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At a loss for what to write in your newsletter?

At a loss for what to write in your newsletter?

As you sit at your desk, staring at a blank screen (with only a blinking cursor to remind you that it’s still running), and wondering what to write in your monthly newsletter—let us inspire you with two simple questions.

We have been coaching a client for 11 months now, and he recently told us that he was at a complete loss for what to include in his monthly newsletter. This particular missionary has been serving in Haiti, and was unsure of what to communicate to his ministry partners, family, and friends.

He was tired of sending the normal, mundane family updates and always ending the letter by bringing up the remaining funds they still needed to raise. 

So, we asked two very simple (but very important) questions to spark a little creativity:

1. What's an example of a need that your ministry is addressing? 

2. How does your ministry meet this need?

He immediately knew that Haiti’s greatest needs are all linked to poverty. The average worker's salary in Haiti is $2.00 per day, and many Haitian workers have no skill set to even find a job.

After pondering the questions above, he wrote a gripping story about a Haitian family with 3 kids whose father had to leave Haiti in search of a job. The wife was left behind and could only provide a single meal of fish for her family each day.

Our client used his newsletter to explain how this ministry would help to provide employment for those without jobs. He had a plan to create jobs and stable income for families through training men and women with marketable skills to help them build a hospital to care for the poor. They would need concrete layers and carpenters to build the facility, and nurses to run the hospital after it was built.

By answering these two simple questions, he realized that he had a wealth of compelling stories to share in order to cast vision for the ministry. He also realized that their partners wanted to learn more about the needs of the people in Haiti and the practical, daily help their ministry was providing.

You may not even be on your ministry assignment, but you can always offer a vision-focused newsletter to educate and enlarge your partner's world as you connect them to what you are accomplishing together.

And that is what fundraising is all about.

If you would like help writing a newsletter or strategizing your organization’s mission, click here to speak with a Tailored Fundraising Coach today.

Connect with Donors Before Leaving on a Misison Trip? Yes!

Connect with Donors Before Leaving on a Misison Trip? Yes!

When you are planning to leave for a short or long-term mission trip, it can be easy to come up with a long list of things you need to do before you go. (And making the time to connect with your donors may not even be on this list.)

It’s rare that we plan time to connect with our financial partners before leaving for an extended period of time, but these opportunities are extremely important (and vital to your on-going partnership with donors).

When the to-do list starts getting longer and longer (and your time is getting shorter and shorter) that is usually when “things” start to take first place on our priority list.

But as fundraisers, our donors and partnerships should always be our first priority. When they aren’t—you will lose focus of the impact you and your donors are making, together.

So, be intentional about your time. Before you leave, take a moment to write out and answer these 3 vital questions (You can add them right to the top of your mile-long to-do list):

1. Who are the people you want to connect with before you leave?

2. How do you want to connect with them?

3. When do you need to connect with each person?

Connecting with your donors and partners before you leave for a trip might seem like the worst time to get together, but it is actually the best. Why? Because you are preparing for ministry and the needs you can share with them are going to be current and immediate. Plus, you taking the time to meet with them at a time when they know you are busy will show them that they are a significant part of what you are doing together.

Lastly, make it special! You can do this in several ways: Take a little time to write a handwritten thank you note with things you appreciate about this person, what they have taught you, and what you are praying for them. Give them a special gift as a reminder to pray for you and the ministry.

More than anything, be intentional. Make connections that matter. And leave well. Your donors and partners are the reason we are able to do ministry and they should always be prioritized above everything else on our list!

Click here to connect with one of our Tailored Fundraising Coaches about your fundraising needs.

Getting Comfortable with Your Ask

Getting Comfortable with Your Ask

If asking a potential donor for money feels awkward or uncomfortable in any way to you, then you might be doing it all wrong. (The good news is, most people feel this way, and we know how to help.)

I’m almost certain you already have the resources and connections that you need to increase your funding. Now, you just need to learn how to ask.

Raising money is all about understanding how to invite other people to solve a problem with you by helping them take ownership of the cause.

Asking for funding is all about helping donors understand how their giving makes a difference. When they make a donation, we want them to clearly know what we are accomplishing together.

After working with one of our clients on follow-up commitment scripts, they wrote our Tailored Coaching Team saying, “I realized, signing them [the donor] up not only helped me, it also helps them to do what they want to do!”

God could be calling you to step outside of your comfort zone, AND He could be calling your financial potential partners to step outside of theirs! This is where we really get to see God at work in our lives and in the lives of our partners.

So, before you make your next call or have your next appointment….

1. Pray about your motives and the generous amounts you should ask for.

2. Ask the Spirit to be present and to guide you.

3. Listen to God and obey His voice.

Asking for a generous response is about inviting someone else to experience the blessings of investing in God’s Kingdom. Oftentimes, you lose potential donors, simply because you don’t ask.

 

 “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.”  ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭7:7-8‬ ‭NLT‬‬

 

To read more about The Anatomy of An Effective Ask, download your copy of ourHow to Get a Generous Response (almost) Every Time You Ask.