Saturday, June 4, 2016

COMPELLING CONVERSATIONS ... for Holy Beggars!

Kudos (and a shake of the begging bowl!) to my colleague Laurie Selik and her co-author, Janet Levine, for their "Compelling Conversations for Fund Raisers, one of a series of compelling guides to conversation from Chimayo Press (Los Angeles). They are here to help Holy Beggars "Talk Your Way to Success with Donors and Funders".

The street-side HB doesn't have much time to engage potential donors, about a minute or two while the light is red. You need to meet the donor at his/her terms. If you stand in Beverly Hills (can anyone?), be prepared to take credit cards. If you are near a bank or ATM, have change for a $20.

As discussed, a sign helps a lot, but don't forget to make sure it's right-side-up, facing the windshield. And for goodness sake, make sure your Slurpee cup is empty with the lid off before you offer it as a receptacle.

If you can get to them to the "I'll think about it" stage ... make sure you're at the same spot, the same time tomorrow. Remind them of their kind consideration.

Laurie and Janet provide helpful scenarios for the more managed encounter, looking more toward significant gifts, as well as "planned" gifts. The latter could include appreciated property (such as the Mercedes our street-side donor is driving) as well as life insurance. (Given the way drivers behave in Los Angeles, a HB might do well to take out a policy on a driver his/herself and some day, just some day ... )

Seriously (I was being that!), theirs is a workbook ...

Remember the HB's motto ...

No matter what ...
Don't forget to 
Ask for the Money!

2 comments:

  1. Thanks, Lauren, for the charming and positive book review of Janet and Laurie's practical workbook for fundraisers.

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  2. Your wacky humor underscores the challenges for holy beggars searching for fun to reduce suffering in our too-material world. Fundraising requires developing deeper human relationships in an often hectic environment with too many distractions. How does one connect? How does one elevate consciousness? Sometimes spending precious time and creating compelling conversations helps.
    Many good souls with limited fundraising experience can benefit from reading and reflecting on Compelling Conversations for Fundraisers. Let us, as the poet Emily Dickinson advises, "dwell in possibility."

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