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“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 »
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 »
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 »
Don’t Let a Bad Economy Shape Your Vision

Don’t Let a Bad Economy Shape Your Vision

I want to remind you not to let the forecast for a bad economy stop you from going after your vision. With the nation’s economy in its current state, it could be easy and natural to back off the dreams of what could be and begin to work out of fear. Please don’t let that happen! I spent 15 years at Amway Corporation, and each month our President Rich DeVos would hold mandatory employee meetings. This was the early eighties and I was fresh out of college and the economy was terrible; interest rat ...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 »
It’s Time to Dream!

It’s Time to Dream!

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, ...Read more »
“I hate this fund-raising thing!”

“I hate this fund-raising thing!”

I hear this statement almost everyday from the station managers and directors that I work with. People that have a passion for the non-profit organization they are a part of. People that have to “fund raise” in order to do the work they believe in; work that is changing the world. Maybe you can relate to this scenario: You are sitting in a meeting, looking for new and fresh ways to do this year’s share-a-thon, trying to find more creative and inspired ways to prepare your dir ...Read more »
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