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4 Tips to Help You Ask for Advice to Get Money

Greg Warner is CEO and Founder of MarketSmart, a revolutionary marketing software and services firm that helps nonprofits raise more for less. In 2012 Greg coined the phrase “Engagement Fundraising” to encapsulate his breakthrough fundraising formula for achieving extraordinary results. Using their own innovative strategies and technologies, MarketSmart helps fundraisers around the world zero in on the donors most ready to support their organizations and institutions with major and legacy gifts.

Asking for advice to get moneyLast year, The Fundraising Coach (Marc Pittman) wrote a brilliant post on his blog.  Here’s a synopsis:
If you ask people for advice, they’ll give you money. 
If you ask people for money, they’ll give you advice.
Ask for advice but:
1. Be genuine and sincere; no strings attached
2. Acknowledge that their time is valuable
3. Personalize your request and be specific (ask for advice from the people that can truly help in specific areas)
4. Be conscientious of their time

8 responses to “4 Tips to Help You Ask for Advice to Get Money”

  1. Thanks for helping more people see this, Greg!

  2. Thanks for helping more people see this, Greg!

  3. So true…I’ve always tried to ASK for something first, other than a money gift… their advice, a piece of artwork to hang in the lobby, a short amount of time doing something they are good at… it’s called friendship with your donors!

  4. So true…I’ve always tried to ASK for something first, other than a money gift… their advice, a piece of artwork to hang in the lobby, a short amount of time doing something they are good at… it’s called friendship with your donors!

  5. Greg Warner says:

    We should call it “friendraising” not fundraising!

  6. Greg Warner says:

    We should call it “friendraising” not fundraising!

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