Are you a real fundraiser?

Fundraising is all about asking. But if all you’re doing is asking, asking, and asking again, you aren’t a real fundraiser. You’re a robot.

Or, as the Queer Ideas blog puts it, This is not a strategy.

Instead, fundraising is:

  • Finding a point of connection that resonates with your audience.
  • Creating that spark of understanding in your donor that giving brings joy.
  • Keeping that spark alive and watching it burst into flames as you show your donors that giving is one of the most enjoyable things they can do.

    Fundraising is going on a journey with the donor. Building a relationship. Writing a story.

    If you’re not asking, you aren’t doing your job. If all you’re doing is asking, you aren’t doing it either.


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    The future of fundraising is not about social media, online video, or SEM. It’s not about any technology, medium, or technique. It’s about donors. If you need to raise funds from donors, you need to study them, respect them, and build everything you do around them. And the future? It’s already here. More.

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