Asking Matters intern Ravali Ceyyur got her start fundraising by becoming a phone solicitor for her college. But when she decided to start a project to raise relief funds for Japan, she found the courage to ask the college president. He gave her twice what she asked for and the rest of her asks seemed much easier.
The fundraising process begins long before you sit down to ask someone for a gift, and continues long after a gift is received. These ten tips on asking will help you convert relationships you have developed into gifts you can count on.
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Iâ€™ve spent 28 years advising organizations on how to conduct capital campaigns, and Iâ€™ve come to an important conclusion! While there are many things that impact raising money, askingâ€”person-to-person, face-to-faceâ€”is the most important of them.
There are a few basic steps to setting up a meeting. First figure out how you’re going to make contact. Second figure out what to say. Once you’ve made contact, don’t forget to confirm in advance.