No doubt that March will be filled with reflections on the 12 months we’ve all spent dodging and dealing with Covid. While “where were you when the pandemic hit?” will surely be this generation’s “where were you on 9/11?” question, I’ve been thinking about the more specific questions that fundraisers (and really, every industry and sector), should be asking.
For most of us, 2020 has crept by as we deal with the latest challenges and wait for post-Covid times to start. In the coming months, fundraisers will likely feel that time is accelerating, as it always does with the December 31st clock ticking. Fortunately, there’s still time to plan (although not much!).
Your message matters. But how do you stay relevant when you can’t be as accessible? How do you build relationships when you can’t be out in the world? How do you capture your donors’ attention, especially if you aren’t providing emergency relief or fighting for racial justice? How do you tell a story that will compel people to give?
I cover all the important aspects of interacting with donors and potential donors during a difficult time, from whether or not to ask, how to strike the right tone, best practices to secure a meeting, and how to solicit a donor or prospect via a video call.
During this time of uncertainty, the most important thing to remember is to stay authentic to your nonprofit’s brand. Since COVID-19 is on everyone’s minds, it is crucial to provide your audience and supporters with pertinent articles and information, even if that means retweeting an article or directing people to a helpful site.
Why is it important to engage with college students? They are your future donors, and when they get behind a cause, there is no letting up.
With the shift to online events, I’ve been talking to a number of clients about their plans and how to make the leap. For some intel and recommendations, I recently talked to Corey Briscoe, Managing Partner & Chief Operating Officer at ABCD & Company, to find out what he’s experiencing in virtual events and what’s needed to get great results. Here are some tips to consider.
Now that we’re more than a month into the pandemic, organizations are shifting from crisis mode to thinking through longer-term programmatic and outreach efforts. This has a direct impact on your development strategy and planning, so you should be focusing on what the next several months/year will look like.
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