Jim Eskin Provides Donors Sound Giving Advice is one fundraising veteran’s advice to major donors when making a big gift. Here’s what Eskin has to share.
There are more than 1.5 million non-profits in the U.S. touching, improving and saving more lives by championing every conceivable mission under the sun. Whether it’s health, education, economic development, arts and culture, animal welfare or a host of human services, each of their missions is noble.
So how does someone pick a non-profit to share their personal and voluntary gifts of time and money? As you grow older you appreciate that the gift of time is more precious because, unlike money, it can never be replaced.
Start from this foundation: There are no bad nonprofits or causes devoted to improving the lot of others and the world. That’s the dilemma. Donors don’t choose between the good and the bad but have to make difficult decisions between the good and the good. Even the wealthiest donors can’t respond favorably to every request they receive.
Difficult decisions need to be made reflecting the donor’s values, priorities and individual perspectives on challenges and opportunities facing the world.
As a fundraising trainer/consultant who’s enjoyed working with a wide variety of nonprofits and hundreds of staff, board members, volunteers and donors, these are my thoughts on the process of finding the non-profit(s) that are the right fit. These are not presented in order of importance.
Remember, there are no right and wrong decisions. Sharing finite resources of time and money for any of the nation’s 1.5 million nonprofits can enrich the world around you and help you grow and feel better about yourself. As we begin to make New Year’s resolutions, engaging in non-profits and causes couldn’t come at a better time and have good reason to be on your lists.
Jim Eskin’s consulting practice, Eskin Fundraising Training builds on the success of his more than 150 fundraising workshops and webinars and provides the training, coaching and support services that non-profits need to compete for and secure major gifts. He has authored 100 guest columns that have appeared in daily newspapers, business journals and blogs across the country, and publishes Stratagems, a monthly e-newsletter exploring timely issues and trends in philanthropy. Sign up here for a free subscription. He is author of 10 Simple Fundraising Lessons, which can be purchased here.
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