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    ENERGIZING MAJOR GIFTS

    Posted by Jan Brogdon on Mar. 20, 2019

    For the past two years, DBD Group has been working with a cohort of nonprofit leaders from across the country on strategies for improving annual giving. While there are many learnings to be shared, I think the most interesting may be what we’ve learned in developed major gift relationships.

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    Topics: Annual Campaign, Annual, Annual Fundraising

    A STRONG FOUNDATION

    Posted by Brian Keel on Mar. 12, 2019

    During visits to Chicago in a former job, I was struck by an unusually designed building across the Chicago River. This two-acre lot had previously sat undeveloped for decades while stakeholders sought a way to utilize the space for maximum efficiency and impact. 

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    Topics: Capital Campaign, Capital Readiness, Fundraising Management, Resource Development

    THE PAIN IN YOUR ASK

    Posted by Jon Simons on Mar. 6, 2019

    Fundraising is a lot like yoga. If it hurts, you are probably doing it wrong.

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    Topics: Ask, How To Ask, Art Of The Ask, Patience, Making The Ask

    KNOW VS KNEW

    Posted by Danny Maier on Feb. 27, 2019

    Recently, I was speaking with a close friend who made a bad hire when filling a development position.  "I ultimately went with someone I know, not someone who knew."

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    Topics: Nonprofit Staff, Pat Lencioni, Hiring, Career Growth, Staff Development, Staff

    SEEING IS BELIEVING

    Posted by Kim Hinrichs on Feb. 25, 2019

    This year as a Christmas present, my incredible in-laws made a donation to provide tuition to students in Tanzania. The generous gift will pay for 20 children to attend school for the next year. I can only imagine the happiness felt by the children who received this gift.  

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    Topics: Donor Engagement

    FUNDRAISING MUSCLE MEMORY

    Posted by Robin Jordan on Feb. 21, 2019

    In November, I achieved a personal goal of running my seventh half marathon.  I had not run a long distance in a few years; and, I am admittedly a few years older. Training and preparation are very important for any long-distance challenge. With a very busy schedule, I was concerned about having enough time to train. 

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    Topics: Fund Development

    CROSSING THE FINISH LINE

    Posted by Mike Bussey on Feb. 7, 2019
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    Topics: Jerusalem International YMCA

    BE PREPARED

    Posted by Jim Mellor on Feb. 5, 2019

    Like me, you may be hearing a lot of chatter about our economy. We have experienced significant economic prosperity over the past years. Is our economy headed for a slow down? Who knows?

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    Topics: Financial Development

    THE QUESTIONS AFTER THE ANSWER

    Posted by Jason Fry on Feb. 1, 2019

    When you get a chance to speak with a donor, one of the most important things you can do is to listen. Because when you do, you’ll realize that the answer to one question can take your conversation in a whole new direction.

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    Topics: Donor Engagement

    INFORMATION VS AFFIRMATION

    Posted by Jon Simons on Jan. 24, 2019

    Recently, I met with a client to prepare for a feasibility study. We were reviewing a list of potential key community leaders to interview as part of the study. As we assessed each of the potential study participants (rating them based on their potential interest, access, influence and affluence), it became clear that each person identified was a big fan of the organization and most had also been recent donors. Great, right?

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    Topics: Feasibility Study, Donor Cultivation, Donor Engagement

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