It’s November and our minds automatically go to being thankful.

We often use this month to thank our donors, but my question is this: When we think of our donors, do we think of our board members and our staff?  Do we ever do anything extra to thank them?

I worked with one organization that used the Monday before Thanksgiving to have all board members come and make “thank you” calls to all their donors. But the really cool part was they took them and their spouses to dinner afterwards to thank them. What a cool way to spread the love!

Staff often only get thank you letters for their donations. What if there was a special week to thank staff including signage in your facility, extra thank you notes and maybe a pizza or snacks in their break rooms?  It would really be great if the Executive Director showed up at each shift to say thanks and chat for awhile.

Some of our more devoted donors are our tireless staff and board members. Develop a plan to wow them with an extra thank you. Their thanks will become as passionate as yours!


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Posted by Peggy Vinson
Peggy Vinson

Written by Peggy Vinson

Since joining DBD in 2005, Peggy has coached executive staff and volunteers on increasing the effectiveness of their fundraising efforts. Peggy’s prescriptive approach focuses on the organization’s strengths and challenges. She meets her clients where they are, helping all to grow their fundraising skills. By developing strategic, measurable plans and skill sets, Peggy helps organizations not only meet their goals this year, but increase their capacity for the future.

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