Has your fundraising been flat?
That’s exactly where Robin Callahan found herself. She’s the Executive Director at the Issaquah Schools Foundation.
In today’s video, Robin tells you what they did to get their fundraising jump-started again. She’ll also tell you what they learned in regards to engaging both the wife AND the husband when it comes to soliciting for donations.
If you have any stories or advice on how to give fundraising a jump-start, then please share your advice or stories in a comment box under the video. Thanks.
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Christopher Davenport says
What ways have you been able to jump-start your fundraising? Please share any advice and stories with others in a comment box. Thanks!
Arlene Carter says
Very inspiring. Thanks for sharing your success Robin.
Sandy Rees says
I agree that focusing on major donors is the best way to dramatically increase the amount of money an organization brings in. I’ve seen it time and again with organizations that I work with.
Sandy Rees, CFRE
Trudy Soucoup says
I love starting my week with your videos! It always gives me hope that my organization can also be more effective at fund raising and providing services to our community.
Jenny Poast says
Great video, Robin!
Have always been fond of the Leadership Circles idea, but can’t seem to convince the non-profits I work with to start one. They keep doing the same comfortable fundraisers over and over and struggle to bring in funds. As Einstein said, “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
Lynn Doyle says
Thanks Robin..awesome idea!!
Robin, you certainly got me thinking!
Susan Todaro says
I’d love to hear how you promoted the leadership circle event to entice new donors to join.
Elaine Ouellette Hinckle says
yes, everyone talks about leadership circles but not about how you get people to join or what the benefits are to the donor
Brianna Voigt says
I am interested to hear what this org’s major donor level is.
Ben Gonsher says
Leadership Circles absolutely revolutionized our fundraising efforts, not just because they provided us with the verbage of how to ask, (“would you consider joining our benefactor’s circle?” or, “Would you consider reaching with me and joining our Visionary’s Circle?”). I don’t know how effective this would be during todays’ environment of social distancing, but it is a MUST for any successful, long term fundraising plan.
With today’s conditions, we’ve had tremendous success engaging alumni and participants themselves in helping with Giving Days, Matching Campaigns and the sort. While I’m typically not a fan of going after small gifts, the world is different now and the cash value this brings in, as well as the engagement of future donors (younger alumni!) has paid off to the tune of 50-60k already…
Anyway, my two cents. Thanks Chris for always making such great videos. I share them with my team all the time!