November 17, 2015

 

The next six weeks are likely the busiest time of year for your individual gifts fundraising.

 

You don’t need to wait for donations to begin showing your gratitude to donors. Grab a list of people who gave in the past and call them (or send an email)...and simply thank them for their past support!

 

Then, once gifts do start coming in, make sure your acknowledgement process is at the top of its game. Set aside time each day to process gifts and generate thank-you letters in a timely manner. Also, consider making personal phone calls to thank donors of a certain level. Any extra personal touches will go far in building your relationship with donors!

 

Above all, be authentic. Show each donor how truly grateful you are for their support.

 

Best regards from the Fladeboe Team

Auction Tip

Raise Those Paddles

Many of our clients ask us whether using bidder paddles (“on a stick”) or bidder cards (no “stick”) is really necessary for the live auction. Bidders can just raise their hands, right?

It’s true raising hands can work. However, we’ve found having a bidder paddle or card really makes a difference in an auction. Practically, a bidder card is much easier for an auctioneer to see than a hand. Once an item is sold, it is very easy to record who won the item. All the auctioneer has to do is call out the bidder number and winning amount. The same applies to a fund-a-need – it’s easy to identify guests pledging at each level by calling out their bidder numbers.