Jerold Panas, on 4/24/19 8:00 AM
Is there a fundraising type? A combination, say, of Elon Musk and Angeline Jolie that is outgoing, people-oriented, well organized, and goal oriented?
You are about to read the first page of a superb appeal letter. It was one of a series of recent direct mail pieces from a medical center.
Jerold Panas, on 3/26/18 8:00 AM
I’ve been asking for gifts for more than 40 years. Some as modest as $50, others for $100 million. You could say I’m acquainted with the do’s and don’ts of motivating donors.
In my book Asking you’ll find a detailed approach to soliciting major gifts. In this article, I’ll simply highlight eight suggestions to keep in mind as you prepare yourself and your board for the big push.
“What does it take?”
Most every time I'm with a leader or a highly successful corporate executive, I ask, "What does it take? What are the traits and characteristics that contribute most to your success?"
(A pretty good question, by the way. And it does help stroke the psyche of the person you ask. Try it. "Tell me why you are so successful. What does it take?")
Over the years, I've gathered these 28 bits and pieces I've listed below. (If you can add any, let me know.)
Jerold Panas, on 1/5/18 8:00 AM
Here are Seven Principles that apply to your printed material, your letters, and your personal presentations. They will assure you of impact. I promise you success.
Jerold Panas, on 9/25/17 8:00 AM
An effective case for support seizes donors by the collar, gripping their minds, their hearts, and inspiring them to open their checkbooks.
Every successful case should contain more than a dozen key elements, as I discuss in my book Making a Case Your Donors Will Love. In this article I’ll focus on three of the most essential.
I had just started my consulting relationship with Asheville School. It’s a very special high school in Asheville, North Carolina.
The meeting ended. But something happened that I had not been warned of. I was called on to give a 15-minute critique of the Board meeting.
The word “Pledge” has a negative connotation. For many, they won’t even consider an extended payment plan.
You surely have heard this sort of a comment: “I don’t pledge (making the fatal word three syllables!). I’ll make a gift, but I don’t know how things will be in the next few years. So I’m not going to pledge.” Or, “I just don’t believe in pledging. I’m almost certain I’ll give again next year, but I won’t pledge.”