Category Archives: stewardship

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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Getting Donors/Keeping Donors

The board fund development committee members were sitting around, talking about who hadn’t yet made their annual gift and what they needed to do to get that gift. It was an important conversation, but it wasn’t the only conversation they … Continue reading

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Retain Your Donors From the Start

My sister is always a topic when I teach.  As I tell the participants of the workshops I lead, she and I are mirror images of each other.  I live on the west coast; she lives on the east.  I … Continue reading

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Thank You—It’s Not a One-Time Thing

The one thing you cannot do enough is thank your donors for their generosity.  Clearly, however, this is not something we do well.  Donor attrition rates continue to be high, while donor retention programs at most nonprofits seem to be … Continue reading

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Save a Donor

“I love what we do,” the Board member told me.  “Our cause is amazing, but I won’t introduce my friends and colleagues to the organization.” I hear words to this effect all to often.  Great mission, good programs, lousy treatment … Continue reading

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