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How to Engage Your Donors This Summer

How to Engage Your Donors This Summer

Summer slump. This is the phrase most of us use to describe the low season of giving in the summer months. There are obvious reasons, yet, let’s look at this issue together to really try to understand what is happening with our donors...and within our organization. Here are a few reasons why your donor giving might drop in the summer: Donors think about some organizations seasonally. It’s true. If I am an after-school program, donors think of me during the school year. I ...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 »
Is your heart really in your capital campaign?

Is your heart really in your capital campaign?

A development officer asked me to have lunch with her. We had casually met at an event, where she found out what I did and wanted to get to know me. She was a delightful person who worked for a large nonprofit in my area. As we ate lunch and the conversation blossomed, I realized she was cultivating me for giving potential (an occupational hazard since I can spot out cultivation efforts easily). She began to describe a capital campaign the organization had started. This is the point in the co ...Read more »
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 »
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