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Teisha Archer
12 August 2019

Some years ago, I was chatting with a valued supporter of medical research. I asked her what her reasons for giving were, and I am sure you have heard similar stories. 

I don’t want others to suffer as my loved one suffered… 
I want others to have the opportunities I had… 
This cause is important to me… 

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Julia Keady
12 August 2019

Before we move into specifics, let’s talk about why we want engaged donors.

After all, they are a lot more work, and everyone is pretty stretched for time as it is. We want them because once they are engaged, they are likely to be with you for the long haul.

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Linda Garnett and Sharon Dann.
12 August 2019

What does a business really want from me? That’s the million-dollar question for most charities – right up there with ‘is there free food in the kitchen?’ and ‘who stole all the forks?’

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Julia Keady
12 August 2019

Community consultations can get a bad rap. Too many surveys, too many public meetings, too much talking!  If you have ever wondered how to access the people who can’t (or don’t want to) fill out surveys, then the arts may hold the answer.

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Concierge Manager
12 August 2019

Growing a new social venture takes time, effort and money. And while you may have an endless supply of passion to grow your enterprise, it’s unlikely that you’ll have an endless supply of cash. In fact, it’s possible that at some stage you’ll need an injection of funds to get your venture off the ground.

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Julia Keady
12 August 2019

Do you hear the words data, machine learning and artificial intelligence and ask yourself what it means and how will it benefit society? Business leaders, futurists and Governments readily acknowledge we are now living in the fourth industrial revolution. Today’s creations will bring massive changes in how we work, communicate and live.

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Teisha Archer
12 August 2019

When I answer the question so what do you do, the next question is more often than not, how do you ask someone for that much money…? The truth is, I don’t often do the asking. In most cases our job as fundraisers is done in the months and years leading up to ‘that’ meeting. When it comes to the ask, more often than not I have briefed and trained two others to take on that role.

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Teisha Archer
12 August 2019

So, your organisation needs more money. Whose doesn't! Knocking on a prospective donor’s door to tell them to give because you do good things will rarely result in a donation that will be world-changing for your organisation.

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Linda Garnett and Sharon Dann
12 August 2019

In every family you can see the similarities around the Christmas table: the talent for singing, the mops of curly hair or the same lopsided smile. But there’s always the one that’s a little bit different, who doesn’t quite fit the mould and you never know if he’s going to grow up to be an archbishop or arch criminal.

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Stephen Mally
12 August 2019

Imagine Raiser’s Edge, Blackbaud CRM, eTapestry, Salesforce Non-Profit Success Pack, Microsoft Dynamics, or any of the marquis customer relationship management (CRM) systems which serve the non-profit sector, operating on their own. 

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Teisha Archer
12 August 2019

OK, so you have identified a major gift prospect. They are engaged. They love what you do. They are interested in supporting your campaign. You know who will ask. You know where and when that will happen. Just one question remains How do you know how much to ask them for?

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Teisha Archer
12 August 2019

“Why don’t we just do a campaign and raise $50 million?” True story, I once sat in a meeting when a member of the senior Executive made this statement. It was made like running a major campaign was the easiest thing in the world. Like $50 million would come to us just because we wanted it. 

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