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8 Considerations for a New Major Gifts Campaign

DonorSearch aims to provide the best content available regarding prospect research and its surrounding topics. In an effort to ensure that our readers have access to as much valuable information as possible, we feature content from guest authors from time to time. This week, we’ve reached out to Marcella Vitulli of EveryAction for her insights regarding major gifts.  You’ll find Vitulli’s article posted below.   

8 Things to Remember When Creating a Major Gifts Campaign

Many nonprofits still rely heavily on collecting major gifts to reach their fundraising goals. Major gifts are a great way for many to take care of big chunks of their budget in one (or several) fell swoops.  A single major gift could fund an entire program, a few staff salaries, and give your organization stability and certainty. Sounds good right? However, a successful major gift campaign requires a strategic approach to prospect nurturing and engagement. You need to build a strong relationship with your prospects over a long period of time before, ultimately, making the ask for a major gift if you want them to give. This kind of approach requires you to play the long game, with incredible amounts of focus and planning needed to meet your goals. But fear not! Read on, and become a master in the art of major gifts.

Establish Goals and Objectives

Establishing objectives for your campaign is hugely important as they will guide all communications and outreach, and will serve as a baseline for measuring your success. When setting them, remember to make them SMART, as in: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely.

Target Prospect List

If you want all that planning and effort to count, you’ll want to focus it in the right places. Your prospects for a major gifts campaign aren’t going to be part of the general public – instead, identify people with the inclination and means to help you out. The next step is a description for each of your targets. You should create a profile of each target, complete with a picture. You’ll need to know these people better than your best friend. Here are some questions to ask yourself about each persona:
  • What are the demographics of this person? (Age, education, location, etc.)
  • What goals might this person have?
  • What are their biggest challenges and how do they work to overcome them
  • How does this person find, consume, and share content?
  • What sort of views and concerns do they have?

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