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If you are looking for good prospects — generous people who care about your cause — they are right in your neighborhood.


Everyone knows potential donors. Prospects can be hiding in plain sight. 


Join me on Friday, October 5, for Nonprofits TALK facilitated workshop/discussion on creating an "inside out" prospecting strategy. Prospecting is one of the basic techniques for identifying potential donors. Gathering prospects will make your fundraising process more effective and efficient. 

This TALK is perfect for you, if:

  • You do not have a prospect list and want to create and grow one;
  • You want to help your board and staff identify new prospects;
  • You want to identify local people that are closest to your mission and work; 
  • You want a systematic way to sort through relationships to target potential donors.
Contact Susan with questions. See — and hear — you at Nonprofits TALK. 

NPT meets at The Lace Mill165 Cornell Street in Kingston; free parking on South Manor Avenue and Progress Street. Come to the West Gallery, 8:30-10 A.M. for bagels, coffee and conversation on October 5. Prompt start and finish.

The mission of Nonprofits TALK is to strengthen the nonprofit community in the Hudson Valley through monthly workshop/trainings that address common organizational challenges, present workable solutions, and facilitate meaningful communication and collaboration among peers.

Golden Nuggets on Thanking Donors Effectively with a great thank-you letter.


Thank You...DO's
  •  Acknowledge promptly.
  •  Make well constructed and accurate, with no spelling or grammatical   errors.
  •  Write at a 6th grade reading level — shorter sentences and simpler   words.
  •  Start with a personal salutation and sign personally.
  •  Share a story of one person your gift will benefit. 

Thank You...DON'Ts
  • Don't use a pre-printed card.
  • Don't start with the words "thank you" — rather a sentence to grab the reader's attention conveying your excitement about receiving the gift.
  • Don't ask for another gift in your thank-you letter.
  • Don't ask the donor to do anything — like complete an enclosed survey.  
  • Don't continue to "sell" with lengthy explanations of programs and services.

Adapted from Donor Centered Fundraising by Penelope Burk

About NPT

Nonprofits TALK is a service for Hudson Valley nonprofits, with no cost to attend. NPT is a hybrid offering of training, workshop and collaborative problem solving that brings together a mixed group of local nonprofit professionals.  Outcomes always include homegrown experience and wisdom that's specific to the Hudson Valley region. If you haven’t joined us yet for a TALK, mark your calendar for October 5!

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Susan J Ragusa
PO Box 646
Rhinebeck, NY 12572-0646

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