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Fundraising

5 Qualities That Will Help You Become a Great Fundraiser

5 Qualities That Will Help You Become a Great Fundraiser

“Do you realize that you are the most privileged people in the world? Why? Of the billions of people on the planet who are farmers and traders and janitors and factory workers, you get to spend your whole working day and life in direct service to Christ’s kingdom.” Tony Campolo Do you realize how true the quote above is? I know some days it is easier than others, but I hope you can take time today to really consider what a privilege you have—and also take the opportuni ...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 »
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 »
Facing the Challenges against Christian Higher Education

Facing the Challenges against Christian Higher Education

Our world is changing, faster than most of us can keep up, I would guess. The impact of these changes are both present day and future. Higher education has been shifting as an unsure economic and political cloud moves in over this country. Even in the private sector, Christian institutions are facing some very serious issues. They struggle with financial health and long-term viability, college costs, technology and infrastructure, cultural wars, religious liberty issues, and student debt—t ...Read more »
4 Fundamentals of Finding a Great Fundraiser for Your Rescue Mission

4 Fundamentals of Finding a Great Fundraiser for Your Rescue Mission

We all know that our rescue missions need dynamic fundraisers if we are to meet our goals and accomplish our missions. Finding the person, with the right heart and skill can seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Asking the right questions up front can greatly help you narrow your search and effectively sort through your prospects until you find the right person for the job! 1. Do they have a passion to know and serve Christ? A person’s own spiritual walk is so important to this position. ...Read more »
Christian Ministry's Endless Supply of Donors

Christian Ministry's Endless Supply of Donors

I recently heard a Christian ministry leader make this comment, “We just have a small pond of donors.” And, I have to be honest, it really bothered me. What that leader meant was, “The reason we can only do so much is we have limited resources.” I would like to offer the reason we do so little is we have limited vision for our organization, not limited resources. Unlimited Resources, Unfathomable Generosity Proverbs 23:7 says, “For as he thinks in his heart, so ...Read more »
A Live and Vibrant Board

A Live and Vibrant Board

My business revolves around helping Christian nonprofits become the best they can be. Over the years I have learned that reaching that goal can become difficult when many moving parts have to work as one—including the board of directors. I repeatedly find two types of boards: “Great Asset” Boards and “Great Drain” Boards. The Great Drain Boards sadly empty the organization of the energy it needs through their own micromanaging. Unfortunately, I have personally wi ...Read more »
Six Parts of a Solicitation Call

Six Parts of a Solicitation Call

At some point your solicitation calls are supposed to lead you to the “ask”. Many stop short of this part because they forget, because it wasn’t planned ahead of time, or because they are afraid. Whatever the reason when the “ask” isn’t purposed into your visits, you are going to miss out on opportunities, relationships that last, and investments into your organization. So, how can you help your team master this step? Here are the six parts of a solicitation ...Read more »
Why 66% of Valuable Donors Think We Don't Care

Why 66% of Valuable Donors Think We Don't Care

Here are some amazing statistics about our donors by Growing Philanthropy in the United States (Adrian Sargeant): (Out of 100 donors) 4% move away or die 15% decide to make gifts to other organizations 15% are unhappy with our organizations 66% think we don't care about them or believe that their gift wasn't meaningful to our organizations These are not very uplifting statistics. Let’s examine why donors feel this way. Then we can determine to be the generation ...Read more »
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