Do you look your waiter in the eye and thank him or her for good service? Do you show your appreciation to a store clerk for their help? Are you thanking your church members for all that they do?
It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of daily life. We assume that those around us know how we feel. Yet, it’s important to take the time to show our thanks. We should recognize generosity in others. When those around us give of themselves with an open heart, we need to take the time to acknowledge and praise it.
Here are a few practical ways you can connect with your campaign supporters and say thank you:
Show your gratitude all year
Everyone wants to know they are appreciated. Create a message of gratitude to your church members and campaign donors all year long.
Send an email
Write a regular email that provides details of how much your members’ donations are impacting your church’s vision and plans. It’s nice to hear how things are going and reinforce that each gift is helping to reach the overall goals.
Write a personal note
The best church thank you’s are friendly, warm, and specific. Take the time to write a short, personal note to donors and volunteers.
Pick up the phone
If you want to go a step farther, pick up the phone and give them a call to let donors know that their continuous gifts are appreciated. Explain that you’re calling just to say thank you for supporting the church.
Visit in person
For leadership gifts and larger donations, you may want to visit in person and talk about how their generosity is making it possible to achieve the vision and your plan for ministry. Ask for feedback and insight, and take the time to let them know they are valued.
A thoughtful thank you makes donors feel special and creates a positive response. Members will know their gifts matter and feel inspired to give again.