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  • Writer's pictureJuliana M. Weissbein CFRE

How to Use Artificial Intelligence in Fundraising

Updated: Aug 25, 2023


Disclaimer: this post was written entirely by AI ;)


Artificial intelligence (AI) is transforming the way nonprofits approach fundraising. By leveraging the power of AI, nonprofits can analyze donor data, personalize donor communication, and streamline fundraising processes. In this post, we'll explore how nonprofits can use AI in fundraising to improve donor engagement, increase donations, and achieve their mission.

  • Analyze Donor Data

One of the most significant benefits of AI in fundraising is its ability to analyze donor data. By analyzing data such as giving history, demographics, and preferences, nonprofits can gain insights into donor behavior and identify patterns that can inform fundraising strategies. AI tools can help nonprofits segment donors, predict future giving, and target communications more effectively.

  • Personalize Donor Communication

Another way nonprofits can use AI in fundraising is by personalizing donor communication. AI-powered tools can help nonprofits create personalized messages and content based on donor preferences and interests. For example, nonprofits can use AI chatbots to engage donors in real-time conversations and provide personalized responses to their questions.

  • Automate Fundraising Processes

AI can also help nonprofits streamline fundraising processes and save time. For example, AI tools can automate donation processing, gift acknowledgment, and donor recognition. This can help nonprofits reduce administrative tasks and free up staff time to focus on building relationships with donors.

  • Optimize Fundraising Campaigns

AI can help nonprofits optimize fundraising campaigns by analyzing data on campaign performance and providing insights on how to improve. AI-powered tools can track metrics such as open rates, click-through rates, and conversion rates to identify areas of opportunity and suggest changes to campaigns.

  • Predict Donor Behavior

AI can also help nonprofits predict donor behavior by analyzing data and identifying trends. This can help nonprofits predict which donors are most likely to give, what amount they are likely to give, and when they are likely to give. By predicting donor behavior, nonprofits can tailor their fundraising efforts and improve their chances of success.


In conclusion, AI is a powerful tool for nonprofits to use in fundraising. By analyzing donor data, personalizing donor communication, automating fundraising processes, optimizing fundraising campaigns, and predicting donor behavior, nonprofits can improve donor engagement, increase donations, and achieve their mission. While AI is not a replacement for human interaction and relationship-building, it can be a valuable tool for nonprofits to enhance their fundraising efforts and achieve greater impact.


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Juliana M. Weissbein, CFRE is a respected leader and decision influencer in regard to fundraising operations best practices. With over a decade of experience, Juliana thrives on professional growth, team success, measurable results, and inspiring fundraisers to utilize data-based strategies. Juliana currently serves as the Associate Director of Development Operations at Planned Parenthood Federation of America. She is an AFP Global Board Member, AFP Global's 2019 Outstanding Young Professional Fundraiser, and is a member of the AFP Global Women's Impact Initiative. Juliana is immediate past chair of the AFP New York City chapter’s Emerging Leaders Committee and currently serves on the chapter’s board chairing their mentorship program. She resides in Houston, TX, and never turns down a good kombucha.

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