I visited the offices of a community foundation last month, I was ushered into a small, lovely meeting room overlooking the city’s most famous avenue. The room was tastefully decorated and filled with local artwork. A stack of postcards with information about the artist rested on a side table.
The room was named after the artist. From the community foundation’s viewpoint, the income and the ongoing relationships are the benefit of this arrangement. From the donor’s viewpoint, the benefits included:
Decisions to donate are based on the desire to meet important basic human needs, to give back, to help those with less, and to bring about a desired change. Decisions to give to your nonprofit can be supported by offering donors customized benefits to help them reach their goals. In this case, if you were an artist with means, who loved your community foundation, wouldn’t a gift to it that allowed you display your art to potential buyers be a no-brainer?
What no-brainer opportunities can you offer your top ten donors?
Karen Eber Davis provides customized advising and coaching around nonprofit strategy and board development. People leaders hire her to bring clarity to sticky situations, break through barriers that seem insurmountable, and align people for better futures. She is the author of 7 Nonprofit Income Streams and Let's Raise Nonprofit Millions Together.
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