7 Steps to Stay Out of Fundraising Crisis Mode
It’s that time again. It’s fundraising planning time. The fiscal year closed on June 30.
And I bet you are working now on your detailed operational fundraising plans for the coming year. (I hope so anyway!)
Why not take time right now to create a complete fundraising plan that can catapult your fundraising to new heights—one that can even transform your results?
Why not step back right now and lay out plans to upgrade all your various fundraising programs?
To help you, I’ve created two important virtual workshops that will guide you to develop your own Transformational Fundraising and Solicitation Plan for 2015-16:
- Build Infrastructure: The 10 Factors that Can Transform Your Fundraising Results (Thursday, Aug. 13, 2 p.m. ET)
- Create a Fundraising and Solicitation Action Plan for 2015-16 (Thursday, Aug. 20, 2 p.m. ET)
Here’s a template and checklist to create a killer fundraising plan to upgrade all your various fundraising programs and bring in major money for 2015-16:
1. You know where to focus your time and energy.
How do you know what to do and when to do it? How do you know how to deploy your terribly scarce resources of time and money? You’ve got to have a guide—before you start—of what you are going to do and when you're going to do it, and what results you expect to create. If you have a calendar, a timetable, agreed-upon strategies—then you can work your plan. This takes the guessing game out of fundraising.
Otherwise: You’ll waste your good resources of time, energy and funding. And you won’t get the results you want.
2. You can stay out of crisis mode.
Don’t you just love a crisis? Aren’t you dying for some drama to add spice to your day? I'm not! A good plan sets up the dominoes so they’ll fall down smoothly. A good fundraising plan lets you work smoothly and coolly. You and your team can keep your heads as you work your plan methodically. It just makes life flow easier. It lets you breathe.
Otherwise: You may end up in crisis after crisis, wallowing and hoping that something will pan out successfully.
3. You can control the flow of work in your office.
With a good plan, you can time your major fundraising programs so they don’t overlap each other. A good plan keeps you from being buried in work. You can make sure that the gala is not happening at the same time as your annual appeal, or that your major donor event doesn’t overlap with an important conference. You have the time to plan ahead so that each fundraising strategy can get done with excellence (and without crisis).
Otherwise: Havoc may reign in your office.