When Donors Disappear

Donors don’t often complain; however, they may be dissatisfied. They aren’t saying this, but they might be thinking it.

1. They’re unhappy. There are two industries in which people are often unhappy with service but don’t complain: health care and nonprofits. Just because you’re not hearing disappointment doesn’t mean your donors are pleased with you.

2. They’ll vote with their feet. The number one reason donors stop supporting a charity is the way they were treated by the charity: a lack of gratitude, no clear understanding of the difference they made, endless solicitations.

3. They want you to do better. They want to be acknowledged, involved and informed. Treat them better—it’s the single best thing you can do as a fundraiser. Keep the donor you have and you won’t have to worry so much about finding new converts. A little gratitude goes a long way.

Learn more at http://www.nonprofitmarketingblog.com/ and http://www.servantheart.com [see the Disappearing Donor]

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About Gary Coiro

Nonprofit & Church Leader Nonprofit Leader and Consultant since 2004, following 15 years as a pastor. Competencies include board development, fundraising, staff development and management, strategic planning, church work, Bible teaching, and capital campaigns. Currently consulting and serving on the Church Ministries Management Team for a large multi-cultural evangelical church.
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