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Giving Tuesday Now Marketing Schedule & Checklist

fundraising nonprofit Apr 21, 2020

My last post examined four important ways your nonprofit can prepare and plan for Giving Tuesday Now. This post fast forwards in time to the actual day. It’s Giving Tuesday Now, do you know where your donors are? (Relax, this is only a test, you still have some time)

I do keep in mind that as you’re reading this, you may be a team of one that is doing the work of “the marketing department.” You may also be on a larger team, specifically involved with digital fundraising. Either way, you likely have a Giving Tuesday Now plan in place, but things can get thrown off quickly the day-of for a number of reasons.

So let’s take some action. Pull up your calendars and block out time on May 5, Giving Tuesday Now. Literally, pull up your calendar in one window while you’re reading this post in another! By protecting your time and dedication to executing the plan, you increase not only the likelihood of increasing revenue on Giving Tuesday Now, but also creating real connections with your donors that have long-term impacts. The following is an example of a schedule with checklist for Giving Tuesday Now. This comes from my Giving Tuesday Now planning worksheets, available here. You can either copy/paste this into a document or print this post if necessary. Below, I provided time frames, but you have your schedule in front of you now. Put in specific times for each of these items with a 10-minute reminder, and/or a check in the line provided:


  • Meet with team to discuss day_____
  • Launch Facebook Ads_____
  • Launch SEM ads_____
  • Send Email 1_____
  • Social media post 1_____
  • Go Live on Facebook_____


  • Social media post 2_____
  • Giving Tuesday Now updates and shout-outs via social media post_____
  • Facebook Live update_____


  • Social media post 3_____
  • Giving Tuesday Now updates and shout-outs via social media post_____
  • Facebook Live update_____
  • Send Email 2_____

8pm-10pm (optional)

  • Social media post 4_____
  • Giving Tuesday Now updates and shout-outs via social media post_____
  • Facebook Live update_____
  • Send Email 3_____

While your digital media (search and social media ads) and email can all be automated, your social media posting and live video will be more of an “in-the-moment” style in response to how the day is unfolding. You’ll want to give real-time updates of your progress and even feature people in your organization providing updates via live streaming.  It’s likely that a larger number of your donors that are active on social media will be active on Facebook before Instagram or other platforms. That said, if you have to choose one platform in which to go live, make it Facebook. Otherwise, if you have the time and resources to go live on other social media channels, prioritize by the size of your followers in that community.

 While this is an outline of how to structure your day on Giving Tuesday Now, there is a ton of work to prepare for this day. Make sure you download my 7-page Giving Tuesday Now planning worksheets to ensure you leave no stone unturned and no money left on the table. Good luck!

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