Someone from a nonprofit recently asked me to address one of its organization’s biggest challenges with monthly giving: How to get its board on board with monthly giving.
I’m baffled that board members still need to be convinced that monthly giving is a thing and that monthly giving is a great way to provide ongoing sustainable revenue for the organization.
Frankly, if they’re not on board with monthly giving, maybe they should not be on your nonprofit’s board. Many board members are business folks.
What is not to like about the opportunity to get money in the door that you can plan on, that will keep your organization’s lights on and your mission going?
What’s not to like about the fact that monthly donors give more and keep giving much longer than one-time donors?
What’s not to like about the increased donor retention rate — double that of other donors?
What’s not to like about the fact that monthly donors are six times more likely to leave you in their will?
Gone are the days that monthly giving was expensive. Gone are the days that monthly giving was complicated. Believe me, I know!
Now, you have the tools in place.
The one thing missing: the mindset that you want to generate monthly donors because it’s the right thing to do.
It’s the right thing for your donors who want to help but may not be able to write bigger checks (especially not now) and for your donors who want to spread out their giving over the year.
And it’s the right thing for you, as the organization, that can plan better because you know the money will come in.
All you have to do is start asking donors to consider a monthly gift. It does not even take a lot of time or heavy lifting. You can add a button to every email. You can add a button to every email newsletter. Then step it up and do some more. You can add some special emails. You can add special appeals. You can add sustainer drives with all media and messaging.
You have the tools. You have the messaging and the channels to reach your donors. All you need now is the right mindset and the focus to go after these wonderful little gems in your database who are willing to help you on an ongoing basis.
If your board is not interested in generating sustainable revenue for your organization, ask them “Why?”
Oh, by the way, if you have board members who cannot write the big checks themselves, ask them to consider a monthly gift. Even $85 a month is $1,000 a year! What a great way to get involved.
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