You probably can’t do this for your entire donor base, but imagine how great your donors will feel when your CEO or board chair sends them a personal video greeting and message of thanks from the site of one of your projects.
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great major gift fundraisers understand that those writing the checks are ultimately their business partners.
From "Rainmaking: The Fundraisers Guide to Landing Big Gifts" on page 112... [Save 10% by ordering here: http://t.co/ZESuoSHy92 ] The best fundraisers know that relationships are never about money. By the same token, successful major gift officers make sure the...
Most charities spend a lot of time telling their major donors and supporters about their "wish lists". The things their charity wants to do if donors would just write them a check. However, the secret to securing more major gifts is NOT telling your supporters your...
Donors move up the ladder from one year to the next as you ask for more and demonstrate that you have been a good steward with their previous gifts.
“I don’t give money away. I make investments. Before providing support to anyone I measure impact, I want to see how many lives my investment will touch. I will often compare the impact of the amount I am ask for with what kind of impact I am having somewhere else.”
Of the 2.1 million charities doing business in the United States, most enter the new year without an ask strategy. We don’t take the time to develop our 7-figure, 6-figure and 5-figure asks. We don’t have a case for support. We don’t even have a needs list. We get sloppy with our research and do not determine our supporters “donative intent” and giving capacity.
As I boarded a plane a few years ago from Los Angeles, I was going through my routine… stowing my lap top under the seat in front of me, neatly folding my jacket in the overhead bin, and most importantly, putting on my headset and dialing in my Ipod with my favorite...
If you want to see your donors step up and start making major investments in your charity or non-proft, then start treating them like you would a business partner or major investor. Meet with them, talk with them, but most importantly listen to them.
Do you really LOVE those donors who are sacrificially supporting our organization? If you do, meet with them. Become their friend. Listen to them. Find out where their hearts are. Hear what kinds of programs and projects that the want to support. Then become their advocate, their supporter… their friend.