Category Archives: stewardship

Stewardship Matters

When I first started doing fundraising workshops—about a decade ago—I was dismayed to discover that the most basic of all things fundraising wasn’t happening.  Indeed, at one workshop there were 35 discrete organizations represented. “How many of you,” I asked, … Continue reading

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Think like a donor

My days are spent working with nonprofits, helping them to identify and implement ways to get new donors, keep old ones, move all donors up the fundraising pyramid, and help a select group of donors to make additional gifts.  The … Continue reading

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Stupid Stewardship Steps

This morning, as I was trying to think of something to blog about, I got the following email (with names redacted): The subject line was Information about your 2016 donation to (our organization) The email itself went on to say:  … Continue reading

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Getting It Right

Making a charitable gift is a wonderful thing.  But getting thanked incorrectly makes one feel horrible.  In the last few days I’ve: Been thanked for my gift, then received another thank you but for someone else’s gift Given a one-time … Continue reading

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Thank You, I Think

As I read the thank you letter the nonprofit had sent as the result ofmy gift, I thought about thanking a friend for a present. I certainly wouldn’t start that, “On behalf of my husband, myself and our two dogs….” … Continue reading

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