According to the study, "two-thirds of donors plan to cut back on charitable giving due to economic woes." :(
This is BAD news for all of us, especially since we are heading into "year-end," the most important time of the year for charitable giving.
Unfortunately, there is nothing that you can do about the economy.
However, you can (and should) think carefully about your year-end fundraising approach.
- Be sure to stay in close contact with all of your donors and express your gratitude for their support.
- Be sure to be VERY CLEAR about how their hard earned dollars are making a difference in the world.
- Validate your donors' financial concerns AND make a solid case for why their support is still critical.
- Realize that retention is the name of the game.
According to a survey by the Agitator, there are three key components to a great retention strategy.
- Employing a high quality acknowledgement and thank you process.
- Being willing to invest in non-donor communications.
- Making sure that the second 'ask' makes reference to the donor's initial giving preferences.
What are your strategies for maximizing retention and winning in a down economy?