Why donor-focused fundraising doesn’t work

Almost everyone says donor-focused fundraising is a good thing.

But look into what exactly donor-focused fundraising means, and one of your most common findings will be this:

So-called donor focused-fundraising is fundraising with a style and approach that the fundraiser feels good about.

Which isn’t donor-focused at all.

In fact, it’s probably donor-ignoring. Possibly even anti-donor fundraising.

When you really focus on donors, you slam straight into the truth that you aren’t your donors and your donors aren’t you — thus aiming at them means missing yourself. And vice-versa.

True donor-focused fundraising will probably not appeal to you. That’s one of the ways you can tell when you’re getting it right: It’s not tickling your fancy. It seems corny, simplistic, and old-fashioned.

Donor-focused fundraising really is the love-fest it’s cracked up to be. Just not in the way many fundraisers want.


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8 responses to “Why donor-focused fundraising doesn’t work”

  1. At best, unconstructive word-salad.

  2. At best, unconstructive word-salad.

  3. So what IS donor-focused fundraising?

  4. So what IS donor-focused fundraising?

  5. Maybe Jeff has been hacked!

  6. Maybe Jeff has been hacked!

  7. Tracy Moavero Avatar
    Tracy Moavero

    What Larry said. Jeff, you usually do better than this!

  8. Tracy Moavero Avatar
    Tracy Moavero

    What Larry said. Jeff, you usually do better than this!

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