Top 10 fundraising tips

1. Asking for money is easier than it seems. 
Most people shiver at the thought of soliciting money from someone. Relax. This should be a pleasant experience. Both you and your supporter share a lot in common     especially your mutual love for God and His kingdom!

2. You are not asking for money for yourself; you are asking for money for God’s work. 
Never think you need to apologize for asking for a gift. Rather, you are giving the supporter an opportunity to participate in the best eternal investment there is with well-ensured results.

3. People won’t give unless they are asked. 
One of the biggest reasons people don’t give is because they are not asked. Maybe they are waiting for you to invite them to support your ministry?

4. Increased involvement leads to increased giving. 
When talking to supporters, you should also encourage their attendance at events and their participation in things related to your assignment. Involving people in all aspects of your assignment will lead to increased financial support.

5. Recency-frequency-generosity: a fundraising truth. 
Your best supporters are those who have given recently, given consistently, and given generously. Continue to stay in close relationship with them and their investment will increase. They are also your best ambassadors to assist in asking others for their support.

6. Direct personal contact is the best way to ask. 
A personal visit or a telephone call will ensure the most successful outcome.

7. Aim high. 
Ask for an amount that is high enough to match the dream that God has given. God never dreams small. Pray before you ask so you are sensitive to what God is doing in the supporter.

8. Guilt does not work. 
The majority of supporters resent the use of guilt tactics and are more likely to give if you focus on what is most meaningful about the assignment. Show them how their gift can make a difference.

9. Plan before you ask. 
All successful “asks” consist of:
  • asking with God’s strength
  • presenting the facts and vision well
  • allowing time for both parties to verbalize their thoughts and to think about each other’s points
  • follow-up
10. You can never say “thank you” too often. 
This is a kingdom principle. Even if a person does not give, it is important to keep a heart of gratitude and thank him or her for their time. Your contact will recognize and be touched by the heart of God. This will free that person to give in the future when he or she is able.
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