Posted by DBD Team on Nov. 26, 2019

    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


    Posted by Danny Maier on Apr. 12, 2019


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


    Posted by Mike Bussey on Dec. 11, 2017

    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


    Posted by DBD Team on Sep. 27, 2017

    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


    Posted by Jim Mellor on Apr. 17, 2017

    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


    Posted by Jason Fry on Mar. 13, 2017

    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 on Dec. 27, 2016

    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


    Posted by Lora Dow on Dec. 2, 2016

    Over the past few months, I’ve been in several conversations with nonprofit development and marketing staff about some of the newer social media tools, including the one that confounds and intrigues everyone the most: Snapchat.

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    Topics: Communications, Case For Support, Snapchat, Social Media


    Posted by Mike Bussey on Nov. 7, 2016

    Many times, I find myself working with nonprofits who are facing a time of transition. Perhaps their organization is undergoing a change in leadership. Perhaps their community is changing. Perhaps new needs and challenges are calling for a change in programs or ministries.

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    Topics: Leadership, Case For Support, Transition, Vision


    Posted by Lora Dow on Aug. 24, 2016

    In this series, the DBD Team is taking a deeper look at some of the axioms we use when working with clients. In today’s blog, Lora explores our idea of “The Blue Flame Case.” To read other axiom blogs,  click here. 

    In our work with nonprofits and churches, we focus on four key areas: leadership, case, prospects and a plan. When those four areas are well-executed, a campaign is much more likely to succeed.

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

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