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5 Reasons Donors Don't Want to Meet with You

5 Reasons Donors Don't Want to Meet with You

Recently one of my clients was at a meeting with a donor. And the donor told the Executive Director, “You must be a busy person, you don’t need to visit me. I trust you.” The leader of this wonderful organization told me he was considering taking her off his list since she trusts them and does not want a visit. “Absolutely not!” I exclaimed. There is more to this type of response than you may think.  Here are five reasons major donors give you similar &l ...Read more »
How to Have Peace & Assurance in Your Capital Campaign Work

How to Have Peace & Assurance in Your Capital Campaign Work

“And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance forever.” Isaiah 32:17 Recently, I was feeling unsettled with all that has been on my plate. Looking to the scripture for direction, Isaiah 32:17 stirred my heart. I was pondering this scripture in Isaiah, over and over. You may read it and think, what does this have to do with capital campaigns? It has a lot to do with capital campaigns, and, for that matter, anything that your wo ...Read more »
2 Surefire Ways to Raise Money for Your Capital Campaign

2 Surefire Ways to Raise Money for Your Capital Campaign

Surefire. For some reason that reminds me of old TV commercials that have a salesperson smiling from ear to ear, saying their product is a surefire way to…you fill in the blank. 2 Ways to Raise Money for Your Capital Campaign But there actually are 2 surefire ways to raise money for your capital campaign. Identify your top 10 in a Feasibility Study.. By starting your capital campaign process with a Feasibility Study - you'll not only be able to identify likely sources of maj ...Read more »
5 Ways to Make Christmas More Meaningful for Your Donors

5 Ways to Make Christmas More Meaningful for Your Donors

Watching a Christmas special on television, I got a little attitude. The program was cute, it had good acting, made me laugh a few times, but something really irked me. The writers had absolutely no clue about Christmas meaning or symbolisms. What bugged me even more was the blatant way the characters dismissed a church and choir from having any part to play in the impact of Christmas. You may have seen in recent Christian news that more people are proclaiming to be “unchurched” ...Read more »
[VIDEO] How Do I Relate to a Donor?

[VIDEO] How Do I Relate to a Donor?

A donor and I were chatting over salads discussing what my organization was achieving. I kept saying my organization does this, my organization does that—as if the building was achieving the accomplishments. The donor looked at me and said, "I like you, not your organization." She was relating to the organization in a personal way—person to person. Watch my two minute video below and let me share with you a few tips when relating to donors person to person.Read more »
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