My pal Steven Screen is one of the best fundraising copywriters in the U.S. Seriously! He and his friend Jeff Brooks have a great podcast called Fundraising Is Beautiful. You might want to check it out.
One of the things they like to promote is their rule of thumb for effective fundraising:
Ask > Thank > Report > Repeat
I like this concept. It’s smart! We all know that too many nonprofits just “”Ask > Ask > Ask. So, “Ask > Thank > Report > Repeat” is much better. But I think it’s missing one very important additional element— ENGAGEMENT! Therefore, I think the following works better:
Engage > Ask > Thank > Report > Repeat
Valuable engagement opportunities will involve your supporters on a deep, emotional level.
Here are just a few ideas to show you what I mean. You can provide:
Sadly, most fundraising is absent meaningful engagement because it’s time-consuming.
But, nowadays you can leverage technology to provide fantastic one-to-many engagements. Without engagement, your relationship with your supporters will focus more on the transaction. Engagement will bring the transactional nature of donating up a level— to a serious, emotional relationship.
What do you think?
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So true! Great advice.
The examples you provide are all offers – which are all other “asks” we would be making to donors and non-donors alike. An “ask” is usually for a monetary gift, but it doesn’t have to be! This post more adequately describes how you can engage your donors with unique asks that aren’t always about money!
Indeed! That’s “Engagement Fundraising!” Thanks for engaging with me!!
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