Fostering the Right Relationships

At HASA, we’ve had the privilege of witnessing firsthand the transformative impact that major donors and corporate sponsors can have on our mission and initiatives. Building and fostering relationships with these key players are essential components of our organization’s success. Building deep relationships with these key partners, of course takes time and effort but the benefits far outweigh our efforts.


Here are a just a few reasons why I feel major donors and corporate sponsors are important to HASA’s future growth and success:

Amplifying Impact: Major donors and corporate sponsors are instrumental in amplifying the impact of our non-profit organization. Their generous contributions provide the financial support needed to carry out critical projects and expand our reach to those in need.  In many cases, they also contribute to our unrestricted funds which helps the organization with their operational costs, not just programming.


Long-Term Partnerships: Establishing strong relationships with major donors and corporate sponsors fosters long-term partnerships. These enduring connections allow us to collaborate on multiple initiatives, ensuring sustained support for our organization’s goals.  Nurturing these long-term relationships also helps us understand how we as an organization can better support their philanthropic efforts as their organization grows. 


Advocates for the Cause: Major donors and corporate sponsors often become passionate advocates for our cause. Their influence and support can inspire others to join in, creating a ripple effect that expands our network of supporters.  As they become more engaged with us, we become more engaged with them. We look for unique opportunities to engage their team with volunteer opportunities. We look for unique ways to engage their executive team with events and so on.


Diverse Resources: Beyond financial contributions, these key players often bring diverse resources to the table, including expertise, networks, and in-kind donations, further enriching our organization’s capabilities.


Lastly, I thought I might take this opportunity to talk about some specific tips that I use to help build better relationships.

Effective Tips and Tactics for Building Relationships


  1. Authenticity and Transparency: Building trust is the cornerstone of any successful relationship. We prioritize authenticity and transparency when communicating with major donors and corporate sponsors, sharing both our successes and challenges. This openness fosters a sense of partnership and mutual commitment to our shared goals.


  1. Personalized Communication: Tailoring our communication to each major donor and corporate sponsor is crucial. We take the time to understand their interests, values, and philanthropic objectives, ensuring that our messages resonate with their individual passions.


  1. Engaging Events and Impact Visits: We organize engaging events and impact visits that allow major donors and corporate sponsors to witness the tangible outcomes of their support. These experiences provide a deeper connection to our cause and the people we serve.


  1. Recognition and Gratitude: Recognizing the invaluable role major donors and corporate sponsors play in our organization’s success is vital. We express our gratitude through personalized thank-you letters, public acknowledgments, and opportunities for involvement in special projects.


  1. Regular Updates and Reports: Keeping major donors and corporate sponsors informed about our progress and impact is essential in maintaining their engagement. We provide regular updates and comprehensive reports, demonstrating how their contributions are making a tangible difference.


  1. Collaborative Goal-Setting: We involve major donors and corporate sponsors in our goal-setting process. By seeking their input and insights, we ensure that our objectives align with their philanthropic interests, creating a sense of shared ownership.


  1. Networking and Relationship-Building Events: We facilitate networking opportunities among major donors and corporate sponsors, allowing them to connect with like-minded individuals and organizations. These events not only strengthen relationships but also foster a sense of community among our supporters.


  1. Thoughtful Recognition Benefits: We design recognition benefits that resonate with major donors and corporate sponsors. These may include exclusive access to events, naming opportunities, or involvement in advisory boards, acknowledging their integral role in our organization’s success.


In the world of non-profit organizations, major donors and corporate sponsors serve as invaluable partners, driving positive change and supporting vital initiatives. Fostering and nurturing relationships with these key players are essential in amplifying our impact and ensuring the sustainability of our organization’s mission. By prioritizing authenticity, personalized communication, recognition, and collaborative goal-setting, we create a strong network of passionate advocates who share our commitment to making a difference. Together, we forge a path towards a brighter future, where our collective efforts lead to meaningful and lasting change for the communities we serve.


Learn More About HASA

HASA connects people to their worlds and aids individuals in their ability to understand and to be understood. HASA has grown into an organization that serves more than 4,000 children and adults every year, helping them communicate more effectively. With programming both on our Baltimore campus and through community-based programming, we provide education, access, and medical support to anyone who needs it.

We envision a society where everyone can understand and be understood and where everyone is treated with integrity, compassion, and equity. Join us.