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Becca Bennett and Jordan Ritchie, Orr Group

Recent Posts by Becca Bennett and Jordan Ritchie, Orr Group:

Show Me the Love: Creative Ways to Steward Your Donors

As development professionals, we often find ourselves laser-focused on closing gifts to reach our revenue goals. On average, gift officers spend more than three-quarters of their time identifying, cultivating, and soliciting new leads. While it is important to focus on actions that drive revenue, stewarding donors once the gift is secured helps maintain a strong and active donor pool.

It is important to show donors just how special, valued, and appreciated they are. Investing in stewardship techniques and developing strong relationships has been proven to lead to more frequent and larger gifts. In honor of Valentine’s Day, we wanted to share some ways to show your donors the love. From basic best practices to customized approaches, below are some tips to activate your donor base and maximize revenue through stewardship.


Rules of (Board) Engagement: How to Activate Your Board as Fundraisers

You’ve recruited a strong, dynamic, and influential board. So, what now? It’s time to activate your board as fundraisers. Each of your board members needs to actively participate in fundraising to support your organization. Cultivating a fundraising mindset among your board of directors is a critical step in implementing a culture of philanthropy. 


  Your Nonprofit Profile on GuideStar has a new Demographics section.