Tag Archives: relationships

On Asking

The other night I was the speaker at a Junior League general membership meeting.  My topic was about the fundraising ask.  But even before I got up to talk, one of the members gave the best workshop on why asking … Continue reading

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Cultivation is the Key

At a conference recently, a colleague noted that people engaged in fundraising don’t ask enough.  I demurred.  I think they do ask—but not always appropriately.  What is missing is cultivation. The dictionary definition of cultivation is : To promote or … Continue reading

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You Have to Ask

  The organization had a plan—to meet the small challenge grant a board member gave, they were going to target the donors on their mailing list.  They also thought that crowdfunding would be a great idea, as would peer-to-peer asks.  … Continue reading

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Join With Me

You know this: Successful fundraising is about building relationships. And the best relationships are those between peers. That’s why volunteers are so critical to fund development and why organizations where Board members are partners in the development process are the … Continue reading

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Who can give?

A friend who works at a nonprofit—not in development—emailed me in distress. Her Development Director asked her to look at a list of volunteers to the organization and tell her what she knew about these folks—specifically, their financial ability to … Continue reading

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