As nonprofit staff or volunteer fundraisers, it is our responsibility to connect those who can make a difference with opportunities to do just that.
Here are a few tips to get started, so you can make change happen through extraordinary philanthropic gifts:
Start with listening to what the prospect cares about. Maybe they already know what they are hoping to achieve. What are the changes they passionately seek to make? How do those passions align with the mission of the organization you serve? It is your job to listen for the opportunity and make those connections.
Once the dream is understood (both by you and the prospect), build the relationship before you ask for a gift. Think creatively. Could the prospect’s involvement with the organization advance the goals each of you have in mind? One of the best ways to build the relationship around the mission is to show the impact of giving through a unique plan to present programs, photos or videos, and other “hands on” demonstrations.
Ask for the gift
A request for support of any kind requires strategic planning and a genuine understanding of how your prospect’s gift will align with their interests and the organization’s mission. Once you have made a strong connection between the two, it is time to ask for a gift that reflects their ability to give and their interest in doing so.
Because lives are changed when donors give with a targeted purpose to advance the organization’s mission, fundraisers cannot afford to wait for donors to come to them. It is imperative that donors are sought out, identified and pursued. Never wait for someone else to take responsibility for the life-changing gift you should be cultivating right now.
Next stops on the road to achieving Hartsook’s mission of growing philanthropy by 25 percent in the next 20 years:
May 23-25, 2018
Boy Scouts of America Annual Meeting
June 6-7, 2018
LeadingAge Virginia Annual Conference
June 18-19, 2018
NHH – Norwegian School of Economics
June 21-22, 2018
National Taiwan University
June 25-26, 2018
BX2018, Australian Government
Keynote: John List
August 13-24, 2018
August 29-31, 2018
Boy Scouts of America Top Hands
September 19-20, 2018
Science of Philanthropy Institute Conference 2018
October 5-6, 2018
Advances with Field Experiments
October 16-18, 2018
University of Basel
8th Bernoulli Lecture for the Behavioral Sciences
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