“You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.”
Dale Carnegie wrote those words. His mission was to help people win friends and influence people, but he might as well have been writing about helping nonprofits raise money.
As we gear up for our end-of-year asks, Pamela Grow suggests in her email that “your first step in developing your agency’s appeal is to analyze thoroughly, understand and connect with your donor.” There’s more from Pam about her emphasis on one-person development shops on her website here.
Quinn Barraza from the University of Oregon had some great ideas on annual fundraising at the MVDP meeting last week in Albany. One of the attendees wrote in her evaluation that this was “by far the most useful & timely program I have been to thus far.” Quinn’s presentation slides are saved here.
Next up for MVDP is the Oct. 25 program featuring Kris Hunt from Oregon State University, bringing us tips on researching prospects to find the best potential donors. Join us from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, at the Dye House at the Willamette Heritage Center at the Mill.