Yoda fundraising for Luke Skywalker donors

Here’s a wonderful TEDx talk by Nancy Duarte. It’s about giving presentations, but you’ll see how it applies to fundraising too:

Or watch it here on YouTube.

Early on, she makes a point that’s so very important for presenters: You are not Luke Skywalker. You are Yoda.

That is, you aren’t the hero in the room. The people you’re talking to are the heroes. You’re the little wise-man who equips the hero to be a hero.

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It’s exactly the same in fundraising. You may feel like you (or your organization) is the hero, doing all the great stuff you do, and recruiting sidekicks for your mission.

In successful fundraising, you recognize that each of your donors is Luke, seeking his way to save the world (galaxy). You are there to help him find his way by placing excellent fundraising offers before him.

If you think that way, your fundraising will always be better.

Thanks to the Claxon Marketing blog for the tip.


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4 responses to “Yoda fundraising for Luke Skywalker donors”

  1. Loved this! Just shared it with my peeps in my newsletter. 🙂

  2. Loved this! Just shared it with my peeps in my newsletter. 🙂

  3. steve rowe Avatar

    wow: an idea can make a difference, yes for eternity. Have shared this video with friends and peers. Amazing.

  4. steve rowe Avatar

    wow: an idea can make a difference, yes for eternity. Have shared this video with friends and peers. Amazing.

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