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3 Things That Never Fail for Christian Radio Stations

3 Things That Never Fail for Christian Radio Stations

Every Christian radio station is unique, with its own special challenges and local market conditions. But no matter where you are and no matter what you are facing, some principles are transcendent. In fact, I’ve found there are three things that never fail in any market, no matter how big or small the station. 1. Good Radio Improves Fundraising Results Yes, what comes out of the speakers matters. I tip my hat to my friends Chuck Finney and John Frost, both outstanding programming cons ...Read more »
My Excitement to Work with Christian Nonprofits

My Excitement to Work with Christian Nonprofits

Do you wake up every morning with a specific, God-given vision for your ministry? As a life-long follower of Jesus, my goal each day is to help Christian ministries and nonprofits, like yours, fulfill their vision. I would love to take part in helping you grow more income for your ministry that will allow you to reach more people for the Gospel. If you’ve watched this video and would like to talk more about how we can work together to achieve your goals, please give me a call at (972) 304-1100 ...Read more »
Fundraising's Duh Factor: Keep More Donors, Raise More Money

Fundraising's Duh Factor: Keep More Donors, Raise More Money

Duh, if you want to raise more money, you at last have to keep the donors you have, if not add more, right?  Then why are so many ministries obsessed with acquiring new donors while ignoring the critically important need to retain more donors?  Are you losing ground? Statistically, yes.  You will lose up to half your donors this year alone! Learn how to keep more donors and raise more money in 2014!

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Lessons from Restaurant Impossible Chef Robert Irvine

Lessons from Restaurant Impossible Chef Robert Irvine

I’m kind of a Food Network junkie. I know, it’s not very intellectual or macho of me. However, watching teams battle it out in competition or seeing Ina Garten’s deft hand with “really good” ingredients helps me relax! One of my favorite shows, “Restaurant Impossible,” features Chef Robert Irvine. He’s a drill sergeant and a shock therapist in one giant, British package. The things this man has said while in the face of dysfunctional restaurant ...Read more »
There’s Only One Problem with Your Strategic Plan

There’s Only One Problem with Your Strategic Plan

You spent weeks, maybe even months, developing your latest strategic plan. It required meetings, retreats, discussions, research and endless analysis. You argued tooth and nail over just the right phrasing as you carefully wordsmithed the document. And now copies of your plan are freshly filed in everyone’s top right desk drawer. The Problem It probably won’t get implemented. You see, most strategic plans, even the ones that cost big dollars to generate, never impact the world o ...Read more »
Year End Fundraising Success Tips

Year End Fundraising Success Tips

More than 75% of all donations made each year will be made between November 1st and December 31st. Are you and your ministry ministry prepared to do the right things to grow your income this fourth quarter? Your success or failure really depends on four critical factors: 1. Treat it like a campaign, not a “Christmas letter.” Direct mail is only one channel available to you. It’s arguably still the most productive channel. But when you send multiple carefully targeted emails ...Read more »
Is it "Development," "Fundraising" or "Stewardship?"

Is it "Development," "Fundraising" or "Stewardship?"

Listen to a group of Christians talk about pretty much anything for very long and you can end up pretty confused.   Take for instance what we call the head guy at church.  Is he… Pastor? Minister? Priest? Elder? Teacher? And is he (or in some cases, she) to be called “Reverend” or shown some  other special deference? The same holds true when it comes to raising money in Christian organizations. We differ on what to call our departments and on what term to use in describ ...Read more »
Use 5/15 Reports For Accountability & Tracking Fundraising

Use 5/15 Reports For Accountability & Tracking Fundraising

Fundraising is a team sport! And leadership is always required to keep a team moving toward its next goal for an annual fund drive, fundraiser or campaign.  Communication is often the key to success, especially since fundraising is likely to be only part of what you are responsible for.  A "5/15 Report" is a great tool for keeping you in touch with your team and to track progress.   What is a 5/15 Report?  The name comes from the style of document we are after here.  We ...Read more »
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