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3 Things Tempura Beets Can Teach Us About Good Donor Relations

July 26, 2013

I’m not sure how we got started with the tempura beets, but every once in a while, I’m lucky enough to share dinner with a special friend at Eat Here. The tempura beets are a necessity on every occasion.

The funny thing is, I don’t even like beets. Or didn’t. I’m a fan now.  But I think it has a lot to do with the company.

We have a great time together, we share a bit about our lives, brainstorm future possibilities in work, and relax in the chance to be authentic and genuine. As with anything these days, I have found a way to bridge part of our QT into a Giving Partneresque discussion.

So what can tempura beets teach us about good donor relations? Three things come to mind:

  1. Try something new. The initial fun of the beet experience was built on the newness of trying them together. Introduce some excitement into your donor relations by creating a new experience you can have together—a little adventurous but not over the top.
  2. Hang on to a successful tradition. Once something is a hit, build your nonprofit’s brand around that piece of tradition with your donors. That calling card will remind your donors of your organization and will be a special touch you can count on sharing together each time you meet.
  3. Focus on the quality of the time you spend together. No matter how fantastic the tempura beets of your nonprofit-donor relationships, the most important aspect of your work with donors is the quality of your interactions with them. Do you listen? Are your conversations reciprocal? Do you offer gentle suggestions without overpowering their wishes? Do you honor your confidential conversations?

And in conclusion, a special blog message to my tempura beet partner, who also happens to be a nonprofit guru I admire and respect endlessly: I hope you know how special you are. Nothing beets our time together.

Happy Friday, Giving Partner friends.

-Susie Bowie
Community Foundation of Sarasota County

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One Response to “3 Things Tempura Beets Can Teach Us About Good Donor Relations”


  1. Beautiful words of wisdom! Thank you for sharing.


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