Tiered Structure of Giving

In the fundraising process, many nonprofit organizations will create a tiered structure of giving. This awards donors with titles for their contributions, which are labeled publicly. Such labels may be found in programs, listed on venue walls for the public to see, on websites and other public spaces.

Examples of a tiered structure of giving may include titles that ascend or descend in a logical order. Example:

Copper Donors$10 to $100

Silver Donors$101 to $300

Gold Donors$301 to $500

Platinum Donors$501 to $1,000

Diamond Circle$1,001 to $5,000 or more


In this exercise, students create a mock tiered structure of giving for a nonprofit business concept they devise.

Learning Outcome:

In this exercise, arts entrepreneurship students learn to create a tiered structure of giving for fundraising purposes.

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Tiered Structure of Giving by James David Hart is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.


About James Hart

Jim Hart currently serves as Interim Chair of Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship & Director of Arts Entrepreneurship at Southern Methodist University, Meadows School of the Arts. Hart is also the founder of The International Theatre Academy Norway.
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