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The Artful Asker 2013 Marcy Heim Marcys Major Gifts Makeover Making an Artful Ask! Slide 2 The Artful Asker 2013 Marcy Heim T HE A RTFUL A SKER Marcy Heim, CFRE Founder & Principal Marcy Heim, CFRE, is an author, speaker and coach for those transforming the world through philanthropy. Her direct and entertaining style reflects over twenty years of in-the-trenches, major gift fundraising and management success where she and her team raised millions by creating the genuine relationships she promotes in her popular sessions. "Empowering Development Ambassadors is Marcys book on major gift relationship-building and the role of both methods and mindset in success. Slide 3 The Artful Asker 2013 Marcy Heim Session Goals The power & joy of philanthropy Why people give/the Words we use The Cycle of Successful Relationships overview Making an ask & WRITE your ask! Throughout Our MINDSET! Slide 4 The Artful Asker 2013 Marcy Heim Whats the cause? Cant you just give? Must there always be a cause? Slide 5 The Artful Asker 2013 Marcy Heim Philanthropy: A Definition From the Greek word, philanthrapia, meaning love of humankind. The effort or inclination to increase the WELL-BEING of all through the giving of ones time, talent or money for the GREATER GOOD. Community Foundation of Greater Wood County Slide 6 The Artful Asker 2013 Marcy Heim Why Do People Give? They believe in your mission and want to make a difference ***** They are asked They believe you are stable & ethical They want to honor someone/thing They want to extend their values They have a high regard for the staff and the volunteer leadership They want to belong to something and help their community Slide 7 The Artful Asker 2013 Marcy Heim Reasons That Do Not Play a Big Role in Creating A Joyful Giver Guilt/Strong Arm To meet our numbers For Recognition Promotional Materials and Proposals To Reduce or Avoid Taxes Slide 8 The Artful Asker 2013 Marcy Heim Universal Vision You want to compose a good world it is an honorable and noble profession. Maya Angelou Let your vocabulary reflect your attitude! Slide 9 The Artful Asker 2013 Marcy Heim Why you are you here? Our role, responsibility and opportunity to make the world a better place. And every day, it is your choice. Limiting Beliefs Slide 10 The Artful Asker 2013 Marcy Heim We become what we think about! Earl Nightingale The Strangest Secret Slide 11 The Artful Asker 2013 Marcy Heim Declarations about Raising Major Gifts My cause is worthy of peoples investment We are a sound and accountable organization We make a difference and I am proud of what we do People love to give me money! By giving to my organization, my donors experience the joy of philanthropy! It feels GREAT! I delight in hearing about gifts to other organizations I love to give to my organization myself Slide 12 The Artful Asker 2013 Marcy Heim Examine Your Beliefs "Our beliefs can move us forward in life, or they can hold us back. Oprah Ive heard this before Slide 13 The Artful Asker 2013 Marcy Heim Lets Get The Money! hit up put the arm on The bottom line loaded milk should give ought to give owes us Contacts per month get into his/her pockets pick the low hanging fruit Dream Make a difference Gift Consider Impact/Hope Meaningful Exciting/Passion Sustaining/Enduring Possibilities/Imagine What to you think? Opportunity to invest Thank you/Gratitude What about? Prospect Suspect Follow up Strategy Move you Pitch Close Qualify Slide 14 The Artful Asker 2013 Marcy Heim Why are the words we use so important? Our words define who we are to others, how we feel about ourselves and how we choose to be seen by the world. Slide 15 The Artful Asker 2013 Marcy Heim BUTIts more than just the words you use you need to really mean them. Marcy Heim Slide 16 The Artful Asker 2013 Marcy Heim Philanthropy is the Mystical Mingling of a joyous giver, an artful asker, and a grateful recipient. Douglas M. Lawson (1936) WRITE THIS DOWN! Slide 17 The Artful Asker Cycle of Successful Relationships Creating the Joyful Giver Engagement Making the Artful Ask NO maybe yes acknowledge Invoking the Grateful Recipient Show Creativity Consider Shared Values & Interests Begin the Conversation Used with permission from Don Gray /Douglas Lawson Additional Interest 2010 The Artful Asker LLC, www.MarcyHeim.com marcyheim@tds.net cell: 608-772-6777www.MarcyHeim.com A Donor Story Slide 18 The Artful Asker 2013 Marcy Heim The Math of Major Gift Work For each major gift (>$25K), you need three prospective major givers On average, a major gift is closed after 9 meaningful contacts, or between 6 mos-2yrs Thus to get 5 new major gifts requires 3 x 9 x 5 = 135 meaningful contacts. Slide 19 The Artful Asker 2013 Marcy Heim 5 Laws About Money Money likes clarity. Telling your personal story. Blaming, tangents, broadcast approaches. When you arent clear, you dont connect, Clear values, message, impact Money comes through people so its never about the money. Money is the vehicle that connects shared values Money likes certainty. Opportunities for Giving. This is what this amount will do. Money likes consistency. The key to more & larger giving. It is not an event, it is a flow-a relationship you can count on. Money likes systems.(not winging it) Rain barrel directs to impact Slide 20 The Artful Asker 2013 Marcy Heim Beginning the Conversation Think about people like you---who share your values and interests Be VERY clear on why you champion, invite and invest money likes clarity Make connections between opportunities to give and givers interests with your needs Share your story anywhere and anytime! Slide 21 The Artful Asker 2013 Marcy Heim Creating Joyful Givers Make communicating with others a priority newsletters, website, etc. Telling the story! Board/volunteers play a key role here for their own 1:1 connections & to connect staff Money comes through people. Consistency. Let the relationship evolve Grandchildren syndrome Create EXPERIENCES big and small to be involved and see first-hand the impact (Invite) Talk/listen about what you need get to dollars/impact Money loves certainty. Slide 22 The Artful Asker 2013 Marcy Heim Making an Artful Ask Make an ask only if you are comfortable in doing so Arrange the ask call for staff Agree to be a member of the asking team Serve as the testimonial regarding the organization Discuss the impact a gift will have on your organization Be a role model for a similar level of giving Show strong support for organizations mission/priorities Support a potential givers inclination to support another project Slide 23 The Artful Asker 2013 Marcy Heim Being a Grateful Recipient Steward the gift, donor and a culture of stewardship Money loves systems. Its all about demonstrating IMPACT Be genuinely grateful, Listen for any concerns or questions Deepen and continue the personal relationship. Money love consistency. Thank people whenever appropriate and in a variety of ways not 10 form letters Be creative and watch for the sparkle. Listen for new interests in your organization Slide 24 The Artful Asker Cycle of Successful Relationships Creating the Joyful Giver Engagement Making the Artful Ask NO maybe yes acknowledge Invoking the Grateful Recipient Show Creativity Consider Shared Values & Interests Begin the Conversation Used with permission from Don Gray /Douglas Lawson Additional Interest 2010 The Artful Asker LLC, www.MarcyHeim.com marcyheim@tds.net cell: 608-772-6777www.MarcyHeim.com Slide 25 The Artful Asker Cycle of Successful Relationships Creating the Joyful Giver Making the Artful Ask NO maybe yes acknowledge Invoking the Grateful Recipient Show Creativity Consider Shared Values & Interests Begin the Conversation Used with permission from Don Gray /Douglas Lawson Additional Interest 2010 The Artful Asker LLC, www.MarcyHeim.com marcyheim@tds.net cell: 608-772-6777www.MarcyHeim.com They agree on the value of our organization/mission. They agree with the vision of our leadership. They see that private support is needed for this project to happen. We have a relationship built on trust and have talked through all the concerns they have about giving methods and the project. We have talked about different specific components and giving levels and found a project that accomplishes their dream. WOULD YOU CONSIDER Slide 26 The Artful Asker 2013 Marcy Heim Major Issues in Asking What are the important linkages? How much do you ask for? Who makes the ask? Where is the best location to make an ask? What do you send out ahead of the call? When is the timing right? How do you make an artful ask? Common pitfalls in making an ask? What do you say when.responding to objections. How do you follow up? What do you do if the answer is no? Or YES! Slide 27 The Artful Asker 2013 Marcy Heim Review the Cycle to Date Make it Right Motivation and values, knowledge, decision-maker, concerns, preferences for involvement, giving and stewardship. Slide 28 The Artful Asker 2013 Marcy Heim Research and Discovery When is the timing right? What is the right amount? Who makes the ask? Where is the ask made? Listen for signals: Listen, Listen, Listen Ask thoughtful questions Develop a touch for knowing Remember: this is an art, and a science Readyaimaimaimaim Slide 29 The Artful Asker 2013 Marcy Heim How Much do you Ask For? Using your 6-9 meaningful contacts, you have assessed the potential through your conversations personally and through involving others in the action plan for the donor. You believe you have found a fit with the givers interest and capacity. Talk about dollars to accomplish a certain impact and listen, listen, listen In cultivation, review costs today. Ask for somewhat more than the persons estimated ability. Most people are flattered. Discuss the form of the gift, the payment period and possible combinations of outright and deferred. Slide 30 The Artful Asker 201