Are you committed to raising major gifts this year? Have you been keeping up with the Major Gifts Challenge so far? Or are you just getting started?
Either way, this post serves one purpose…
To make sure you DON’T GIVE UP!
You’re Almost There
You really want to raise some major gifts for your organization this year. That means you’re going to need to ask. The next few posts will be all about the art and science of asking for a major gift.
But before you move forward, take a moment to reflect on where you are right this second:
- Do you feel like you’ve made some progress toward an ask?
- Are you ahead of where you were last year with regard to major gifts?
- Do you feel confident that you’ll be able to ask for major gifts this year?
An “Un-Post” to Reflect and Catch Your Breath
This is an un-post in the Major Gifts Challenge — I want to give you a chance to catch up if you’re falling behind (or just getting started). Even more important, you should take this time to ask me any questions about the process so far.
We’re almost halfway through the year. It’s nearly time to start asking for major gifts.
In my next post we’re going to cover “the ask”. It’s almost time to schedule your ask meetings with your lead prospects. Are you feeling ready?
Have you scheduled your pre-ask meetings?
In Preparation for The Ask
What else do you feel like you need to know before you ask for a gift?
What (if anything) has been preventing you from keeping up with the Major Gifts Challenge? Is it fear of failure? Fear of rejection? Lack of time? What are your stumbling blocks?
If you’ve been procrastinating, losing focus, or if you’re feeling overwhelmed, take some time to review the action items in the previous posts. Which ones gave you pause? What have you had the most trouble completing? Again, where (specifically) have you stumbled?
Action Item of the Week — 2 hours or less
Your action item is simple: Ask yourself the questions laid out above and share your stumbling blocks and any lingering questions in the comments (or contact me privately through my contact form if you wish to stay anonymous).
Remember, this is FREE consulting advice. Please ask me your questions and tell me about your challenges. If you don’t, then I can’t help. The only stupid questions are the ones you fail to ask.
Fall is the most popular time to ask for Major Gifts, so if you are behind in any area, now is the perfect time to get clear and catch up.
Don’t be afraid. Don’t be shy. I’ve got your back. Leave your comment below.
This post is part of Amy’s Major Gifts Challenge. Read the entire series to learn how to solicit major gifts by spending just a few hours each month.