Probably not as much as you might think.
Yet people tell me all the time how much they’re afraid to ask wealthy people for major gifts. If you share those fears, it’s time for a little “Charity Clairity:”
Contrary to what your gut may be telling you, NOT asking is not making would-be donors feel good. Quite the opposite, in fact.
In this article, I’ll cover why you must stop short-changing your would-be major donors by not offering them opportunities to be the change they want to see in the world. Why you must stop robbing them of chances to feel good about themselves.
And we’ll explore how you can use six major donor triggers to make donors feel so good they’ll want to say “yes” to your solicitation.
Bottom line: When you don’t make donors feel good, they’ll go elsewhere.
The Rich Are Just Like You and Me (They Just Have More Money)
F. Scott Fitzgerald is famously supposed to have told Ernest Hemingway that “the rich are different than you and I.” “Yes, Scott,” Hemingway supposedly retorted. “They have more money.”
It’s good to remember that major donors are, first and foremost, just people.
Many of them actually don’t even feel “wealthy” (just as often so-called seniors don’t feel “old.”) In fact, a survey of 4,000 investors by UBS found that 70% of people with investible assets of $1 million or more do NOT consider themselves “wealthy.”
What most donors share (no matter their net worth) isDetails