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7 Basic Steps to Creating Your Major Gift Fundraising Template

7 Basic Steps to Creating Your Major Gift Fundraising Template

Have you fallen into the trap of making your fundraising template complicated or hard to use? I want to encourage you that it does not need to be that way. You may be surprised to know how often I meet directors who are spending more time developing plans than they are meeting potential donors. If that is you, you may be glad to know there are some basic principles behind a Major Gift Fundraising Plan Template that you can start using right now. Here are the basics: List the donor/prospe ...Read more »
Don't Let the Pressure of Fundraising Cripple You

Don't Let the Pressure of Fundraising Cripple You

Let’s say you’re a new Development Director. The Executive Director of the Board says you must raise $150,000 in your first year. That amount will cover the cost of bringing you on and will give the ministry a good return on investment. “Wow!” you might think. "It's a little intimidating, but also exciting." You imagine meeting that goal and all the good it would do for your place on the team and for the organization’s mission. You are focused and ready to get st ...Read more »
How to Inspire Your Community to Join Your Capital Campaign

How to Inspire Your Community to Join Your Capital Campaign

David captured the hearts of and inspired the entire nation of Israel to join a capital campaign to build the Temple in 1 Chronicles. Is your organization inspiring your community to join your capital campaign because they believe in what you're doing? Are you still inspired by what you're doing? Sometimes I wonder if we have gotten comfortable, or afraid, or maybe even worse, apathetic. We do things that we can attain, we shoot for goals that are too low. It seems we’ve forgotten ...Read more »
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 »
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