I am often asked for new and creative ways to thank donors and volunteers. However, it seems as though whenever I am asked, I can’t think of a single out-of-the-ordinary example to pass on. So, I decided to ask some donors and volunteers to tell me about memorable ways they have been thanked by the organizations they support.
Here’s what they told me:
No one I asked mentioned how special a plaque, form letter, annual report or newsletter made them feel. They also didn’t cite how much they valued a clever knick-knack, t-shirt, or bumper sticker. What they appreciated were the personal touches that indicated their gift/effort was noticed and treasured.
So, whenever you find yourself spending time thumbing through gift catalogues or scrolling through Internet shopping sites to find that “perfectly unique” thank you gift for a donor – stop!
Pick up the phone.
Make the call.
That’s the kind of thank you that donors and volunteers appreciate the most.