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Have You Been Filling Your Tank with the Wrong Fuel?

Have You Been Filling Your Tank with the Wrong Fuel?

The alarm goes off. You climb out of bed to start your morning ritual of getting ready for work. Quick, on a scale of 1 to 10 what’s your level of anticipation for the coming day? Odds are it’s something less than “very excited”. You can remember a day when you would have said that you were a level 8 or 9. But lately you’ve been coasting along at a 5. You certainly don’t dread the day ahead of you, but you’re not very excited about it either. Why? ...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 »
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 »
How to Challenge Your Board to Fundraise

How to Challenge Your Board to Fundraise

Fundraising truly impacts every aspect of your ministry. Why? Because true biblically based philanthropy is not about asking for money. It's about ministry. It's about helping others to steward the giftedness that God has given them. Whatever ministry objective God has orchestrated your organization to pursue— development is a part of it. And since development touches everyone at your ministry it should be part of your governing board's focus, attention and effort. Sadly, most boards expre ...Read more »
Ready to Give Up On Trying to Meet with Your Donors?

Ready to Give Up On Trying to Meet with Your Donors?

Oh, I know it can be frustrating—even maddening. You call and call. And they won't return your call, brush you off, or just say “no thanks”. Well, trying harder may not help. But, in many cases you can significantly improve your success rate by approaching them with a different type of request. This is my fourth and final installment on how to successfully schedule in-person meetings. You can read the first three here: How to Overcome Major Donors Objections to Meeting, How ...Read more »
How to Overcome Major Donors Objections to Meeting

How to Overcome Major Donors Objections to Meeting

Donors work hard for their money. They want assurance that investing in your ministry, your project, your leadership and even in you is a wise decision. It’s not your job to become their new best friend. It’s your job to provide the confidence they’re looking for in making this stewardship move. One move that, even in hindsight, they’d happily make again. Setting up in-person meetings with major gift donors is unquestionably hard work, often fraught with rejection and ...Read more »

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