Tag Archives: Donor Relations

Questions You Should Ask When You’re Face to Face Pt. 2 (Getting a bit More Personal)

These questions are meant to help you identify issues that will help determine the donor’s capacity to give, and they can also prevent a potential faux pas in your relationship with your supporter in the future. Continue reading

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Questions You Should Ask Your Donors When You’re Face to Face Pt. 1 (The Basics)

These are the questions you ask at the beginning of your donor interview. They tell the donor that their preferences are important to you and your organization. Continue reading

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Nonprofits and the Relationship Attention Deficit Disorder

Ten years ago, I went through a pretty traumatic divorce, and when I thought I was ready, I signed up for a couple of online dating services which I won’t name.  I tried it for a few months, but nothing … Continue reading

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In Praise of Small Events

Many of the people and organizations I talk to about development strategy think that fundraising is all about big events like walks, runs, and galas.  They do not seem to realize that these things take a great amount of time, … Continue reading

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Sometimes, It’s Old Methods That Work Best

Last summer, my mother had ostomy surgery.  In the following months, she developed an infection around the surgical site.  The medical professionals tried various pills, salves and lotions to get the infection to go away, but for months, their efforts … Continue reading

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My, How Things Have Changed

Today, I had lunch with my parents at their retirement village, a weekly thing we do after church.  One of their new neighbors joined us toward the end of the meal, so I talked to him, and listened to the … Continue reading

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Use Your Network to Build Your Donor Base

In 2002, I was in the middle of my six year service as a Board member for a social service agency in Northwest Portland.  I was also job seeking at the time after the company I worked for eliminated the department … Continue reading

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