Asking donors for money can be one of the most daunting tasks of a fundraiser. After all, no one wants to be rejected or made to feel like they are being taken advantage of. However, asking for donations is a necessary part of the job, and there are ways to do it effectively. Here are some tips on how to ask a donor for money in a way that is respectful and likely to result in a donation.
"Looks like we have an accounting error snd we will be $250,000 short," said Frank, the CFO. Julie, a board member, replies, "That's ok, we will just ask Dave to raise the money." "Fundraising is so easy." Gerrish, the Board Chairman, responds.
"Hey Dave, we had one complaint about your telemarketing campaign. Can you cancel that?" said Nixon, the Customer Service Manager. Dave replies, "That's $200,000 of our annual revenue." "It's bothering our donors, Dave. Just ask a major donor to give $200,000." Nixon responds. Nixon walks away thinking "I'm good at this fundraising thing."