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    JUST BREATHE

    Posted by Laura DeVries on Apr. 5, 2021

    A few times a day, my Apple watch reminds me to breathe.  Like many, I googled this feature when I started receiving these notifications at the most inconvenient times. Before I can hit dismiss, my watch steals my attention and I am momentarily captured as the animated flower fills the tiny screen and slowly expands and contracts.

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    Topics: Leadership, Goals, Nonprofit Leadership, Personal Development, Communication, Attitude, Happiness, Clarity

    CREATING A MAJOR GIFTS CULTURE IN 2021

    Posted by Bruce Berglund on Mar. 30, 2021

    By Bruce Berglund and Jan Brogdon

    Too often, major gift efforts are confined to the framework of a campaign. We ask for these gifts when we have a goal, but we really don’t work to cultivate those major gift donors between and before campaigns. In a time where capital campaigns were slowed or even stopped, some organizations used 2020 to grow a deeper connection with major gift donors. How can the learnings from their experiences, and yours, shape the way you move forward from here?

    Any of you that have worked with us know that we believe Case, Leadership, Prospects and a Plan are the key elements of successful fundraising. Consider how you can use this structure as you analyze your own situation.

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    Topics: Leadership, Learning, Donation, Major Gifts, Case For Support, Asking, Goals, Nonprofit Leadership, Case Statement, Fundraising Campaign, Gift Of Giving, Covid

    DBD PODCAST: Partnerships and Collaborations

    Posted by DBD Team on Mar. 26, 2021

    What are the questions you should ask before engaging in a collaboration? 

    What are the characteristics of successful - and not successful - partnerships?

    In this month's episode of the DBD Podcast, Bruce Berglund, Kellie Wardman and Jon Simons discuss the opportunities and challenges that come with partnering or  collaborating with other organizations. 

    This engaging 24 minute podcast will give you, your team and your volunteers a solid background to making the most of collaborative opportunities that come your way. 

     

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    Topics: Collaborations, Podcast, Nonprofit, Collaboration, partnership

    EMPATHY

    Posted by Jon Simons on Mar. 22, 2021

    How ironic is it that a year of forced isolation has actually provided us the ability to connect with each other in a deep, meaningful and global scale? 

    How are you doing?” has shifted from a casual greeting to a meaningful invitation to connect through a common, shared experience.

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    Topics: Leadership, Grit, Gratitude, Goals, Nonprofit Leadership, Communication, Relationships, Nonprofit, Happiness, Covid

    BUSTING ENDOWMENT MYTHS

    Posted by Robyn Furness-Fallin on Mar. 16, 2021

    In the world of fund development, endowment programs usually get the least amount of attention. This is a shame, because these gifts often represent a donor’s sense of legacy. Why do we put off the cultivation of endowment prospects? I propose that many of us are laboring under false beliefs about developing endowment program. It’s time to bust some myths!

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    Topics: Fundraising, Endowment, Endowment Development, Nonprofit Staff, Fund Development, Planned Giving

    CARING FOR STAFF

    Posted by Robin Jordan on Mar. 8, 2021

    The past year has been challenging for everyone. As someone who works with nonprofits, I have been impressed and moved by how these organizations have stepped up to serve their communities in new ways. They’ve managed to make a positive impact for others, even with severe constraints.

    The most important resource any organization has is its staff. Many nonprofits, like their counterparts in businesses, were forced to furlough or lay off employees as revenue streams dried up during the pandemic. That means that the staff who remained were often doing the jobs of several people while also trying to identify new ways of serving that would help to keep people safer during the pandemic.

    Taking care of staff is always critical, but today it is more important than ever.

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    Topics: Nonprofit Leadership, Culture, Communication, Appreciation, Nonprofit, Collaboration, Kindness, Covid

    BORING YOUR BOARD

    Posted by Kellie Wardman on Mar. 3, 2021

    By Kellie Wardman

    Does your non-profit have Save-As-Itis?

    Meaning, do you tend to open your previous board meeting’s agenda and click File > Save As to create the next one, plugging in the new date and modifying a few things here and there?

    If that’s the case, you may not be leveraging the true brain power and contributions of board members.

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    Topics: Board Management, Communication, Death By Meeting, Nonprofit, Collaboration

    DBD AXIOMS: VISION LEAKS

    Posted by DBD Team on Feb. 26, 2021

    In this month's episode of the DBD Podcast, Bruce Berglund and Jon Simons discuss three leadership axioms that guide our work:

    • Vision Leaks
    • Program vs Purpose
    • Numbers and Names

    If you or someone on your team need some encouragement in their leadership or resource development efforts, this 21-minute podcast offers wisdom for nonprofit, education and faith-based leaders of all kinds. 

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    Topics: Leadership, Case For Support, Nonprofit Leadership, Podcast, Nonprofit

    LEVERAGING ANNIVERSARIES

    Posted by Michele Goodrich on Feb. 22, 2021

    By Anne Derber and Michele Goodrich

    If you’re lucky, your organization will achieve key milestones or anniversaries. Maybe you’ll celebrate how many years you’ve been in service to your community or perhaps you’re marking programmatic milestones such as number of pets adopted, ministry impact or neighborhoods served. Whatever you’re celebrating, you have the opportunity to use that milestone to enhance the culture of philanthropy in your organization.

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    Topics: Leadership, Communications, Gratitude, Inspiration, Success, Nonprofit, sustainability

    ASSISTANCE FOR NONPROFITS

    Posted by DBD Team on Feb. 15, 2021

    By the DBD Finance Team

    Congress has enacted several key pieces of legislation over the last year to help businesses continue operations during the COVID pandemic. As we move deeper in 2021 it is important to know that several types of assistance for non-profit organizations still exist. While not every organization qualifies based on size or adverse economic impact, it is worth looking to see where you fit in.

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    Topics: Nonprofit, finance, financial management, Covid, Cares Act, PPP

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