Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn Buffer 4 Comments Reply February 22, 2012 at 5:22 am Theresa Browning Nice analogy. I have chosen to share this on my profile with by connections and will try to forward to my fundraising chair. I say "try" because he's not on LinkedIn. Reply February 22, 2012 at 5:26 am unitedmoose This was outstanding and quite helpful! I think the right/wrong time to ask does depend (like you say) on a donor's own giving style and it's important as a fundraiser to identify how this person likes to give. I happen to know that in Judaism, there are eight rungs of giving. This means, different people will be attempting to hit a different rung. If someone wants lots of recognition, maybe they will want to be wined and dined a bit so they feel important. That other person who wants to remain anonymous, however, may want you to not waste your resources as well as the charity that you work for. It's up to you to determine, which person you are having dinner with or ahem, asking to the dance. Reply February 22, 2012 at 10:29 pm eclaire Thanks Theresa. I appreciate your sharing, and hope you're able to connect through one medium or another with your fundraising chair. Feel free to let me know how it goes, and if there's any way I can be helpful. Reply February 22, 2012 at 10:33 pm eclaire Thanks for the comment. Donors do have different motivations and values. It's up to us to discern them. And, yes, for some folks the right time to ask might be when you have a capital campaign and a big naming opportunity. For others, it might be when they have a special occasion and someone they'd like to honor or memorialize. It is, indeed, good to keep these factors in mind. Leave Comment Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *CommentName * Email * Website clear formSubmit Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.