6 Reasons Your Donor’s Gift Never Arrived

All of us are dependent upon receiving contributions on a timely basis. When an anticipated gift does not arrive, there are at least 6 reasons why. Let’s stop a minute and consider why donors might have stopped giving. Lost a job Health issues Family issues Lost in the mail Forgot to send it in OrganizationContinue Reading

Tracking your Donors – 5 Trends

As you track your donors, there are 5 trends you need to carefully monitor. A donor is giving exactly what they promised. A donor increased his or her pledge. A donor stopped giving. A donor decreased his or her giving. A donor gave a special gift beyond his or her pledged gift Every action onContinue Reading

6 Steps to Guide Your Fund Raising Presentation

When you sit down for a fund raising presentation you have several questions that need to be answered. How do I begin? When do I talk about my financial goal? When do I ask for their support? Here are 6 effective steps. 1. Update on your life and their life. As you begin the meeting,Continue Reading

7 Benefits for Raising Funds

Many people are given the assignment to raise funds, and yet the reality is they have never raised funds before. So it is fair to ask the question “Why raise financial support?” I want to unveil for you the benefits of raising funds, and there are many. Maybe you are considering missionary service or churchContinue Reading

The 3 P’s of Fund Raising

Any effective fund raiser needs to consistently practice these 3 key things if he or she ever wants to be successful in raising funds for ministry. The 1st P is PERSISTENCE In fund raising, it is far too easy to give up. You place a phone call seeking an appointment, and after several attempts youContinue Reading

3 Ways to Learn More about Your Donors

It has been my experience that we can be far more focused on ourselves and our ministry, and fail to learn more about our prospects and donors. Here are 3 things you can do to overcome this. Listen It has been my experience that I do far more talking about me and my ministry and simplyContinue Reading

3 Ways to Avoid the NO

As a person raising funds we never want to hear the word NO. Here are 3 ways to avoid the NO. Example #1: Word your questions so as to avoid the answer NO. For example, you are trying to get an appointment and instead of saying: “Are you interested in meeting?” Ask: “Would next weekContinue Reading

4 Final Confessions of a Seasoned Fundraiser

Here are the final 4 confessions of a seasoned fundraiser (my story). Look for yourself. Glean from my mistakes and misconceptions of fundraising. Part 1 – Confessions 1-4 Part 2 – Confessions 5-8 Part 3 – Confessions 9-12 9. Follow up, follow up, follow up. After making the “ask” for funds I assumed that theContinue Reading

4 More Confessions of a Seasoned Fundraiser (Part 2)

Part 1 – Confessions 1-4 Part 2 – Confessions 5-8 Part 3 – Confessions 9-12 When I first began the ministry of Inner City Impact in Chicago, I woke up one day to realize that if my ministry was to successfully function with proper funding, I would have to be the raise these funds. WhatContinue Reading

4 Confessions of a Seasoned Fundraiser

As I teach my 2-day People Raising Conference, I open by saying, “I am going to be very transparent. I am going to tell you the successes and, yes, the failures.” Here are the first 4 of 12 confessions I can make as a seasoned fund raiser. I share them with the hope and prayerContinue Reading