Charles Hamm with interviewer Saundra Thomas, Vice President Community Affairs at WABC, on stage at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Interview with Charles Hamm
On September 13th we provided a unique opportunity to gain insight to the large donor process from noted philanthropist Charles Hamm, with the aid of interviewer Saundra Thomas, Vice President Community Affairs at WABC, at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden - recent recipient of a $1,000,000 donation from Mr. Hamm and his wife, Irene.
Read 10 Essentials for Attracting Large Donors from Charles Hamm
When we began thinking of the Donor Centered Dialogue series, our purpose was to bring a diverse group of women together, to encourage a network of resources and information to strengthen each other’s nonprofit work.
Those Donor Centered Dialogues included over 75 women leaders in the nonprofit world and the exchange of experience was both useful and thought provoking – from cultivating donors, to cultivating mission and purpose.
The sponsors of these Donor Dialogues included: Brooklyn’s Deputy Borough President Yvonne Graham, Independence Community Foundation, The Sister Fund, United Way of New York City.
You can inquire about upcoming Donor Centered Dialogue meetings on the Contact Page.
December 6, 2006 Donor Dialogue
On December 6, 2006, I was privileged to be a panelist at a roundtable discussion titled “How Faith Inspires Our Activism”. The event was part of a continuing series, “Women to Women: Donor Centered Dialogue”, created by Valerie Oliver-Durrah, CEO of the Neighborhood Technical Assistance Clinic (NTAC) and supported by Marilyn Gelber of Independence Community Foundation, Elwanda Young of United Way of NYC and Kanyere Eaton of the Sister Fund.
I was grateful to have the opportunity to share this important component of who I am and how it influences my work in the nonprofit sector, but more importantly I was inspired by the messages expressed by the other five women on the panel. Fatima Shama from the Mayor’s Office, Bisi Iderabdullah from Imani House, Inc., Letty Gochberg from South Street
Seaport Museum, and Westina Matthews Shatteen from Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc. all expressed powerful messages of faith-motivated activism.
Chaya Abelsky, Nonprofit Help Desk Program Of the Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island
“Things to Consider When Soliciting Major Gifts”
Excerpts from remarks by Dr. Anna Ponder, Director of Major Gifts, The Robin Hood Foundation
On donor strategy....
There is an opportunity cost. The time and resources necessary to solicit major gifts may cost your organization lesser gifts which may effect your revenue.
On setting goals...
Set a realistic bar. Nothing kills more quickly than not having success quickly.
Taking care of your solicitors...
Keep in touch...
You have to reach out and touch them even when you don’t want anything. If you only call when you want something, you’re lost. People who feel like a number, don’t give. People who feel like friends, love to give.
Your executive director is the best face for your organization.
Timing is everything...
- It doesn’t matter how rich they are, it’s how rich they feel at the time you’re asking.
- Never ask an investment banker for money when the market is down.
- There is no such thing as an automatic gift, people think about it every time they give.