The Philanthropy Therapist’s Top 10 to do before December 26th

Everywhere in America, fundraisers are planning year-end activities, trying to raise as much as they can before December 31st.  So do that data dig, get your lists in place and take a look at my list of the top 10 things you need to do to get ready …


  1. Is your year-end appeal ready to be mailed and your Giving Tuesday strategy in place? (If not, hurry up!)


  1. Do you have your reminder letter ready to go? (Don’t leave any donor stone unturned?)


  1. Are you all set to make your phone calls to remind your best donors to give (if they haven’t    already)?  (PS – you need your list to be in good shape and ready to go)




  1. Did you update your voicemail letting those special donors know how to reach you if you’re not in the office and they want to make a special gift? (Hey, you never know!)


  1. Is your tax and estate attorney on speed-dial, just in case someone wants to make that complicated planned gift? (It happens ….)


  1. Did you take a minute to call and thank your best donors? (It is so rewarding) (Do you  know who they are?)


3. In all the craziness – did you remember to breathe today?  Pace yourself – you still have a few   weeks to go.


  1. Are you tallying up how much you’ve raised this year …. Giving USA wants to know!


  1. Have you decided how to relax and replenish? Be good to yourself.  You deserve it.  And get ready …. I think 2017 is going to be a very good year.