Yes, ignore your donors unless it’s time to raise more funds; then just ask for the money.  They should know you’re too busy for anything else, right?

Donors shouldn’t expect a thank you note.  It’s an added cost and takes precious time.

Donors should somehow know you’re only a 1 or 2 person development staff that’s over worked.  They don’t have any problems in their perfect donor world and ought to be totally focused on you.

Of course donors read everything you send them – and remember every detail about your nonprofit.  Why bother reminding them of anything?  No time for that!

What could be more important in their life than your nonprofit?  Surely you have their undivided attention.

Don’t waste time telling donors they’re important.  That’s obvious, isn’t it?

Just ask for the money.  Don’t go into a lot of detail on the need . . . for goodness sake that’s obvious to anyone!

Yup.  Ignore your donors. 

Donors are a dime-a-dozen. Don’t bother with stewardship, cultivation, gratitude, or relationship building.  Don’t bother to listen when they ask you to cut them out of specific campaigns (e.g., telemarketing; monthly appeals); or when they ask you to only contact them once a year.  Who has time for that nonsense?

You’re not running a Burger King.  Donors can’t have anything their way.  It’s the nonprofit way or the highway.

If they don’t give a donation then there’s something wrong with them.  Can’t be anything else! 

Or can it?