If I had a dollar for every time someone suggested Bill Gates as a potential donor, it feels like I’d be richer than him!
Just because someone is wealthy, it doesn’t mean they’re a prospect.
And, while we may theoretically be just six degrees of separation from everyone in the world, most of us would be hard pressed to get to Mr. Gates.
But, sometimes it’s hard to convey that to your executive director, board members, or volunteers. Oftentimes, they will be certain that an angel donor is just one or two degrees of separation away.
Perhaps they’re telling you to find the “movers and shakers,” the “sugar daddies,” or the “new tech people in town with all that money.” Sure, it would be nice to find those folks, but you know it’s not enough.
Here’s a checklist of the four indicators that can tell you whether an individual is truly a potential major to your cause:
The trick is that all four indicators must be in place in order to consider a prospective donor truly viable.
Additional prospect research on capacity and giving history will fine tune your approach, but you must start with these qualifiers.
So, next time you’re talking about identifying prospective major gift donors, make sure everyone understands that they can be most helpful to the cause by identifying people they already know and who already care.