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    TRUST YOUR DONORS

    Posted by Peggy Vinson on Feb. 1, 2018

    When people think of fundraising, they usually are thinking about The Ask – and that can be very intimidating. This month, the Donor By Design Team is taking on How to Ask. Today, Peggy urges us to trust our donors… and the process.

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    Topics: Fundraising, Major Gifts, How To Ask, Art Of The Ask

    JANUARY SHOUT OUTS

    Posted by DBD Team on Jan. 29, 2018

    January is nearly to a close, but we wanted to take a moment to recognize clients who’ve reached important milestones in their campaigns. Whether they are at the beginning of their campaign or celebrating the final ribbon cutting, each of these organizations has shown vision and perseverance as they work to bring their mission to life.

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    Topics: Case Studies

    RESOLUTION: PERMISSION TO SAY NO

    Posted by Sara Luke on Jan. 25, 2018

    This January, the DBD Team is making resolutions to help us be better. Today Sara gives herself permission to say “no.”

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    Topics: Resolution

    RESOLUTION: BECOME RICHER, SMARTER AND MORE EMOTIONALLY INTELLIGENT

    Posted by Mike Bussey on Jan. 22, 2018

    This January, the DBD Team is making resolutions to help us be better. Today Mike offers a bold resolution… and a straightforward way to make it happen.  

    How’s this for a bold resolution? Let’s all become richer, smarter and more emotionally intelligent.  The good news regarding this resolution is that there is an easy way to make it happen for all of us: resolve to spend more time reading.

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    Topics: Leadership Development, Resolution

    RESOLUTION: TRUST YOUR VOLUNTEERS

    Posted by Thom Peters on Jan. 18, 2018

    This January, the DBD Team is making resolutions to help us be better. Today Thom tells us why we need to resolve to trust our volunteers.  

    I love working with volunteers and, in the right circumstances, I love volunteering.

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    Topics: Resolution, Volunteer Management

    WHAT TAX LAWS CHANGE… AND WHAT THEY DON’T

    Posted by DBD Team on Jan. 17, 2018

    We’re taking a break in our Resolution Series to consider the implications of the recent U.S. tax law changes on non-profit fundraising. Both clients and donors alike have been asking us what the changes mean for them.

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    Topics: Tax-Exempt Bonds, Individual Philanthropy

    RESOLUTION: FIX IT BEFORE IT BREAKS

    Posted by Lora Dow on Jan. 15, 2018

    This January, the DBD Team is making resolutions to help us be better. Today Lora suggests that maybe we should resolve to fix things before they break.  

    So much of fundraising work is cyclical. Annual campaigns, events, United Way campaigns, etc. all combine to give our yearly calendar a rhythm and sense of expectation. Rarely do nonprofit leaders find themselves with extra time on their hands, so it becomes very easy to take last year’s plan and polish it up for the new year. Why fix something that’s not broken?

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    Topics: Resolution

    RESOLUTION: 1 – 2 – 3!

    Posted by Jon Simons on Jan. 10, 2018

    This January, the DBD Team is making resolutions to help us be better. Today Jon gives us a short and sweet reminder to stay focused and have greater impact in the new year.  

    In the spirit of my overarching goal to simplify in 2018, I have set an intention that I hope will be both impactful and achievable.

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    Topics: Resolution

    RESOLUTION: BE GRATEFUL

    Posted by Danny Maier on Jan. 8, 2018

    This January, the DBD Team is making resolutions to help us be better. Today Danny encourages all of us to try a new way to keep our resolutions – by being grateful. 

    In this New Year, if you want to be successful in achieving your resolutions, don’t rely upon will power. Fewer than 10 percent of resolutions are maintained through will power. Instead, there’s a more powerful and successful way to change your life through a New Year’s resolution. Be grateful. How does gratitude figure into this equation?  Well, here is the research.  

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    Topics: Resolution, Gratitude

    RESOLUTION: BE A MENTOR

    Posted by Jan Brogdon on Jan. 3, 2018

    This January, the DBD Team is making resolutions to help us be better. Today Jan encourages all of us to remember our mentors… and to be one for someone else. 

    Who was it for you? That one person (or several people) who have been critical in shaping the success you have achieved in your life? Be it in your career, or church lay leadership, or that older mom who helped you see that “this is just a phase” when you were convinced that your kids were the only ones causing this much chaos in their family’s lives.

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    Topics: Mentor, Resolution, Mentoring

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