Based on the feedback of my esteemed commenters, along with my own experience, here are a few things NOT to do when you ask for donations:
– Act like you know the potential donor when you really don’t!
Niki says that it’s “creepy.” Ooh – I think so, too, especially when they mispronounce your name as in “Oh, hello, Mrs. Kalalahah. Are you having a good day today?” And before you can even respond, “That’s great. Well, I was calling about…” Click
– Don’t bother getting to know the person at all.
Don’t even have a conversation with him/her. Don’t ask the other person any questions about their interests – show no concern AT ALL. (Yeah – that will get you a donation… NOT!)
– Put lots of pressure on the person to give. Don’t give them an out.
While you are at it, ask for a really big donation that’s far beyond the person’s means.
– Use guilt.
– Don’t share any compelling stories about how your nonprofit has affected people’s lives.
– Hide your passion. Be stoic.
– Never include an self-addressed envelope for a return gift
By the way, if you do remember to include an envelope, it’s probably better not to put on a stamp because then it looks like you are spending too much of your donations on stamps that may never be used.
– Act fearful and apologetic when you ask for money.
That will impart alot of confidence in your nonprofit… NOT!
Any more ideas of what NOT to do?