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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 »
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 »
A New Focus

A New Focus

A few days ago I pulled off the expressway to find a man holding a sign “Need food, will you help?” I responded in a way that I fear most of us do, I judged him. Without considering him, my first thoughts were, “This is a scam. He will use the money to buy drugs, cigarettes, or alcohol.” My second thoughts were even more shameful, “If I give him my $10 what will I do for lunch today”? Yuck. And then I was reminded, Christ did not come to judge the world, but to save the world. Christ came to mee ...Read more »
“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 »
6 Ways to Changing Your Ministry's Existing Culture

6 Ways to Changing Your Ministry's Existing Culture

1980: A manager is needed to keep things consistent or the same. 1990: Individual Leaders are needed because everything is changing. 2000: Team leaders are needed because leadership is multi-faceted The saying goes, “the only thing that stays the same is that everything changes.” And it is so true! Our role as leaders and managers has consistently morphed to meet the changing culture that we live in. It is an undeniable that for you to succeed, you must be willing to change. And, ...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 »
Setting Up The Chairs

Setting Up The Chairs

Leadership has so many components, and when done with purpose and faith can be a catalyst for change and growth inside of each organization. I recently heard a story about Tony Dungy, former coach for the Indianapolis Colts, told from a chaplain that had been invited to lead a pregame chapel service. This chaplain had decided to arrive early. He walked into the chapel and saw the coach moving around the room setting up the chairs for the service. He immediately offered to help Tony get things re ...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 »
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Randy Bronkema
Advocace Senior Consultant

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