Randy Bronkema's Articles

Here are 5 Ways to Build Significant Donor Relationships

Development officers, we are notorious for missing the point—at least I can be. It is so easy to fall into the pressure and excitement of fundraising and minimize our job to just raising money. Perhaps this is why I often run into discouragement and burnout in the field. Focusing all your efforts on fundraising for “the next big thing” is like being trapped on a gerbil wheel. You were created for more than that. Development officers are relationship builders. Imagine how w ...

Want to ignite your dreams with a personal growth plan?

God planted a dream inside of you. Maybe you believed that at one time...But, perhaps your dream is barely a memory now, lost in the thick of day-to-day and disillusionment.

When You Grow as a Strong Leader Your Ministry Grows Too

You can’t give away what you don’t have.  That’s why growing ministries are led by people who are consistently growing themselves—personally and professionally...

[VIDEO] How can Advocace coach your Board to greater success?

When is the last time you evaluated the effectiveness of your Board of Directors? The role of a Board is to protect the mission, live by it’s governing values, and help the ministry accomplish its vision. That’s a big job! 

How can pride (not weakness) keep you from leading well?

Why are we often so unwilling to face our weaknesses or consider other's feedback when we know it will help us become better version of ourselves?

How to Move from Fear to Love in Your Fundraising

Often it feels like fear is driving us out instead of love driving out fear...Let’s rethink what development is honestly about and start to see donors as a major part of our ministry...

[GUEST BLOG] 3 Keys to Authentic Relationships in Development

We’ve all heard it said that the key to good development is relationships. But what’s the key to good relationships? My answer, authenticity.

How Does the New Tax Law Offer You Freedom?

...the new tax law. The concern, for fundraisers especially, is that the new tax bill will make it even harder to itemize and people will not be as motivated to give.

[GUEST BLOG] How does quality programming affect successful fundraising?

Once upon a time there was a farmer who slept through the entire Spring and Summer seasons but woke up in the middle of Autumn and proceeded to harvest his crops. Ok, not really. 

4 Steps to Know Your Major Donors Better

Many Christian non-profits find it challenging to convert names in their database into major donors for their ministry. So, how do we find and cultivate larger donors from our existing donor database? The answer is prospect research.

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Randy Bronkema
Advocace Senior Consultant

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