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    WELL DONE FAITHFUL SERVANT

    Posted by Mike Bussey on Jul. 10, 2019

    "Well Done, Good and Faithful Servant"

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    Topics: Volunteer Development, Volunteer Appreciation, Volunteers

    BUILDING A WINNING TEAM

    Posted by Robin Jordan on Jan. 23, 2017

    This month, the Donor By Design Group is challenging you to take action, moving from resolutions to results. Today’s topic? Build a winning team.

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    Topics: Board Development, Annual Campaign, Volunteers

    THE VALUE OF TIME

    Posted by Sara Luke on Oct. 8, 2015

    I recently spent some time with a non-profit CEO who spoke about the importance of volunteers to an organization. He said that of all the things someone can give you — time, talent or treasure — time is the one thing that cannot be replenished.

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    Topics: Volunteer Management, Volunteers, Value Of Time

    MAKING LEADERSHIP LESS LONELY

    Posted by Bruce Berglund on Jul. 20, 2015

    One of the more interesting trends we’ve noticed in capital campaigns is a shift in leadership structure. Instead of individual chairs, we’re commonly seeing co-chairs, tri-chairs, honorary chairs and more. While this may seem like a suspect idea at first – if everyone is in charge, no one is in charge – it turns out to work really well in this critical volunteer capacity.

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    Topics: Leadership, Campaign Leadership, Volunteers, Big L Leadership

    A CLEAR YES

    Posted by Lora Dow on May. 21, 2015

    One of our core beliefs is that you’re only as strong as the team you surround yourself with. That’s true for the Donor By Design team, and we see it over and over again in the staff and volunteer teams we work with.

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    Topics: Leadership, Volunteers, Hiring

    THE GIFT OF GIVING

    Posted by Bruce Berglund on Oct. 9, 2014

    This is the second of a two-part conversation with my friend, Lee Heyward, as part of our What Matters podcast series. (Did you miss the first part? Listen to it now.)

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    Topics: Philanthropy, Volunteers, Generosity, Church Stewardship, Church Leadership, What Matters Podcast

    DON’T WATER THE ROCKS

    Posted by Peggy Vinson on Sep. 10, 2014

    I recently visited with the staff of a local nonprofit organization.
    We were reviewing their 2014 campaign and discussing strategies for 2015. As usual, we talked about renewals and new prospects. We also talked about where executives’ and board members’ time is best spent. How do we cultivate our closer friends now to have the right to ask for an annual major gift in a few months? This question is critical to enhancing the major gifts portion of any annual campaign, and will also be a cultivation step for future capital giving for these annual donors.
    But one executive put it perfectly when identifying what’s good use of her time right now. Simply put, she said “don’t water the rocks!”
    What does it mean to “not water the rocks”?

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    Topics: Leadership, Major Gifts, Annual, Volunteers

    DRIVING LEADERS

    Posted by Bruce Berglund on Jul. 17, 2014

    Those of you who have followed my blogs or have attended a presentation I’ve given know that one of my favorite fundraising axioms is Leadership is Everything.

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    Topics: Leadership, Board Development, Volunteers

    DON’T NEGLECT YOUR FAMILY

    Posted by Lora Dow on Jul. 8, 2014

    Part of any fundraising campaign involves the solicitation of gifts from board and staff. Sometimes we call this the “family campaign.” It often comes at the beginning of an annual effort or during the “quiet phase” of a capital campaign.

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    Topics: Donor Cultivation, Art Of The Ask, Nonprofit Leadership, Volunteers

    THE OVERLOOKED VOLUNTEER

    Posted by Peggy Vinson on Feb. 11, 2014

    As I travel around the country working with clients, I always emphasize the importance of finding the right volunteer leaders for your fundraising endeavors. These are usually outgoing “ring leaders” whom others rally around. They have a huge impact on campaign success.

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    Topics: Leadership, Volunteers

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