How to Ask for a Gift & Donor Stewardship

  • Duration
    13 Minutes
  • Author
    Sabrina Walker Hernandez
  • Course Level
  • Year Created


How to Ask for a Gift & Donor Stewardship

How to Ask for a Gift & Donor Stewardship

How to make the ask involves many strategies, tailored to the individual donor. You are inviting the donor to invest in what they value. Once you secure their investment you must have a plan to say thank you. This session teaches you how to ask donors for a gift and the steps needed to get donors to give again and again and again. It includes action steps, templates, samples, and instructions on how to engage your board in asking and thanking donors.

This content is a work-style session that provides a short video explanation and materials to help you actively work through this topic.

The goal of this session will be to:

  • Understand the methodology and anatomy of the fundraising ask
  • Define Stewardship & Best practices 
  • Explain why a stewardship plan is important.


Video – How to Ask & Donor Stewardship

Support Documentation 

  • Sample Board Phone Script to Secure a Meeting 
  • eBook 26 Clever & Easy Ways to Say Thank you to Donors
  • eBook Donor Thank you Call
  • Sample Stewardship Calendar
  • How to Ask & Donor Stewardship Action Plan

About your expert:

Sabrina Walker-Hernandez is the President & CEO of Supporting World Hope. She has over 25 years of experience in nonprofit management, fundraising, and leadership. One of Sabrina’s greatest successes is that she increased operation revenue from $750,000 to $2.5 million over an 8-year period as well as being responsible for the planning and operations of a $12 million comprehensive capital campaign in the 3rd poorest county in the United States. She has also facilitated numerous workshops with hundreds of nonprofit professionals and is a master trainer for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Sabrina is certified in Nonprofit Management by Harvard Business School. 

She is an active community leader and volunteer in Edinburg, Texas where she is based.

Sabrina believes nonprofits enrich our world, and she works in partnership with them to build stronger nonprofit businesses. Nonprofits can achieve long-term success when they have effective leaders, sound strategies, and diversified resources.  

This course is the first step in making you competitive in fundraising which often determines how well, how far, and how long an organization can run in its race to realize its vision.  

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