All development officers know how important it is to engage their Board members and other key volunteers in the fundraising process. Unfortunately, it is often difficult to get a solid rhythm going with Board members to energize the solicitation process. Here are six suggestions for ways to move solicitations to a faster track.
Recently, several of my colleagues and I had the privilege of sitting down with old friends whom we have had the pleasure of working with, to talk about philanthropy and…. yes, asking! These friends have made magnanimous gifts over decades that have had an untold impact on society and the lives of individuals, whether that is young people completing an education they never thought possible, physicians and scientists who are able to deliver care or make pioneering discoveries, or young people exposed to the world of imagination and music.
We spend a lot of time working with clients on building high performance fundraising programs. Typically, when clients approach us, they have a specific project or task in mind: conducting a campaign feasibility study and plan; strategic planning for the fundraising program; vetting staffing and development plans; building the annual fund; or developing their boards, to name a few.