How Scranton Preparatory School increased its Giving Day donations by 546%

Scranton Preparatory School hosted its first large-scale Annual Giving Campaign with Almabase and successfully raised over $77,000, crossing the estimated goal of $40,000 by 194%. The institution used strategic communication and a peer-to-peer approach to target alumni, successfully increasing its Giving Day donations by 5 times within a year.

$77,000

amount raised

546%

increase in Giving Day donations (up from $12,000 the previous year)

2X

more donors (expected number of donors was 150; Scranton Prep saw 306 donors)

About Scranton Preparatory School

Founded in the year 1944, Scranton Preparatory School is a co-educational Jesuit high school located in Scranton, Pennsylvania, United States. With a total alumni strength of over 8000, the school is fully accredited by the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools.  

It is a member of the Jesuit Schools Network, Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools and the National Catholic Educational Association. In 1986, Prep was named a National Exemplary School by the United States Department of Education.

What challenges did Scranton Preparatory School face?

Limited staff resources

Part of a 4-member advancement, Jeanine Pavuk, Director of Annual Giving, and Posie Granet, Alumni Director, are the driving forces behind Alumni relations functions at Scranton Prep. For an advancement team of this size, managing all engagement and fundraising initiatives for over 8,000 alumni often proved to be a challenging task. 


Limited experience hosting Giving Day campaigns

Scranton Prep lacked the experience of running a large-scale Giving Day campaign. Their previous campaigns were much smaller, having raised close to $12,000. The advancement team lacked the know-how of planning and following through with a larger campaign. 


Dependency on the technical team

The advancement team at Scranton Prep had to rely on the technical team for certain aspects of giving campaigns such as creating giving pages or adding any customization to these pages, often leading to unnecessary delays.

What did Scranton Preparatory School achieve after implementing Almabase?

Increase in Giving Day donations as a result of a streamlined marketing strategy

Referencing marketing collateral provided by Almabase, Scranton Prep created a detailed marketing plan, targeting its alumni via social media and emails.  

Here’s a comprehensive view of what Scranton Prep’s marketing plan looked like:


1. Organic social media marketing

Scranton Prep leveraged the power of social media to spread awareness about its upcoming ‘One Family, One Day’ giving campaign. The school created an extensive marketing plan, sharing regular updates via Facebook and Twitter. Other than sharing updates with alumni on the day of the campaign, Scranton Prep ensured to post relevant content much ahead of the Giving day with the intent of generating curiosity and keeping alumni engaged. 

Below are some examples of the school’s creative use of social media for the promotion of its Giving Day:

Scranton Prep shared this post a week before the campaign, also giving alumni an opportunity to be one of the first contributors.


Scranton Prep shared this update on the day of the campaign urging alumni to help the school hit its 150-donor goal

As promised in the previous post, Scranton Prep lit PREP up purple on the occasion of crossing 270 donors and raising $70,000


Scranton Prep ended the campaign by thanking all donors and highlighting one of its star donors

2. Peer-to-peer email reach-outs

Apart from sending generic emails inviting donations, the school divided its alumni into different class groups and targeted them with a peer-to-peer approach. Emails from peers helped create a personalized touch and acted as a strong incentive for alumni to contribute.

Scranton Prep used the peer-to-peer approach, urging the Class of ‘79 to participate in the ‘One Family, One Day’ campaign

In addition to the peer-to-peer outreach technique, Scranton Prep planned ahead and ensured that its alumni kept hearing about its upcoming Giving Day via generic emails.  

Here’s how Scranton Prep kept its alumni informed about the ‘‘One Family, One Day’ giving campaign.


Scranton Prep’s email to alumni two weeks prior to the Giving Day campaign

Scranton Prep’s email to alumni one week prior to the campaign

Scranton Prep's email to alumni on the day of the campaign

Scranton Prep’s thoughtful ‘Thank You’ email to all alumni after the end of the campaign

As a result of this well-defined marketing strategy, Scranton Prep was able to give a huge boost to its donations and engagement.

$12,000 amount raised in the previous year’s campaign
$77,000+ raised during ‘One Family, One Day’ campaign
5X increase in Giving Day donations

Seamless donor experience

Scranton Prep was able to provide its alumni with a friction-less, secure donor experience. Whether alumni were donating from their mobile, iPad or laptop, it took less than a minute to complete the donation. The school ensured that making a gift became as simple as placing an order on Amazon.


306 total number of donors
65 new donors

Scranton Preparatory School continues to host successful Giving Days with Almabase. You can see their ‘One Family, One Day’ Giving page here.


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