(Type 8)

The Motivated Donor


Donor Type 8:

Tips for Growing The Motivated Donor

Based on the Enneagram Model, Type Eight personalities are self-confident and decisive. Therefore, we prefer to call them “Motivated”. Sure, they are willful and can be confrontational. But the best leaders and pastors can coach the Motivated Type, because they see the positive side of their powerful personality.

On the upside, Motivated Donors meet challenges well. They will be a strong asset to your fundraising. Motivated Doors feel it is their deep moral duty to donate. These types require a certain wise leadership as they grow in the giving culture. In this article, we share tips for handling The Motivated Donor, including how to inspire and encourage their resourceful attitude.


The Following Terms Describe a Motivated Donor Best

  • Assertive
  • Confrontational
  • Self-confident
  • Self-mastering
  • Always improving their own situations and others’ situations
  • Heroic
  • Inspiring
  • Focused
  • Determined
  • Leaders
  • Motivators
  • Strong
  • Willful
  • Go-getters
  • Reliable
  • Independent

What Motivates the Motivated Donor?

Motivated Donors love to study the bigger picture of a society’s needs. They usually come from a strong heritage and foundation of giving. They are best motivated when confronted with a situation that needs their resourcefulness.

Feed their willingness to help by making it easy for them to take action. In a practical sense, this could be as simple as making your website intuitive and user-friendly when they want to donate. For example, a simple one-click solution for instant online donations makes it more attractive for them to give.

What Are Motivated Donors Most Passionate About?

  • Meeting significant challenges
  • A chance to show their resourcefulness
  • Space to create long-lasting change
  • Foundations and non-profits that have a history of being influential
  • Making change in the world on a larger scale; not just in
    small communities
  • Opportunities to lead and show their capabilities

How Can You Engage the Motivated Donor?

The real power of the Motivated Donor lies in their ability to inspire and uplift people. As their church pastor, you can help to guide this leadership capability by giving them room to take charge—especially during a crisis.

Motivated Donors have strong willpower and vitality, and they feel most alive when they can show these capabilities in the world. So give them that chance and make them feel valued.

Help them use their energy to effect changes in your community. These are loyal types that appreciate mentors who also show a strong and passionate leadership style. Encourage The Motivated Donor by emphasizing that the world is not against them—allay their fears but always work to develop their strong positive side.


Best Ways to Thank a Motivated Donor

Here are some practical ways to thank Motivated Donors for their greatness of heart:

  • Show them how many people in their lives care about them and look up to them.
  • Validate the strength and support that they contribute to the church.
  • Never alienate them. Let them know how important they are to your mission.
  • List them in your online newsletter Donor Page.
  • Send them personalized Thank You Cards or Birthday Greetings on their special day. This will show that you pay attention to them personally.

Character Example of a Motivated Donor

A most notable Type Eight is Franklin D. Roosevelt, who became President of the United States during one of the nation’s darkest times. He led the country through the most challenging economic era in US history: The Great Depression.

Roosevelt suffered from polio, but that did not stop him from doing enormous work in the world. His generosity as a donor continues to impact the generations that came after. For example, Roosevelt founded the March of Dimes, a foundation that worked tirelessly to improve the lives of polio victims.

When Roosevelt initially launched the organization, his financial aid allowed the non-profit to build an iron lung so that polio patients could breathe. Today, the March of Dimes' mission is to prevent birth defects, reduce premature birth, and ultimately, eliminate infant mortality.


Bible Verses on Giving to Inspire You as You Lead Motivated Donors

These Scriptures may inspire you as you plan your content and spiritually guide the Motivated Donor.

58 Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

13 Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.

Tools for Giving that Inspire Motivated Donors


Consider digital tools that can help make giving easier for the Motivated Donor. Here are some options:

  • Streaming Tools: Motivated Donors who cannot attend in-person services can still stay updated with your church missions.
  • Online & Mobile Apps: Try out Google Docs, Zoom, Evernote, etc., for your admin team's fundraising process.
  • Digital Giving Software: Find a software suite such as SecureGive so you can make donating easier and more convenient via app, webpages, text, and kiosk.
  • Donor Engagement Software: Offering simple ways to give means nothing if you don’t motivate congregants to give.
  • High-Quality Visuals: Churches and nonprofits who use video and images help donors have a clearer picture of the missions and why their contributions are so critical.

Type Eight Motivated Donors are not the easiest type to lead. However, as you get to know the various personalities in your church, you will also find solutions for growing Motivated Donors' commitment.

The journey to more digital givers becomes smoother when you forecast their specific needs and plan appropriately. This way, you provide the right tools—both for your donors and for your church management teams.

For more tips on cultivating donors, check out our extensive digital library of church pastor resources.

Schedule a Discovery Call with us at DonorWerx today and get started with online giving solutions.

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