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[VIDEO] Why Do Major Donors Avoid Meeting with You?

[VIDEO] Why Do Major Donors Avoid Meeting with You?

Did you know it's likely your supporters fib to you? Recently an Executive Director told me he was considering taking a Major Donor off his top cultivation list because she had told him, "You must be a busy person. You don't need to visit me. I trust you." Yikes! There's more to this type of response than you may think.Read more »
How to Strengthen Donor Relationships and Increase Gifts – Linda Cunning

How to Strengthen Donor Relationships and Increase Gifts – Linda Cunning

Yes, he had great skills. And yes, he was leading the organization well. But, he struggled with how to work well with his major donors. He was very willing to thank his donors, which he did often. But he just didn’t understand the best way to develop, build, and grow a major donor program.Read more »
5 Reasons a Fundraising Coach Helps You Do More

5 Reasons a Fundraising Coach Helps You Do More

I thought a personal coach would help me to lose some much needed weight. After a few weeks, I thought, “This isn’t rocket science. I can do these exercises myself! Who needs a coach?” So I stopped using the coach and started exercising and coaching myself. Well, adding 30 pounds later, being a couch potato, eating junk, I found out that I really did need a coach. There are so many consultants available. We love to coach our clients so that they really do improve their perfor ...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 »
Your Bad Time Management Is Hurting Your Organization

Your Bad Time Management Is Hurting Your Organization

I wanted to write a blog flowing with wonderful information on managing your time with tools you would happily implement. But, I can’t. I have visited too many organizations and worked with too many leaders—and messed up my own time management too many times to flippantly pass on this information. My friend, for your sake, and the sake of your staff and those you serve, I will give it to you straight. You will thank me…later. 1. Quit Putting Wood On Fires I hear this ove ...Read more »
How to Keep Your Board from Sinking Your Ship

How to Keep Your Board from Sinking Your Ship

You are a good leader. You have built your own capacity to lead your organization or ministry. You’ve trained your staff well and they feel passionate about the work. The people you service get quality care and help. You have vision and want to lead the organization as if you were a captain of a ship. You mapped out the direction to your destination and set course. But as you sail, you notice you’re moving in a slightly different direction than you want to go. You consider a course ...Read more »
Avoid Exit Interview Criticism and Miss Valuable Growth Opportunities

Avoid Exit Interview Criticism and Miss Valuable Growth Opportunities

“To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.” — Aristotle. Many of us avoid criticism because we’ve had bad experiences in the past. As a child, anger usually accompanied criticism. And I grew up to avoid conflict at any cost. In fact, I purposely tried to be invisible to avoid being noticed or eventually called out.As a leader, if you avoid criticism, you inadvertently avoid creativity, best practice, and even mission alignment. These essential leadership qualities must filter throu ...Read more »
5 Reasons Donors Fib to Avoid Meeting with You

5 Reasons Donors Fib to Avoid Meeting with You

Recently at a meeting with a donor, she 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 what you may think. Donors say this and other similar “fibs” (see Jeff Crabtree’s blog series o ...Read more »
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