To Close a Gift… Ask a Question

In nonprofit fundraising, closing major gifts is a common challenge for volunteer and professional fundraisers. Many fundraisers – perhaps you, too? – say they are great at building relationships, telling stories, cultivating donors and stewardship, but when it comes to asking a donor to consider committing to a gift, they’re often at a loss for words.

To Close a Gift… Ask a Question

That’s why I love this audio resource from ForImpact – 20 Ways to CLOSE. This recording provides closing language for 20 different donor scenarios. (Note: the full recording lasts 70 minutes.) A common thread? Closing a gift often involves asking a question, and helping your prospect zoom out from a ground-level, in-the-weeds conversation about your organization to a 30,000-foot conversation about changing the world. As the narrator, Nick Fellers, says, great closes happen at 30,000 feet!

So sit back, grab a snack and listen to some of these effective (and very entertaining) closes. Or do what I did and download the recording to your smartphone and listen in your car or at the gym. Then, get out there and try some of these!

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