Fundraising Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old fundraising quotes, fundraising sayings, and fundraising proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Wealth is not to feed our egos but to feed the hungry and to help people help themselves. Andrew Carnegie
We should never forget that no fundraising effort ever succeeds unless one person asks another person for money. Andrew D. Parker Jr.
The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own. Benjamin Disraeli
If you need to raise funds from donors, you need to study them, respect them, and build everything you do around them. Jeff Brooks
The most important thing is not to let fundraising get you down. Startups live or die on morale. If you let the difficulty of raising money destroy your morale, it will become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Paul Graham
You give but little when you give of your possessions.It is when you give of yourself that you truly give. Kahlil Gibran
Only great souls know the grandeur there is in charity. Jacques Bossuet
To give away money is an easy matter and in any man's power. But to decide to whom to give it and how large and when, and for what purpose and how, is neither in every man's power nor an easy matter. Aristotle
It is one of the most beautiful compensations of life that no person can sincerely try to help another without helping themselves. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Fundraising requires both optimism and realism. Without the first, few if any gift solicitation efforts would be made. Without the second, few if any would succeed. Howard L. Jones
Think of giving not as a duty but as a privilege. John D. Rockefeller
The willingness to share does not make one charitable; it makes one free. Robert Brault
The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it. Henry David Thoreau
Let your heart feel for the afflictions and distresses of every one, and let your hand give in proportion to your purse; remembering always the estimation of the widow's mite, but, that it is not every one who asketh that deserveth charity; all, however, are worthy of the inquiry, or the deserving may suffer. George Washington
It's not just about being able to write a check. It's being able to touch somebody's life. Oprah Winfrey
Every good act is charity. A man's true wealth hereafter is the good that he does in this world to his fellows. Moliere
He who wished to secure the good of others, has already secured his own. Confucius
Fundraisers should use pride, not apology, when asking for a gift for a charity that is doing good work. Henry Rosso
The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable of receiving. Albert Einstein
Fundraising opportunities will continue to exist throughout the next century. Those opportunities will equal or exceed all current experience or presently held future expectations. Edgar D. Powell
Fundraising is not really about money. It's about people. Larry C. Johnson
Fundraising is proclaiming what we believe in such a way that we offer other people an opportunity to participate with us in our vision and mission. Henri
The charity that is a trifle to us can be precious to others. Homer
No one has ever become poor by giving. Anne Frank
when we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed. Maya Angelou
In necessary things, unity; in doubtful things, liberty; in all things, charity. Anne Baxter
Charity never humiliated him who profited from it, nor ever bound him by the chains of gratitude, since it was not to him but to God that the gift was made. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
There is so much wretchedness in the world, that we may safely take the word of any mortal professing to need our assistance; and, even should we be deceived, still the good to ourselves resulting from a kind act is worth more than the trifle by which we purchase it. Nathaniel Hawthorne
Helping people doesn't have to be an unsound financial strategy. Melinda Gates
No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave. Calvin Coolidge
Complete possession is proved only by giving. All you are unable to give possesses you. Andre Gide
We don't have enough money in our budget to buy everything we need. Randy Gravon
A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directs, and the roots spring up and make new trees. The greatest work that kindness does to others is that it makes them kind to themselves. Lawrence G. Lovasik
Giving is not just about making a donation. It is about making a difference. Kathy Calvin
Giving is the master key to success, in all applications of human life. Bryant McGill
Fundraising is the gentle art of teaching the joy of giving. Hank Rosso
The small charity that comes from the heart is better than the great charity that comes from the head. Ivan Panin
Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for kindness. Seneca
Charity and personal force are the only investments worth anything. Walt Whitman
Donors don't give to institutions. They invest in ideas and people in whom they believe. G.T. Smith
In good times and bad, we know that people give because you meet needs, not because you have needs. Kay Sprinkel Grace
The wise man does not lay up his own treasures. The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own. Lao Tzu
The secret to fundraising comes down to three magic words: before, more, and strategic. Jay Samit
While earning your daily bread, be sure you share a slice with those less fortunate. Anonymous
It is more rewarding to watch money change the world than watch it accumulate. Gloria Steinem
Down in their hearts, wise men know this truth: the only way to help yourself is to help others. Elbert Hubbard
Never take more out of life, than you intend to give back. Robert M. Hensel
Life is never so busy that there is no time to serve. Anonymous