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Speaking in front of groups is a great way to gather new contacts, if you do it the right way. We want to lower obstacles when getting people involved in our ministry. So, the next time you are speaking in front of a group, remember to use a response card. No matter the setting, take the time to walk everyone through filling out the card, and make it as easy as possible for them to be returned. This is a great way to keep the ball in your court at all times, because fundraising is your job, not theirs.

Donor partnerships are the most important relationships we have as fundraisers—and church partnerships are no different. And if we want to keep our relationships healthy, then the age-old phrase still stands: Communication is key. If you want healthy, long-lasting partnerships, keep communication with your donors at the center of your to-do list.

After working in the fundraising business for over a decade, training and coaching in over 50 different countries with diverse cultures, customs, and people groups—I can tell you, with complete certainty, that there is not a single place in the world where talking about other people’s money is easy. That’s where we come in. Our coaches and staff have been working with clients for decades, increasing funding and teaching ministries and organizations to ask in a way that benefits both the ministry and the donor. If you think fundraising is hard, it doesn’t have to be. Click here to work with one of our trained Tailored Fundraising coaches today

Missionaries are changing their marketing tactics to reach millennials. They’re making it easy to give, challenging them to commit, and sharing the stories of impact. As a ministry or organization, it would be wise to begin planning how to expand your donor base by including a marketing strategy to reach a younger generation.

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: 1. What's an example of a need that your ministry is addressing?  and 2. How does your ministry meet this need? By answering these questions, 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.

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). 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. Make your connection with them special and intentional!

Ever thought about using text messages as your ongoing communication to donors, instead of or in addition to email? Text messages have an open rate of 98% within 2 minutes of sending and almost 100% open rate in 24 hours of sending. That’s pretty incredible compared to the average open rate of email being 20%!

Asking for funding can be uncomfortable for anyone if they don’t know the right ways to ask, but that’s why Tailored Fundraising is here to help. When fundraising, you might make phone calls to 10 different people in one afternoon and be lucky to have 4 of them answer (or call you back). This is normal, and they best way to receive results is to stay persistent.