Case Study

Client: Wear Yellow Nebraska
Project: Omaha Gives Campaign

Background

Omaha Gives! is an annual philanthropic event that encourages the Omaha community to donate to support their favorite causes. Say Hey There has been helping nonprofits prepare successful, authentic Omaha Gives! campaigns that rally community around causes since 2014. 

In 2020, the online event couldn’t come at a better time — with many fundraising events having been cancelled or rescheduled in order to abide by social distancing recommendations in the midst of a pandemic.

Fortunately, Omaha is known for its philanthropy and community, and many people were seeking ways to continue to support the causes, businesses, and artists being affected by social changes. A record-breaking 23,375 donors came together to raise more than $8.5 million for participating nonprofits.

This year we decided to help nonprofits make the most of Omaha Gives, by offering a campaign package at a reduced rate. This case study highlights Wear Yellow Nebraska’s campaign. 

Research & Profile Checkup

The first step was to do our annual research. The Omaha Community Foundation (which organizes the event) provides nonprofit toolkits, trainings, and literature each year to help ensure successful fundraising campaigns. The guidelines, prizes, and incentives change year to year, so we do our due diligence in making sure we’re all caught up for our clients.

The first step with Wear Yellow Nebraska’s campaign was to update them on what was new for 2020, review their Omaha Gives profile, work with their team to make sure information is up to date, and provide recommendations — including how to enlist support from their Board and key advocates and request challenge funds from potential matches.

30 Day Social Media Campaign

Next we worked to create an engaging campaign to promote Wear Yellow Nebraska’s cause over a 30-day period, culminating on May 20. This includes coming up with the campaign concept or theme, developing out creative, and preparing, publishing, and boosting posts.

For Wear Yellow Nebraska, an organization that organizes cycling events to support cancer patients, we created a #RideForYellow campaign. The idea was to hold a “virtual ride” that would progress throughout the day as we got closer and closer to our financial goal.

The campaign assets included:

  • A map graphic with various milestones for the virtual cyclist to reach throughout the day
  • Facebook event cover & profile photo for both the page and any followers/advocates who wanted to help promote their support
  • Matching email header for email marketing campaigns
  • Copy for Facebook event – to be repurposed for email marketing and the Omaha Gives profile description
  • 30 days of posts promoting the virtual ride, Omaha Gives, and Wear Yellow Nebraska’s “why”

Day-Of Monitoring

On Omaha Gives day, we monitor campaign progress and social platforms the day of the event —engaging with followers, answering questions, and reporting progress back to the team. We also posted “why I donate” videos from supporter in realtime as well as updated map graphics showing the progress of our virtual ride!

Results

Goal: $2,500
Grand total raised: $3,605 (a new record!)
Total # of donors: 66