6 major donor expectations you simply cannot ignore

iMarketSmart

Major donors expect to be able to have a dialogue with an organization and its staff. Major donors expect to maintain power over whether or not they grant permission for dialogue to happen. Major donors expect their engagements to be convenient for them.

3 major donor myths broken by Andrew Olsen

iMarketSmart

On his blog , he debunks 3 major donor myths that pertain to marketing. Myth #1: Major donors don’t give through the mail or online. Myth #2: Your best donors will freak out if you contact them multiple times within a few months.

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Claire’s 9 ways to get the major donor visit

iMarketSmart

Getting a donor to see you might actually be the hardest part of your job. . She’s provided 9 useful, proven strategies for getting the major donor visit on her blog. SEE ALSO: >> 6 Ways to Get The Most Out of a Major Donor Visit. The post Claire’s 9 ways to get the major donor visit appeared first on MarketSmart, LLC |. In fact, some fundraisers feel that, once they get the meeting set, they are 80% of the way there!

3 amazing quotes from major donors

iMarketSmart

” Dorothy Simmerly - Major supporter of the Episcopal Church. The post 3 amazing quotes from major donors appeared first on MarketSmart. Fundraising Major Giving major donors major gift fundraising

The simplest way to acquire a new major donor— FAST

iMarketSmart

Everyone wants new major donors. In my last post, I set forth a simple plan to help you grow your Legacy Society with major planned gifts. Related Posts. >> 3 Amazing Quotes from Major Donors. >> Get Started with 3-to-1 Major Gift Fundraising.

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. Ryan Gosling: Actor and Nonprofit Communicator? While most of us realize that Ryan Gosling is an attractive man and a good actor, who knew he would be so good at nonprofit communications?

6 themes you need to recognize about your major donors in the digital era

iMarketSmart

Major and planned gift donors want to engage on multiple channels. Major and planned gift donors want convenience. Major and planned gift donors want transparency. Major and planned gift donors consider their options.

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. The adults you’ll be asking to be your major donors are thinking about their legacy.

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?" People ask this to determine some sort of line in how to thank and care for their donors; where to set the bar in setting aside one group of donors for "special treatment." 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.

Major Donors and Their No-Good Kids

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

If we agree that we should develop messaging that resonates with our donors, what should we do when that messaging might be offensive to others? Take the case of donors who make substantial gifts to charities rather than leaving assets to their “good for nothing&# adult children.

Nonprofit Branding: OOPS! Blowing off a Major Donor

NonProfit Branding

Pretty cool lessons here about judgement errors that beginners must avoid, the public role of the development officer and Major Donor Abuse…… Fundraising I hogged the media spotlight. Denied access to the woman who actually owned the media! How dumb… This is another embarrassing mistake from my youth.

The Major Donor Formula: How to Find, Cultivate and Ask Major Donors to Give to Your Non-Profit with Joe Garecht

Wild Woman Fundraising

Webinar Title: The Major Donor Formula: How to Find, Cultivate and Ask Major Donors to Give to Your Non-Profit. How to communicate with major donors and build better relationships with them. - A simple, step-by-step strategy for making major donor asks. -

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

iMarketSmart

Make sure the reminder includes a benefit for the major supporter such as: “Please consider referring your friends to me so I can help them learn how they can impact too. The post 5 Ways to Get Your Major Donors to Refer You and Your Organization to Others appeared first on MarketSmart.

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

iMarketSmart

Draw out these feelings and your major and planned gift prospects will get more value out of the interactions they have with you and your organization. Empower donors so they feel like they are “righting wrongs.”

Looking for Major Donors? Build Better Bridges With These Financial Tools

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Nonprofits stand to build better bridges to affluent donors—leading to valuable long-term philanthropic partnerships—if they understand the various tools used by wealth advisors in charitable giving. Developing working relationships with financial advisors, especially those who work with high-net worth clients, will help you learn about the financial tools available to donors and how they fit into their overall financial plan. Each donor''s personal and tax situation is unique.

15 marketing essentials for major donors and legacy society members

iMarketSmart

If about 80% of your revenue comes from approximately 20% of your donors, you should be spending an exorbitant amount of time and money on your marketing for that audience. Major donors want to feel like they are needed.

Are All Donors Major Donors? In Social Medialand, Yes!

Social Media Bird Brain

Image via Advisor to Superheroes Over at A Small Change, Jason Dick had an interesting idea: how about treating every donor as a major donor?

4 things pizza and major gift fundraising have in common

iMarketSmart

A while back I wrote a blog post that included 5 best practices for delivering progress reports to major donors (sometimes including legacy gift supporters too). Then it dawned on me that my pizza delivery experience and your major gift progress reports have a lot in common.

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6 of the biggest reasons why you don’t get major gifts from people with capacity

iMarketSmart

Here are six of the biggest reasons why you don’t get major gifts from people with capacity: 1. Your capable donors, supporters, advocates, staff, and volunteers don’t have enough trust in you, your organization or your leadership. Your capable donors, supporters, advocates, staff, and volunteers don’t have confidence in you, your organization or your leadership to be able to accomplish their desired outcomes.

4 powerful major gift “probing closes” (for moving your proposal forward)

iMarketSmart

>> The Secret: Why People Really Make Major Gifts and Bequests. >> >> 10 Ways To Use Body Language To Close More Major Gifts? >> 3 Sure-Fire Ways to Lose Nonprofit Donors. >> A probing close is yet another phrase I made up.

Your donors want to find meaning in their lives. But are you helping them?

iMarketSmart

I’ve droned on and on about the fact that your job is to make your donors feel good and to facilitate the exchange of dollars for value. And, of course, value is in the eye of the beholder (the donor’s eyes). The post Your donors want to find meaning in their lives.

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The 6 most read parts of any major gift solicitation letter

iMarketSmart

Here are the 6 most read parts of any major gift solicitation letter: The sender (firstly, the donor wants to see who sent the letter). The donor/recipient’s name (to see if the sender spelled it correctly and if it was sent to them specifically).

REVEALED: Jerry Panas’ secrets of attracting wealthy supporters

iMarketSmart

Rather, it’s about the donor and their needs. Go big or go home because big projects tap into donors’ dreams. Avoid dining with donors in restaurants; they make it hard for you to focus on them. Bring two, three, four or more to meetings with donors as long as they have something to add. In January, Inside Philanthropy interviewed legendary fundraiser Jerold Panas to discover his secrets of attracting wealthy supporters.

What a terrific advertisement!

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What’s your fundraising asking style?

iMarketSmart

Recommendations: >> 8 ways to ask for a donation without actually asking. >> Are we sometimes asking donors the wrong questions? >> 12 fundraising questions gift officers should be asking.

Why fundraisers should take some lessons from stockbrokers

iMarketSmart

Major donors stop giving for those very same reasons. Similarly, donors don’t give to nonprofits. With nonprofits, donors seek to feel good and make an impact as a result of their engagement, relationship, partnership, and shared vision.

Raise Supporters Not Support

A Small Change

Because I think fundraising is about developing people (see All Donors as Major Donors ) not farming money. If fundraising is relationship building and changing then I need to spend more time thinking about the donor than thinking about their donation.

More on All Donors as Major Donors

A Small Change

I was blown away with the incredible responses in the All Donors as Major Donors post. ” One major point was that treating all donors as major donors is not possible either logistically or cost-wise.

4 keys to fundraising success you might be overlooking

iMarketSmart

How are you adding humanity, transparency, authenticity and socialization to everything you do to raise more major gifts and uncover more hidden legacy gifts? Humanity – Understanding human beings — really taking a deep, genuine interest in their wants, needs, desires, hopes, and dreams.

How to prospect and qualify major donors with Jeff Scheifels- Free Webinar

Wild Woman Fundraising

Are you wondering where all of the major donors are hiding? “How to Prospect and Qualify Major Donors for Your Nonprofit,” September 23rd, 10am PT -11am PT, and learn how to find major donors for your nonprofit!

14 things you must know about your donors to win major gifts (including planned gifts)

iMarketSmart

Here are 14 things you must know about your donors if you want to raise major and planned gifts (13 of which can be obtained from a donor survey ): 1- Why do they care about your nonprofit’s mission? >> Do You Know the Names of Your Donor’s Influencers?

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What planned and major gifts officers can learn from Shark Tank

iMarketSmart

The post What planned and major gifts officers can learn from Shark Tank appeared first on MarketSmart | . I love Shark Tank , the reality TV show that features a panel of potential venture capitalists (“sharks”) evaluating aspiring entrepreneurs product/business ideas.

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. >> Three Simple Questions That Establish Donor Trust. Everyone says the number one reason why people give is because they were asked.

Dear Donor: You Suck

The Agitator

For this example, I’ll let Adrian Salmon ‘s first-hand report speak for all the real fundraisers who care about donors. Communications Donor Centricity Donor Centricity - Case Studies Donor retention / loyalty / commitment Major donors Online fundraising and marketing premium

How NOT to write a letter to your supporter community

iMarketSmart

Although this letter is meant for the “community” (non-donors and donors), this is NOT how you should ever address people. It thanks everyone who did not donate before finally thanking the donors (3rd to last sentence at the very end). As a donor, that pissed me off!

9 simple pointers for writing better emails and letters to your donors

iMarketSmart

I hoped to be a business major at the University of Maryland in the 80’s. So, I decided to become a journalism major instead even though I wasn’t very good at writing. So that was that and I majored in journalism instead of business. Interestingly, hardly any of my friends who started their own businesses majored in business. Here are 9 gems from it that might help you write better communications to benefit your donors.

“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. Jeff recently came up with a brilliant, simple guideline to help you keep your donor communications on-track every time. Here it is: Dear Donor, .

3 reasons to focus on major gifts (including major legacy gifts)

iMarketSmart

Focusing on major gifts is cost-effective and efficient because of the significantly lower cost to acquire and cultivate them. Unlike populist fundraising , major gift marketing costs just pennies for every dollar it returns. >> Engaging Major Donors in a Campaign Year.

Should your CRM include photos of each of your donors?

iMarketSmart

After I read this I began to wonder if, perhaps, fundraising CRM should include photos of each donor by syncing with open API’s that social media like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter provide. The post Should your CRM include photos of each of your donors? My uncle is a radiologist.

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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. They know that major gifts (including planned gifts) require careful consideration. Instead, they focus on the needs of individual donors. Great Gift Officers have common traits. Here they are: Genuine curiosity.