Your major donors have always been important to your organization. You should be cultivating major donors to stay with the mission and make their feel secure about their major gifts, according to Sarah Burdi, assistant vice president of Falls Church, Va. based InovaHealth System Foundation, the largest nonprofit healthcare system in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.
People always have excuses for anything. Your significant other just forgot the dishes were in the sink. Your coworker always hits traffic Monday mornings. And your teenagers didn’t know 200 people would show up to a “small party” they threw the weekend you went away.
You might think of values when you are discussing family and politics. Values also have their role in the decision-making in your development office, according to Joel Zimmerman, director of consulting services CDR Fundraising Group in Bowie, Md.
A face-to-face solicitation of any major gift can be nerve-wracking. Add in the current state of the economy and you have a recipe for stomach butterflies, intense sweats and babbling.
Talking to donors about bequest gifts can be difficult. But it always helps if you have a plan, according to David Whitehead, chief development officer at AARP Foundation, and Jay Steenhuysen, partner at Covenant Calls.
Sponsorships can be valuable for nonprofits that want to gain recognition or value by aligning themselves with a powerful brand. But nonprofits should analyze what worth they can offer a sponsor, according to Gail Bower, president of Bower & Co. Consulting, LLC., based in Philadelphia.
Consultants working in the Catholic fundraising market might face resistance to go beyond the collection basket on Sunday mentality, according to Graham Hunter, senior vice president at May Development Services, based in Greenwich, Conn.
One of thoughts attributed to automobile titan Henry Ford is: “Whether you think you can or think you can’t — you’re right.”
You work hard gathering data about your donors to create a richer donor database. Now it’s time for that donor database information to work for you.
Fundraisers have more communications channels than ever – direct mail, your homepage, direct response television, Facebook. The options can make your head spin. But you have to ask yourself, how do you make your messages count?