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Dan Rice

Dan Rice

Philanthropy Architect. Alliance Community Foundation.

Stargazing Squatters

Almost every charity of significance seems to have at least one really powerful or pseudo-powerful individual who owns “the list” of megawatt donors. No one else at the organization is allowed to call on these major donors. Let’s refer to this individual pejoratively as a “Donor Squatter.”

Donor Squatters also tend to be fundraising stargazers. They squint into deep space, seeking the precise moment in time when the megawatt donor can be asked for a major gift. Assuredly, this moment never appears. The stars never quite align.

Here’s the thing: while your All-powerful One is squatting, Major Gifts Officer Bucky Lucky, who works at the Little Charity of the Even Littler Angels, doesn’t care about your squatter. Bucky doesn’t need your squatter’s permission to ask the megawatt donor for a gift.

Bucky isn’t a stargazer, either. Bucky knows that the best time to ask for a gift is now. Bucky knows the best cure for asking-reluctance is to ask.

And Bucky isn’t a squatter. If he feels someone else at Little Charity is a more suitable person to do the actual ask, he is committed to being a team player.

‘Nuff said.

By the Numbers

Consider the recruitment opportunities for your organization that these stats indicate:

  • About 63 million Americans (25% of the adult population) volunteer their time, talents, and energy to making a difference.
  • These people spend an average of 52 hours/year volunteering.
  • 72% of volunteers are involved with only one organization, while 18.3% are involved with two.

Random interesting stats presented monthly from various sources.