Qualifying major gift prospects is a lot like fishing…

I’m not a big fisherman, but I know enough to get by. Here’s why I think fishing and qualifying major donor suspects is similar… When you’re out in the boat with your line in the water you could go for hours without getting even a bite.  But when you finally do get that bite, everything […]

Communicating differently via mail with middle and major donors (Tip #14)

Middle and major donors require a different treatment in the mail than your regular donor base.  These donors tend to prefer longer letters.  Closed-face envelopes, higher quality paper, First Class postage (both on the outer envelope and the reply envelope), and true handwriting are all techniques you should use when soliciting middle and major donors […]

Take major donors out of your mail program at your own risk (Tip #12)

Don’t take your major donors out of the direct mail stream.  This is one of the worst things you can do for your organization.  Typically this happens for one of two reasons.  You’re in a board meeting or prospect management meeting and someone says, “major donors hate getting direct mail.  We shouldn’t solicit major donors […]

Do you know what it takes to get major gifts?

Your board might think it takes a cocktail party or gala event to get major donors to give.  Sometimes that’s true.  Others in the organization probably think you spend your days on the golf course schmoozing with rich people.  And let’s be honest – that happens too (we probably all wish it would happen more […]

How do your prospects rank on the 3 C’s?

All indications are major gift revenue will rebound throughout 2012 (compared to 2010/2011).  This is great news! Are you ready to take advantage of this impending increase in major gifts?  Are you prepared with a solid understanding of how your prospects rank on the 3 C’s? Commitment: Do they have a history of supporting your […]