Sometime in your relationship with your donor, the time will come to ask for money. It’s a critical moment to seize.
You’re in midst of warm conversation, and you hear the donor ask, either in words, silence, or gist, “What do you want me to do?”
You can go on building the relationship.
Or, you can seize the opportunity, “I’d like to offer you the chance to make a gift that you will feel good the rest of your life and one that will move our work forward. Would you like to hear my thoughts?”
Establish your groundwork, lean into it, and lift your voice. Otherwise, you’ll just be developing the relationship for evermore.
Besides, donors expect it.
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.