Hi, this is Isaac and I work as a crowdfunding coach at youhelp.com.I really enjoy my work because I am able to assist so many wonderful people to raise money for so many important causes. Lately, I have been even more impressed at how courageous these leaders are for being able to have such resilience during such difficult times. Donor relations can be very tricky at these uncertain times.
Recently one of our Nonprofits that we mentor crowdfunding for came to us with a major dilemma. Over the last six months, donations have fallen to below half of our annual income. We have had to cut down paid staff in half and even are contemplating relocating to a less expensive location. We have had hard times in the past and somehow we have always found a way to get through it.
This year is different you see, we just found out that our wealthiest philanthropist Charles who single-handedly carried a heavy burden of the annual budget on his shoulders has just filed for bankruptcy due to COVID 19. Over the years Charles has really become a friend and a partner of the organization. Our issue is that as a way to say Thank you to Charles each year our organization spends a lot of time and effort in hosting his massive Birthday Party that he truly deserves.
His birthday is literally around the corner. Charles has already mentioned to us several times not even to think about a party this year. As difficult things have been for us he must be dealing with so much pain and anxiety. It is so important for him to understand that his friendship means much more than his donor relationship.
What do we do this year with Charles’s annual Birthday Party?
Which option is best for Donor Relations?
Postpone the very much needed crowdfunding project with youhelp.com and focus on the birthday party.
Explain to Charles how much he is important to us however this year we need to be fully focused on our crowdfunding campaign in order for us to keep the lights on.
Make Charles the head of the crowdfunding campaign. Convincing him to be a leader again will be the biggest Birthday gift we can give him and when we reach our goal the birthday celebration will be one that he will never forget!
Please comment and let me know what you think should be done.