Focus On: Planned Giving: Helping Donors to Look Ahead
The key advantages of nurturing older donors are that it:
- Meets donors’ needs and interests, so they continue to give.
- Maximizes donors’ long-term value through their estate plans.
- Cuts back the cost of unnecessary mailings and materials that frustrate donors and give the impression the organization is wasting resources.
- Assures the organization maintains its ties to the initial values and key visionaries that made it what it is.
This approach is not for the “show me the money” fundraiser or organization, nor is it for the faint of heart. Since many older donors will live another 10 to 15 years before they actually produce their “once in a lifetime” gifts, the long-term financial value of these programs might not be realized for five to 10 years or more. In addition, 70 percent of donors reserve the right to change the designation of a charitable trust, and most don’t actually choose which charities they’ll include in their will until five years before they pass away.