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    TURNING MEMORIES INTO LEGACY

    Posted by Mike Bussey on Jul. 25, 2017

    One weekend nearly a decade ago, my wife and I drove 650 miles to a camp in Northern Minnesota to have dinner with our youngest son.

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    Topics: Camp Fundraising, Endowment

    JUST DO IT

    Posted by Mike Bussey on Jan. 9, 2017

    This month, the Donor By Design Group is challenging you to take action, moving from resolutions to results. Today’s topic? Stop thinking about endowment and just do it!  

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    Topics: Endowment, Financial Development

    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

    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

    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

    THE LONG HAUL

    Posted by Thom Peters on Aug. 2, 2016
    “Animation is like telling a joke and waiting three years to see if anyone laughs.” – Ed Catmull, Pixar Studios

    I heard Ed Catmull share this in an interview about the making of Toy Story. His point was that working on the film required a great vision, patience, and the confidence to know that what they were working on was right without the immediate feedback.

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    Topics: Endowment, Animation

    THREE LESSONS FROM THE DEATH OF AN ICON

    Posted by Lora Dow on May. 11, 2016

    I was as shocked as anyone at the death of Prince, and deeply saddened at the news that he may have died without a will. The fact that his estate will now become part of the public record – and that any potential fight over it will be national news – is causing many people, not just in the nonprofit world, to have conversations about estate planning and protecting the assets they’ve built over the years.

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    Topics: Endowment, Estate Planning, Planned Giving, Wills

    WHO ARE YOUR BEST FRIENDS?

    Posted by Mike Bussey on Mar. 24, 2016
    Thank you for asking, but we’ve already made an endowment commitment to your organization.

    If you’re visiting with your best endowment prospects, invitations to become members of your legacy society quite often produce this response. And it is gratifying to hear! The challenge is to identify your best endowment prospects – your organization’s “best friends.”

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    Topics: Endowment, Donor Prospect, Planned Giving

    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

    PRICELESS VISITS

    Posted by Mike Bussey on Aug. 31, 2015
    Many thanks for the good wishes. My situation has deteriorated dramatically, and I’m currently in home hospice. For now all is stable. But the long-term prospects are clear and not good. And long-term for me is actually very short-term.
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    Topics: Leadership, Endowment, Cultivation, Personal Visits

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