Now that you know about the basics of planned giving, it’s only natural to wonder: how do I know who to approach? And once I’ve figured out who to approach, how do I know they’ll want to give? Let’s explore which planned giving tools you can use to identify your best donors and prospects for planned giving.
Identifying Donors for Planned Giving
No matter how big or small your database is, there are segments of donors within it who may be thinking about planned giving. So, it’s important to understand who in your database you should begin approaching for planned giving. All of this information can be gathered using two planned giving tools: wealth screenings and modeling.
Planned Giving Tool 1: Screening
The first planned giving tool in your arsenal is a wealth screening. By conducting a wealth screening, you can see which donors have the greatest propensity and capacity to give. Not only can you segment your audience based on basic demographic information such as age, but you can also append your database with wealth attributes. So, you can easily understand an individual’s giving history (what/how much they’ve donated in the past) and estimated giving capacity (what/how much they’re likely to give in the future). This will help you understand how to spark their interest and, as a result, expand your reach to donors just like them. For example, for planned giving, you could screen your donors for 3 key qualities:
1. Donor Age
When it comes to planned giving, it’s necessary to reach donors at the right time. Not only based on the average age most donors get approached for planned giving, but also based on the age the donors you’ve approached in the past. It’s important to ask yourself: what is the average age most of our existing donors we have approached about planned giving? For most nonprofits interested in boosting their planned giving base, they begin approaching donors in their 40s.
2. Giving History
Tracking individual giving history in your wealth screening can also be an advantageous planned giving tool. Bequests may not come from individuals who have given large gifts in the past. If anything, donors who have given on a recurring basis over many years may be the most likely to be interested in contributing a legacy gift. It’s these donors, who have forged a long-standing relationship with your organization, who will feel inclined to create change with your cause beyond their lifetime. So, it’s important to ask yourself: how often does this individual give to our organization? Have they attended our events? And, have they volunteered with in the past?
3. Propensity and Capacity to Give
As important as it is to identify individuals who have given in the past and who are receptive to discussing planned giving, the big question is: will they feel inclined to give? And even if they do, will they be able to contribute as much as they can?
But, wealth screening is just the first planned giving tool in your arsenal. If you want to expand your reach and initiate conversations with prospective donors, you can create a prospect profile. In short, by creating a planned giving model, you can identify prospects who look just like your best donors.
Planned Giving Tool 2: Planned Giving Model
The next planned giving tool in your arsenal is a planned giving model. Now that you understand the commonalities among your planned giving donors, you have a clearer impression of who to target. For example, you may find that donors in your database who have decided to make legacy gifts are men over the age of 50 who have dogs. These are what your best planned giving donors look like. So, what if you want to reach prospective donors? But, not just any prospects. Prospects who will be just as likely as your existing donors to give.
By using predictive modeling, our data scientists employ WealthEngine data along with your data to create a unique, custom algorithm. Using this algorithm, we can predict who’s most likely to include your organization in their planned gifts. This model can help you score prospects to see how they fare against your best donors. You can then rank your prospect lists by order of similarity to your best. Essentially, with the planned giving model, you can easily evaluate who, within your database (and beyond) are likely to contribute planned gifts. Not just in general, but to your organization specifically.
Using planned giving tools like screening and modeling allow you to gain greater insights into what makes your planned giving donors unique. You’ll be able to personalize your outreach and forge lasting connections with donors that inspire them to give.
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Stay tuned to our planned giving series as we explore more related topics beyond planned giving tools. Next, we will explore the best ways to discuss planned giving with your donors.