If the senior seems interested in supporting the organization and open to giving after your initial conversation you should then begin to tell them about the Class Gift project. Explain to them how gifts made by this year’s seniors will help the leadership of the organization to fulfill its mission, help students in the upcoming years, and, if the gift will be used for an endowment, how it will help generations of future students forever.
Explain how the Class Gift model allows the seniors to come together to give a bigger gift than any one senior could give on their own. You can also explain how pledging a gift works to help you and your class give a larger gift paid out over time, and allows seniors to be settled in their jobs before they start making their monthly gifts. Finally, let them know that the recommended pledge is for $1008, given in monthly gifts of $20.17, but that the program is flexible to accommodate any gifts of any size and duration.
Answer any questions your fellow senior might have, such as:
- What if I don’t have a job after graduation?
- Sounds great, but I don’t have $1,000 or $20.17 a month.
- I’m going to grad school. Can I start my payments later?
- Is this real going to help organization ABC?
Once your senior is on board, have them go to MyClassGift.com to fill in the online pledge form. Thank them for their generous gift and assure them it will be of great benefit to the organization that means so much to both of you. Invite them to provide a quote or be part of a video about why they chose to participate in the Class Gift program, and follow up with them on dates and times.
Be sure to alert your Program Director or Class Gift Liaison at your organization that the person has committed to a Class Gift.