Donation Strategy is when a player will intentionally order up trump to be euchred. That player is said to have “donated” two points to the opposition. This strategy, especially for beginners, seems rather crude and counterproductive, but in the right situation, it can be a game saving call. The logic behind Donating is to prevent the opposition to call alone. In other words, it is better to give up two points than four.
Here are some guiding principles on when to use Donation Strategy:
- the opposing team has the deal
- the opposing team has 6 or 7 points
- the up-card is a bower
- you have a lay-down hand in the opposite color of the up-card