Want to create a culture of asking? Start by answering these questions. Share them with your board chair, development chair and executive director.
- Does your executive director meet with donors and ask for gifts at least once each week?
- Do at least half of your board members meet with donors to ask for gifts each year?
- Does your job description for board members include giving AND getting gifts?
- Do you report on the number of in-person asks made in the development report?
- Does your development plan include target goals for the number of asks to be made?
- Do you display posters or graphics about asking or giving on the walls or your development office?
- Do you conduct at least one solicitation training for volunteers each year?
- Is someone responsible for planning and implementing fundraising training?
- Do your board members have structured opportunities to speak with program staff members to learn how your organization changes lives?
- Do you highlight the asking activities and successes of your board and staff members at meetings?
Add up the total number of times you answered YES.
1-3 Asking is not the norm in your organization
4-7 You are on your way to creating a culture of asking, but you can do more
8-10 Congratulations, your organization has a culture of asking
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