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Don't Let the Pressure of Fundraising Cripple You

Don't Let the Pressure of Fundraising Cripple You

Let’s say you’re a new Development Director. The Executive Director of the Board says you must raise $150,000 in your first year. That amount will cover the cost of bringing you on and will give the ministry a good return on investment. “Wow!” you might think. "It's a little intimidating, but also exciting." You imagine meeting that goal and all the good it would do for your place on the team and for the organization’s mission. You are focused and ready to get st ...Read more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Begin This Summer With a New Habit – Listen!

Begin This Summer With a New Habit – Listen!

"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. Soon we find that we’ve left everyone, including the major donor, who ...Read more »
Fundraising is Spiritual Business

Fundraising is Spiritual Business

I wish we didn’t have to do “fundraising!” I hear this statement almost every day from the managers and directors of the nonprofit organizations that I work alongside. These people have a passion for what they do, but need to “fundraise” in order to do the work they believe in; work that is changing the world. Can you relate? You are sitting in a meeting, looking for new and fresh ways to present this year’s share-a-thon and prepare your direct mail. Year a ...Read more »
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