HOW TO SET REALISTIC FUNDRAISING GOALS
If you’re struggling to raise funds for your organization, you’re not alone. You started your nonprofit to help people, not to spend all your time soliciting and fretting about resources.
But the truth is you can’t do this important work without support. And by “support” we mean, you guessed it, money.
So, what steps can you take to make sure you set a realistic fundraising goal that actually results in getting the funds you need to accomplish your longer term initiatives?
First, you must know what dollar amount you’ll need to make your important initiatives happen. Consider the following:
1. What initiatives do you want to accomplish in the next 3-5 years?
2. What will you need in terms of money to make these initiatives happen?
3. How much does your organization receive in annual fundraising on average?
Now, how can you set a realistic fundraising goal to meet the organization’s initiatives? A quick way to determine if your fundraising goal is realistic is to use this free gift calculator. After using the calculator, it might seem unreasonable to expect to raise the amount you originally set. Or you mind find that you will have more than initially expected. Either way, using these calculations can help you adjust your fundraising goal accordingly.
Once you’ve set a realistic fundraising goal, incorporating these five fundraising checkpoints in your strategic fundraising plan will help you meet your goal. Think of these checkpoints as a framework for developing a cohesive fundraising plan to reach peak performance of your fundraising efforts.
Checkpoint #1 – IDENTIFICATION
The most successful fundraising is intentional, thoughtful, and deliberate. You can’t afford to waste time or money chasing after people who are never going to care or give. Identify people who are passionate about the cause and start building your community.
Checkpoint #2 – CULTIVATE
Once you have identified people who also get mad as hell or whose heart aches about the issue your nonprofit seeks to address, it is time to reach out, connect, and cultivate relationships with your potential supporters. During this stage, your role is to educate your potential supporters about the work you are doing and why it matters.
Checkpoint #3 – SOLICIT
New relationships bring new ideas and great conversations. Facilitating conversations regarding shared passions and hopes is one of the best ways to build quality relationships with potential donors who share your passion for the cause. You are inviting your potential supporters to walk alongside you in your shared quest to make a difference, so they are inspired to give when you ask for time, talent, and treasure.
Checkpoint #4 – RECOGNIZE
As donors offer resources whether in time, energy, or funding, recognition is the key to keeping donors engaged in the cause. Expressing gratitude and thanking your donors lifts spirits and reminds them of how valuable their support is in making progress.
Checkpoint #5 – STEWARDSHIP
The final guidepost is one of the most important and yet often poorly executed in nonprofits. If you can show supporters the impact your organization is making using performance data and storytelling, fundraising will become so much easier and you’ll attract more donors.
Want to learn how your organization can adopt these checkpoints for ultimate fundraising potential? Let’s talk. Schedule your FREE consultation call today and let’s get working toward your goals!