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.

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.     


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.     


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.