If you begin your day with the statement “I’ve got way too much to do” and you state that over and over again is there any opportunity for your thoughts of overwhelm to dissipate?
If you start your day with the statement “We have the best donors, volunteers or staff,” it’s surprising what you notice all day long.
Donations to charitable organizations grew 1.4% to $390 billion in 2016, according to Giving USA and this post from The Chronicle of Philanthropy. The average donor retention rate in 2016 was .5% below what it was in 2015 – 45%, according to this post from Bloomerang about the Fundraising Effectiveness Project new report.
A few weeks ago I attended a fundraising committee meeting for a nonprofit organization that has had their budget shrink to less than half of what it was two years ago. My role was to listen, provide candid feedback, and to share any resources I had to move things forward.
There is one thing I’m certain of: YOU are doing the best you can. You juggle more tasks than other departments or jobs at your organization. Much of what you do is invisible to others: update donor information, write grant proposals, do research on donors, schedule meetings, and, and.
In our houses people tend to congregate in the kitchen. It’s where we chat, learn new things, and build a sense of community. The same can be said about your nonprofit website.
Your website is where people spend the most time learning about your organization and what you do for your community.
I’ve read the amazing book The Soul of Money: Reclaiming the Wealth of Our Inner Resources by colleague and friend, Lynne Twist, countless times. I’ve purchased more than 100 copies to give as a gift to nonprofit staffs, boards, and philanthropists and with the new edition that just came out in March, I’ll probably purchase a hundred more.
Isn’t this one of the things that scares you the most about fundraising: Knowing what to say to get the gift?
The same goes for the marriage proposal or the sales pitch in business.
Knowing or not knowing what to say tends to trip us up. Then we become paralyzed or just skip making the ask altogether.
What you’re thinking about and how you’re thinking about it can have serious impact on your fundraising results. Here’s 3 tools to help shift your thinking.
The more simple your systems and plan, the easier it is to adapt in times of stress.
Do you have multiple grant proposal deadlines in the next few weeks?
Or is your biggest fundraising event of the year in the next few weeks and it has so many moving pieces it’s like a house of cards?