How do you know if you should ask for a donation?

July 10, 2011

Today's post is part 4 of chapter 5 of my book, A Day of Hope: Leading Volunteers to Make a Difference in Your CommunityI realize that some of these posts might not be exactly related to "leadership," but I believe they are relevant. Feel free to pass them on to someone you know who works at a nonprofit organization or church.


The tough question about fundraising is to know who to ask for the donation.  Do you ask for donations from friends, family, co-workers, Oprah, political leaders, etc?  You have to come up with the answer on your own.  I will give you my personal experience and what works for me, but you’re a different person with unique skill sets and abilities.

In addition to asking individual people to make donations, there are several other ways to fundraise money. There are event fundraisers, in-kind donations, and financial donations.  Let me start with financial donations.


Christopher L. Scott

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Christopher Scott is Small Groups Pastor at Rocky Hilly Community Church in Exeter, CA. He has more than ten years of experience leading volunteers, running nonprofit programs, and teaching the Bible in small group settings. He holds a bachelor's degree from Fresno Pacific University and master's degree from Dallas Theological Seminary.

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