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Begin This Summer With a New Habit – Listen!

Begin This Summer With a New Habit – Listen!

"The ear of the leader must ring with the voices of the people.” --Woodrow Wilson Major gift fundraising is more about listening than talking. You’ve seen it and know that it is true—the fundraiser who talks too much tends to fail. At times it is hard to draw a line between expressing our passion and including people into our vision. We lean toward talking where we are in control and more comfortable. Soon we find that we’ve left everyone, including the major donor, who ...Read more »
Fundraising is Spiritual Business

Fundraising is Spiritual Business

I wish we didn’t have to do “fundraising!” I hear this statement almost every day from the managers and directors of the nonprofit organizations that I work alongside. These people have a passion for what they do, but need to “fundraise” in order to do the work they believe in; work that is changing the world. Can you relate? You are sitting in a meeting, looking for new and fresh ways to present this year’s share-a-thon and prepare your direct mail. Year a ...Read more »
Make the Impossible Possible!

Make the Impossible Possible!

Ask yourself this question: Why did the people that chose to give their money, donate it to your cause? As leaders and fundraisers for our organizations, we need to not only be asking this question but we also need to learn how to answer it. We know that the Holy Spirit leads his people to be givers based on three factors: Need, Relationship, and Vision; so let’s start there. Did you know that the lowest percentage of giving is based upon need? Only 8% of the Evangelical Christians, wh ...Read more »
Giving and Getting in the Kingdom

Giving and Getting in the Kingdom

I have the great honor of a having a Godly mentor. His name is Dr. Mark Dillon and he is the Vice President for Advancement at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. Recently Mark published a book called, Giving and Getting in the Kingdom, an amazing book on the fundamentals of fund raising in the Kingdom of God. I hope you will read Mark’s book as I believe the principles outlined there will help your ministry look at development through brand new eyes. I want to give you just a small t ...Read more »
Is Your Organization Ready for a Capital Campaign?

Is Your Organization Ready for a Capital Campaign?

Answering this question honestly is the first step to pre-campaign preparation. I have worked with many organizations that have identified the need and then have jumped straight into the campaign. While I am encouraged by their eagerness and hard work, I would much rather see them get a strong rate of return on their efforts, even if it takes them a bit longer to get started. So, before we start any campaign, I always make sure we are able to answer seven questions. If we are not able to, we ...Read more »
Build Your Donor Pond into a Lake

Build Your Donor Pond into a Lake

I recently heard this comment, “We just have a small pond of donors.” And, I have to be honest, it really bothered me. What that person, a development officer even, was saying 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, not limited resources.” Proverbs 23:7 says, “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” It is dangerous to think limiting though ...Read more »
What is Your Purpose?

What is Your Purpose?

Every day we wake up and every day we manage. We manage our schedules, our families, our jobs, our budgets, our obligations. It becomes routine and then we become routine, defined by our jobs and our not our hearts. Satan has us so caught up in the worries of the day; it’s hard to imagine doing anything else. So what is the answer? Can anything really be different? You better believe it can! The answer is found in the first question I ask anyone I am consulting or coaching: “Wha ...Read more »
Inspiring a Culture of Giving

Inspiring a Culture of Giving

How do we create a culture of giving back? How do we do it? How do we not only keep our doors open but actually reach the community like we were designed to? The effort of ministry requires money, lots of money, so How do we raise those funds? How do we get prospects to take the next step and become our donors and partners? I have a fear growing inside of me as the recession clings to our economy and more uncertainties creep into our every day. My fear is that humanity is the strongest voice we ...Read more »
“No” Might Just Be What You Need to Grow

“No” Might Just Be What You Need to Grow

How do you feel about hearing the word “no”? Most of us hate it. But what I have found through the years is that even though we hate it, “no” can be one of the best words for growth in our ministries. Think about this, hearing “no” from someone only means that nothing has changed. And, when we are not afraid to hear the word “no”, we are willing to ask. And, when we ask, although we still hear “no”, sometimes, we hear also hear “yes”. And, one unexpected “yes”, can change everything. Let me chal ...Read more »
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