My friend and client, Jessica Dean of the Heritage Foundation, recently presented a primer for her colleagues on how to get the appointment. I asked her if I could share it with you here because, while we think we know this through intuition and experience, it doesn’t hurt to be reminded from time to time.She offered these five great suggestions for moving the appointment forward. Of course, each of us has our own style and Jessica allowed for that.1. Be persistent and tenacious. These are the hallmarks of getting close. Like many of us, she is dealing with some high net worth people who care about her cause, but they are very busy. Don’t give up and stay at it.2. Look for natural partners. Who are other members of the organization that could be connections to the person you are trying to get the appointment with. Are they business associates, went to the same school, had children in the same schools. Who could help you get the appointment? Who would be willing to call and say, “Hey, my friend Jessica is trying to reach you, I would really appreciate your taking her call.”3. Be flexible in your timing. If you really want to meet this person you have to be willing to arrange your own schedule. Be prepared to be where you need to be.4. Do your homework. Don’t work so hard to get the appointment, then fall on your face because you have not done your homework. Know as much as you can about this person and be prepared to engage them in a meaningful conversation. And then be curious about who they are and what they care about. In other words, show you know who they are and you appreciate their taking time to visit with you, but be quiet and listen.5. Focus. If you have a large geographical area to cover, segment your audience and message. For a particular age group, know the generation represented. For gender or minority groups, focus on what you want them to hear and what they might be interested in.Most of what Jessica is talks about is being prepared to demonstrate the impact your organization is having and what it can do.As you have heard me say many times, Nobody wants to give money away!But most people want to change lives.Thanks, Jessica for sharing.
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President and Trustee
The Sunderland Foundation
Recipient of the
2018 GROWING PHILANTHROPY AWARD FOR TRANSFORMATIONAL CAPITAL PHILANTHROPY
Kent Sunderland was presented with the prestigious Growing Philanthropy Award in Kansas City by Hartsook President and CEO
Matthew J. Beem during National WWI Museum and Memorial’s VIP event, Night at the Tower.
He was nominated by Matthew Naylor, Ph.D., President and CEO of the National WWI Museum and Memorial, and was selected unanimously by Hartsook Institutes and the International Board of Visitors Growing Philanthropy Committee.
Kent was Vice Chairman of Ash Grove Cement prior to its recent sale. As President of The Sunderland Foundation, he has played a significant role in advancing philanthropy with major gifts.
The Growing Philanthropy Award recognizes a distinguished group of individuals and organizations whose efforts increase philanthropy through research, innovation and challenging the status quo. For more information, contact [email protected].