The "Ask"SM Blog - Major Gifts Program

June 16, 2016
by Diane Remin
Major gift fundraising is about relationships, conversations and opportunities.   Here are five reasons to enjoy it: 1)      Stimulating conversations with people who share your interest/passion. 2)      Knowledge that the conversation itself brings the donor closer to the organization and has a positive ripple effect—independent of the financial outcome (but you do have to ask).
November 7, 2011
by Diane Remin
How can smaller nonprofitsengage potential major donors? My mantra is, "pick up the phone." Who do you call? Anyone making an annual fund gift of $1,000 or more.  Don't have anyone like that?  Then drop down to $500 or even $250.
November 2, 2011
by Diane Remin
You likely know the answer before you call fundraising counsel for advice. “Yes,” get on the plane and complete your major gift solicitation in person. Fundraising counsel for nonprofits of all sizes share this call in common: A NY-based client gets on the phone and says, “Well, we have this donor in CA and oh, the travel, I was just out there last month….” “How much is the gift for?” we inquire. “$50,000” answers the client, who then adds, “I know. I know.”  It’s a quick call for us.  We only utter two words, “How much?”
April 20, 2010
by Diane Remin
Let’s start with the basics: What is a major gifts program?  At the end of the day, it’s simply in-person meetings with carefully chosen prospects with the ultimate goal of securing sizably larger gifts. No donors?  Stop right here.  Your major gift prospects are:
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