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, Jr.

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-Exupery

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