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    VOLUNTEER CHURN

    Posted by Michele Goodrich on Apr. 24, 2018

    April is National Volunteer Month. Over the next few weeks the Donor By Design Team will be reflecting on the impact volunteers have on our communities and our world. Today Michele warns us not to ignore “retired” volunteers.

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    Topics: Volunteer, Volunteer Development, Donor Stewardship, Volunteer Leadership

    PREPARING FOR THE ASK

    Posted by Robin Jordan on Feb. 6, 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, Robin reminds us to take the time to prepare our volunteers, and ourselves.

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    Topics: Volunteer Development, How To Ask, Art Of The Ask

    SMALL BUT MIGHTY

    Posted by Thom Peters on Jan. 17, 2017

    This month, the Donor By Design Group is challenging you to take action, moving from resolutions to results. Today’s topic? Going small to go big.  

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    Topics: Leadership, Volunteer Development, Nonprofit Management

    GIFT-WRAPPED

    Posted by Jon Simons on Jan. 3, 2017

    This month, the Donor By Design Group is challenging you to take action, moving from resolutions to results. Today’s topic? Unwrapping the gifts your volunteers bring. 

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    Topics: Volunteer Development, Stewardship, Volunteer Management

    CHANGING CULTURE

    Posted by Peggy Vinson on Nov. 3, 2016

    Changing a board’s philanthropic culture is a big challenge. Convincing board members to become true ambassadors, as well as campaigners, for your organization doesn’t happen overnight, but is one of the best legacies you can leave. Cultural change takes time and consistent effort. Too often, we think of this as a one meeting announcement to our board and boom! We’re done.

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    Topics: Volunteer Development, Board Development, Culture Of Philanthrophy, Annual

    OWNERSHIP

    Posted by Thom Peters on Oct. 19, 2016

    Few things compare to coming home to a dog so full of love that it makes you feel like the most important person in the world.

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    Topics: Volunteer Development

    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

    GRIT

    Posted by Bruce Berglund on May. 3, 2016

    Over the last few years, the term “grit” has been popping up in books, podcasts and lectures. It seems that grit, as it relates to leadership in popular business culture, is associated with themes of courage, follow-through and resilience.

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    Topics: Leadership, Volunteer Development, Grit, The Dip

    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

    WHAT’S YOUR WHY?

    Posted by Lora Dow on Apr. 11, 2016

    Why do you do the work you do?

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    Topics: Leadership, Volunteer, Volunteer Development

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