Fundraising Jump Start: Break it Down

Do you ever have activities on your task list that you keep extending the deadline on? Perhaps I’m the only one, but something tells me that’s not the case…

Every once in a while I do find myself in that spot. There’s something very important that should get done, but with no urgency and no clear idea on the right next step to take it’s just too easy to extend the deadline.

So now I’m trying to do a better job of breaking a project down into steps that are easily recognizable – and can be easily accomplished. Just like a puzzle, the pieces all come together at one point (with a lot of effort, hard work, etc.).

To put this into practice, let’s say you want to develop a fundraising plan. Break that down into smaller steps. Perhaps:

  1. Run a report from your database to see where money has been coming from.
  2. Identify your 20 largest donors. Is there a plan in place to cultivate those relationships?
  3. Decide on three primary strategies to focus on growing over the next twelve months.
  4. Decide on three activities for strategy one
  5. Decide on three activities for strategy two
  6. and on and on. I think you probably get the idea.

Breaking it down can make each task more manageable, seem more doable, make it easier to track your progress (and celebrate as you complete each step).

Looking forward to hearing about how you are breaking down your projects and seeing results quicker!

This is part of a series of posts to help you get a jump start (or restart) on your fundraising efforts. Keep an eye open for more blog posts. In the meantime, if you’re serious about turning things around for your organization, I encourage you to learn more about my new Fundraising Jump Start Home Study System.

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