Posts filed under ‘Letters’
A donors take on your thank you letter process.
I am writing to ask for support beyond your time and talent. It is important that every Board member contribute financially to our organization. This is essential for a number of reasons. As leaders, we need to set the pace and example for others to follow. Our fundraising staff needs to show corporate and foundation donors we, as a Board, are supporting the organization work fully.
We have worked very hard to make our grant process transparent. Grant guidelines and funding areas are clearly listed on our website along with the types of organizations we fund. It appears from your grant proposal you didn’t have the time to review this information because it is clear your organization and programs do not fit our guidelines. In addition, you asked for a grant that is twice the amount of our average grant.
Dear Director of Development,
I am writing to give you some feedback on your work to date. I review the budget regularly and noticed 5%-10% increases in individual, corporate and foundation giving. But given what we pay you, I really expected better results.
We were really excited when we hired you. Mostly because we knew you would do all the fundraising. We thought having a full-time fundraiser on staff would mean we would instantly raise more money. We expected, with your skills, our fundraising events and letters would be more successful than before.
It was nice of you to quickly approve our 2010 budget and my fundraising plan. I thought when you approved it you understood you have some responsibility in our success (and failure.) In case you didn’t notice, the budget calls for the Board to raise 10% of our income. My fundraising plan offers many opportunities for you to participate and I am here to help lead and support your efforts.