#030 QUICK TIPS BETTER FUNDRAISING: Interview Beneficiaries & Gather Stories

A fundraiser not having conversations with beneficiaries is like a sports writer not watching the game!

Yes indeed…as a fundraiser you have to put aside time each week to talk to beneficiaries, front-line staff, volunteers, Board Members and donors. Asking the right questions will find you the stories and quotes that will make up your most effective content.

In the latest short Quick Tip Simon will talk you through how to do this step-by-step, and how to make your fundraising better!


Listen to Simon’s interview with Jen Love here:
Podbean: https://changefundraising.podbean.com/e/029-jen-love-interviews-conversations/
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/episode/6qhWDOnzpwQ9A6B4tAs4bc
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ie/podcast/simon-scrivers-amazingly-ultimate-fundraising-superstar/id1444521186


#029 Jen Love – Interviews & Conversations

Agent Jen Love (twitter.com/agentjenlove and agentsofgood.org) returns to the podcast this Valentine’s Day to teach us how to interview Beneficiaries, Donors and Staff.

We all know good fundraising is built on storytelling…but where do we get those stories? Jen Love takes us through step-by-step and shares her experience of extracting great stories through conversations with countless people.

Along the way, Simon asks a bunch of stupid questions and they touch on Patrick Swayze, death and legacies, tea and coffee, birds and buildings, and much more…

#028 QUICK TIPS BETTER FUNDRAISING: Welcome & Thank You Calls

Short and sharp…it’s Simon’s weekly educational segment, “Quick Tips. Better Fundraising.”

In a short 10-ish minute episode Simon helps you start making thank you calls and welcome calls, to improve your retention and boost your fundraising. These are really, really important! Let’s start doing them well!



Simon’s site: www.changefundraising.com

Simon on Twitter: twitter.com/ToastFundraiser

Discounts on on-line training: www.changefundraising.com/training/


For questions, comments and requests e-mail Simon at simon@changefundraising.com or find him on Twitter @ToastFundraiser

#027 Jenny Mitchell – Fundraiser Mindset

Simon chats to Jenny Mitchell of Chavender about fundraiser mindset, feeling isolated in fundraising, silos, time management, four quadrants and six buckets. They also talk about Nordstrom, the fall of Capitalism, Star Trek, KFC and the money values you’ve had in you since you were 5.

Here’s Jenny Mitchell:
On Twitter: twitter.com/JennyChavender
On LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/chavender
On the web: chavender.com

And Jenny’s 21 Questions: http://chavender.com/21-conversations/


The first in a new weekly educational segment, “Quick Tips. Better Fundraising.”

In a short 10 minute episode Simon helps you review your thank you letter and highlights some quick changes you can make to instantly make them better.



HemingwayApp – www.hemingwayapp.com

Simon’s site: www.changefundraising.com

Simon on Twitter: twitter.com/ToastFundraiser


For questions, comments and requests e-mail Simon at simon@changefundraising.com or find him on Twitter @ToastFundraiser

#025 Mo Onstad – The Unsteady Hand

The Unsteady Hand (https://theunsteadyhand.org/) promotes improved quality of life for those living with Parkinson’s through communal creative engagement.

Simon chats to Mo Onstad (twitter.com/TheUnsteadyHand) – founder and Executive Director – about those first few months: the successes and the challenges. They also talk about art, fundraising and conferences, making friends when you’re old, random people in cafés and more…

We got this…

The Unsteady Hand on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheUnsteadyHand/


#024 Cindy Wagman – Small Non-Profit Fundraising Refresh

Simon chats with Cindy Wagman in a special crossover episode with The Small Nonprofit podcast.

They chat about how to get fundraising started in a non-profit, including priorities such as internal marketing, redefining ‘fundraising’, conversations with donors, managing expectations and more.

Find Cindy Wagman on Twitter (twitter.com/cindywagman) and don’t forget to subscribe to her podcast.

The Small Nonprofit podcast, by CharityVillage and The Good Partnership, gives you down-to-earth, practical and actionable expert guidance on how to run a small nonprofit. From leadership and law to fundraising and finance, we’ve got you covered. Forget comparing your organization to the big shops, we’re creating a community of nonprofit leaders who are going to change the world, one small nonprofit at a time

#023 Mandy Johnson – Impostor Syndrome & Their Platform

Simon talks to the UK’s 2nd most influential fundraiser, Mandy Johnson (twitter.com/MsMandyJ) to find out how she takes her tea.

More than that, they chat about mental health and vulnerabilities, impostor syndrome and being loud, white privilege and diversity, job resignations and that article.

Mandy’s article “How I manage my impostor syndrome”

Mandy’s podcast “This is NOT the Mandy Johnson show”

The Great Charity Speakers list is at greatcharityspeakers.com

And of course check out TheirPlatform.com – Amplifying voices that need to be heard!

#022 Sam Laprade – Cannabis and Charities

What happens when a brand new, billion dollar industry appears with spare money to donate? That’s exactly what’s happening as countries and regions begin to legalise marijuana.

Simon chats to Sam Laprade CFRE about cannabis and corporate social responsibility. They talk through the ethics, the board policy documents, alcohol and oil and tobacco, the Chuck Feeney conundrum and more.

#021 Alice Ferris – Personal Retreats

Coming in to the new year, Simon chats with Alice Ferris in an attempt to figure out how she has time to be a GoalBust, ever-busy international speaker, fundraising superstar, CFRE and ACFRE.

They talk about personal retreats, time management, locking yourself in a hotel room, fundraising conferences, the 12-week plan and more!

Find Alice on LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/in/aliceferris/), Twitter (twitter.com/aliceferris) and at GoalBusters.net