Monday, August 20, 2012

Donor Giving Levels That Made Me Cheer

In the fundraising business, we're always trying to come up with creative ways to express donor levels. I'm so tired of:
  • Platinum
  • Gold
  • Silver
  • Bronze
  • Benefactors
  • Supporters
  • Friends

Oh, sorry, are you still here? I thought you might have fallen asleep, as I almost did. YAWN!

I recently went to a SpeakeasyDC event, and I was so thrilled to see the titles they assigned to their giving levels. Creative, related to the work that they do, and FUN, which reflects the fun spirit of the organization! Their donor levels are:
  • Bringing Down the House
  • Encore Performance
  • Standing Ovation
  • Hootin' & Hollerin'
  • Whistles & Cheers
  • Enthusiastic Applause
Here is SpeakeasyDC's Mission Statement: Through the art of autobiographical story performance, SpeakeasyDC gives voice to the authentic experience of ordinary people, builds community, and promotes understanding. We have a three-part mission: to produce high quality storytelling performances; provide ongoing storytelling training and performance opportunities to the public; and preserve the oral tradition in a way that speaks to and enriches contemporary life.

OK, I know that their mission statement sounds all serious and academic and stuff, but their storytelling events are REALLY fun! Some of my best laughs and most memorable experiences in DC.

As another example of their creativity - at the end of the event, they presented their outgoing chairperson with a thank you gift for her service. It was a T-shirt, with the organization's name on one side and "I'm Kind Of A Big Deal" on the other side. Love it!

Kuddos to SpeakeasyDC! You should check them out!

1 comment:

SpeakeasyDC said...

Thanks for the shout-out! Any thoughts on a better mission statement?