Asking Matters Membership is Now Open!
October 2019

Asking Matters Membership is Now Open!

Join for a free webinar, read two new blog posts,

and see what's happening "On the Road"!

Do you feel anxious asking people for money, but you know you need to do it anyway? You know it’s important, but the entire process ties you up in knots.

I get it! I’ve been in the fundraising business for decades and I still get anxious when I have to ask somebody for a donation face-to-face.

If this is you, I hope you’ll join me on Thursday, October 10th at 1:00pm ET for a free webinar where I will talk about why so many of us feel so anxious about “the ask” and exactly what we can do about it. If you missed our Don't Ask, Don't Get workshop, or just want a succinct recap of how you can become a more comfortable fundraiser, this webinar is for you!


We also have another important annoucement: Asking Matters membership is open for the first time since March – and you can join today!

Membership at Asking Matters is only open until October 11th, 2019. Be sure not to miss out, as I won't be opening membership back up until sometime next year.

We’ve added a whole bunch of new members to Asking Matters this week and I hope you’ll join them. But maybe you’re on the fence?

If so, I’ve got a surprise for you. If you sign up for Asking Matters by Friday at 1:00pm ET you’ll get THREE awesome bonuses!

  • FREE ebook: “Inspire Your Board to Fundraise” – value $19.95
  • FREE webinar: “Maximize Your Board’s Giving and Fundraising Efforts: – value $59.95
    • You will get the recording if you can’t attend live
  • Raffle: Win one of 5 copies of my book “Asking Styles: Revolutionize Your Fundraising” – value $29.95

Learn More about Membership:

Five Ways to Maximize the Fundraising Events You Hate

new blog post from Brian Saber

Putting aside my distaste of large-scale gatherings for any purpose (e.g. weddings), it’s impossible to make all my donors happy at any one event and that frustrates me terribly. Whenever I’m in a room of 200 donors, my only thought is how much I’d prefer to meet with each donor individually so I can maximize their experience, engagement, and contribution.

Given those challenges for me, I’ve spent a lot of time focused on how to make fundraising events as productive and strategic as possible. Here are my top five:

Why you should tell a story about failing.

new blog post from Sue Kindred

These days most everyone in the nonprofit sector knows that storytelling is the very best way to engage your current and prospective donors and your volunteers. We spend time listening and gathering stories, searching for that one, best, story that showcases our agency in the best possible “meeting the mission” moment.

So, why in the world would you ever consider telling a story about a time when you were unable to meet the mission? When, despite your best efforts, you were unsuccessful?

On the Road with Brian

Love it when my travel consists of a 50-minute drive and a bridge. Last week I was out on Staten Island, working with the board of Integration Charter Schools. Their mission is to fully integrate children with emotional challenges and other special needs, and send them off to college. Having watched children marginalized and sent "out of district" due to their needs, I applaud ICS for the success they've had integrating these students into a general school population.

I'm also local in October, and look forward to reporting back after leading sessions for my alma mater, the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business, at their Rustandy Center's NYC On Board program, and then teaching a fundraising class in the arts management program at the Yale School of Drama. Two more car/bridge gigs!

Here's to another great month of fundraising,


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