►3 Magic Words to Get Anything DonatedAugust 2, 2017 - Author: Jenelle Taylor, CAI BAS
A couple of years ago I asked many of my smart fundraising friends to contribute a top tip or piece of advice.
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My chapter is about the “Three Magic Words” that help you get just about anything donated. In fact, these words elevate your request from an all-too-common “ask” to an opportunity.
Ready? Here they are: feature, showcase and highlight. And the question? How would you like to be included?
Instead of begging for a donation, explain that – of all the possible businesses in town – for this event you’d like to “feature” ABC Business so you can “highlight” their great ____________ and “showcase” what they do to your prominent supporters and community members. “Our committee thinks more people should know about your terrific ____________, so we wanted to invite you to have one of the exclusive (another good word!) spots in our live (or silent) auction. How would you like to be involved?”
If they say “no,” thank them and say (to yourself), “Next.” They either see the opportunity or they don’t, and someone always will when you share how wonderful your cause is and how much you want to include them in your biggest 1 night, once-a-year event.
So just ask! And remember: feature, showcase and highlight.
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