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How to Seek New Major Donor Prospects

How to Seek New Major Donor Prospects

This is the second blog in a common Major Donor Questions series. Find Question #1 here>> The question we'll answer in today's blog is: How do I see new Major Donor prospects? Might some of these questions describe the leadership perspective of your organization towards the idea of acquiring new donors? Do you have a very limited to zero development and fundraising staff and don’t know how to engage with major donor prospects? Do you have an increasing need for additional funding, especially from major contributors? Do you have fundraising questions but have no idea who to ask? These Questions were asked during a friendly chat with a ministry leader today. The subject quickly turned to prospecting for major donors. Why might my friend get sweaty palms when discussing how to meet major donors? She knew this was a game-changing topic so we discussed how to effectively prospect for major donors. First, place yourself in an environment where likely major donors congregate s ...Read more »
Jesus Called for Collaboration Not Competition

Jesus Called for Collaboration Not Competition

Competition exhilarates me. How about you? What about competition between Christian ministries or Christian ministry leaders? Is this healthy? In one sense, the root of the word comes from Latin competere (to seek, or to strive, together). Further inquiry reveals competition’s first cousin, “competence,” still enjoys respect in all circles. An examination of Scripture on the topic is less conclusive. The Apostle Paul reminds us from prison about the danger of pride in the pursuit of a reward, “Do nothing from rivalry or conceit…” (Philippians 2:3a ESV). He also seems to have the big picture of our lives in view when he coaches us to run and fight for the prize (1 Cor 9:24-27). What gives? In Christian ministry, should we apply competition which sometimes leads to unhealthy comparison in our race to please Him? What if we looked through an alternative camera lens to see leaders striving…but not against each other? Rather, we see the finish line revealing all le ...Read more »
[VIDEO] How Can I Find My Ideal Major Donors?

[VIDEO] How Can I Find My Ideal Major Donors?

Have you every wished you could identify 100% of your ministries future major donors? We all have! Watch my video below for some ways to greatly improve your search.

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Join the International Focus of 2 Billion Unreached with Gospel

Join the International Focus of 2 Billion Unreached with Gospel

Have Christians lost their urgency in sharing the Good News of the Gospel with those outside the faith?Recent surveys by the Barna Research Group and various Protestant denominational statistics show a sharp decline when surveying Christians on their experience in evangelism.You may know this to be true in your corner of North America, but my experience in leadership in international missions says the opposite. As I served with Seed Company, a Wycliffe Bible Translators Affiliate, we saw a resurgence of like-minded organizations choosing to partner together in service. This partnership began to rapidly increase Bible translation projects and church-planting movements. Evangelism is alive in so many regions such as Africa, Central and Eastern Asia and Central America.Thinking about our own backyard, I was burdened as I read commentaries like 7 Reasons American Has Not Been Reached for Christ from leaders like Greg Stier of Denver-based Darer2Share. These articles lament the challenging nature of evangelis ...Read more »
Visual Props Boost Donor Response

Visual Props Boost Donor Response

A visit to Big Sky country underscored the value of authenticity for me this week. In a land with more fly fishermen in one village that all the suburbs of my hometown of Cleveland combined, I learned that creating attractive lures often separates the outstanding fishermen from the rest. The best lures are so life-like you almost expect them to fly or jump out at you! The same is true in attracting people to a greater cause.Real Life ExampleA station manager seeks every opportunity to connect with their top donor prospects. They often invest months working through gatekeepers to secure an appointment. Staff are assigned the task of researching the donor's passions and interests as if this friend may be their last investor. Communicating the lasting difference they could make with a leadership gift is a priority. Before granting the manager an appointment, the gatekeeper asks a series of probing questions by the gatekeeper:What is the purpose and objectives of the meeting? What stage is the project you will pr ...Read more »
Mark Kordic
Mark Kordic
Advocace Alumnus

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