Fundraising From Yourself

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Here’s my column in this month’s FundRaising Success magazine, Fundraising From Yourself.

Teaser: You are properly proud of your work and your organization. In your eyes, the facts about your organization’s excellence, your superior methodology and your glorious history are all utterly compelling. It just isn’t compelling for donors. Remember, donors don’t give because of who you are; they give because of who they are. That’s why effective fundraising is all about donors, not us.


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2 responses to “Fundraising From Yourself”

  1. Hi Jeff!
    I like this post a lot. And I commented over on Fundraising Success Mag too.
    I think that we need to help our organizations understand WHY people give, what REALLY moves them, and we just need to call our most recent donors. People who have given in the last 2 years. Call them up, get interns to help you.
    This is the way you can get a handle on how to reach your best donors.
    Sincerely,
    Mazarine
    PS. If you want a place to start, I’ve got a presentation on how to categorize givers here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/25598091/What-s-Your-Donor-Personality

  2. Hi Jeff!
    I like this post a lot. And I commented over on Fundraising Success Mag too.
    I think that we need to help our organizations understand WHY people give, what REALLY moves them, and we just need to call our most recent donors. People who have given in the last 2 years. Call them up, get interns to help you.
    This is the way you can get a handle on how to reach your best donors.
    Sincerely,
    Mazarine
    PS. If you want a place to start, I’ve got a presentation on how to categorize givers here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/25598091/What-s-Your-Donor-Personality

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