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3 amazing quotes from major donors

iMarketSmart

Therefore, I am a selfish person and no philanthropist.” ” Dorothy Simmerly - Major supporter of the Episcopal Church.

How Ryan Gosling Thanked a Major Donor

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

She has taken the time to get to know her donors on a personal level so she knows what they like. It made her very happy. Thanks, Kim.

Want to have TOO MANY major donors? Read this.

Wild Woman Fundraising

We know that if we care about the future of our nonprofit, we need to start cultivating major donor relationships, and start our major gift program.

5 Ways to Get Your Major Donors to Refer You and Your Organization to Others

iMarketSmart

Say thank you.   If you don’t thank the person who referred you, they’ll never do it again. Constantly ask them to refer you.

Every Donor a Major Donor

Nonprofit Consultant Blog

One question that's always likely to come up when I teach a workshop on fund development is, "How do you define a major donor?" For some organizations "major" may be those who give gifts over $25,000 or even $50,000, while for others it may be any donor who gives more than $500 or $1,000.

Would you give money to this person?

iMarketSmart

Don’t you think a major donor will look there to see who you are before they meet you? Trust is crucial, necessary and vital. .

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What makes a great Gift Officer great? 4 traits

iMarketSmart

They ask donors questions and they truly care about the answers. Instead, they focus on the needs of individual donors. Antennae.

A Reminder About The Personal Touch

The Agitator

Some packets included an affixed personalized Post-it note. Those receiving the personalized Post-it note on their packet had significantly higher return rates, and returned their surveys more promptly with higher quality responses. Obviously that’s impractical (although it might be wise to test this on a major donor appeal).

12 Fundraising Questions Major and Planned Gift Officers Should Be Asking

iMarketSmart

The best fundraisers know that you can’t ask for money until you’ve aligned with the donor’s personal mission.

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More On Personal Touch

The Agitator

Here’s a paean to handwriting by copywriter Karen Zapp: Why Direct Mail — the more personal the better — Will Not Die.

“Dear donor, you rock! Here’s why…” Jeff Brooks’ powerful donor outreach formula

iMarketSmart

If you want to know how to communicate with your donors, I strongly recommend you listen to whatever Jeff Brooks says. Here it is: Dear Donor, .

Want to get a $1 million dollar donation? Here’s how:

iMarketSmart

Give a lot of thought in advance to how you will acknowledge your major donors. Anyway, their report is fascinating. LIKE THIS POST?

It ain’t friendraising… it’s fundraising

iMarketSmart

If they are extroverted they might feel empathy toward a donor that isn’t necessary because the donor actually wants to give the money away. Here’s what I’m saying: Don’t be the person who only makes friends with supporters but never asks for the gift. Popular opinion is wrong. Tweet This! Tweet This!

What really rich people want

Wild Woman Fundraising

How can you get in touch with what a rich person wants? Let’s think about our major donors for a second.

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The 4 Best Places to Find New Major Donors for Your Non-Profit

Wild Woman Fundraising

Yet almost all of those non-profits have trouble finding mega-donors. If you want to find new major donors for your non-profit, you need a plan.

Another highly requested blog post on why people give

iMarketSmart

Plus, the more personal the charity is to you, the greater amount of dopamine that gets released- meaning… more good feelings! Tweet This!

Guest post: Should you send that card? Personalizing Can KILL Your Major Gifts!

Wild Woman Fundraising

Lisa Kelly Zuba, Major Gifts asker & total wild woman! You can even grow your major gifts! She said they were “personalized.”

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Why you need to think of yourself as a facilitator

iMarketSmart

This is fundraising, not ‘friendraising’ You are not the major reason why your supporters give. Tweet This! Tweet This!

Annual Fund Science and Major Gifts Artistry

A Small Change

The established and successful nonprofits have robust annual programs that feed a developed major gifts program. At this time you have a choice.

Are Fan Bases Major Donors?

A Small Change

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, a fan base in many ways starts to act more like a single person than you would think. Should we start treating our online fan bases as major donors? You need to stay in touch with your fan base in much the same way that you need to stay in regular touch with your donors.

Why do people at work treat me this way?

Wild Woman Fundraising

These attitudes often show the other person’s attitudes about money more than they are a reflection on us, on who we are, personally.

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4 essential questions to ask yourself about your planned or major gift direct mail program

iMarketSmart

like to say, “Be donor-centric. Be personalized. What do your donors think? Consider this: Is your new donor retention rate high?

Phone calls, and emails, and Facebook, oh my!

A Small Change

Capital & Major Donors Nothing beats a good phone call with a prospect or a supporter. You know the good ones. Winning.

Adding Value

A Small Change

Introducing yourself to a donor as the primary purpose of communication does not add value to their experience with the organization.

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Five Ways to Cultivate Your Donors—Personally

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We say you must have two personal contacts per year with each of your major donors. Here are five suggestions for the most personal and effective ways to keep in touch and develop a relationship with each donor: Call them! Have your CEO send out an e-mail to all your major donors every month.

10 Ways to Deliver Value to Your Major Donors and Planned Giving Prospects

iMarketSmart

Empower donors so they feel like they are “righting wrongs.” Oxytocin creates intimacy, trust, and builds healthy relationships.

10 Ways to Deliver Value to Your Major Donors and Planned Giving Prospects

iMarketSmart

Empower donors so they feel like they are “righting wrongs.” Oxytocin creates intimacy, trust, and builds healthy relationships.

10 Ways to Deliver Value to Your Major Donors and Planned Giving Prospects

iMarketSmart

Empower donors so they feel like they are “righting wrongs.” Oxytocin creates intimacy, trust, and builds healthy relationships.

But you said you were going to give!?

A Small Change

Capital & Major Donors This is a real time situation. Awesome stuff. But, if that’s the case, why did they say they would?

That first impression.

A Small Change

This might go without saying, but personal hygiene is really key. Annual Fundraising Capital & Major Donors Trust me on this.

Sticky Notes Part II – The Practicum

A Small Change

For personal stuff I just use my iPhone reminders, for work, check out todoist. Every time you complete a task or log a visit with a donor, create a future task for the next touch point, then you won’t be worried about forgotten follow up. Capital & Major DonorsOnly you will make you more productive. Nike: just do it.

Setting Expectations

A Small Change

discussed a little bit of this struggle in one of my last posts Annual Fund Science and Major Gifts Artistry. Capital & Major Donors

How can you get 100 more donors in 90 days?

Wild Woman Fundraising

When I worked at a domestic violence shelter, I was tearing  my hair out trying to find new donors. No culture of celebrating donors?

Take Time to Make a Connection

A Small Change

It is very easy to make a list of donor phone calls and never really talk to the donor. Recently I started taking time at the beginning of many of my phone calls and interactions to have a conversation with the other person. Making a personal connection puts people at ease and often makes a new friend.

Music To My Ears

The Agitator

Much of what he says relates to the programmatic side of what major donors attempt to do and their motivations. charities Don''t Miss these Posts foundations fundraising major donors nonprofit management nonprofits premium

Major Donor Fundraising

Fundraising Breakthroughs

Working on a couple of training events, and rediscovered a bunch of old posts on cultivation and fundraising with major donors: Seven Fundraising Principles Asking for Gifts Turning Contacts into Donors Checking in with Grassroots Donors Fundraising Dream Personalized Donor Cultivation Everyone is a Fundraiser.

Stop Mailing! Don’t Stop Mailing!

The Agitator

And more specifically, when should the former stop sending direct mail and email appeals to the major donors? He says there are only two reasons to take major donors out of the direct response solicitation stream: The donor asked you to stop mailing or e-mailing appeals. digit gifts? Absolutely, positively.

Elusive Prospects

A Small Change

have sometimes found that providing a small amount of personal information can help warm someone up to follow-up as well. Capital & Major DonorsIt is almost always difficult to connect with a new prospect as nobody likes to receive a phone call from a stranger.

Elusive Prospects

A Small Change

have sometimes found that providing a small amount of personal information can help warm someone up to follow-up as well. Capital & Major DonorsIt is almost always difficult to connect with a new prospect as nobody likes to receive a phone call from a stranger.

Scheduling Your Solicitations

A Small Change

If you run out of time, by the time you get to make the ask it becomes rushed and you miss out on the opportunity to talk with a donor about their concerns and answer their specific questions. Related posts: Annual Board Solicitations Letters or In-Person Solicitations This Thing Called Follow-up Ask Out Loud.