How to Avoid Donor Drop Off After a Big Gift

Let’s say your organization just received a gift, about $2 million in unrestricted funds.

Your first thoughts might include:

  • Wow!
  • How can we best use this?
  • We must thank the donor appropriately.

You produce a beautiful piece detailing the donor’s generosity and proudly publish it to the world.

Then something unexpected happens. Your other donors, unable to give such a large gift, stop giving altogether. Panic sets in.

Your Next Steps

Social media can be your saving grace to prevent this kind of situation.
Take these proactive steps:

  • Identify the gift and then the donor
    • Link to the donor if they are on social media
  • Inform your audience how the gift will be used
  • Remind your audience of all the other needs that still need to be filled
  • Include a way for “small donations” to be combined into something larger using a crowdsourcing site, similar to Kickstarter.


Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much. — Helen Keller

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One comment

  1. I do think this are great tips Jess. Thanks for the sharing 🙂

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