Donor Segments

Cultivation Builds Confidence and Yields Results
May 31, 2017 at 10:40 am

There is no substitute for effective and focused cultivation. It brings new donors into the fold, and it strengthens the bonds with existing donors. It also helps nurture staff and volunteers—coaching and training them for a campaign...

How Many Monthly Donors Can You Expect?
May 30, 2017 at 11:44 am

That was one of the questions someone asked me after a recent webinar. That is the $64 million question, isn’t it? The answer may surprise you, because it differs by organization size and organization’s motivation to grow its monthly donors...

The Fundraiser's Guide To Intelligent Retargeting
May 25, 2017 at 10:10 am

It was exciting to see, and frankly, I was a bit shocked. The campaign co-chair proclaimed to the campaign steering committee that she was over her apprehension of asking for money. “I’m passionate about what these gifts will mean, and I now understand that I will probably have to have a few friends decline gifts […]

Rise of the Donor-Advised Fund: A Fast-Growing Vehicle to Charitable Giving
May 25, 2017 at 9:41 am

In our sector, we are constantly faced with obstacles of how we can increase charitable giving; but more particularly, how can we get our donors to continue to give over the years. A donor-advised fund is an account sponsored by a nonprofit organization that enables donors to give to charities and receive tax benefits—essentially a charitable savings account…

When Is the Best Time to Ask for a Monthly Gift?
May 22, 2017 at 9:40 am

When fundraisers ask me this, the answer is: no better time like the present! And, you should be asking all the time! The more you ask, the more monthly donors you’ll generate...

Key to the Vault: Getting the Rich to Donate
May 16, 2017 at 10:08 pm

Last week the New York Times published an article titled, “How to Get the Wealthy to Donate.” The piece began with the statement, “Wealthy people are selfish jerks. So are their children.” The article chronicled research that looked at the differences in charitable giving based on net worth. The conclusion of the research studies was clear, “Across a wide range of ages, wealthy adults tended to share less of what they had with others...

Get to Know Your Donors
April 27, 2017 at 9:17 am

While “winning the lottery” and “find that pot of gold” are nice strategies to dream about, there are some more practical things you can do to get a better understanding of who your donors are—and they won’t require any more expenditure of your already stretched budget...