I have said many times that I love the "R" word, meaning that I love the word "relationship".
It is a word that too often is overlooked by fundraisers and professionals in philanthropy.
And that really needs to stop.
If you are passionate about your organization's mission, get into solid relationship with your donors.
If you want to rock your budget, build relationships with your donors.
If you want to build a source of revenue that that your organization can count on, make sure your donors know that you care about them.
How does one go about this?
Call them. That's right. Next time you get an email from a donor asking a question, call them with the response.
Invite them on a tour of your facilities.
Email them a video thank you note.
Send a personal note.
Send them an impact report, or annual report. When we send these out we add a big "Thank you" on the back with signatures of our team.
These are just a few ideas of many. Start here and I assure you your relationships with donors will change.
Thanks for reading!