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Thanking Your Way to Higher Income

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Imagine you and I are good friends. One day I call asking you to drive across town during rush hour, pick me up and take me to the airport, which is about 30 miles away. You don’t really want to, but we are friends, so you come. When I get in the car, I talk only about myself. I never once ask you about your family, your job or your life. Then, as I am leaving, I ask you for $10 to buy a sandwich. You grab your wallet and hand me $20. I offer a quick “thanks, man” and walk away. How Do You Feel? Driving away you probably don’t feel very good about me. How are you going to respond next time I ask for help? I’m pretty sure that if I actually treated a friend like that, my next call would go to straight to voicemail. Our Donors Sadly, this is often how we treat our donors. And we wonder why 40-60% of them leave after making just one gift. If you could get your donors to make a second, third or fourth gift, you’d raise more money. It’s simple—keep more, raise more. But how? Making donors feel appreciated ...

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No More Rubber Chicken! Fixing Fundraising Events

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Say "fundraiser" and most people cringe.  We've all been there. Rubber chicken and a has-been, pseudo sports celebrity droning on and on behind a rented podium with a squalky sound system.   All this followed by an awkward, ham-handed attempt to get you to take out your checkbook and make a gift after you've already paid $20, $40 or even $100 for a ticket.  Events like this sap your energy and kill your evening. It doesn't have to be like this.  Follow some simple dos and don'ts to give your current fundraiser a makeover or to set you up for success with a brand new one: Do consider lunch or breakfast instead of dinner.  Dinner carries with it a lot of expectations on the part of attendees, and everything from the venue to the food and even the table service is usually more expensive.   Don't  focus on creating a draw for strangers to attend your event, like a celebrity speaker.  Work a carefully planned out strategy over the year to empower your current donors and c ...

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Use 5/15 Reports For Accountability & Tracking Fundraising

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Fundraising is a team sport! And leadership is always required to keep a team moving toward its next goal for an annual fund drive, fundraiser or campaign.  Communication is often the key to success, especially since fundraising is likely to be only part of what you are responsible for.  A "5/15 Report" is a great tool for keeping you in touch with your team and to track progress.   What is a 5/15 Report?   The name comes from the style of document we are after here.  We want each report to take its writer no more than 15 minutes to compose and no more than 5 minutes for you to read.  These reports are usually done weekly, but could be done daily in certain circumstances.  This is regular, fast, "hot off the presses" information.  Sort of a snapshot of one area of your organization or one aspect of your fundraising project. What goes into a 5/15 Report? No two 5/15 Reports will be the same. And that's because no two jobs are exactly the same.  The requireme ...

Comments
  1. Re: 7 Ways to Retain More Donors

    Great stuff! So good to see you link donors with the work. Remember how Paul linked the supporting folks...

    -- Jamie

  2. Re: Fundraising's Duh Factor: Keep more donors, raise more money

    Great read, I can appreciate the small things that keep the donor engaged.

    -- LaTanya

  3. Re: The Lapsed, Declined & The Disengaged

    Thanks Jerry. Organizations can also engage a credit card processing provider who enables donors to make...

    -- MKordic

  4. Re: Asking Naturally: Replacing Fear With Faith

    Thanks for the great post, Jerry--full of biblical truth! We join the Lord in His work through ministry...

    -- Will Stevens

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About Jerry

I’ve been involved in the media for over 30 years with experience that spans television, radio and print. But my growing passion over the past decade has become development for non-profit organizations.

I love being a special friend and advisor to dozens of ministry leaders and radio station managers across the country. (I believe Christian radio has only just begun to reach its full potential.)Many non-profit organizations are functioning at a level far below what they could achieve if development were given its proper place in the management process.

My skill set includes development, marketing, strategic planning and leadership development as a certified Ministry Coach..

Before joining Advocace, I served as a development consultant for another firm, and as General Manager for one of the top Christian music stations in the country, and as Donor Marketing Director for WAY-FM Media Group. I also enjoyed raising funds as Director of Development for the University Of South Carolina School Of Law, as well as an active speaker, writer and facilitator.

You can find out more about how I help non-profit organizations and how to contact me here.

Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog,

Jerry