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    Building a High Performance Development Team

    Posted by Bruce Scott on Aug. 6, 2019

    Guest post from Bruce Scott of Westfall Gold. 

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    Topics: Nonprofit Staff, Development Officer, Staff Development, development team

    9 WAYS TO GET STARTED AS A FUNDRAISER

    Posted by Robyn Furness-Fallin on Jul. 16, 2019

    All of us were new to fundraising at some point. Even if you have a long tenure as a development professional, on-boarding new staff and volunteers can be a good reminder to look with new eyes on your organization. Keep this list of nine ways to get started as a fundraiser close to hand as you build your (and your team’s) fundraising muscle.

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    Topics: Financial Development, onboarding

    WELL DONE FAITHFUL SERVANT

    Posted by Mike Bussey on Jul. 10, 2019

    "Well Done, Good and Faithful Servant"

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    Topics: Volunteer Development, Volunteer Appreciation, Volunteers

    CHILL SUMMER

    Posted by Robin Jordan on Jul. 8, 2019

    I recently had an enlightening conversation with two smart, ambitious high school graduates. They were ready to take on the world. Both had a positive attitude towards planning and fulfilling future goals.  One of the things we discussed was the transition from high school to college. When I asked the about their pre-college summer plans, the graduates’ response was they were going to have a “chill summer”. 

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    Topics: Donor Stewardship, Stewardship, Renewal, Fundraising Campaign, Church Stewardship

    1 + 1 = 3

    Posted by Michele Goodrich on Jun. 25, 2019

    In recent years, nonprofit leaders have shown an increasing interest in developing collaborative relationships with other organizations. Several factors motivate this interest, including: encouragement from major funders, a need to conserve resources, an opportunity to eliminate duplication of services and a strategy for increasing overall capacity.

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    Topics: Collaborations, Collaboration

    THE "-ANCE" IN YOUR PLANS

    Posted by Brian Keel on Jun. 4, 2019

    Who doesn’t love budgeting?  Whether it’s getting your arms around spending at home, watching members of Congress debate on C-SPAN or sitting through meetings at the office, budgeting is one of the great joys of life…Right?

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    Topics: finance, budget

    FOCUS ON THE DESTINATION

    Posted by Laura DeVries on May. 29, 2019

    “Mind the gap” echoed through the colorfully tiled RATP Metro as I stepped from the platform to the train on a journey from Paris to Geneva.  My focus briefly diverted from the excitement and joy of the journey to the necessary caution ahead me.  Each time the train door opened,  the same voice reminded me to mind the gap in several languages.  I recall glancing at the gap at my first stop, being amused as passengers stepped over it at the second, and growing deaf to it by the third, as my focus shifted to the exciting journey ahead of me…

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    Topics: Vision

    CREATING A PLACE TO HEAL

    Posted by DBD Team on May. 21, 2019
    Earlier this month, Idaho Youth Ranch hosted a grand opening of phase one of their new Hands of Promise Campus in Caldwell, Idaho.
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    Topics: Case Studies

    EXERCISING GRATITUDE

    Posted by Jason Fry on May. 16, 2019

     

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    Topics: Stewardship

    NEEDY VS WORTHY

    Posted by Bruce Berglund on Apr. 23, 2019

    I have the wonderful opportunity to learn from our clients and their volunteers across the country. The wonderful balance of staff and volunteer engagement makes this work rich and rewarding.

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    Topics: Volunteer Leadership, Board Leadership, Development, Making The Ask, Donor, Nonprofit

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