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    A STRONG FOUNDATION

    Posted by Brian Keel on Mar. 12, 2019

    During visits to Chicago in a former job, I was struck by an unusually designed building across the Chicago River. This two-acre lot had previously sat undeveloped for decades while stakeholders sought a way to utilize the space for maximum efficiency and impact. 

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    Topics: Capital Campaign, Capital Readiness, Fundraising Management, Resource Development

    END OF SUMMER SHOUT OUTS

    Posted by DBD Team on Sep. 5, 2018

    In our work, we are lucky enough to come along side amazing organizations at exciting times in their history. Today we want to recognize several clients who have reached important milestones in their campaigns. Whether they are at the end of a long campaign, or just getting started, these clients have shown both innovation and perseverance. Read on for inspiration and ideas!

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    Topics: Success Stories, Capital Campaign, Case Studies, Collaborations, Shout Out

    FEBRUARY SHOUT OUTS

    Posted by DBD Team on Feb. 26, 2018

    As we come to the end of February, we want to recognize several clients who have reached important milestones in their campaigns. We always tell our clients that campaigns take a long time – it’s important to celebrate as you go! Read on for some celebrating with several great organizations.

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    Topics: Success Stories, Capital Campaign, Case Studies, Collaborations

    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

    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

    ANNUAL ALWAYS WINS

    Posted by Bruce Berglund on Nov. 10, 2015

    There is a dangerous fallacy in the world of financial development: The idea that running a capital campaign will mean a decrease (or worse a stoppage) in your annual campaign. There is no competition between capital and annual fundraising. You know why?

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    Topics: Capital Campaign, Annual Campaign

    CONNECTING PAST AND FUTURE

    Posted by Bruce Berglund on Aug. 18, 2015

    Many of the nonprofits we work with find themselves in a unique and delicate situation: they are changing or replacing a beloved historic building to make way for a new facility. While their reasons are sound – greater accessibility, lower maintenance costs, more efficient operating costs – it can be difficult to balance respect of the past with the needs of the future.

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    Topics: Capital Campaign, Historical Facility, Preservation

    EARNING THE RIGHT

    Posted by Peggy Vinson on Jan. 14, 2015

    As I work with nonprofit staff and volunteer leaders, I often get this question: “How do you ask someone for a $1,000+ gift?”

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    Topics: Capital Campaign, Major Gifts, Annual Campaign, Annual

    BUILDING A SHARED VISION

    Posted by Sara Luke on Nov. 17, 2014

    Currently at more than $5 million on their original $4.3 million capital goal, Betsy and Kristi aren’t done yet. The Executive Directors at the Itasca County Family YMCA and ElderCircle respectively are building the shared vision that started more than four years ago.

    In 2010, the Itasca County Family YMCA, ElderCircle and the City of Grand Rapids began talking about the area’s changing needs. It quickly became clear that the three share a steadfast commitment to a better community, and knew it could be stronger if they worked together.

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    Topics: Capital Campaign, Family YMCA, Collaboration, Eldercircle, Itasca County

    ROOM FOR HOPE: A CASE STUDY

    Posted by DBD Team on Sep. 13, 2014

    Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services Inc. (Oshkosh, WI) provides a variety of services to help the victims of domestic violence and to prevent violence before it starts. As the demand for their shelter services grew, they knew they needed to expand and remodel the 1908 Victorian mansion that is a home and haven to those who seek shelter there.

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    Topics: Capital Campaign, Fundraising, Endowment, Development, Domestic Abuse

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