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Strategic Planning

6 Summertime Steps to Success with Major Gifts

6 Summertime Steps to Success with Major Gifts

Major gifts work doesn’t take a vacation when we do. Although many donors are out of town, at the beach or enjoying family and leisure during the summer, many are actually more available to meet with us than at other times of the year. Additionally, this time of year affords major gift officers the opportunity to reassess and plan for the busy third and fourth quarter. Here are six strategies you can use to have success with major gifts this summer: 1. Review Your List Even if you rece ...Read more »
Donors Insight for Your Strategic Plan

Donors Insight for Your Strategic Plan

Capturing the perspective of your donors on your organization may be even more important than the view from staff and leadership on the inside. Donors see your organization through a totally different lens, and their insights are paramount when it comes to planning the future. There are many options to considering donor input as part of the strategic planning process. Options for Gathering Input 1. Surveys —A simple paper or email survey for your donors, can allow them to give valu ...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 »
Is Strategic Planning Dead?

Is Strategic Planning Dead?

What do you do when you need a new vision, and you need it—NOW? That’s the dilemma faced by Children at Heart Ministries, a 64 year-old child and family care organization made up of Texas Baptist Children’s Home, STARRY, Gracewood and Miracle Farm. The four ministries are part of a larger family that includes the Children at Heart Foundation, Children at Heart Ministries and Children At Heart Family Services. It’s a complicated structure that made strategic planning dif ...Read more »
The Hidden Cost of Not Setting Goals

The Hidden Cost of Not Setting Goals

Are you aware that everything you do has a time price tag? It’s true. Each meeting, phone call, report, project or email generates an opportunity cost. When you say “yes” to any activity, you are also saying “no” to something else. What if some of the projects, connections and tasks you didn’t do were the very things that could have propelled your mission forward? Chances are, planning is one of the victims lying on the cutting room floor of opportunity cost. ...Read more »
The Most Important Question To Ask Yourself Before Raising Funds

The Most Important Question To Ask Yourself Before Raising Funds

You probably ask yourself questions all the time as you go about the daily business of running your ministry.  Questions like "What do we really need to be more effective, reach more people?" or "When is the right time to start a new fundraising campaign?" even "Who can I ask to support this ministry that I haven't already asked?" But the best questions to ask yourself before attempting anything in the resource development arena don't start with "what" or "when."  They don't even begin ...Read more »
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