Pivot Fundraising: Conversations, actions & movements fundraisers make, with grace and ease, to raise money in a previously unimaginable direction.
Fire Starters Blog
Boldness, clarity and wisdom for fundraising professionals
You’re likely asking: Should we ask for a gift now? How do we meet goal when we cancel our event? Should we send out a mailing?
Get answers to your questions March 18 at 10 AM Central.
What to say to meet your annual fundraising goal: include examples of what you can do more of to help real people + what it will take financially to do that.
What is Storytelling?
Sharing moments, about real people, that paint a picture of your mission.
Last week, in a conversation with a client, I quietly gave “Annie” permission to make mistakes and not do things perfectly. She was stuck in a fixed mindset.
Have we forgotten that sharing a story is how we deepen our relationships? A good story is data with a soul.
Make your story about one person: Stories told in a way that connects listeners or readers to a single person is what allows others to see themselves in your story AND your mission.
Mark, my spouse, has a third-degree black belt in karate. Recently he explained that when he prepares to test for the next belt it feels like you’re being asked you to do the impossible. But, by the time you get to test day you’re confident and ready. What you’ve practiced and learned makes the once impossible tasks easily achievable.
I believe one day can create unimaginable fundraising results. Hundreds have attended the Imagine What’s Possible full day workshop. Some have gone on to raise more than 75% MORE in their annual fundraising. ALL reported they learned more than they thought they would and left with a mini-plan that kept them on track to reach or exceed all their annual fundraising goals.
Engaging nonprofit stories must inspire, teach something new, and imply a next action. That’s what helps keep donors engaged.