Katya Andresen asks, Are you taking care of your donors? What kind of experience do they have after they give?
Here’s a quick checklist to answer that question. If you can’t check all the boxes, work on doing better. The single most powerful thing you can do as a fundraiser is to take great care of the donors you have.
_ All donors thanked promptly
_ All donors thanked throughout the year
Personalization and Accuracy:
_Thank-yous are directed at the donor – not “Dear Friend”
_The gift amount is included and correct
_ Thank-yous reference the appeal or campaign that prompted the gift
_ Thank-yous are signed by a real person or include a real person’s name
_ I properly acknowledge gift designations and dedications
_ I express heartfelt thanks for the gift twice in each note
_ I also express gratitude for past support (when relevant)
_ I give credit to the donor for what will be achieved
_ The thank-you is a thank-you, not an appeal! (It doesn’t ask for money again)
_Thank-yous include full contact information of my organization
_ Thank-yous include appropriate tax language
_I make clear how the gift will be used
_ I tell a good story or use a vivid example in every piece of outreach
_ I report to donors on their impact at least twice a year
_ I recognize donors after thanking them
_ I include the voices of donors in my outreach
_ I ask my donors for feedback
The more you care about your donors, the more they will care about your cause!