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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 »
How to Send Relevant Messaging to Your Donors

How to Send Relevant Messaging to Your Donors

Jason sat across from me eating lunch as he explained his mission at his organization. He said, “No one is doing this work.”

I tried not to say anything. “This is why people need to give to us, and that’s what I am going to tell them,” he continued. Jason was convinced that if he communicated to his database list that his organization was the only one doing this work, they would give to him.

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6 Ways You Can Stop Being a Ho-Hum Leader

6 Ways You Can Stop Being a Ho-Hum Leader

The Director sits back in the ergo-chair with a stack of papers on his tiny desk. Numerous small, pink sheets lie next to the scribble pad that say, “Please Return Call”. Eyes closed, the Director considers the latest of issues that had to be dealt with. This constant pull of attention keeps the Director away from non-emergent, but just as important tasks.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 »
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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