3 Fund Raising Reminders

If you are like me, you simply need to be reminded from time to time on some key fund raising principles. Here are 3 for you. 1. In fund raising, the issue is not efficiency but effectiveness. Here is the example, you build your email list and think to yourself this should be a piece… Continue Reading

3 Reasons Why You Might Have Failed To Receive a Gift

Frustration can set in if you are making appointments, and walk away empty handed. There could be 3 reasons why this is may be happening. 1. Not A Clear Presentation Many times appointments with prospects and donors are those times when you and your friends play catch up and enjoy one another’s fellowship. But if… Continue Reading

3 Roles of an Effective Fund Raiser

There are many roles you play as a fund raiser. Here are 3 key roles for an effective fund raiser. 1. Chaplain to Your Donors Your donors are people who have real needs. You have the opportunity to minister to them. They go through such things as illness, job issues, retirement, loss of spouse etc.… Continue Reading

Never Neglect These 4 Keys

There are times when we concern ourselves with the latest and greatest in fund raising, and fail to focus on these 4 keys. 1. Adding Prospects You always need to be looking for new prospects. In fund raising it is a never ending task. If you are going to expand your vision you will need… Continue Reading

5 Donor Trends

As you review the actual giving of each of your donors, you will notice 5 trends. 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… Continue Reading

4 Shortcuts to Avoid in Your Fund Raising

Experience has taught me that taking shortcuts in fund raising can be costly. Here are 4 shortcuts you need to avoid. It is important that you have your fund raising philosophy well thought out and your plan in place. The problem comes when you start taking shortcuts. Here are four examples you need to avoid:… Continue Reading

3 Key Donor Expectations

We live in a world where expectations abound, and they greatly matter. Do you know the expectations of your donors? Here are 3 key donor expectations. 1. Vision I think it is so easy to go on automatic when raising ministry funds. We readily make our list of needs: “We need this ____and this ____… Continue Reading

Action to Take After Your Appointment

After conducting your appointment there are some very critical next steps you need to take. If you indeed want to build a relationship with your prospect or donor it is critical that you record information you were able to glean from your visit. This will be invaluable in future contact and building that relationship. Immediately… Continue Reading