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7 Basic Steps to Creating Your Major Gift Fundraising Template

7 Basic Steps to Creating Your Major Gift Fundraising Template

Have you fallen into the trap of making your fundraising template complicated or hard to use? I want to encourage you that it does not need to be that way. You may be surprised to know how often I meet directors who are spending more time developing plans than they are meeting potential donors. If that is you, you may be glad to know there are some basic principles behind a Major Gift Fundraising Plan Template that you can start using right now. Here are the basics: List the donor/prospe ...Read more »
Do donors want to give more when you listen?

Do donors want to give more when you 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 it's 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—including the major ...Read more »
Here are 5 Ways to Build Significant Donor Relationships

Here are 5 Ways to Build Significant Donor Relationships

Development officers, we are notorious for missing the point—at least I can be. It is so easy to fall into the pressure and excitement of fundraising and minimize our job to just raising money. Perhaps this is why I often run into discouragement and burnout in the field. Focusing all your efforts on fundraising for “the next big thing” is like being trapped on a gerbil wheel. You were created for more than that. Development officers are relationship builders. Imagine how w ...Read more »
How to Develop a Major Gift Project

How to Develop a Major Gift Project

We sometimes get a little stale in our approaches, right? We do capital campaigns to raise money and a lot of effort goes into preparing and celebrating. These campaigns are great, but sometimes they can also overwhelm us and create unnecessary work. Let’s take a minute to consider other alternatives that are outside of the box. Perhaps there are things you can do that will accomplish your goals and bring some real fun and excitement back to your team and your donors. Hypothetical Situa ...Read more »
A New Year, a Great Time to Dream!

A New Year, a Great Time to Dream!

Happy New Year everyone! With the start of this brand new year each of us should ask ourselves a very important question: Why did your donors choose to give their money to support your cause? As leaders and fundraisers for our organizations, we need to not only ask this question but we also need to learn how to answer it. We know that the Holy Spirit leads his people to give based on three factors: Need, Relationship, and Vision. So, let’s start there. XYZ Ministry Needs It Did you k ...Read more »
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