Major Gifts

Are You a Broker of Love?
January 2, 2018 at 11:19 am

Some time ago, I was walking with one of the major gift officers I work with after lunch. She was lamenting that she felt like there were “so many things” keeping her from meeting with donors. And how she just “wished she had the time” to just get to know them...

Measure Progress Against Goal Versus Activity
December 26, 2017 at 11:20 am

Have you ever been around someone that is a blur of activity, but never gets anything done? I’m sure you have. And if you stop and think about it, usually this person is more interested in the process versus the result. They love the process. Just “doing the process” makes them feel good...

How to Raise More Major Gifts in 2018
December 19, 2017 at 10:58 am

A few major gift fundraisers asked why it is important to meet with prospective major donors. Do meetings with high-value, prospective supporters help secure the gift or raise more money? Why can we not just rely on communicating with them via phone, email or letter?...

When Someone Says, ‘I Know All This Stuff!’
December 11, 2017 at 12:11 pm

It was time to trot out my PowerPoint presentation and go through all the points of what we did as a company, the results we secured and how we did it. I was invited into the office of the president of a very prestigious eastern nonprofit. The purpose of the meeting was to explain what…

How to Win Over Your Organization to Major Gifts
December 4, 2017 at 11:30 am

I think you might be making your job as a major gift officer even harder. Richard and I often run into CEOs, board members, finance and programs staff who don’t know how major gift programs work or, at best, are just down right skeptical that it really works...

4 Approaches to Changing a Boring Message
November 27, 2017 at 10:37 am

So, you think you have something interesting to say to your donor. And you send it out. But all you get back is silence. In fact, it is so silent, it is deafening. Here’s why this is happening...

How Trustees Can Help Raise More Major Gifts
November 21, 2017 at 11:58 am

If you are local charity, don’t have a major giving program and assume that rich people wouldn’t donate to your charity, you are missing out big opportunity. Because there is strong evidence available which suggests that rich people love to support local causes...

Discipline Is Beautiful
November 20, 2017 at 12:19 pm

Being disciplined to work out your plan is the absolute key to major gift success. Conversely, it’s the downfall of many major gift fundraisers. At Veritus, we know that introducing a disciplined approach to major gifts will lead to deeper relationships with donors, higher retention rates, lower value attrition rates and much more revenue...

Sheer Joy Increases Giving
November 13, 2017 at 11:16 am

Paul and Rebecca (not their real names) started giving to this social service organization in the early 90s. They were a conservative couple from an average neighborhood, but they wanted to do good in their community, so their first gift was $50 to a direct mail acquisition campaign...

Why Isn’t an MGO’s Office Hours 8 to 5?
October 30, 2017 at 11:34 am

One common problem managers have with major gift officers is how to manage their time. Or maybe I should say how not to manage their time. Some managers believe that the eight-to-five rule for employees actually applies to MGOs...