We all benefit from a diversified approach to our projects and donors. Last month I built the case that we are moving away from being solely advance practitioners into having a main area of experience and a hobby area. This kind of experience can benefit every area of fundraising. For example, the skills and perspectives of an online fundraiser finding connections and links to donors can be extremely beneficial to a Major Gifts Officer.
One benefit can be the use of your co-workers opinions and expertise on some of your major projects. If you’re writing a solicitation letter ask a Major Gifts Officer what messages are resonating with the donors they are talking with on a regular basis. Talk to your copy writer in annual fund about what kinds of letters are getting a better response. Pull in someone who works with your database to talk about how to segment your approach with different donors.
We all work with donors in a different way using methods and techniques that illicit different responses and information. Your introverted staff will have a different kind of conversation with a donor than your extroverted staff. You might find that your introverted staff has learned what questions get more focused answers from your donors. With your extroverted staff you may find they’ve found what stories and messages best reach your donor population.