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Coach Wooden’s Strategy to Find Happiness

Coach Wooden’s Strategy to Find Happiness

I came across this the other day and was so impressed with Coach Wooden’s strategy for happiness that I just had to share it with you. My prayer is that making and keeping these nine promises will help you on your journey to success. Nine Promises to Make and Keep 1. Promise yourself that you will talk health, happiness, and prosperity as often as possible. 2. Promise yourself to make all your friends know there is something in them that is special and that you value. 3. Promise to think only o ...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 »
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 »
Prepare Your Board to Be Fundraisers

Prepare Your Board to Be Fundraisers

If I told you that you may be missing out on an opportunity to raise funds, you would listen right? The truth is, if you have not prepared and equipped your board to be a part of the fund raising process, you are missing a significant opportunity to raise funds! Think about your current board. Is it filled with people that believe in your ministry, people vested in your organization and men and women that have committed to the purpose and the vision of what you are trying to accomplish? If you s ...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 »
Your Choice: Mentor or Lower Productivity

Your Choice: Mentor or Lower Productivity

I just finished a wonderful book, “The Element” by Dr. Ken Robinson. The book challenges some of the conventional forms of education which was thought provoking for sure, but the part that caught my eye was the discussion of mentoring. Mentoring is close to my heart and Robinson does a great job bringing some things to light. I want to share the ideas of mentoring with you because things are going on inside of your organization that are stifling your progress and effectiveness. Consider the diff ...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 »
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