Articles and Insights from the FIT Fundraising Team




The 4th Quarter Blitz

Yes, it’s that time again. The 4th quarter has arrived and what play are your going to call? By any metric or system of measurement in fund development the last quarter of the year is the most important and the last week of the 4th quarter is by far the most profitable week for any not-for-profit organization. I often refer to this week as “golden week”.

Tipping Points in Fundraising

When you have a donor who upgrades their giving, especially those that move dramatically to the 5-figure level, do not just put them through your normal thank you receipting process. Get out of your office and go see them. Get face to face with that donor and thank them. Ask them to explain the decision making process and their trusted advisers that helped them with the decision. Before you know that single gift will blossom into five or six major gifts, but only if you take the time to meet and cultivate real friendships.

Are You Signing Up Your “90 Day Wonders” as Monthly Giving Sponsors?

90 Day Wonders. The best way to get monthly donors to “sign up” for a monthly pre-authorized gift is to track monthly giving from your regular donor program. Run a report monthly and identify those donors who have given 3 months in a row. Call them immediately after the third gift to thank them and ask them to join your monthly giving club.

My Christmas Wish… Keep Our Tax Deduction

Even the famous miser Ebenezer Scrooge came to know the goodness of generosity. As Charles Dickens wrote, “Scrooge was better than his word.. He became as good a friend, as good a man as the good old City knew, or any other good old city, town, or borough in the good old world.” Before the President and Congress send nonprofits a lump of coal, they would do well to remember the lesson of Scrooge and preserve the charitable tax deduction.

The 4th Quarter Check List – Have your “monthly donors” been sent the best appeal of 2011?

It doesn’t matter whether you call it a pledge program, recurring gift program, monthly giving program, sustainer program or preauthorized gift program it is the same technique and, as you know, they all add up to a huge additional revenue stream for every organization or charity.

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