The Heritage Foundation

How emphasizing a recurring gift impacted revenue

Experiment ID: #6750

The Heritage Foundation

Founded in 1973, The Heritage Foundation is a research and educational institution—a think tank—whose mission is to formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense.

Experiment Summary

Timeframe: 05/03/2017 - 06/06/2017

A past analysis of The Heritage Foundation donor file found that recurring donors provide the highest donor value to the organization and have the best chance of being retained into future years. Based upon this analysis, we decided to launch an experiment to increase the number of recurring givers.

We crafted value proposition copy around the reason to make a recurring gift and included near the recurring gift option on the donation form. We also emphasized making the gift via their Bank Account as these donations tend to have a longer lifetime.

Research Question

Will emphasizing the impact of a recurring increase the overall revenue per visitor?


C: No Emphasis
T1: Recurring Emphasis


 Treatment NameRevenue per VisitorRelative DifferenceConfidence
C: No Emphasis $3.24
T1: Recurring Emphasis $2.61-19.5% 88.9%

This experiment was validated using 3rd party testing tools. Based upon those calculations, a significant level of confidence was not met so these experiment results are not valid.

Key Learnings

After a month of collecting data, we did not see any significant impact on the donor’s likelihood to make a recurring gift, select their Bank Account, or increase overall revenue to the organization. This is still a priority for the organization so we will go back to the drawing board to develop new hypotheses to increase someone’s likelihood to make a recurring gift.

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Question about experiment #6750

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