Are you Yoda or Batman to your donors? [PODCAST]

There are two fundamentally different approaches fundraisers can take to their donors: One stays in the background and empowers the donor to be the hero. The other stands in front and tells the donor to be a good side-kick — keeping the hero label for themselves.

One of these raises a lot more money than the other. Do you know which? And do you know which of them you are?

From the archives of the now-defunct podcast Fundraising Is Beautiful. This episode first aired on February 10, 2016. Listen here:

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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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