The Monkey In The Room

One of my earlier posts was called The Elephant in the Room: What Your Corporate Donors Aren’t Saying (But Want To). So I thought I’d stick with the animal theme for this post. Social proof is a powerful, powerful tool. It’s one of the most overlooked aspects of donor recognition, and one of the reasons we recommend starting a donor wall when the donations start coming in, instead of waiting until the end. Take this excerpt from KISSMetrics: “Positive Social Proof is More Influential than Saving Money. In a fascinating environmental study published in the Washington Post, researchers examined the

Make Your Fundraising Easier

We talk to a lot of nonprofits. We recognize is that donor recognition can feel a lot more like a chore than the incredible opportunity it is. Why? Because it takes time and a bit of money to make great donor recognition. Two resources that we understand are in short supply for fundraising teams. Typically, fundraisers will wait until the end of the project/funding cycle/fiscal to get a donor wall created. At that point, there’s not as much motivation — the funds are already in, the donors gave, so it feels more like an expense than a tool. The result is donor

The Elephant in the Room

You probably aren’t doing a good job of recognizing your corporate donors. But when was the last time a cheque-writer called your fundraising team and said ‘do a better job of telling the world how great I am and how much money I gave you’? That exact conversation, with that level of transparency, is rare. So what are your corporate donors, who crave and deserve a certain kind of recognition, saying to your team when you fail to recognize and value their contributions in a beneficial way? Probably something like: “Well it’s just been a big year for donation requests.”