From category archives: Inspired Development

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Mission Driven

Mission Driven

Do you go to work in the morning and feel, well, like you are going to work? Remember when you first took this job or started your organization? Remember how excited you were, how hopeful and inspired you felt? Sometimes I have trouble staying there. Sometimes I forget to remember the yesterday that started this whole thing. Sometimes nothing seems as important as getting to the tomorrow that never seems to come. Stop and Think The other day someone encouraged me to stop and think about w ...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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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