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Tell Your Donors How Their Gift Is Being Used

Tell Your Donors How Their Gift Is Being Used

Wouldn't it be great to communicate to our donors the achievements that their monies are directly supporting? Each year my wife and I give faithfully to our local church. We also give to a few other Christian non-profit organizations that are important to us. I am amazed that we typically receive no information about how those organizations are using our money to further the kingdom of Christ. And I would love to hear how my gift is being used! I have seen some non-profits produce an annual ...Read more »
Why Do You Do What You Do?

Why Do You Do What You Do?

Do you ever go to work in the morning and feel…like you’re going to work? Remember when you first took this job, or first started your organization? Do you remember your excitement, your hopefulness, your inspiration? Sometimes I forget to remember the yesterday that started this whole thing. Sometimes I live so intensely in the today that nothing else seems as important as getting to the tomorrow that I continually talk about, but that never seems any closer. Your “Why ...Read more »
A Live and Vibrant Board

A Live and Vibrant Board

My business revolves around helping Christian nonprofits become the best they can be. Over the years I have learned that reaching that goal can become difficult when many moving parts have to work as one—including the board of directors. I repeatedly find two types of boards: “Great Asset” Boards and “Great Drain” Boards. The Great Drain Boards sadly empty the organization of the energy it needs through their own micromanaging. Unfortunately, I have personally wi ...Read more »
Six Parts of a Solicitation Call

Six Parts of a Solicitation Call

At some point your solicitation calls are supposed to lead you to the “ask”. Many stop short of this part because they forget, because it wasn’t planned ahead of time, or because they are afraid. Whatever the reason when the “ask” isn’t purposed into your visits, you are going to miss out on opportunities, relationships that last, and investments into your organization. So, how can you help your team master this step? Here are the six parts of a solicitation ...Read more »
Why 66% of Valuable Donors Think We Don't Care

Why 66% of Valuable Donors Think We Don't Care

Here are some amazing statistics about our donors by Growing Philanthropy in the United States (Adrian Sargeant): (Out of 100 donors) 4% move away or die 15% decide to make gifts to other organizations 15% are unhappy with our organizations 66% think we don't care about them or believe that their gift wasn't meaningful to our organizations These are not very uplifting statistics. Let’s examine why donors feel this way. Then we can determine to be the generation ...Read more »
How to Be a Courageous Leaders Like David

How to Be a Courageous Leaders Like David

We live in an economy of fear and uncertainty. An economy that tempts us to be afraid as well; an economy that taunts us when we think about generating excitement and slows us from starting a capital campaign. I want to remind you to be strong and courageous. Remember that we serve a God that is not bound by our economy and a Savior who is never unsure about our future. Take heart, and do not give up! I know that it is challenging right now, but often where there is fear, there is also great op ...Read more »
Leadership Is About Servanthood

Leadership Is About Servanthood

Leadership includes so many components. When done with purpose, servanthood can work as a catalyst for change and growth inside of each organization. I recently heard a story about one of my heroes, Tony Dungy, former coach for the Indianapolis Colts. A chaplain who had been invited to lead a pregame chapel service relayed this story. Tony Knows His Players. The chaplain had decided to arrive early. He walked into the chapel and saw the coach moving around the room, setting up the chairs f ...Read more »
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 »
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 »
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Randy Bronkema
Advocace Senior Consultant

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