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The Holy Grail of Fundraising....Donor Loyalty

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Maybe you call this donor relations or cultivation or stewardship. But today, we’re calling this loyalty. And we’re claiming loyalty as the Holy Grail of any business, including fundraising. Unfortunately, donor retention is scandalously low sector wide. And it’s way past time to focus on this stunning failure of fundraising and fundraisers.

There’s nothing quite so good as loyal donors. Make sure you’re doing all you can to lead your organization to the Holy Grail. Thanks to the Agitators for reminding us of the right grail. There’s nothing quite so good as loyalty donors (and customers, too!)


About our Presenter: Simone Joyaux, Joyaux Associates

Simone is described as “one of the most thoughtful, inspirational, and provocative leaders in the philanthropic sector.” She particularly likes the “provocative” word! In January 2017, she began her 30th year as a full-time consultant, specializing in fund development, strategic planning, and board development. Clients include all types and sizes of nonprofits.

She serves on the faculty for the Masters Program in Philanthropy and Development at Saint Mary’s University, MN, and presents all over the world. As a volunteer, she regularly serves on boards. She chaired CFRE International when it became an independent corporation, and founded the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island.

Currently, she chairs the Board of Directors of Planned Parenthood of Southern New England. She’s also the Chair of the Advisory Board of the new Hartsook Centre for Sustainable Philanthropy at the University of Plymouth in the U.K.

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