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    DBD PODCAST: The Future for Nonprofits

    Posted by DBD Team

    After a year of constraints, there are new opportunities awaiting non-profits. Before you decide to start - or delay - your next fundraising campaign, listen in as Bruce Berglund and Laura De Vries from DBD Group answer such questions as:

    • What's next for the US economy?
    • How will these economic indicators impact philanthropy?
    • When is the right time to re-engage with a strategic initiative? 
    • How should you participate in stimulus efforts in your community?
    • How will you thank those who showed up for you in the past year? 

     

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

    CREATING A MAJOR GIFTS CULTURE IN 2021

    Posted by Bruce Berglund

    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 AXIOMS: VISION LEAKS

    Posted by DBD Team

    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

    FOGGY CASES

    Posted by DBD Team

    By Peggy Vinson and Bruce Berglund

    Sometimes in the course of working with non-profits, we’ll hear a question like this from a key volunteer:

    “Why do we need to raise more money? We do pretty well now.”

    When we hear this question, it’s immediately clear that the organization, not just the volunteer, does not have a vision or clear path forward. They have a “foggy” case for support.  

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    Topics: Case For Support, Case Statement, Blue Flame Case

    FROM NUMBERS TO NAMES

    Posted by Danny Maier

     

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    Topics: Case For Support, Case Statement, Blue Flame Case, Making The Case

    BRINGING PEACE

    Posted by Mike Bussey

    Since its founding in 1878 and the subsequent opening of the landmark building in 1933, the Jerusalem International YMCA (JIY) has been unrelenting in its mission to bring peace to the land and glory to God.

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    Topics: Case For Support, Holidays, Jerusalem International YMCA, JIY

    EMERGENCY VS URGENCY

    Posted by DBD Team

    In our work with non-profits, faith-based and youth-serving organizations and other charities, we often have conversations about urgency, be it in a case for support or a project timeline. For a lot of nonprofit volunteers, the difference between “urgency” and “emergency” is a bit unclear. When it comes to fundraising, this is a very important distinction.

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    Topics: Case For Support

    SHOW AND TELL

    Posted by Jim Mellor

    There are some words that can bring fear in the most seasoned nonprofit leader. “Don’t forget your interview is this morning!” may be some of those words, bringing back memories of our first “show and tell” in kindergarten.

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    Topics: Case For Support

    BRASS TACKS VS 30,000 FEET

    Posted by Jason Fry

    The origin of the phrase “getting down to brass tacks” is most often attributed to the haberdashery trade where “…in order to be more accurate than the rough-and-ready measuring of a yard of material by holding it out along an arm’s length, cloth was measured between brass tacks which were set into a shop’s counter.”* This technique allowed for more accurate measurement and a much more efficient process in custom hat-making.

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    Topics: Leadership Development, Case For Support, Annual, Capital

    BEST OF DBD 2016: CASE

    Posted by DBD Team

    Here in the final week of 2016, we’re taking a look back at the posts that inspired the most conversations on the blog and with our clients. Today’s topic? The case for support

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    Topics: Case For Support, Best of DBD

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