For many of us, it might not have been so long ago that we wrote that first big check, when the excitement of our first apartment was slightly tarnished by the reality of first-month-plus-security-deposit, prompting a tremble as we signed away a large portion of our new income. Now, the young grantmakers among us may […]
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While approaching a donor, or donor prospect, for a sizeable gift can bring with it some anxiety, being adequately prepared may help to assuage some of this apprehension. And what exactly does this type of preparation include? It’s really rather straightforward.
FLiP has been talking about “Making the Ask” all of this month. There is no doubt in my mind that carrying out an effective ask is important, but in my opinion, success in this industry means that making an ask simply isn’t enough. When it comes to fundraising, creating meaningful and lasting relationships with donors is essential to long term success. It’s not enough to simply thank your donors for their continued support and occasionally honor the biggest among them at an event. You need to think outside of the box, and apply creativity and personality to donor relationships. That skill is what sets apart the good nonprofit fundraisers and the true leaders in the sector.
Although at times it can be complicated and frustrating, fundraising is an exciting and compelling field. Young fundraisers in particular face many obstacles that can be avoided with the proper preparation. With that in mind, I wanted to share some of my thoughts on how young fundraisers can grapple with common obstacles. Age – not […]
Last week my friend Elisabeth gave her tips for young grant-makers. As a professional fundraiser, I thought it was interesting to hear about the problems of working on “the other side of the fence”. This week it’s my job to tackle the ask. Particularly during the early stages of a fundraiser’s career, you will wear […]
Last week, Kate wrote about the process of crafting a proposal to a foundation. Today, I’m here to share some tips about working on the FLiP side (couldn’t resist) of the field. My top ten: Get comfortable. There’s an internal struggle all young grantmakers face, and it’s fuelled by one big question: who am I […]
Success! With the first month of FLiP behind us, and an increasing base of subscribers, we are pressing ahead into our second “issue.” In this issue we will be exploring the single most important skill that any development professional needs to learn: Making and Responding to “THE ASK.” Because many of us are young and/or […]