Posted on 9/17/2018 9:40 AM By Randy Bronkema
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 ...
Posted on 9/6/2018 9:20 AM By Randy Bronkema
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.
Posted on 8/7/2018 10:26 AM By Randy Bronkema
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...
Posted on 7/25/2018 6:00 AM By Randy Bronkema
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!
Posted on 7/17/2018 11:45 AM By Randy Bronkema
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?
Posted on 6/6/2018 9:34 AM By Randy Bronkema
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...
Posted on 4/16/2018 8:44 AM By Randy Bronkema
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.
Posted on 3/28/2018 12:00 PM By Randy Bronkema
...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.
Posted on 3/7/2018 6:00 AM By Randy Bronkema
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.
Posted on 1/17/2018 6:00 AM By Randy Bronkema
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.