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    NEW YEAR'S GUESTS

    Posted by Bruce Berglund on Jan. 1, 2019

    If you were welcoming guests to your home, you most probably would clean and de-clutter to make sure it was ready for visitors. Let me challenge you to do the same in your office these first few weeks of 2019. More than just cleaning off your desk, use the time to do a real inventory of the state of things before you launch into the new year.

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    Topics: Fundraising

    THE QUINTESSENTIAL FUNDRAISING MOVIE

    Posted by Danny Maier on Dec. 24, 2018

    It is Christmas season and while many know “It’s a Wonderful Life,” or “A Christmas Carol,” few have heard of the “The Bishop’s Wife,” a yuletide tale about a capital campaign to build a new cathedral. Star power of Cary Grant, David Niven and Lorretta Young aside, the plot is one that many might find far too familiar.

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    Topics: Fundraising, Culture Of Philanthrophy

    TELLING (AND LISTENING) YOUR BETTER STORY

    Posted by Bruce Berglund on Feb. 14, 2018

    When people think of fundraising, they usually are thinking about The Ask – and that can be very intimidating. This month, the Donor By Design Team is taking on How to Ask. Today, Bruce delves into a better way to approach the ask.

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    Topics: Ask, Fundraising, How To Ask, Art Of The Ask, Asking, Face To The Case, Interest Raising

    TRUST YOUR DONORS

    Posted by Peggy Vinson on Feb. 1, 2018

    When people think of fundraising, they usually are thinking about The Ask – and that can be very intimidating. This month, the Donor By Design Team is taking on How to Ask. Today, Peggy urges us to trust our donors… and the process.

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    Topics: Fundraising, Major Gifts, How To Ask, Art Of The Ask

    STANDING ON THE ICEBERG

    Posted by Bruce Berglund on Apr. 11, 2017

    Over the years I’ve had the great joy of working with hundreds of non-profit CEOs/Executive Directors (EDs) and development staff. A few years ago, a young executive director called me. He was frustrated and worried that he wasn’t doing his job. Why? He wasn’t bringing in enough big checks.

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    Topics: Leadership, Donor Cultivation, Fundraising

    GETTING OUT OF THE SPECIAL EVENTS BUSINESS

    Posted by Danny Maier on Mar. 27, 2017

    In Part I of this series, we discussed the hazards of being in the “special events business” versus true fundraising. If you recognized your organization in that post, your next question is probably: “How do we become an organization more focused on major gifts?” The answer is all about culture change.

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    Topics: Fundraising, Major Gifts, Culture Of Philanthrophy, Special Events

    HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE FUNDRAISING

    Posted by Robin Jordan on Mar. 9, 2017

    My journey to loving fundraising starts with a story. I started my career as a young enthusiastic program director in the nonprofit world. I was hired by the YMCA and my area of expertise was fitness. Picture leg warmers, headbands, and those very becoming leotards. While I might be dating myself, some of you know exactly what I am talking about.

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    Topics: Fundraising, Mission, Purpose

    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

    A CHILLING TALE

    Posted by Bruce Berglund on Oct. 12, 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, Art Of The Ask, Fund Development

    RE-READING THE LESSONS

    Posted by Danny Maier on Jun. 23, 2016

    A good friend recently returned a book I lent her a while back. How many books are sitting in your bookcase that you read so long ago their lesson has faded from your memory?

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    Topics: Fundraising, Communication

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