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    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

    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

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