From category archives: Inspired Development

Stewardship

Here are 5 Ways to Build Significant Donor Relationships

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 ...Read more »
Ask 5 Questions About How You Steward Your Money

Ask 5 Questions About How You Steward Your Money

Our finances can spark some of the greatest feelings of disappointment. I have been through some very difficult financial struggles. And not only did I fear being unable to provide for my family. I also felt the weight of what I perceived as failure.There is a reason so many cite financial disagreement or stress for their divorces today. Finances have the power to bring something out of us that exposes our deepest fears.Let me be clear, some of you may have already settled the role money plays i ...Read more »
Not Enough Money in the Budget to Hire Top Ministry Talent?

Not Enough Money in the Budget to Hire Top Ministry Talent?

Before Hiring the Top Talent Sometimes we get short sighted, and start asking questions at the moment we need them answered. Conversations about hiring the top talent and the best bet for the future should happen before you are ready to hire. Here are four questions you can use to help: Are we building great leaders? Are our current ministry staff members growing, developing and becoming better because we lead them well? Are we creating an atmosphere in which others get to use t ...Read more »
How Can Your Database Help You Create a Live and Vibrant Development Department?

How Can Your Database Help You Create a Live and Vibrant Development Department?

Watch my video below and I’ll explain three ways your database can help you focus and accomplish more for your development department.

Also, here are a few other blogs about how your database can help:

How to Turn Your Students into Faithful Alumni Donors

How to Turn Your Students into Faithful Alumni Donors

Do your students have a lot of money? Probably not. But, involving them in a culture of stewardship at your school can help them grow into faithful stewards and Major Donors. Watch my two-minute video below for three ways to build alumni donors at your school. Then, visit our Higher Education Page. You’ll find a lot of helpful tools, blogs and videos there to help your school grow! Here’s another video that can help you as you grow your Major Gift program—Three Stages ...Read more »
How Nehemiah Moved from Looming Needs to Powerful Passion

How Nehemiah Moved from Looming Needs to Powerful Passion

We sometimes go into fundraising situations with loud voices in our head, saying things like: “If I get an appointment, how am I going to ask them for a gift?” With so much doubt playing in the background, it can be difficult to be really motivated to make the call in the first place. Nehemiah was a great man of God. He was an inspiring example of how we can go into major gift donation with strategy and confidence. And we see from Nehemiah that the beginning of a great fundraising ...Read more »
Three Stages of a Major Gift Call

Three Stages of a Major Gift Call

Did you know that there are three stages to a major donor call? Well, it’s true! Watch my two minute video below to hear all about these three stages: Tipping, Trust, and Champion. After you watch, please comment below and tell me about a particular situation where you were “tipped,” or finally placed in the “Champion” stage! Or you can always give me a call at (616) 481-3646 or request your free, 1-hour consultation to discuss your Major Gifts Program. Request Yo ...Read more »
Is There More?

Is There More?

In my last blog I shared how a chance meeting with a homeless man and his sign spurred me to have a focus change. As you remember, I am unofficially changing my title: I am now a “generous living consultant”, I am excited about how this new focus will change our conversations. And, it only makes sense that with my new title a new format for this blog would emerge, one that supports our new conversations, and this is it, a new blog: A conversation starter from the generous living consultant. This ...Read more »
David Builds a Temple

David Builds a Temple

And he uses a capital campaign to capture the hearts of an entire nation. Are your campaigns accomplishing that? Is your organization capturing hearts, inspiring people to join your cause because they believe in what you are doing, why you are doing it, and they want to be a part of it? Are you still inspired by what you are doing? Sometimes I wonder if we have gotten comfortable, or afraid, or maybe worse, maybe we’ve become apathetic. We do things that we can attain, we shoot for goal ...Read more »
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