2019 – 02/13 – How to convince donors to remove “restricted” from their gifts

Restricted gifts can be difficult for not-for-profits to manage. Unlike unrestricted gifts, these donations can’t go into your general operating fund and be used where they’re most needed. Some donors will be determined to make restricted gifts, but you may be able to persuade others to remove restrictions if you explain how the money will be used in a responsible and mission-enhancing way. Provide donors with sample bequest language that refers to your general fund. Use similar language in fundraising materials and thank-you letters. Contact us for more ideas.

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