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    THE MYTH OF THE BIGGER SLICE

    Posted by Danny Maier on Apr. 13, 2016

    Unless you live in a cave, you will have noticed it is election season in the U.S. Whatever your political – or apolitical – persuasion, you probably are agog at the amount of money raised by the political candidates and how quickly it is spent. Poof.

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    Topics: Annual Fundraising, Donor Pyramid, Donor Prospect

    DBD AXIOMS: DONOR CHAMPAGNE GLASS

    Posted by Bruce Berglund on Dec. 4, 2014

    At Donor By Design, we are guided by a series of axioms: core concepts that shape our work and have proven their worth over and over again. In this series, we’re digging into these axioms and clarify how they can help you achieve your development goals. Read Part 1 or Part 2

    For years, the big fundraising lie has been the donor pyramid. You know what I am talking about: the image of a pyramid that shows we need a large gift at the top, a few more at the next level and so on until you get to the base of the pyramid. Nonprofit leaders have shared this with their boards and donors, but, if you do regression analysis on campaigns, the infamous pyramid looks more like a donor pagoda or, as I like to call it, the donor champagne glass.

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    Topics: Major Gifts, Annual, Capital, Donor Pyramid

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