The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Major Donors – in action

Don't Panic For Hitchhikers Guide_Sean Triner

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Major Donors – in action

A few years ago I was telling my Hitchhiker’s Guide to Major Donors story to Amnesty International Canada.

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We were looking together at their major donors, identifying potential people and then going through the hardest bit: asking.

I play a naughty trick, ensuring that the training finishes an hour ahead of schedule and then suggesting the attendees actually call some donors to say thank you, and make some appointments.

I have found that this helps build confidence and get some momentum going.

Anyway, as time was ticking along one of the callers got into a conversation with a lovely donor.

At first the donor agreed to an appointment, then when he thought about it more, he decided it was too difficult to make a date.

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But our Amnesty International Canada colleague was charming, involving and listened well. By the end a lovely Canadian* had agreed to make a donation there and then of $10,000. His previous largest gift was $1,000.

What a great bloke. The amount he gave was exactly 10x previous largest gift – and also the amount the training had said we should ask for.

*I know, all Canadians are lovely.

If you’re interested in learning more about making the big ask – you might want to sign up for my next webinar!

Click here if you haven’t already registered for

Top Tips For The Conversation That Gets The BIG Gift From The Mid Value Donor.

Live on Thurs 27th and Fri 28th October (depending on your time zone), and the recording and slides available for all who register – even if you can’t make the date.


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