Attracting Your Angel Donors

Identifying the people proven to donate 91% of the time

Make sure to get your free copy of ‘The 10 Commandment of Catholic Fundraising’. It’s a book that highlights the ten tasks you should do to keep you focused on your mission and hit your fundraising target, every time.

I have been reading a fantastic book this summer entitled, ‘Who Really Cares,’ by Arthur C. Brooks. In fact, I not only recommend your reading it, I also advise ordering copies for each of your board members and colleagues.

The small handful of dollars you invest in ordering multiple copies this book to distribute among your mission’s decision-makers and development team could lead to rewarding your cause with thousands of extra dollars in donations. Here’s why.

In a previous article, I reviewed the four characteristics of who you should be approaching for donations. You can read that article by clicking here.

Today I want to dive deeper into the subject of ‘Who donates?’ because if you want to find donors as quickly as possible, then you will want to do what Mr. Brooks says.

An important goal with fundraising is to get it done and get it done fast, wouldn’t you agree? Because this allows you to focus more time on what you do best: saving lives and saving souls.

Therefore, you’ve got to look for the people who are most likely to give. This is what his book explains because he’s identified a group of people proven to give 91% of the time.

‘Angel Donor’ – The person who donates 91% of the time

In Who Really Cares, Arthur Brooks recounts how he spent years researching giving trends in America and identifying the forces behind American charity: strong families, church attendance, earning one’s own income, and the belief that individuals – not government or foundations – are responsible for their wellbeing.

He also discovered that people with a certain background are 91% more likely to donate their money each year. What does this mean for your next appeal? It means that you should be looking for these angel donors because you will get a donation 91% of the time!

The profile of an angel donor:

Religious – They pray every day and always attend Sunday Mass
Conservative – They hold strong to traditional (not progressive) values
Employed – They have a job or run their own company
Married with children – They believe that the family is the foundation of a happy and fulfilling life.

Now you know who to look for when campaigning. Don’t look for young people. Don’t look for single people. Don’t try to branch out of your Catholic circles. Instead, look for people who are religious, conservative, employed, and have a family.

These are the angel donors who give and give generously. This is the demographic that nearly guarantees that you can attract donations and move on to other matters serving your mission.

Here’s another fact that Brooks found: People with this profile are more likely to give to both religious AND secular causes than people with a secular background.

So even if they’re not actively religious, that’s fine. According to Brooks and his studies, they will still give to you.

How to succeed in your next fundraising appeal

One last point before you start asking these ‘angels’ for donations: Remember that fundraising is not about you receiving money from someone. It’s about stewardship. Which means everyone gets what they want. You get someone to financially support you, and they get someone to promote values important to them.

So don’t simply look for this 91% and ask for a donation.

Always be prepared to steward the generosity of those who donate to you. Make them feel as if you’ve given them something more in return.

When you do this, you keep donors for years to come, and that is how you steadily increase the success of your fundraising.

Question: How will you plan your next appeal differently?

Make sure to get your free copy of ‘The 10 Commandment of Catholic Fundraising’. It’s a book that highlights the ten tasks you should do to keep you focused on your mission and hit your fundraising target, every time.

Brice was born and raised Catholic. After enjoying a successful career in technology consulting with Accenture and PriceWaterhouseCoopers in cities across the United States (Dallas, San Francisco, Paris, Abu Dhabi, and London) around the world, he left it to help his Catholic diocese in London, England with a fundraising campaign. The campaign went on to raise over $60 million, the largest sum ever raised for the diocese and in the United Kingdom.

Learning from professional fundraisers, he figured out the basics and then left the diocese to focus on what he loves most: building Catholic charities that change the culture, save lives, and save souls.

Brice currently lives in Texas and travels the world helping Catholics fundraise. This website is where he shares what he is doing and how he is raising funds for Catholic causes and missions. That way you can move more quickly with your next appeal.