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How to Measure ROI on Major Donor Relationships

How to Measure ROI on Major Donor Relationships

Mr. Jackson was a gruff old man, who’s wrinkles could tell the story of his long, adventurous life. Each line told a story of hard work, family-rearing, and costs he paid to love God, family and his country. He had lost his hearing years ago, so communication for him was difficult. Although he was humped over a little, he got around fairly well with his cane. He loved his dog (I think better than his 2nd wife). And he was a major donor to good causes. Here's how my first major donor phone ...Read more »
5 Reasons Donors Don't Want to Meet with You

5 Reasons Donors Don't Want to Meet with You

Recently one of my clients was at a meeting with a donor. And the donor told the Executive Director, “You must be a busy person, you don’t need to visit me. I trust you.” The leader of this wonderful organization told me he was considering taking her off his list since she trusts them and does not want a visit. “Absolutely not!” I exclaimed. There is more to this type of response than you may think.  Here are five reasons major donors give you similar &l ...Read more »
How to Engage Your Donors This Summer

How to Engage Your Donors This Summer

Summer slump. This is the phrase most of us use to describe the low season of giving in the summer months. There are obvious reasons, yet, let’s look at this issue together to really try to understand what is happening with our donors...and within our organization. Here are a few reasons why your donor giving might drop in the summer: Donors think about some organizations seasonally. It’s true. If I am an after-school program, donors think of me during the school year. I ...Read more »
4 New and Exciting Event Ideas for Your Nonprofit

4 New and Exciting Event Ideas for Your Nonprofit

Are you a planner? Do people know you are so detailed, events have been planned for the next several years? I am with you, my friend. I love Gantt charts, checklists, and diagrams. The problem is that we may be boring our donors with the same events or methods for fundraising at our nonprofit. Great events are usually well planned and planned in advance. Being creative with the events can be your challenge. 4 New Events Ideas for Your Nonprofit Here are 4 ideas for planning and creating ...Read more »
Is Your Volunteer Director Losing Major Donors for You?

Is Your Volunteer Director Losing Major Donors for You?

Your donor decides to come volunteer at your organization. Wonderful! Volunteers save nonprofit organizations millions of dollars a year. But the experience a donor has with your staff, and especially with your Volunteer Director or Coordinator, can actually hurt donations if you are not careful.Read more »
[VIDEO] Why Do Major Donors Avoid Meeting with You?

[VIDEO] Why Do Major Donors Avoid Meeting with You?

Did you know it's likely your supporters fib to you? Recently an Executive Director told me he was considering taking a Major Donor off his top cultivation list because she had told him, "You must be a busy person. You don't need to visit me. I trust you." Yikes! There's more to this type of response than you may think.Read more »
How to Strengthen Donor Relationships and Increase Gifts – Linda Cunning

How to Strengthen Donor Relationships and Increase Gifts – Linda Cunning

Yes, he had great skills. And yes, he was leading the organization well. But, he struggled with how to work well with his major donors. He was very willing to thank his donors, which he did often. But he just didn’t understand the best way to develop, build, and grow a major donor program.Read more »
5 Tips to Help You Focus When You Don't Have Time

5 Tips to Help You Focus When You Don't Have Time

Expecting to do all of the development work with little or no help? How about adding staff issues, office busy work, constant interruptions, and even your own idiosyncrasies that keep you from focusing.5 Tips to Help You Focus1. Invest Time in SupportersSupporters are just that—they support your organization. If you don’t invest time in finding out who they are and how they can help, they will keep tipping you instead of investing in your organization.2. Coach Your StaffYou will not know the pot ...Read more »
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