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The termination of a right or privilege due to inaction. In insurance, lapses occur on a policy if the policyholder fails to pay premiums. In this case, the right to receive the benefit lapses. In options, the contract lapses if the option is not exercised on or by the expiration date. In this case, the right to buy or sell the underlying asset lapses.
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A lapse causes a policy, right, or privilege to end because the person or institution that would benefit fails to live up to its terms or meet its conditions.

For example, if you have a subscription right to buy additional shares of a stock at a price below the public offering price, you must generally act before a certain date. If that date passes, your right is said to lapse.

Similarly, if you have a life insurance policy that requires you to pay annual premiums, the policy will lapse if you fail to pay the premiums in time.

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There are two ways to replace the active donors who don't respond: lapsed renewal and new donor acquisition.
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2) After multiple attempts at treating the donor as lapsed, these donors might then be cycled back into acquisition efforts, where despite having been a long-time donor earlier in their lifetime, they are now spoken to as if they've never been supportive at all or are not recognized as a dedicated donor.
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The old fundraising adage "as acquired so renewed" is an effective but ho-hum way to acquire donors and to recapture those slacker-donors who have lapsed.
* Is the expected increase in the value of the partnership interest, from the time of receipt to the time the risk of forfeiture has lapsed, substantial?