When it comes to raising significant gifts, you’re usually not talking about a day trip; you’re talking about a lengthy journey. You choose your travel companions, and plan your itinerary. Then, off you go!
To help you on your way, here’s a checklist summarizing the key steps involved: engage a prospect, make a proposal, formalize the gift, and nurture the relationship.
In reality, of course, things are more complicated. It can be a long and winding road, with ups and downs. Things can happen unexpectedly, either for better or worse.
Stay flexible, be positive, and keep your eye on the prize: an opportunity to have a positive impact on something you care about, and help like-minded individuals do the same.
Good luck, and have fun!