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Engaging Your Board in the Fun of Fundraising. Today’s Format. Reality checks on Fundraising – Yes, even in this economy! How to woo your Board 3. Exercise – conquering challenges. Reality Check #1. Generosity prevails $307 billion a year in donations $252 billion from individuals

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Engaging your board in the fun of fundraising

Engaging Your Board in the

Fun of Fundraising


Today s format
Today’s Format

  • Reality checks on Fundraising – Yes, even in this economy!

  • How to woo your Board

    3. Exercise – conquering challenges

(C) 2009 www.wendydyer.com


Reality check 1
Reality Check #1

Generosity prevails

  • $307 billion a year in donations

  • $252 billion from individuals

  • $Trillions expected by 2017

  • People want to give money away, anyway - might as well be to you

  • Convincing not to make a gift – but to you

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Reality check 2
Reality Check #2

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St. Louisans – particularly generous

  • $3.15 billion donated – 15% higher

  • 70% of households donate each year

  • $2,336 in average household donations

  • $50,000 – 100,000 most generous

  • Wealthier give less

  • Businesses $3,000 per employee – 4 x’s more


Reality check 3
Reality Check #3

Fundraising is an Art – not a Science

  • Donors must see the need

  • Take them on the journey to see their place in solution

    How?

  • Recognize that everyone wants to do good

  • Help people be the heroes they want to be

  • Start with your Board

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Want to woo your board
Want to Woo Your Board?

  • Seven Healthy Habits built on main premise:

    If They Like You…….

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Engaging your board in the fun of fundraising
#1

Know their motivations and needs

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Why motivations
Why Motivations?

Board Member-First Philosophy

Ask them, every year:

  • Why did you join the board?

  • What are your expectations – are they met?

  • What is the #1 thing you’d like to accomplish during your time here?

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Engaging your board in the fun of fundraising
#2

Don’t overwhelm

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Engaging your board in the fun of fundraising
#3

Make organization’s needs clear – repeat and reinforce – use SIZZLE!

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Sizzle power message
Sizzle = Power Message

  • Why?

  • Results?

  • How Much Does it Cost?

  • Who Cares?

    Find places to repeat and reinforce so message sticks!

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Engaging your board in the fun of fundraising
#4

Cultivate insiders – power of peer to peer

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Engaging your board in the fun of fundraising
#5

Be a Chameleon

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You are paid to blend in
You Are Paid to Blend In

  • Yes! You can be yourself and adjust

    Rock your career by learning to inspire:

  • Helpful people

  • Difficult people

  • Needy people

  • Slug-like people

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Engaging your board in the fun of fundraising
#6

When called upon – Fast and Flawless!

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Engaging your board in the fun of fundraising
#7

Be a Credit Giver, not Taker

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Exercise
Exercise

  • Tackling Challenges!

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