Thanking funders builds positive relationships for the future


Often, nonprofits receive grants and completely forget to thank the foundation that awarded the money. It may feel like overkill, especially since you’ve probably filled out a lengthy application, pulled off a site visit, and had meetings and other communications with the funder. But a little “thank you” can go a long way.


Before you even cash the check, be sure to send the funder a thank you note, perhaps with some personal, heart strings-pulling aspect that shows how their money is impacting your constituents. Show them how the money is helping your organization and the people you serve. Consider sending photos, a video, or some other physical manifestation of your efforts. Invite foundation staff to visit your program, to see their money in action, or to attend a special event or other activity. This gets them involved and helps you stay fresh in their minds.


This is an important step in building relationships with funders that last for years, hopefully with the goal of growing over time. If you skip this step, you’re effectively snubbing the foundation, and your organization might not be remembered kindly.


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