How is it possible to feel overwhelmed and guilty about how much we work AND feel guilty about not doing enough?
Fire Starters Blog
Boldness, clarity and wisdom for fundraising professionals
The story we told ourselves when we took a job in the social sector may have been, “I want to make a difference.”
Then reality sets in and day-to-day rushing to put out fires, meet with and report to the board, meeting payroll, and possibly even delivering some of your programming creates an exhausting hamster wheel of activity.
Whether you track your steps, hours of sleep, gifts to your annual fundraising campaign or donor retention, “keeping track” is a hot topic.
I find myself, and some of my coaching clients, focusing on getting things PERFECT before finishing a task.
Your donors give because of the way it makes them feel. Period.
A simple, powerful way to cause them to feel great is to update them on the impact of their previous gifts. Keeping them engaged.
It’s not often I take an entire blog post to talk about someone else’s “stuff.” When I read this new book by Greg Warner from MarketSmart, I decided it’s juicy enough to devote more than a single line or two mention.
How much time do you spend thinking about donor thanking? Even the simple task of thanking can make a difference in keeping donors connected. Why? When donors feeling special they stick around longer and give more.
It’s summer and I know some of you are relaxing and enjoying this very precious downtime. Good for you! However, I also know a bunch of you are at the office working your butts off and wondering how you’re going to get the fall fundraising results you want. Good for you, too!
What should I say to get Ms. Kent to make a bigger contribution?
How do I ask for more money?
What will move the Gibson’s up the donor pyramid?
Yikes. These questions make me uncomfortable.
Coaching people to share powerful, action-causing stories is my passion. The most exciting outcome for those invited into the June/July class — they collectively raised more than $161,400 in 7 weeks!