Have you said thank you today?

Angie Monger | Jul 17, 2019

Four Kiwanis members wearing Kiwanis-branded shirts, standing in front of boxes.

You’ve done the planning, organizing and promotion for your fundraiser. The big day comes, and the event is a smashing success.  

What do you do next? Thanking volunteers and donors should be at the top of your to-do list. 

Expressing gratitude isn’t just good manners, it’s a way to build relationships and encourage future involvement with your organization and cause. By volunteering or donating to your club or fundraiser, a person has identified herself as being interested in what you are doing. Now is the perfect time to say thank you and share more information. You might end up with a new member or a repeat donor! 

Here are some meaningful ways you can express your appreciation: 

  • You don’t need to make it difficult. A heartfelt, handwritten note or card is still one of the best ways to show gratitude. Just make sure the note is written in a timely manner. 
  • Show your appreciation by holding an event just for your volunteers or donors. For example, the annual Taste of Fort Collins food festival benefits the Eyeopeners Kiwanis Club of Fort Collins Foundation. Volunteers devote 3,000 hours to the three-day festival. As a thank you, the Kiwanis club hosts a picnic just for the volunteers. 
  • Let your donors know how their gifts make a difference. Your donors and volunteers will feel appreciated and connected if you reach out to them throughout the year to let them know what you were able to accomplish because of their generosity. 
  • Consider holding a VIP event for special donors or volunteers immediately before your fundraiser. This isn’t a time to request more money, but it’s a great time to focus on your mission. 
  • Look for opportunities to express your gratitude throughout the year. Send them stories on issues they care about and mark important events in their lives.  
  • Some people like to be publicly recognized. You could list the names of significant donors or volunteers on your website or share them on social media. But it is important to follow their wishes if they want to remain anonymous. 

    Whatever you do, be authentic and personal. You aren’t just saying thank you, you are building a relationship!  

    Angie Monger is a development officer for the Kiwanis Children’s Fund. She can be reached at [email protected].

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