Mutual Benefits: Participating in the Fundraising Effectiveness Project

FEP-Logo1It’s March already – almost spring! It’s also the time of year when we make a plea for you to participate in the Fundraising Effectiveness Project (FEP) Annual Survey. FEP is a collaborative effort to ‘grow philanthropy’s share of the GDP’ by providing nonprofits with tools to evaluate growth in giving. Participation is easy; you can do it from within ResultsPlus, and it only takes a minute (even less for many organizations). And at the end of the day, we can all benefit.

We benefit by being able to use the data submitted to generate statistics regarding how fundraising went last year. We can then provide them to you, along with a few ideas on what you can do with the data to improve your fundraising performance. We can also research the market to see if we can help identify factors that affected the outcome of the data.

You benefit by getting a jump start on evaluating your data in a meaningful way. Generating the summary report allows you to evaluate your organization’s performance to previous years. And you can take it even further by comparing your results to that of the other organizations in your segment of the sector. You can also compare your individual performance to that of all Fundraising Effectiveness Project participants in the nonprofit sector.

Additional benefits include the ability to:

  • identify areas where you can improve performance
  • identify what’s going well so you can keep doing it
  • do your part as a “nonprofit community citizen” by contributing to the benchmarking and progress of the sector as a whole.

Submitting the data is so easy! In ResultsPlus 11, you access the submission form from the System Add-Ins tab of the ribbon. In ResultsPlus 10, you access the submission form from the Administration tab of the ribbon. In either version, just click the button that looks like this:

FEP submission

Complete the form…


…click ‘Print Report’ so you have a copy of your own data


…and then click ‘Submit.’

That’s it! Your aggregate data is sent. It is then combined with other organizations’ data to generate industry statistics everyone can use to evaluate the state of the sector as well as strengthen their individual giving programs.