Holiday Fundraising Top 10

We are all in the midst of holiday fundraising and I created this Top 10 list of things that you might find yourself doing this holiday season. I’ve intentionally left off number 1 because I want to hear from you.

Things You Might Do this Holiday Season:

10. While writing a thank you letter try to find as many ways as you can to say Happy Holidays without saying Merry Christmas.
9. Frantically work with other departments to put the finishing touches on your holiday cards before it’s too late.
8. Take a deep breath on the week of Christmas because after three weeks of utter chaos your phone doesn’t ring at all.
7. Call donors to try and get them to attend a last minute holiday party.
6. Call those same donors back to cancel your holiday party due to lack of attendance and rescheduling to January for a “winter celebration.”
5. Talk with lapsed donors in droves who seem to appear out of the woodworks for only a few days around the holidays.
4. Gorge yourself on cookies and brownies that everyone seems to put in the kitchen.
3. Discover just how tacky a cubical can be as co-workers decorate trying to make three metal walls into a livable festive space.
2. Consider buying a Santa outfit, a red bucket, and a bell as one more major donor’s gift comes in smaller than the year before.
Lets hear your number 1 leave a comment below.


6 Responses to Holiday Fundraising Top 10

  1. 1. Sleep under the Christmas tree like the kids did when they were still kids :)

  2. We’re making a “Giving Tree” where everyone in our family makes an ornament for the tree which represents charitable work we’ve done during the year.

  3. Anthony says:

    Calculate your ROI on the December mailings you to do donors. I recently wondered how effective this process is as my wife and I are inundated with these. I understand organizations wanting to let people know of year end giving opportunities, but my question is “given all of the mail that people receive during the holidays (wanted and unwanted), is this the best method of reaching out to donors?”

  4. Abhishek says:

    Donate a bit to some families looking to keep warm and safe this Christmas, any little bit is good enough, go to


  5. Sara says:

    Create a fort in my office, incorporating my desk and filing cabinet, with the mountain of pillows and blankets and socks and underwear and hats and gloves and mittens brought in by many donors at such a crazy rate that they’re (literally) stacked to my ceiling because I can’t get them out to our clients quick enough.

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