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How to Seek New Major Donor Prospects

How to Seek New Major Donor Prospects

This is the second blog in a common Major Donor Questions series. Find Question #1 here>> The question we'll answer in today's blog is: How do I see new Major Donor prospects? Might some of these questions describe the leadership perspective of your organization towards the idea of acquiring new donors? Do you have a very limited to zero development and fundraising staff and don’t know how to engage with major donor prospects? Do you have an increasing need for additional funding, especially from major contributors? Do you have fundraising questions but have no idea who to ask? These Questions were asked during a friendly chat with a ministry leader today. The subject quickly turned to prospecting for major donors. Why might my friend get sweaty palms when discussing how to meet major donors? She knew this was a game-changing topic so we discussed how to effectively prospect for major donors. First, place yourself in an environment where likely major donors congregate s ...Read more »
3 Powerful Ways to Engage Your Alumni

3 Powerful Ways to Engage Your Alumni

Alumni involvement is the life-blood of growth for higher education. So a decreasing trend of alumni involvement across the board at U.S. colleges and universities is a matter of considerable concern. Though contributions to the nation’s colleges and universities reached a historic high according to an annual survey conducted by the Council for Aid to Education, unfortunately alumni participation declined. Another major survey of alumni zeroed in on one of the major reasons for this decline. Alumni pointed to the “under-delivering on alumni benefits”, and at the same time, over-soliciting alumni. A whopping 62% of college alumni organizations were perceived as “not focused on offering alumni any significant benefits.” How can a Christian university reverse this decline in engagement? Bob Burg and Mark Miller Drawing from two respected leadership writers, we’ve discovered three practices to solidify long-term relationships with alumni with the result of increasing enga ...Read more »
3 Ways to Find Major Funding Partners Today

3 Ways to Find Major Funding Partners Today

Regardless the size of your ministry, I believe you are a few steps away from attracting big gifts to fund your vision. In our experience, organizations with a one person development staff member or even organizations without development offices can dramatically increase the flow of big gifts, regardless of their development budget. Just as donor-supported missionaries prepare lists of potential funding partners, your organization can move forward in development success. What are some of the key principles and practices to build your major donor team on a small budget? Finding Passionate Major Donors The key is to attract the attention of those with both capacity and passion for your cause. How do you find the wealthy, passionate donors that should be interested in joining your major donor team? 1. The first place to look is to brainstorm a list of your organization's own constituency. Can your staff identify a dozen high capacity friends of your organization who have demonstrated interest through their ...Read more »
Engaging the Discerning Major Donor

Engaging the Discerning Major Donor

Will donor support take a nosedive? I suggest the outlook is bright for nonprofit organizations that engage the discerning major donor. You might remember those ads from investment firms calling upon the “discerning investor” to use their services exclusively. I firmly believe that the current economy with all of its potential pitfalls presents non-profits with some unprecedented opportunities to advance their vision and expand their donor base. The ball is in the court of nonprofit leaders and their board members.Consider the generosity displayed by individuals in the U.S. Check out this visual summary from mint.com depicting how Americans lead the world in charitable contributions, giving more than $300 billion a year to charities. Also, note the generous response from major donors in the faith community. Very encouraging indeed!New Major Donor BreedHave you noticed that these donors are asking many more questions about your goals and outcomes from your service? • They are the new breed of discerning major ...Read more »
Mark Kordic
Mark Kordic
Advocace Alumnus

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