Q: Our first Ask Event was in April and we are having another fundraising event in September. We've been doing this other event for years, and some of our key donors and board members are asking if they can count part of their pledge that they made at the Ask Event towards this other event to cover their ticket or table price. Is this okay?
Jenny in Nevada
A: No, the Multiple-Year Giving Society pledge at the Ask Event won't be applied to this other event in any way. Board members and other long-time donors who have signed on for pledges at your first Ask Event should decide if they want this to be their primary way of supporting the organization or if they want to continue attending the gala in addition. Make sure they understand how much you appreciate their support and what a difference this new way of giving is helping you grow and plan for future years. Let them know you do not expect them to continue attending the gala or to give more money above and beyond their pledge and then let them decide.