Donor Soup

As fundraisers, we are known for going the extra mile to get that big gift. So was the case when I participated in a capital campaign for a wonderful organization. At the time we were working hard and fast to obtain as many big gifts as possible. We had spent several lunches over the course of a year on one particular donor who was older and very friendly with my boss. Over the years they had known each other and supported each other’s causes. On this particular day, this potential donor had come to our lunch meeting prior to a dentist appointment he had made. Upon our arrival, he told us a story of his recent car accident and the resulting missing top teeth from a collision with the steering column. “Oh no…you can hardly tell!” my executive assured him. That wasn’t exactly the truth, but we were on a mission and that was the beginning of the lengths he would stretch to in order to close that gift. Continue reading

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