Donor Relations

The outreach, communication, engagement, and appreciation of growers, farmers and gardeners.

Donor Relations

Donor Relations

How to maintain relationships with grower donors.

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Donor Relations: Farmers

Society of St. Andrew GA offers suggestions for how to start and manage partnerships with farmers.

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Donor Relations

Check out how the Harvest VISTA at Community Food Share managed grower donor partnerships.

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Marketing Gleaning Program to Farmers

Tips on how to present the benefits of gleaning to growers.

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Donor Relations

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Tips for managing relationships with farmers from Food for Others in Virginia.

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Donor Relations in Kitsap County

Kitsap County is a sprawling community seated in the shadow of Seattle. Because of this it can be difficult to retain a unique identity and to find local resources.

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Donor Relations

SETP uses a variety of methods to recruit and engage with tree owners.

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Donor Relations

This section will focus on the process of acquiring funds and in-kind donations for the project rather than produce donations.

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Appreciation

A thank you can take many forms but never goes unnoticed.

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Outreach and Communication

Building relationships with farmers, farmer’s market managers, and property owners has no off season.

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Donor Relations

How to reach out to growers, maintain good relationships, and thank them for their donations.

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Donor Relations

On the Olympic Peninsula, several outreach methods were employed to establish the donor base.

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City Fruit Donor Relations

Unlike most Harvest Against Hunger sites, the donor relationship at City Fruit is unique.

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Donor Relations in Leavenworth

Establishing a large and varied donor base provides the program with a steadier stream of gleaning opportunities.

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Donor Relations in Colville

Approaching Farmers with questions on how to start your program is great first-step in relationship building with potential donors.

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Donor Relations in Moses Lake

Sending out thank you cards are a great way to show volunteers your appreciation.

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Donor Relations

Food Access Coalition builds rapport

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Creating & Maintaining Donor Relations

Creating sustainable, productive donor relations is imperative to any gleaning project. Community Harvest has a strong starting point because the program is housed by an organization which works directly with local farmers. By having an established purchasing relationship with growers, Community Harvest was easily able to approach several growers. In turn the growers could respond with confidence.

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Donor Relations

BMAC's strong reputation elevates relationships

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Donor Relations

Best serving farmers as their guest

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Donor Outreach

Sno-Valley explains and emphasizes the importance of face-to-face interactions.

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Communications, Appreciation & Liability

Unique methods for reaching out to donors that have been successful in Okanogan County.

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Donor Relations in Land of Plenty

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Donors are critical for gleaning. Handling grower concerns, keeping the producer happy, and managing the gleaning event well are very important to hosting a successful an event and any future gleans.

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Key Donors Are Vital

In TCFB's experience, gleaning programs don’t need many donors, but rather key donors. Maintaining good relationships with these donors is vital to for the gleaners to continue to harvest the thousands of pounds of produce from local farms each year.

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Donor Relations in a non-Agricultural Gleaning Project

The South King County Food Coalition’s VISTA projects differed significantly from many of the other Harvest VISTA positions this year. Little focus was placed on agricultural gleaning and thus the picture of donor relations looks very different. That said, the coalition has several key donors with whom this year’s VISTA collaborated closely.

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Ways to Solicit Donations

The SCF is not a traditional gleaning project, so interactions with donors are not the same as other gleaning projects. However, we do have several donors of money, skills, and materials with whom it’s important for us to keep up good relations.

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Donor Outreach

Trust is the most important yet difficult task. Many growers are hesitant to work with organizations they are not familiar. The best approach is through established agricultural organizations.

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How Lettuce Link Approaches Donor Relations

Lettuce Link breaks down donor relations into five categories: outreach, screening, communication, harvesting and recognition/follow-up.

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Donor Relations

Second Harvest’s Food Sourcing/Development Team follows a creative, soft approach (friendly; not overbearing) to donor recruitment

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Registering Donors

“Registering” fruit tree owners has been interesting because most fruit tree owners the gleaning coordinator connected with were equipped to harvest their own fruit and uninterested in gleaning. To work around this, the VISTA produced the PCGP Postcard designed for folks to share with their neighbors who have fruit trees that could benefit from gleaning. In conjunction with other outreach efforts, this has resulted in about a 100 percent increase in the number of fruit tree registrations.

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