Forge Relationships Now, Yield Donations in Time
Elk Foundation volunteers, supporters and staff share a laugh at the 2014 banquet in Butte, Montana. Receptions, whether large or small, are our ways to connect with donors on a personal level, and it’s those connections that come back to reward us and the RMEF in time.
A lot of my fondest memories and dearest friends come from my experiences with the Elk Foundation—memories that will never be forgotten and friendships that will last a lifetime. This is exactly what an RMEF reception helps create; it’s an event where people come together to see old friends, make new friends and support the mission of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.
Receptions can be large or small gatherings where like-minded people focused on conservation (who may or may not already be RMEF members or donors) come together so RMEF can showcase mission accomplishments and, specifically, the need to fund future projects and programs.
But just as important as our mission is the ability to build genuine relationships with each other at these receptions, as well as vested long-term relationships with RMEF’s donors and supporters who, over time, become our strongest and most committed advocates.
Through these relationships, people become more familiar with our conservation efforts, what it takes to fund the RMEF mission and how they can play a critical role in the success of future conservation projects and programs. This only comes when people have a direct and personal connection to other people who support the mission.
These relationships are key for supporters to feel connected—and that sense of belonging and community can enhance anyone’s experience. This also can have a direct impact on future donations. It can act as a gateway for people who want to ensure they have done their part to help secure a lasting wildlife legacy for future generations by leaving their own permanent footprint in elk country with a gift to the Elk Foundation. The community we want to build doesn’t start at a meeting or in a magazine—it starts in the backyards and front rooms of our members, volunteers and supporters.
The relationships built through RMEF receptions provide a framework for future events, where we can continue to share detailed insight about RMEF’s progress in elk country, introducing new people to the Elk Foundation and working together to further the RMEF mission.
Ralph Cinfio, III
Vice President, Fundraising Services