Fundraising without asking is hardly fundraising at all

When people are asked why they don’t give to charity, one of the most common answers is, I wasn’t asked to give.

Asking is our job.

And a recent study reported at the Neuromarketing blog shows how important asking is: Nine Words Nearly Double Results.

The study compared Salvation Army red-kettle bell-ringing fundraisers who simply rang the bell to those who also said to passersby: Hi, how are you? Merry Christmas. Please give today.

Those who asked got 75% more donations in their kettles.

Yeah, everyone knows what the Salvation Army kettle is for. But asking still makes all the difference.

You can download the study: Avoiding The Ask: A Field Experiment on Altruism, Empathy, and Charitable Giving (PDF).


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2 responses to “Fundraising without asking is hardly fundraising at all”

  1. Its funny- the old adage makes sense here, too- you don’t get the sale you don’t ask for. In this case, you don’t get the dono you don’ task for. You have to constantly promote- always…even in the non-for-profit organizations.

  2. Its funny- the old adage makes sense here, too- you don’t get the sale you don’t ask for. In this case, you don’t get the dono you don’ task for. You have to constantly promote- always…even in the non-for-profit organizations.

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