From category archives: Inspired Development

Major Gifts

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 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 »
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 »
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 »
How to Develop a Major Gift Project

How to Develop a Major Gift Project

We sometimes get a little stale in our approaches, right? We do capital campaigns to raise money and a lot of effort goes into preparing and celebrating. These campaigns are great, but sometimes they can also overwhelm us and create unnecessary work. Let’s take a minute to consider other alternatives that are outside of the box. Perhaps there are things you can do that will accomplish your goals and bring some real fun and excitement back to your team and your donors. Hypothetical Situa ...Read more »
Create a Passion to Give

Create a Passion to Give

How do we create a culture of giving back? I would like you to think about this question, “How?” How do we do it? How do we keep our doors open and reach the community like we were designed to? It takes money, lots of money. How do we raise those funds? How do we get prospects to take the next step and become donors, partners? Humanity’s Strong Voice I have a fear growing inside of me as the recession clings to our economy and more uncertainties creep into our every day. M ...Read more »
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