You make a “dirty ask” when you request a meeting with your donor or sponsor, but your real intention is to seek a follow-up gift. A dirty ask is a kind of bait-and-switch tactic.
While dirty asks create appointments now, in the long run, they hurt your nonprofit.
You and your team can do better than this–you have your vision to share.
Because of these reasons and more, as a vision-driven CEO or executive director, you’ll want to eliminate dirty asks in your organization. Instead, express your appreciation and stop. Leave space for your recognition to be savored and to do its work.
Say, “Thank You.”
Karen Eber Davis Consulting guides executive directors and CEOs to generate the resources, boards, and support they need to make remarkable progress on their missions. As the award-winning thought-leader, advisor, and founding principal of Karen Eber Davis Consulting, Karen helps nonprofit leaders get answers, generate revenue, and grow their mission. Davis is known for her innovation and practicality based on her work with or visits to over 1,000 nonprofit organizations and her experience leading board and team events. She is the author of 7 Nonprofit Income Streams and Let's Raise Nonprofit Millions Together.