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Get To Know The Decisive Donor (Type 4)

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Get To Know The Decisive Donor (Type 4)

Synopsis: In this article, we define The Decisive Donor. Find out what the most common traits are for this personality, why they are important for your church to understand. How and why do they give to your cause? 

Now that you pastors understand that Type Four personalities represent a Decisive Donor, it’s time to learn how this knowledge serves the church.

The Decisive Donor gives based on the information they are given. They might seem curious about the church and ask lots of questions—but as you will see later, this is because they highly value informed and educated decisions.

By understanding the characteristics of those you want to encourage to give, you find fresh ways to engage them. You can also provide better content and Bible studies for that type of person, making planning targeted and efficient.

In this article, we cover everything you need to know about the Decisive Donor.


These donors are a joy to be around! Why? Because they bring the inspiration your church and members often need. They are expressive and dramatic. However, church leaders be warned: They can be self-absorbed and temperamental!

This personality shows up in the way that these Decisive Donors tend to withdraw during a difficult time. Their problems at work or in their professional lives may be reflected in the commitment they give to the church.

On the upside, their positive energy can be an asset to the church. They will decide pretty quickly if they want to make a big donation or tithe; they don’t need too much convincing.

The Decisive Donors often look for churches or non-profits whose missions resonate with their creative and self-conscious personalities.


The Following Terms Describe a Decisive Donor Best

  • romantic
  • creative
  • self-conscious
  • influential
  • clear-sighted
  • firm
  • critical
  • moody
  • passionate
  • curious
  • information-hungry
  • decision-makers
  • leaders
  • strong
  • decisive

What Motivates the Decisive Donor?

  • church or non-profit whose missions resonate with their creative and self-conscious personality
  • partners who help them focus on reaching their philanthropic goals.

What Are Decisive Donors Most Passionate About?

  • the arts and communities that create opportunities through emotional avenues
  • campaigns that create social change
  • activist solutions

How Can You Engage the Decisive Donor?

Decisive people are often successful because of their ability to make quick decisions and stick to them. It doesn’t take that much inspiration or convincing if this donor feels strongly about giving. They act right away.

But because they have this melancholic tendency, pastors must strive to keep them updated with current outreach activities. Keeping in touch via social media or inviting them to know about your latest fundraising programs will make them feel valued.

Practical Ways to Encourage Decisive Donors:

Decisive Donors are conscious learners. They want to grow their knowledge so that they can make quicker, more educated decisions. That’s why you must encourage them by building up their self-confidence. Some ideas for you:

1. Give them the option to take courses or skill-building activities in the church

2. Encourage asking questions

3. Do all you can to teach and mentor the Decisive Donor, as they value your wise judgment

Best Ways to Thank a Decisive Donor

—Thank them for showing up when you need them

—Speak to their natural ability to decide if your non-profit or church mission is worth supporting.

—Let them know you appreciate their understanding nature, as deciding which church to support is not always easy.

—Thank them when they ask deeper questions about your church and non-profit. This is not them being cynical but simply wanting to make informed decisions when giving.

—Feature them in interviews, such as educational podcasts and online meetings with the church. Ask their opinions, as they value giving knowledge as much as receiving it.

Further Tips for Pastors and Church Managers

Pastors and church managers who have Decisive Donors in their congregation will appreciate their consistency with giving.

These are the donors you might encourage towards tithing smaller amounts regularly, rather than lump sums of large donations. They like the idea of a subscription solution.

These types of donors are always exploring new ideas or studying something new and honing their skills by asking questions. Help them on their giving journey by being accessible to answer their questions and give them information. This is how they gain a deeper understanding of the church and become valued regular supporters.

Character Example of a Decisive Donor:

John D. Rockefeller, one of the greatest givers the world has ever known, could be considered a Decisive Donor. Once he decided early on to tithe his income, he never went back on his commitment. He once said:

“I never would have been able to tithe the first million dollars I ever made if I had not tithed my first salary, which was $1.50 per week.”

Bible Verses on Giving To Inspire You As You Lead Decisive Donors

Proverbs 3:5-6 

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

James 1:5 

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.

Philippians 4:6-7 

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.


Certain types of donors need a certain type of leader to guide them on their spiritual path. Decisive Donors could end up being your biggest tithers and most valuable givers. But this all depends on how you communicate with and lead them.

For more tips on growing Decisive Donors on their giving journey, check out our extensive digital library of church pastor resourcesSchedule a Discovery Call with us at DonorWerx today and improve your church’s ability to grow members and donors.

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