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Fundraising 101: Part II

The other day I shared with you my tips for fundraisers. Here is part two of the two-part series. Today's tips are for donors.

Tips for Donors

Determine your top causes. Whether you support one cause or several, I suggest choosing what you believe in and sticking to those charities for a minimum of a one year cycle. If you’d like to support different causes or additional ones, consider introducing those the following year. This will give focus and structure to your charitable giving.

Earmark a specific amount annually. This will allow you to set aside a pot of charitable funds in advance so that you don’t find yourself short for something else.

Be responsive to solicitations. This also includes saying no…politely. Fundraising is a huge challenge. Responding to fundraisers with even a no is just plain courtesy. They will appreciate the acknowledgement and it will put an end to receiving further requests on the topic again.

Be patient. Accept that you'll be solicited by many people and organizations. Understanding that people are simply doing their job, and for a good cause could go a long way to giving you much-needed calm at those times when you might be losing it.

Gather your receipts. Remember most donations over $20 are tax deductible. Keep track of all your receipts and be sure to claim them at tax time.

On that note, I’m fundraising for the Foundation Fighting Blindness. Eye disease runs in my family. If you'd like to contribute to this important cause, this is your chance. Please visit my personal page at Many thanks for anything you can spare!


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