I put a plant into the ground. Then I forgot about it.
The sun baked it. It drooped. It withered.
Oops! Well, no problem. I’ll just water it now.
Wait, why isn’t it coming back to life?
When your organization ignores a donor for months at a time, you are scorching and burning your relationship.
You may get lucky. Their feelings for you may be so hardy that you can bring the relationship back to life with a really good appeal. Most often, though, you’ll be watering a dead plant and wondering why it isn’t growing.
Real communications are the water of life. Give your donors some water every week, and watch your relationships flower.
This post first appeared on Communicate! in 2016.