Trust defines the credibility and legitimacy not only of your organization, but of the entire social benefit sector. Yet too few organizations make the effort to operationalize this construct into their fundraising and marketing planning.
Without donor trust and confidence in philanthropy there’s no future for social benefit organizations.
Donor retention guru Professor Adrian Sargeant has spent 20+ years researching the relationship between trust, philanthropy and continued donor commitment. And he has found, unequivocally, that trust is the essential foundation of the philanthropic relationship.
Ignore this at your peril.
Actively Build Donor Trust
The Donor’s Bill of Rights is a great starting point. But simply using it as a checklist is not enough. Too transactional. I encourage you to go above and beyond. Because the best predictor of future giving is when people feel good.
You can make giving to you a transformational experience. How? By actualizing what you learn here into a series of multi-step plans for:
- Gift Acknowledgement that Satisfies Donors
- Donor-Centered Communications that Instill Happiness
- Useful Content Marketing that Offers Gifts
- Consistent Branding that Instills Confidence
- Relationship Fundraising that Creates Meaning and Builds Loyalty
If you take these five steps, I can guarantee you’ll steadily build trust and make donors happy. What I’d like to do now is break these steps down into 10 action strategies. They may seem simple, and they are. But honestly ask yourself if you really do these things? I’m going to guess you could do better. So please read these with an eye to what you might do to make your donor retention plan – what I prefer to call a “donor love and loyalty plan” – more vigorous.