From category archives: Reflect

Major Donors

[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 »
How to Keep Donor Giving High After the Holidays

How to Keep Donor Giving High After the Holidays

End of the year giving. Money’s coming in, giving is up, it’s great! Then January hits. Hello? Did you forget about us? The donors gave so happily and generously. What happened? You are among many organizations that hit the donor hard with acquisition, appeals, and cultivation in the last 3 months of the year. People naturally feel generous at this time as well as giving their year-end gifts for tax purposes. But, how do you keep these donors giving, even in lean months? Mak ...Read more »
4 Questions to Help Your Ministry Engage Your Community

4 Questions to Help Your Ministry Engage Your Community

If your ministry no longer existed in your community, what impact would it make? Would this loss displace just a few people, or would it create such a ripple effect, that the community would have to do something to lessen the impact? Of course, we want our organization to impact our community, so much so, that the people feel a responsibility to fund our work. But in many cases, this is simply not how the community feels. How do you win the community’s support and esteem? By serving the c ...Read more »
6 Ways to Get the Best Price for Your Donors' In-Kind Gifts

6 Ways to Get the Best Price for Your Donors' In-Kind Gifts

Many rescue missions receive donated clothing, household goods, and furniture to sell in a thrift store. In this day and age, everyone is looking for a bargain, so the stores can be a great way to support your ministry and help those who really need those discounted items. But this is also a time where “flipping” is the new money maker. Whether it is a house, furniture, clothing, or just stuff, people are looking for easy ways to make money. The internet is full of ideas on thrift s ...Read more »
5 Tips to Help You Focus When You Don't Have Time

5 Tips to Help You Focus When You Don't Have Time

Expecting to do all of the development work with little or no help? How about adding staff issues, office busy work, constant interruptions, and even your own idiosyncrasies that keep you from focusing.5 Tips to Help You Focus1. Invest Time in SupportersSupporters are just that—they support your organization. If you don’t invest time in finding out who they are and how they can help, they will keep tipping you instead of investing in your organization.2. Coach Your StaffYou will not know the pot ...Read more »
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Linda Cunning
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