Be Donor Driven

What is your donor seeking?

A donor is most prone to give at his capacity when he realizes where his God-given interests coincide with your organization’s mission. To achieve this kind of understanding requires a serious commitment to the donor. It means not only an investment of time, but also total honesty in explaining and presenting your case for support. It means an absolute avoidance of high-pressure tactics. It requires undying loyalty to the donor’s need to put their funds into projects and ministries that meet his or her criteria of interest. In other words, you need to make your appeals based not on what your organization is seeking, but on what the individual donor is seeking. Where is God leading this person? What is God speaking to this donor’s heart about his financial resources?

* Like what you just read and want to learn more? Check out, Donors Are People Too: Managing Relationships With Your Ministry’s Major Contributors.


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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