Major Gifts

The Problem With Giving Societies and Membership Programs
June 13, 2022 at 10:47 am

The good part about an annual society or membership fee is that it is repeated, so there is donor and value retention. The bad part about it is that the donor is not asked to increase giving or give again in the same year. We have trained the donor to give your society or membership gift and you have done all that is needed this year.

Promises Made and Broken With Donors
May 31, 2022 at 10:11 am

There’s a funny thing about promises or commitments. They are so easy to make and, many times, so difficult to deliver. 

How to Deal With Territorial Attitudes in Your Organization
May 23, 2022 at 8:15 am

Your work as a fundraiser is to help donors experience the most possible joy through giving by enabling them to give to projects and programs that light them up and will help change the world. And it follows that it should be your goal to create an environment that makes this process easy and delightful for your donor.

The Foolishness of Looking for New Ways to Reach Donors
May 16, 2022 at 10:35 am

Why is it we keep looking for some new way to do something when we know the exact steps it takes to get it done? Because the new thing feels so much better. And it looks so good and is easier. You just have to listen to it all, feel good and apply what you can. And, certainly, since it feels so good, it must work.

Do You Need Goals for Mid-Level Donors?
April 11, 2022 at 12:30 pm

While more and more organizations are realizing the value of a mid-level program, the concept of having mid-level donors, and creating specific strategies and a program for them is still in its infancy.

Is It Possible to Work With an Arrogant Nonprofit Leader?
April 4, 2022 at 10:42 am

Most often, I work with enlightened progressive and donor-centered leaders. And then, occasionally, one shows up that just takes my breath away. That was my experience when I met with one CEO who needed help with his major gift program — at least that is what I thought. 

Do You Know Your Donor’s ‘Why’?
March 28, 2022 at 12:07 pm

Why does your donor love your organization so much? Have you sat down with your donor and really listened to the answer? If they say, “Well, I just think you do a great job,” do you dig deeper to find out their "Why?" — the story behind their motivation to give?

10 Ways to Tell Donors They Made a Difference
March 21, 2022 at 1:01 pm

There is not a limit to how many times you should tell a donor they are making a difference. You could do it every week. But then the question is how do you make the story different and unique?

3 Economic Elements of a Major Gift Caseload
February 21, 2022 at 10:50 am

A major gift caseload is not just a bunch of donors who meet a certain giving or capacity criteria. Current giving and capacity play into the selection of a caseload pool. From this pool, you should qualify the donors who want to connect. Your caseload will have donors of different economic quality, which is why you should tier your caseload so you know where to spend your time.