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More Ways to Reach Out

More Ways to Reach Out

There is more to major donor stewardship than sending thank you notes and gift receipts after donors make a gift. Thinking in new ways will lead us to reach out and make contact with donors in as many ways, and as many times, as we can. Here are a few ways to cultivate major gift prospects beyond the basics. Establish a Thank You Program Get your Chairperson of the Board, and your Executive Director involved! Here is one example of a thank you program: A gift of $5,000+: your Chairperson of th ...Read more »
Be Prepared on the Right Side of the Campaign

Be Prepared on the Right Side of the Campaign

With a little thought and preparedness on this side of a campaign, organizations can be ready for success. With only partial preparedness, things will be harder than they need to be and results can be crippling. I do not believe I am overstating the importance that feasibility studies need to be used for both their external revelations and their internal insight. External data will give your organization important information about the readiness of the community toward your campaign and it sho ...Read more »
Prepare Your Board to Be Fundraisers

Prepare Your Board to Be Fundraisers

If I told you that you may be missing out on an opportunity to raise funds, you would listen right? The truth is, if you have not prepared and equipped your board to be a part of the fund raising process, you are missing a significant opportunity to raise funds! Think about your current board. Is it filled with people that believe in your ministry, people vested in your organization and men and women that have committed to the purpose and the vision of what you are trying to accomplish? If you s ...Read more »
Believe and Plan for Bigger Gifts!

Believe and Plan for Bigger Gifts!

If you have a project or campaign that you need to have funded, push yourself to be purposeful about your approach. Donors are just like you and I, they get stuck in the same rut of giving and need to be challenged and energized from time to time to consider giving more. Let me encourage you to use these five key factors - whether you are planning a new campaign or in the midst of one. Focusing on these things will energize everyone, including yourself, to believe for bigger things!  Init ...Read more »
Five Rules for Finding More Major Gifts

Five Rules for Finding More Major Gifts

I would like to start off today’s post by reminding you that what you are doing matters. You are a part of a vision that was established to change the world that we live in. You are impacting lives and making a difference. You have been given the responsibility of continuing the good work of your mission. Don’t quit, continue to educate yourself with tools that will make you better at what you do. Continue to deliver the message of positive hope and direction to your team. Continue t ...Read more »
Overcoming Call Reluctance

Overcoming Call Reluctance

In order to overcome call reluctance, I have found it best to have a plan. These five steps are the same ones that I use to help me stay calm, focused and boost my confidence. Solicitation calls can be intimidating, but because these calls are so important to our organizations, it is worth learning how to master these calls and make them productive and purposeful. #1 Research: Always begin by doing your homework. Gather information through media and research sources. Talk to board members, donor ...Read more »
Capital Results Without a Capital Campaign!

Capital Results Without a Capital Campaign!

Do you have projects to accomplish, but are not quite ready to launch a capital campaign? Capital campaigns can be both overwhelming and unnecessary. Thinking outside of the box can give you a boost and bring some real fun and excitement back to your team and your donors. Where do you start? Make a project list, or better yet, a “wish list”. Don’t be shy – put everything on it, items that are $10 or $10 million dollars. Think little and big, what things would be benefic ...Read more »
Start Listening

Start Listening

"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, and soon find that we’ve left everyone, including the major donor we need to realize th ...Read more »
Bad Economy, Perfect Vision

Bad Economy, Perfect Vision

Don’t let a bad economy keep you from your vision! I don’t have to tell you that our nation is going through a stagnate economy.  When our economy falls and then stalls the way it has, it makes it very easy to retreat and worry about the day to day needs of the operation.  When we take a stagnate economy and mix it with our worry we soon find that our ministries become about today.  We forget to dream about tomorrow and then find ourselves and our ministries as stagnate as the ec ...Read more »
Free Resources At Your Fingertips

Free Resources At Your Fingertips

It has been proven time and time again by fund-raising experts that it is a vision that will capture the heart, soul, and resources of a major donor.  We know this, but when was the last time we talked to our boards about the vision for our ministries?  Even more importantly, when have we ever asked our major donors to critique that vision? Do you realize how many resources we have at our fingertips – for free?  Experience and insight that will make us more effective and give our ...Read more »
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