What is Your Vision for Your College or University?

What is Your Vision for Your College or University?

Challenge: Succinctly answer one question: What is your college or university’s Vision? If this takes more than a moment to answer, there is work to be done. People with VisionIn the 1960’s, many secular colleges and universities were an integral part of the anti-establishment, “counter-culture” movement in American sociology. The basis of some of the tenants of that cultural shift were arguably positive (such as non-discrimination and equal rights, care of the environment, and freedom of speech ...Read more »
The Battle for Time

The Battle for Time

Competing priorities constantly bombard us—unplanned meetings, urgent phone calls, operations crises, drop-in visitors, and the list goes on. Every day we are under fire to accomplish those things we know must be done to advance our mission. And every day forces and events outside of our control distract and interrupt those missional tasks. This is a recurring theme with every rescue mission, and every organization for that matter. So, if you are reading this, you are not alone.A Culture of Urge ...Read more »
Solve for X with Major Gifts at Your Rescue Mission

Solve for X with Major Gifts at Your Rescue Mission

When you measure your mission’s fundraising income, what do you see? Hopefully you are experiencing higher response rates and larger average gifts. If your metrics are trending up, you are enjoying a position that many are not. In fact, for many nonprofits, it seems to be a problem with an elusive solution. Today’s Fundraising Landscape We’ve been told that the recession has ended. We understand that donors are getting harder to reach by phone. We cringe at the piles of envel ...Read more »
The Bell: You Cannot Un-Ring It

The Bell: You Cannot Un-Ring It

Eyes OpenedIt’s 3:30am and you are lying awake thinking about what you witnessed and what you think you should be doing about it. It wasn’t the alarm clock that woke you—it was a bell of a different kind.You saw, heard or experienced something yesterday. This thing goes unseen to most, but now your eyes were opened to a harsh reality for a fellow human, another one of God’s children—whether they know it yet or not. This is the blessing and the challenge given to most everyone who has noticed or ...Read more »
VIDEO: Planned Giving for Your Small Ministry

VIDEO: Planned Giving for Your Small Ministry

Is it possible to start a planned giving program even in a small ministry?

Yes! Whether you're a leader in a small, medium, or large Christian ministry or nonprofit, you can start a Planned Giving Program. Here are a few tips that can help you along the way.

After watching this video, send me an email here or give me a call at (724) 475-6121. I look forward to talking with you about how to begin those critical conversations with your donors about Planned Giving.

On-Board

On-Board

They are on the Board, of course they should be “on-board” with the organization. But that’s not always the case, is it? In fact, just this past week I heard an executive director utter these very words, “They’re finally on-board.” Board Engagement Thoughts When you first hear the phrase “Board Engagement” what goes through your mind? An active, optimistic and synergistic team giving their best? A leadership group investing their time, talent a ...Read more »
Giving and Getting in Christian Higher Education

Giving and Getting in Christian Higher Education

In the last two weeks, several leaders have expressed to me the same concern. The question asked arises frequently, but in these instances focused on Development in Higher Education. I thought it was a good time to highlight some ideas and address the issue. The question: Where does faith and action intersect in the world of fundraising? Where to Begin This particular tension has existed since “fundraising” in Christian circles began. It can be theologically challenging, and it ...Read more »
Prepare for Takeoff

Prepare for Takeoff

I have flown on a lot of airplanes—commercial and private. I have even piloted a few of the private ones when the controls were handed over by a friend. One thing always remains the same, no matter the size, power, occupancy, or destination of the flight – there is always a pre-flight checklist and a flight plan. These two things prove imperative for a good, successful flight. I don’t like to think of what could happen in their absence. As we approached New Year’s, I ...Read more »
What Do You Say..?

What Do You Say..?

A woman I know, a grandmother, recently began an experiment with her giving. A different experiment than you might expect. She began to keep track of whether or not her grandkids called to say “thanks,” or sent a thank you note, after receiving birthday and Christmas gifts from her. She lives some distance from her grandchildren, but in trying to show her interest and care, she gives some substantial gifts. She has a simple rule: If there is an effort made to say thanks, she continue ...Read more »
What Makes a Hero?

What Makes a Hero?

Most of us have had a hero at some point in our lives. Maybe it was a relative, a friend, or someone right out of the comic books and movies—someone we always tried to emulate. Maybe your hero has changed over the years, but hopefully you still have at least one. Heroes are the people who inspire us, help us rise to the occasion, and do more with what we have. How Big is the Box? Recently, I was discussing a particular challenge with my 11 year old son. This challenge was nothing monum ...Read more »
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