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How can a Relationship Roadmap help me with donors?

How can a Relationship Roadmap help me with donors?

We do what we do with a hope, and an expectation, that the donor will be ever growing and deepening in their relationship with our ministry, our Mission, and our Vision. Continually mapping out the path forward with our donors to expand their level of awareness, involvement and commitment–AKA: Stewardship—is key!Read more »
6 Steps That Will Engage Your Board More Deeply in Fundraising

6 Steps That Will Engage Your Board More Deeply in Fundraising

What role would I want your board members to play in helping to fund your ministry’s vision? Ultimately, that each member actually goes out with the development director or the executive director on personal visitations with existing or prospective major donors. During these visits, board members share their excitement for the mission and vision of your ministry. How often does that actually occur? Far, far too infrequently.Engage Your Board in FundraisingMaybe the very thought of inviting a boa ...Read more »
How to Question Your Way to Fundraising Success

How to Question Your Way to Fundraising Success

Think about any strong relationship you have—a good friend, a close colleague, your spouse, even a trusted accountability partner. When you first began to get to know each other, did they ask you questions that would help them get to know you – the real you? How did it make you feel, hearing that they were truly interested in getting to know you more deeply? If you’re like most of us, it felt pretty good to talk with someone who wasn’t just being shallow or self-serving ...Read more »
Why Do Your Station’s Donors Give? Knowing Can Make You a Winner!

Why Do Your Station’s Donors Give? Knowing Can Make You a Winner!

The reason your donors started giving likely isn’t, and definitely shouldn’t be, the reason they give today. Do you even know why your donor started giving to your radio station? You should. Did you make a note in your database that links your donor’s first gift to a particular on-air ask, or appeal letter you sent out? You should. Do you know why they give today? You should. Why Donors Started Giving When a donor first began giving to your station it was likely at a lower ...Read more »
Why Do You Need to Become a Kingdom Financial Advisor?

Why Do You Need to Become a Kingdom Financial Advisor?

Your major donors may be extremely gifted at building a company and growing income. But the majority of them really struggle with being confident about the effectiveness of their own philanthropic efforts. They’re used to spreadsheets, business plans, reading a prospectus and deciphering a company’s ROI. But they find it very hard to analyze whether their own donations are as productive as they could be. They often tell us that they don’t know whether the donation they made to any particular min ...Read more »
Your Donor Just Said NO. Why Should You Be Happy About It?

Your Donor Just Said NO. Why Should You Be Happy About It?

Sometimes a donor will say something like, "Now isn't a good time, I'm trying to get ready for our daughter's wedding". Excellent! This minor setback just opened the door to a much more personal conversation! Use Delay To Deepen Relationship You might reply: "That's wonderful, Mr. Summers. Congratulations! When is she getting married?" Try to ask 2 or 3 related questions that not only demonstrate your interest, but leads to even more information being shared by the donor like, “Will ther ...Read more »
Your Selfishness Is Ruining Your Fundraising Results

Your Selfishness Is Ruining Your Fundraising Results

Oh, it's not what you're doing. It's what you're thinking. You hesitate to call on your major donors to ask them for money. You think, “Why would they want to give me their hard earned wealth? They may not like me if I ask them for a large gift to our ministry.” You're being “self”ish.Who told you that the donor is the giver and you are the receiver? Haven't you read the words of the Lord Jesus himself when he said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive”? When you perceive that you are the ...Read more »
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