Guest Post from David Robinson-Slemp, Development Director, Joe’s Movement Emporium (Mt. Rainier, Maryland). David is a friend and colleague from our work together raising money in Indian Country and in the local community arts scene. He offers this idea as a personal approach to major prospects and “high-influence” donors, especially for an organization in the middle of a major campaign where staff are worried about the consistency of pledges during the current economy.
These days, David advises that organizations explore many options — both within the IRS regs and within organizational capacity — in order keep the giving process as flexible and doable for donors as possible.
Another idea: Form an informal advisory circle of regular contributors, including board members with finance backgrounds, and ask for their help with fundraising activities that, though complex, might have more appeal with some “high-influence” prospects. These prospects could help cover funding gaps that will likely materialize this year.
How are other development folks continuing — or deepening — real connections with your most committed donors in this economic climate?