So many times we make calls only to get the voice mail. So let’s turn this into an opportunity. Here’s a possible message:
“Hi, This is _______. I am _______ at ___Name of organization________. I am sorry that I missed talking with you today. I am calling to let you know we appreciate your commitment to (mission) and your support last year”
“Since we haven’t connected with you this year I am calling to learn more about your interest in (name the mission) and if you would like to continue your partnership serving (name beneficiaries). Lots can happen in a year and I want to catch up with you to learn more about your interest and your experience this year as a partner serving our community or to answer your questions.”
“If you are willing to have a short conversation please email me (email address) with some times you would be available for a call.”
“Thank you so much for your commitment and caring for (mission). We invite you to continue to share in the work. I hope to talk with you soon.”
Keep it simple and recognize caring and meaningfulness of their commitment. You do not need to talk about money specifically.