Crisis Fundraising: Should You Ask Your Donations Now?

Pandemic Fundraising: Why You Should Ask Donors for Contributions Despite Covid-19You can name me the reasons why not. I’m sure you can.

  That is why now is a lousy time to fundraise.
   You say millions of people are out of work.


People are dying. Other causes save lives, and your cause doesn’t directly. Your nonprofit just made the headlines and it was good. And, who knows when you’ll be able to resume operations.


Even as you list these facts and more, I’m throwing up my hands and signaling you to stop.
I don’t think you should structure your nonprofit’s revenue strategy around all the reasons why something might not work.*


Let’s take a collective deep breath and put the pandemic into perspective. Let’s remember and embrace the remarkable facts you know about fundraising:


  • Asking works
  • It’s not about you. It’s about your mission and vision.
  • You meant it when you said you wanted a culture of philanthropy.
  • People want to help and value guidance on creating extraordinary returns with their contributions (with you, yes?)
  • If you fail to ask and your organization falters, people will blame you. (Sorry about this one—but experts will credit the nonprofits that survive COVID-19 with fearless leaders.)


You need a positive, realistic, forward-thinking plan to deal with a crisis and create a fresh comeback. And, you need funds to organize it and set it into motion.


Quit bumbling about asking if you should ask. Ask. And if you need more help, please don’t hesitate to ask for it.


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*If your founders took this approach, your nonprofit wouldn’t exist.

Karen Eber Davis

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.