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    ENERGIZING MAJOR GIFTS

    Posted by Jan Brogdon on Mar. 20, 2019

    For the past two years, DBD Group has been working with a cohort of nonprofit leaders from across the country on strategies for improving annual giving. While there are many learnings to be shared, I think the most interesting may be what we’ve learned in developed major gift relationships.

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    Topics: Annual Campaign, Annual, Annual Fundraising

    MISSION-DRIVEN GOALS

    Posted by Lora Dow on Jul. 12, 2017

    If you’re part of an established nonprofit, faith-based organization, or school, you’re very familiar with fundraising goals. If you’re part of the leadership of such an organization, you may have even been part of setting those goals.

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    Topics: Leadership, Annual Campaign, Goal Setting, Goals

    RETHINKING DEBT REDUCTION

    Posted by DBD Team on Feb. 16, 2017

    Recently, Michele Goodrich and Peggy Vinson from our team interviewed Jen Kruel from the YMCA of Dodge County as part of the NAYDO 365 podcast series. With their permission, we’re posting it here as well because the conversation tells the story of a small organization climbing out of a paralyzing debt situation. How they did it, and how their community rallied around this Y, has lessons for any organization considering taking on debt… or working to get out of it.

     

    While Jen’s remarks come from her recent experiences in a YMCA, any non-profit can be served by reframing how they think – and talk – about debt with donors, with the community and even to themselves. 

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    Topics: Major Gifts, Volunteer Management, Annual Campaign, Annual Fundraising, Podcast, Ymca

    BUILDING A WINNING TEAM

    Posted by Robin Jordan on Jan. 23, 2017

    This month, the Donor By Design Group is challenging you to take action, moving from resolutions to results. Today’s topic? Build a winning team.

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    Topics: Board Development, Annual Campaign, Volunteers

    MOMENTUM

    Posted by Bruce Berglund on Jan. 6, 2017

    This month, the Donor By Design Group is challenging you to take action, moving from resolutions to results. Today’s topic? Creating and keeping momentum in your campaign.  

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    Topics: Capital Campaign, Endowment, Annual Campaign, Campaign Leadership, Fundraising Management

    HOW TO FACE DOWN A MONSTER

    Posted by Robin Jordan on Oct. 17, 2016

    This October, the Donor By Design team is tackling spooky situations in development. Join us this month for hair-raising stories and cautionary tales of frightful fundraising! 

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    Topics: Fundraising, Annual Campaign, Capital Fundraising, Church Fundraising, Fund Development, Fundraising Campaign

    DON’T SETTLE

    Posted by Thom Peters on Jun. 13, 2016

    In this series, the DBD Team will take a deeper look at some of the axioms we use when working with our clients. In today’s blog, Thom Peters reflects on our axiom: “Don’t settle.”

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    Topics: Leadership, Capital Campaign, Annual Campaign, Campaign Leadership, Leadership Cabinet

    WHAT NOT TO STOP

    Posted by Peggy Vinson on May. 23, 2016

    Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to work with nonprofits in crisis. These are challenging times when the powerful mission of an organization runs into the financial realities of delivering that mission.

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    Topics: Annual Campaign, Nonprofit Leadership, Debt Reduction

    THE MEETING BEFORE THE MEETING

    Posted by Peggy Vinson on Apr. 20, 2016

    Recently, I was with an annual campaign team. They were planning next steps for their campaign and considering how to present it at the full board meeting the following day. They were so excited, making thoughtful plans to motivate and challenge their fellow board members.

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    Topics: Volunteer Development, Volunteer Leadership, Annual Campaign

    MORE THAN JUST FILLING SEATS

    Posted by Peggy Vinson on Nov. 12, 2015

    Many of our clients across the country are preparing for the start of their annual or year-end giving campaigns. Among one of the most important “to-do’s” is to get the right campaign volunteers in place before a single dollar is raised.

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    Topics: Volunteer Leadership, Annual Campaign, Nonprofit Leadership, Leadership Recruitment

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