That means you need to bring in $60,000 from your donor base.
Now, let’s say you have 500 active donors (they’ve given at least once in the past 18 months) and your average gift size is $35 (on average, that’s how much each donor gave the last time).
If you ask people to give and everyone does, you’ll raise $17,500.
500 donors x $35 gift = $17,500
If you do a good job of communicating with them, they could give 2 or 3 times.
Let’s say they each give twice during the year:
500 donors x $35 gift x twice = $35,000
Not bad, right? That gets you over halfway to the $60,000 you need to fully fund your nonprofit’s work.
Back to the original question: how many new donors do you need?
Start with the gap. The gap you need to close is the difference between what you need and what you think you can bring in. In this case $60,000 – $35,000 = $25,000.
If you can find new donors like the ones you already have, it’s likely that they’ll give $35 just like your current donors. In that case, let’s do the math:
$25,000/$35 = 714 new donors
And if you do a really good job of stewarding your new donors and helping them feel good about giving to your organization, they may give twice during the year just like your current donors do. In that case
$25,000/$70 ($35 x 2 gifts) = 357 new donors
So now you need a strategy for finding 357 new donors who behave like the ones you already have. Create an Ideal Donor Profile then do some brainstorming about ways to find these people easily and in large numbers.
Make yourself a list of action steps then get busy and you’ll have new donors in no time.