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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 »
Three Stages of a Major Gift Call

Three Stages of a Major Gift Call

Did you know that there are three stages to a major donor call? Well, it’s true! Watch my two minute video below to hear all about these three stages: Tipping, Trust, and Champion. After you watch, please comment below and tell me about a particular situation where you were “tipped,” or finally placed in the “Champion” stage! Or you can always give me a call at (616) 481-3646 or request your free, 1-hour consultation to discuss your Major Gifts Program. Request Yo ...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 »
Remember to Listen This Holiday Season

Remember to Listen This Holiday Season

"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 tend to talk more, where we feel in control and comfortable. But we soon find that we’ve left everyone behind—inclu ...Read more »
Building Results without a Capital Campaign

Building 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 sometimes 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. “Advocace is helping us move forward with a major gift program, along with keeping our annual fund growing,” says Bill Sammons General Manager at WKNZ-88.7 The Bridge. Where do you start? Make a projec ...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 »
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Randy Bronkema
Advocace Senior Consultant

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