Major Gifts

10 Donor Records Every Major Gift Officer Should Keep Track Of
April 30, 2018 at 11:34 am

You would think that it would be difficult to “lose” a donor who gave a significant gift. But in the last two weeks, I have received stories of a $73,000 donor disappearing, a $100,000 donor gone missing and a lost check from a $25,000 donor...

Being Vulnerable Strengthens Your Nonprofit Donor Relationships
April 23, 2018 at 12:54 pm

Building trust in any relationship is essential if that relationship is going to be real and authentic. And creating mutual trust in your nonprofit donor relationships is really your ultimate goal. Why? Because if you have mutual trust, then you and your donor will feel comfortable to be real with one another...

Think of Nonprofit Major Gifts as a Business
April 16, 2018 at 12:43 pm

Who would ever think of running a nonprofit major gifts program as if it were a business? Not many people. And that’s too bad, because it would cause each of us to pay more attention to the things that are important. I have often said that the only difference between a nonprofit and a for-profit is that the for-profit pays taxes. Other than that, there should be no difference...

Small Nonprofits Can Have a Major Gift Program, Too!
April 9, 2018 at 10:57 am

Being a small nonprofit is never an excuse to not have a major gift program. Lately, I’ve been talking to a great number of executive directors and development directors from small nonprofits. Bottom line: Everyone is overworked and doing multiple jobs...

‘Gadgeting’ Ourselves Into Loneliness
April 2, 2018 at 12:15 pm

As a result of this writing, you could propose to reduce the gadget influence in your own personal life and experience life as it should be again. And then, in your major gift life, maybe you could propose to view your donors differently as well...

A Personal Touch Can Lead to Big Nonprofit Impact
March 26, 2018 at 1:49 pm

In the process of creating a 12-month strategic plan, there is a lot of focus on: soliciting, preparing proposals, thanking the donor and reporting back the impact of that donor’s gift. But, what we have found can really make a difference in nonprofit impact are the small, personal touches that let the donor know you know them...

Time to Revisit Your Bequest Program
March 20, 2018 at 12:47 pm

Bequest programs are a fundamental building block of any planned giving program and for good reasons: They are simple to establish; they represent the largest segment of planned gifts (over 65 percent by some estimates); and they do not change the donor’s life one iota...