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    ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS

    Posted by Michele Goodrich on Jan. 22, 2019

    A fairly common concern among nonprofit directors is that their board members won’t participate in fundraising efforts.  Some board members may claim they weren’t told they were expected to ask for contributions when they joined the board.  Others might say they don’t like to impose on their friends (or they want to avoid their friends coming back to them asking for money for their favorite charity). And still others promise they will help but never follow through.

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    Topics: Board Development, Board Management

    TELL ME EVERYTHING

    Posted by Peggy Vinson on Jan. 17, 2019

    Often non-profit leaders get caught up in anxiously telling donors “everything.” They blurt out stats about programs and stories. They hasten to show impact and community need. As non-profit staff and volunteers, they have great pride in the mission so it’s easy for them to go on and on about what’s happening with the organization.

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    Topics: Donor Cultivation, Donor Engagement

    DEVELOPING A STRATEGIC BOARD

    Posted by Danny Maier on Jan. 15, 2019
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    Topics: Board Development, Board Management

    COMMUNITY IS A VERB

    Posted by Lora Dow on Jan. 9, 2019

    In our work with nonprofits, faith-based organizations and other causes, we often find ourselves talking about “community.” We are looking to strengthen community. We are seeking support from the community. We are reaching out into the community with our programs or ministries.

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    Topics: community

    LESSONS FROM 2008

    Posted by Bruce Berglund on Jan. 7, 2019

    We are towards the end of an unprecedented 10-year growth run in the stock market. Many analysts agree we are overdue for some sort of correction. I have no idea if they’re correct … and if I did, I’d be on a beach sipping a fruity drink and not writing this blog!

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    Topics: Donor Stewardship

    NEW YEAR'S GUESTS

    Posted by Bruce Berglund on Jan. 1, 2019

    If you were welcoming guests to your home, you most probably would clean and de-clutter to make sure it was ready for visitors. Let me challenge you to do the same in your office these first few weeks of 2019. More than just cleaning off your desk, use the time to do a real inventory of the state of things before you launch into the new year.

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    Topics: Fundraising

    THE QUINTESSENTIAL FUNDRAISING MOVIE

    Posted by Danny Maier on Dec. 24, 2018

    It is Christmas season and while many know “It’s a Wonderful Life,” or “A Christmas Carol,” few have heard of the “The Bishop’s Wife,” a yuletide tale about a capital campaign to build a new cathedral. Star power of Cary Grant, David Niven and Lorretta Young aside, the plot is one that many might find far too familiar.

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    Topics: Fundraising, Culture Of Philanthrophy

    YEAR-END SHOUT OUTS

    Posted by DBD Team on Dec. 19, 2018

    As 2018 comes to a close, we are reflecting on the organizations, staff and volunteers we got to know a little better this year. Our work often intersects with nonprofits at pivotal times in their history. What follows are a few stories of projects that have been a long time in the making, but more powerful for their focus on collaboration and partnership. Read on for inspiration and ideas!

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    Topics: Shout Out, Jerusalem International YMCA

    END OF YEAR FUNDRAISING STRATEGIES

    Posted by DBD Team on Nov. 29, 2018

    Thanks to our partners at Gabriel Group, we have some advice to help you make the most of the last month of 2018.

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    Topics: Donor Engagement, Tax Law

    WHAT’S IN A NAME?

    Posted by Peggy Vinson on Nov. 8, 2018

    For many organizations embarking on a capital campaign, naming opportunities are used as a tool for donor recognition.  Often we find that this process of determining values for naming rights brings up questions for the nonprofit leaders.

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