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Don't Forget to Ask Program

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Tuesday, May 07, 2019by kenna.kj

Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation is partnering with Forefront to host “Don’t Forget to Ask: The Importance of Asking Donors for Money” on Tuesday, May 7 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Dieterich Bank Corporate Center (300 Sur Woods Drive, Effingham). Registration is $15 for Forefront members.

Imagine this story: an Executive Director has a delightful visit with a donor. Many of the ways that the donor’s gift makes a difference in the lives of the organization’s constituents are shared. The donor expresses how important the organization is to the community. Both feel positive about the conversation. The Executive Director stands up and shakes the donor’s hand, says thank you, and walks out the door. What is wrong with this picture? The Executive Director did not ask for a gift! A prime opportunity was lost. Don’t let this happen. Make the ask.

This session will address questions to ask before approaching a prospective donor, developing collateral materials, identifying who will be involved in the ask and more. Full participation in “Don’t Forget to Ask: The Importance of Asking Donors for Money” is applicable for 2 points in Category 1.B – Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification.

Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation is a regional 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that manages permanent and non-permanent assets for the long-term benefit of communities in southeastern Illinois. For more information, contact Amanda Lessley, President/CEO, at 217.342.5409 or