A pre-call letter is a letter (or email) you send to a donor to let them know you will be calling, so hopefully, they are more receptive to your call.
Tim asked what I thought of pre-call letters, and how much detail they should have. He also wanted to know if you should really let prospective donors know why you’re calling, or if you should simply say you’ll be calling in the letter.
My answer is, “Yes – tell them exactly why you’re calling!”
Tip of the Day:
Remember, you are trying to build a relationship with this person, right? So be as open and honest as possible.
No sneakiness or trickery allowed!
Let Your Donors Know WHY You Want to Meet
In your letter, let the recipient know that you will be calling in the hopes of scheduling a time to meet. And, let them know WHY you want to meet.
Here are some common reasons you can use as to why you’d like to meet with a prospective donor for the first time:
- To thank them for any previous gifts they’ve made and let them know how their gifts have been used.
- To provide brief updates about the program, and answer any questions they may have about your organization.
- To get to know them better — and most importantly, to ask for their advice (which is a great way to build a rapport with someone).
Be sure to use number 3, because it’s easy for donors to say, “no need to thank me in person” and “I can get program updates from the website”. However, if you emphasize that you would like to ask them advice, it’s much harder for them to say “No” to a meeting.
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Have you ever used a pre-call letter? Why or why not?
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