From category archives: Reflect

Donor Communications are a significant portion of the annual development plan to engage and cultivate donor relationship

Why is it so important to guard your database?

Why is it so important to guard your database?

The hallway led to a back room, grey walls and no windows. In the corner of the quiet room was a desk with a computer and the staff member diligently typing. The leader touring me through, led me out and, almost in passing, said quietly, “That is just our database department.” Discussing the problems of getting people to donate to her organization, the leader’s obvious frustration was seen on her furrowed brow. When I asked her which database she uses, the size of the donor ...Read more »
How Can Social Return on Investment (SROI) Increase Your Funding?

How Can Social Return on Investment (SROI) Increase Your Funding?

Are you familiar with the term Return on Investment (ROI)? ROI measures the gain or loss generated on an investment versus the amount of money invested. This measurement helps us know how much profit we are seeing from a business or business investment.

How about the term Social Return on Investment (SROI)

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5 Ways to Conquer Data Overload, Part 2

5 Ways to Conquer Data Overload, Part 2

In my last blog, 5 Ways to Conquer Data Overload, Part 1, I gave you the first three ways to prioritize and funnel your data. Here are two more helpful ways that you can build relationships with people who care about your vision.4. A super sleuth volunteer makes a great friend.A retired executive taking care of an aged spouse needed a break from her day to day caregiving. With a confidentiality paper in one hand and a short cultivation list in the other I asked her to help me get these folks in ...Read more »
The Value of Planners and Procrastinators This Holiday Season

The Value of Planners and Procrastinators This Holiday Season

ProcrastinatorYou know who you are. Christmas is only a few days away and you haven’t even purchased your gifts. To justify your lack of planning you say to yourself, “It’s been a busy time!” (By the way, December 25th comes the same day every year). You have proven yourself talented and smart, and achieve good results at your job. However, for some reason, this time crunch always sneaks up on you.PlannerOn the other hand, maybe you’re one of those glorious planners who, by the time Thanksgiving ...Read more »
I Like You, Not Your Organization

I Like You, Not Your Organization

People relate to people. God made us to connect with each other. This became extremely clear as I chatted with a supporter over salads at a warmly decorated café. We discussed what my organization was achieving, and inadvertently, I kept expressing the organization’s name—as if the building achieved accomplishments. The supporter looked at me, knowing the hard work all of the staff provides and corrected me. She said, “I like you, not your organization.” This supporter loves the work that the or ...Read more »
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Linda Cunning
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