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.     


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.     


He who wished to secure the good of others, has already secured his own.     


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.     


The charity that is a trifle to us can be precious to others.     


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.     


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.