love.
If you’re like most, you likely use a calendar at work or at home to keep track of your schedule. Calendars make great donation thank you gifts as they’re both useful and affordable, so more money can go towards your cause.
You can use pictures from last year’s fundraiser or images of what your fundraiser aims to help and include your logo on the corner of each page. This way, donors will be reminded for the next year that their money went to a good cause.
Do you already know the important dates for next year’s fundraising events? Consider adding these to the calendar, so your previous donors can stay informed and remember to donate again.
2. Stress Ball
We all feel stressed from time to time. Maybe you have a bunch of tight deadlines at work or your heating bill went through the roof this month. Your donors likely have to deal with many of the same stressors.
You can help them relax and remind them of your fundraiser by gifting donors a stress ball. Consider using a fun shape or bright colors that reflect the cause they donated to, so it stands out on their desk.
3. Tote Bag
Tote bags are one of those items that come in handy at least a few times a year. They make great bags to take to the beach or on day trips to the zoo, park, or nearest city.
If you’re not sure you want to go with a tote bag, there are tons of different options. Companies like Bagmasters also offer things like backpacks and duffel bags.
Everyone loves a free t-shirt! It’s a classic promotional gift that’s also the perfect way to thank your donors.
Plus, if they wear the shirt when they’re out and about, tons of people will see the logo. That’s free publicity!
If your donors are like most Americans, they probably start their day off with a cup of coffee. Giving them a promotional mug to thank them for donating is a great way to get your logo in front of their face regularly. This will keep you in their minds throughout the year, and they may be more likely to donate for your next event.
Who doesn’t love a delicious sweet at the end of a long day? Although your donors won’t have anything to remember the fundraiser by in the future, candy or chocolates in a branded bag is a great way to thank them for donating.
It seems like you can never have too many blankets! Help keep your donors warm on cold winter nights by gifting them a fleece blanket.
You can choose to go with a solid color and stitch your logo on the corner to keep things simple and chic. However, if you want to make a statement, consider going with a quilt that includes your fundraising logo or image on several squares.
8. Pop Socket
Pop sockets instantly became a hit for their convenience, affordability, and variety of designs. This makes branded pop sockets a great idea, especially if you have a lot of younger donors.
Plus, people use smartphones everywhere. Others are bound to see your logo while your donor is texting at the grocery store, on the bus, or just walking down the street.
9. Stuffed Animal
Does your fundraiser have a fun mascot? Is the cause related to animals? Then you can’t go wrong with giving away a stuffed animal as a thank you gift.
Your donors will have an adorable gift to remember the types of animals they’re helping. You can put a t-shirt with your logo on the stuffed animal or have your logo embroidered on its foot to further remind donors of your cause.
Have you ever started to drive away on a sunny day just to realize you left your sunglasses at home? Help your donors avoid this by giving them a pair of branded sunglasses as a “thank you for your donation” gift.
If you want to take this to the next level, consider making the sunglasses unique. Brightly-colored, color changing, and wooden sunglasses are all stylish options.
11. Project Pictures
Sometimes the best gift you can give is to keep your donors updated. Donors love to see that they’re money is going to good use, so consider giving them photos of your project in various stages. You can then wrap this gift up with a branded photo album.
12. Related Swag Bag
But what do you do if you can’t decide on just one gift? Swag bags are a great option to thank donors, and they can be catered to meet different levels. For example, someone who donated $500 can get a large swag bag with 10 different items, while someone who donated $25 may get a swag bag with 2 items.
Consider giving your bags a theme related to your cause. If your fundraiser involves helping the environment, you could include eco-friendly gifts like a reusable water bottle and a t-shirt made from recycled materials.
Gifts That Say, “Thank You for Your Donation”
Don’t get so caught up in planning your event that you forget to thank your donors! Just follow this list of gift ideas to say, “thank you for your donation.” It’ll show just how much you appreciate them, and it may convince them to donate again in the future.
Are you already planning your next event? Then check out these promotional printing tips to help you get the word out!