Welcome to Asking Matters: Home of the Asking Styles!

HOW you ask depends on WHO you are.

The breakthrough concept of Asking Styles makes it possible for anyone to become a more effective fundraiser. Your Asking Style is based on your personality and unique set of strengths when asking for gifts. You’ll be confident and comfortable making face-to-face asks once you know yours.

Take our free three-minute quiz to learn how the strengths of your personality can help you raise more money!

Learn about the Asking Styles from co-creator Brian Saber in this quick video!

Fundraising for Introverts is available now!

It’s time to put to rest the stereotype of a fundraiser, and to understand and extol all the incredible qualities introverted fundraisers bring to the table.

Whether you’re an introverted fundraiser wanting validation and understanding, or you’re someone managing introverted fundraisers who wants to harness all their great qualities, or you’ve considered fundraising but wondered if it was for you given your introversion, Fundraising for Introverts provides an inspiring guide to you.

In this groundbreaking book, self-professed introvert Brian Saber makes the case for his fellow introverts. Through research and his 38 years of fundraising, Brian dispels misunderstandings and brings great clarity to the subject.

More ways to learn at Asking Matters:

Asking Style Recorded Trainings

In less than an hour, start using your Asking Style to your advantage with potential donors. Get in-depth insight and training with a video training, worksheet, and bonus materials.

Asking Matters Books

Brian Saber, co-creator of the Asking Styles and Asking Matters, is the proud author of 3 amazing books: Asking Styles: Revolutionize Your Fundraising, Boards and Asking Styles, and Engaged Boards Will Fundraise!

Asking Matters Merchandise

Inspire your next training with Asking Matters products! We have an awesome selection of products to help in your meetings, and to keep you inspired with your fundraising.

Become an Asking Matters Insider for free!

Learn new things every week, keep asking front and center on your radar screen, and be inspired by other Insiders. Insiders get:

Monday Morning Matters: A special piece of asking advice in your inbox at the start of every week to get you started on the right foot!

Webinar Priority: Live webinars every month, presented by me or a guest expert. Insiders get the first chance to sign up for each webinar, and priority for asking questions in advance of the session.

Membership in the Asking Matters Insiders Facebook Group: A community of fellow askers from around the country and the world. Fundraisers with similar experiences – development professionals, executive directors, board members, consultants, and more. Share your struggles, learn from them, and compare notes. The opportunity to connect with so many others who know exactly what you’re dealing with is invaluable.

A Vast Array of Downloadable Resources: Exercises, sample materials, guides, and more. Downloadable so you can access your materials any time you need them! This also includes access to a Personal Library, where you can store your favorite resources and webinars!

Discounts on Asking Matters products! Including videos, premium webinars, door hangers, pads, post-its and other great training materials.

Joining Asking Matters Insiders is completely free. There’s no obligation or contract – you can cancel your free Insider membership any time. ​

Register for our next free webinar:​

Fundraising Masters with Tony Martignetti

Planned Giving 101

Tuesday, February 6th at 3PM ET

What is Planned Giving and why is it a valuable part of your fundraising mix? Who are your best prospects? How do you get started? Tony Martignetti will answer these questions and more, plus leave time for your questions. Tony is a lawyer, but he doesn’t talk like one. In plain language, and weaving in his stand-up comedy, he’ll demystify Planned Giving and leave you understanding how to launch your Planned Giving program.

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Fundraising Masters with Peter Heller

How to Ask for Major Gifts in Three Easy Steps

Regardless of a nonprofit’s mission or fundraising diversification, if there is no plan in place to identify, cultivate, and solicit Major Gifts from individuals, you are leaving vital funds untapped. Successful nonprofits possess an ability to connect with wealthy individuals who happily support their cause. How do nonprofits do this, and how can your organization transition from government and/or foundation dependency to include Major Gifts, and to even make these into your top gifts?

Peter Heller, founder of Heller Fundraising Group, will break down the details for each step and provide tools to accomplish this challenging work. Each attendee will understand the Major Gift fundraising process from beginning to end and will take back specific tools and ideas to their office that they can start using the next day.

See what people are saying about Asking Matters

"When I ran across Asking Matters and the Asking Styles Assessment, I finally realized anyone could ask, and success is based more on catering to one’s particular strengths than trying to be something one is not. I feel so much more comfortable with my role now."

Kylie Pierce

Develoment Officer
Rome Capitol Theatre
Read Kylie's full interview

"Asking Matters does a great job of focusing on the asker and what strengths he or she brings to the table. I find great comfort in being able to approach the asking process through the lens of Styles, particularly when I’m training board members or volunteers."

Ninette Enrique

Director of Development
St. Lukes School of New Canaan, CT
Read Ninette's full interview

"It wasn’t until I learned about the Asking Styles and that I was a Kindred Spirit that I understood I don’t have to be everything to be great at my job and make an impact. This has led to much less stress which means I’m more present, confident, and authentic with donors and prospects."

Sarah Janzen

Major Gift Officer
California Academy of Sciences
Read Sarah's full interview

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