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    THE SPECIAL EVENTS BUSINESS

    Posted by Danny Maier on Mar. 23, 2017

    Part 1 of 2

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    Topics: Culture Of Philanthrophy, Special Events, Annual

    BRASS TACKS VS 30,000 FEET

    Posted by Jason Fry on Mar. 13, 2017

    The origin of the phrase “getting down to brass tacks” is most often attributed to the haberdashery trade where “…in order to be more accurate than the rough-and-ready measuring of a yard of material by holding it out along an arm’s length, cloth was measured between brass tacks which were set into a shop’s counter.”* This technique allowed for more accurate measurement and a much more efficient process in custom hat-making.

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    Topics: Leadership Development, Case For Support, Annual, Capital

    BEST OF DBD 2016: ASKING

    Posted by DBD Team on Dec. 20, 2016

    As we come to the end of 2016, we’re taking a look back at the posts that inspired the most conversations on the blog and with our clients. Today’s topic? Asking for a Gift.

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    Topics: Art Of The Ask, Volunteer Management, Endowment, Annual, Capital, Board Management, Best Of

    CHANGING CULTURE

    Posted by Peggy Vinson on Nov. 3, 2016

    Changing a board’s philanthropic culture is a big challenge. Convincing board members to become true ambassadors, as well as campaigners, for your organization doesn’t happen overnight, but is one of the best legacies you can leave. Cultural change takes time and consistent effort. Too often, we think of this as a one meeting announcement to our board and boom! We’re done.

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    Topics: Volunteer Development, Board Development, Culture Of Philanthrophy, Annual

    INDIVIDUALS VS TEAMS

    Posted by Danny Maier on Oct. 31, 2016

    Bo Schembechler Source

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    Topics: Major Gifts, Annual, Capital, Donor Prospect, Giving Usa

    THE FOURTH QUARTER

    Posted by Jan Brogdon on Sep. 12, 2016

    If you know me, you know this is my favorite time of the year: FOOTBALL SEASON! Football is a game with four quarters. The fourth quarter can be a critical time in not only the game being played, but also sets the tone for future games yet to be played.

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    Topics: Volunteer Development, Endowment, Annual, Capital, Year-End Giving, Year-End

    HIDDEN AGENDAS

    Posted by DBD Team on Mar. 8, 2016
    Our board just isn’t a fundraising board.

    We hear that feedback from nonprofit leaders – both staff and volunteer – nearly every day. Whether it’s said with regret or with frustration, nonprofits, schools and churches are clearly puzzled as to why their board seems disengaged or focused on less-important minutiae.

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    Topics: Volunteer Leadership, Art Of The Ask, Volunteer Management, Endowment, Campaign Leadership, Annual, Capital, Big L Leadership

    POWERING THROUGH THE DIP

    Posted by Peggy Vinson on Mar. 2, 2016

    Every non-profit leader is familiar with the feeling: somewhere, about half-way through the campaign, you hit a dip. It happens every year, but I’m always amused at how unexpected this seems to everyone.

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    Topics: Volunteer Leadership, Volunteer Management, Annual, The Dip

    WILLING TO WAIT

    Posted by Bruce Berglund on Jan. 29, 2016

    Being a fundraising volunteer isn’t easy. One of the main reasons why is that it is so personal. It’s you, connecting with your peers, possibly even your friends or family, to ask them to be generous towards a cause you believe in. For even the most passionate volunteer, the experience can be a little nerve-wracking.

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    Topics: Volunteer Development, Fundraising, Major Gifts, Art Of The Ask, Annual

    WHAT DATA REALLY IS

    Posted by Lora Dow on Sep. 21, 2015

    Recently, someone I know received an annual campaign appeal from an organization that he has had a long and deep relationship with. His family has made major gifts to the organization, and they’ve made the organization a planned giving beneficiary. In this particular appeal, he and his wife were misidentified with an incorrect first name and salutation. At the same time, three other letters, with different names but listing his address, also appeared at his door.

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    Topics: Donor Stewardship, Annual, Data Management

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