Three simple tips on how small charities can attract major donors

I have worked for small charities in the past and recently helped a few to set up successful major giving programs. Major giving has been long misunderstood and taken as one of the fancy areas of fundraising, which only works for big and well-known charities. Here are top three queries I often get asked from… More Three simple tips on how small charities can attract major donors

Resilience is a key to ‘Success’ for Major Gifts Fundraisers

I have been approached by a ‘Major Gifts Manager’ for advice, who has received a high number of rejections from his donors in the past few months. As always, I love to help my fellow fundraising professionals in any capacity I can, as I believe that we are all working for a common goal, ”changing… More Resilience is a key to ‘Success’ for Major Gifts Fundraisers

5 ways being a mentor helps me in my fundraising career

I was initially daunted by the thought of becoming a mentor; guiding another fundraiser is an enormous responsibility. I feared I would be asked questions I didn’t know the answer to. That would be very embarrassing. My mentor assured me that these feelings are normal and advised me that it is okay not to have all… More 5 ways being a mentor helps me in my fundraising career

How ‘thank you letters’ can help you reach your major giving potential

There seems to be an outburst of appreciation for thank you letters/notes. Rightly so, because thank you letters/notes give a completely different feeling and satisfaction than thank you emails. In the digital age, donors are constantly being bombarded with emails. So if your email is fortunate enough to be opened (and not spam blocked), many… More How ‘thank you letters’ can help you reach your major giving potential

4 Simple Steps on How to Treat Major Donors Like Investors and not Cash Machines

It is important that we treat our major donors like ‘shareholders’ of our charity– is a great way to improve our relationship with donors and boost retention rate as well as long term fundraising success. They donate to ‘invest’ in beneficiaries, hoping to have potential impact of this ‘social investment’ in the beneficiary’s’ lives for… More 4 Simple Steps on How to Treat Major Donors Like Investors and not Cash Machines

Good Listener Is Good Major Donors Fundraiser

Someone asked me “What are the top skills required to become a great major gifts fundraiser?” My response: “There are many different skills required to become successful major gifts fundraiser, however, ”Good Listening Skills” are one of the top skills one needs to have to become a good fundraiser. Also, you don’t have to do much, all… More Good Listener Is Good Major Donors Fundraiser