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DO MORE WITH LESS

Posted by DBD Team

By Jan Brogdon and Robyn Furness-Fallin

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Topics: Annual Campaign, Annual, Annual Fundraising, Church Fundraising, Church Stewardship

ENERGIZING MAJOR GIFTS

Posted by Jan Brogdon

For the past two years, DBD Group has been working with a cohort of nonprofit leaders from across the country on strategies for improving annual giving. While there are many learnings to be shared, I think the most interesting may be what we’ve learned in developed major gift relationships.

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Topics: Annual Campaign, Annual, Annual Fundraising

MISSION-DRIVEN GOALS

Posted by Lora Dow

If you’re part of an established nonprofit, faith-based organization, or school, you’re very familiar with fundraising goals. If you’re part of the leadership of such an organization, you may have even been part of setting those goals.

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Topics: Leadership, Annual Campaign, Goal Setting, Goals

RETHINKING DEBT REDUCTION

Posted by DBD Team

Recently, Michele Goodrich and Peggy Vinson from our team interviewed Jen Kruel from the YMCA of Dodge County as part of the NAYDO 365 podcast series. With their permission, we’re posting it here as well because the conversation tells the story of a small organization climbing out of a paralyzing debt situation. How they did it, and how their community rallied around this Y, has lessons for any organization considering taking on debt… or working to get out of it.

 

While Jen’s remarks come from her recent experiences in a YMCA, any non-profit can be served by reframing how they think – and talk – about debt with donors, with the community and even to themselves. 

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Topics: Major Gifts, Volunteer Management, Annual Campaign, Annual Fundraising, Podcast, Ymca

BUILDING A WINNING TEAM

Posted by Robin Jordan

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

MOMENTUM

Posted by Bruce Berglund

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

HOW TO FACE DOWN A MONSTER

Posted by Robin Jordan

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

DON’T SETTLE

Posted by Thom Peters

In this series, the DBD Team will take a deeper look at some of the axioms we use when working with our clients. In today’s blog, Thom Peters reflects on our axiom: “Don’t settle.”

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Topics: Leadership, Capital Campaign, Annual Campaign, Campaign Leadership, Leadership Cabinet

WHAT NOT TO STOP

Posted by Peggy Vinson

Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to work with nonprofits in crisis. These are challenging times when the powerful mission of an organization runs into the financial realities of delivering that mission.

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Topics: Annual Campaign, Nonprofit Leadership, Debt Reduction

THE MEETING BEFORE THE MEETING

Posted by Peggy Vinson

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

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