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 Are Your Donors GOOD ENOUGH For You?

Posted by Ellen Bristol on Mon, Apr 09, 2018 @ 02:06 PM

Tired of donor prospects who promise much but deliver little?  Wasting time on donors who can't seem to make up their minds?  No surprise. Raising major gifts (or major anythings) is hard work. Plus it's even tougher when your "prospects" turn out to be DOA - dead on arrival. They don't really have the money. They don't really love your mission. Or they just don't like you, personally. Sigh.

 

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Fundraising and the Tin-Cup Mentality

Posted by Ellen Bristol on Sun, May 04, 2014 @ 03:12 PM

This posting is about the tin-cup mentality, and my strong desire to get rid of it once and for all. The tin-cup mentality is the state of mind that says "We're a poor lowly charity! Give us your money because we need it!" Rather than signalling your value to the world, or inviting others to celebrate your triumphs, the tin-cup mentality emphasizes your neediness. Shouting about how poor you are does not inspire confidence among philanthropists, who are your investors. Who wants to make a bad investment? It also gives rise to a terrible fundraising habit, namely, "Let's raise whatever we can and then figure out how to spend it."

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