Major donors want you to be effective and efficient — but most of all, they want to know you understand and value their partnership. Relationships are key for any fundraiser. Donors want to feel like they have a relationship with your nonprofit, they don’t want to feel like it’s just a transaction.
Nurturing a donation is unlocking a donor’s desire to express their joy for caring for others. There are many reasons why donors give. But if you look at the core reason why donors give, for many of them, it comes down to a feeling of joy.
For many nonprofits, fundraising events are a key to their annual development plan. In this episode, you will learn how to increase attendance for your events and how to best structure the event for maximum fundraising.
Though there isn't a perfect formula for a charity fundraising appeal, Jeremy walks through a proven formula that will get you results.
Building and maintaining donor relationships is the lifeblood of any nonprofit organization. You will learn why building relationships with donors is important, how your current definition of donor relationship may be wrong, and how different donor audiences need different types of relationship building techniques.
Whether you're at a brand new nonprofit, are revamping a fundraising program, or need creative ideas for fundraising for a new campaign or project, this episode will give you actionable fundraising ideas.
In this special episode, I reflect on the lessons I've learn over these years and share the five secrets successful fundraisers know. You'll learn how to demonstrate urgency, how to be more direct with your ask, a mistake you're likely making in how you talk to donors, a lesson on using facts to motivate donors, and key insights into showing gratitude. These lessons, learned over the course of raising tens of millions of dollars, will help propel you forward as a nonprofit fundraiser.
Clarity is the enemy of confusion. Bringing a clear message in your appeal will help the reader understand exactly what you're asking for and why they should give. You may have heard the phrase, "if you confuse, you lose." If the reader gets confused or mixed up in your messaging, the default option is to
"Dave, in our weekly staff meeting, our programs team came up with these 37 ideas for fundraising," Phil says. Dave reads the report, "Number 4, educate more and ask less. Number 13, use more facts and statistics." Phil remarks, "I think Number 27 is the best." "Ask the Gates Foundation for a grant."
Story is embedded into who we are. The best stories feature focus on a single character. This character could be a beneficiary, a donor, or any stakeholder. The best fundraising stories communicate how the reader can make an impact. When I first arrived at Food for the Hungry, our direct mail appeals used vivid stories