Here are two ideas I came up with:
(1) President’s Day Mailing
Send a mailing to your database listing all the past presidents — however they’re called at your organization (board chairs, executive directors, CEOs).
Give donors the option of making a donation in honor or memory of those people. Keep it brief but use it to celebrate the past.
(2) Stewardship/Thank You Gathering
Or you could invite all those people to a cocktail party in their honor. This might not be a great “asking” event, but it’s a wonderful way to remind them that your organization remembers them. It’s also a great way to
- involve people that knew these men and women
- strengthen relationships with the spouses of the “presidents”
- and you can glean lots of great stories from these past leaders!
Two quick ideas you might put on your calendar for next year.