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    CAPTAIN OF THE KICKBALL TEAM

    Posted by Nathan Sprenger

    Whether we realize it or not, each of us has been applying data to decision-making processes since our youth. Remember that time you were selected to be the captain of the kickball team? The pressure of selecting the best team rested solely on YOUR shoulders. If you were like me, a million strategic thoughts went through your head as you tried to recruit the best team to ensure you won the game. The first step was evaluating the group of classmates staring back at me. What do I know about them? Are they a fast runner? A good kicker? A good fielder? My friend? After quickly assessing the answers to those questions, the selection process began.

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    Topics: Donor Cultivation, Fundraising, Strategy, Donor Prospect, Donor, Nonprofit, Prospect, development team

    INDIVIDUALS VS TEAMS

    Posted by Danny Maier

    Bo Schembechler Source

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    Topics: Major Gifts, Annual, Capital, Donor Prospect, Giving Usa

    THE MYTH OF THE BIGGER SLICE

    Posted by Danny Maier

    Unless you live in a cave, you will have noticed it is election season in the U.S. Whatever your political – or apolitical – persuasion, you probably are agog at the amount of money raised by the political candidates and how quickly it is spent. Poof.

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    Topics: Annual Fundraising, Donor Pyramid, Donor Prospect

    WHO ARE YOUR BEST FRIENDS?

    Posted by Mike Bussey
    Thank you for asking, but we’ve already made an endowment commitment to your organization.

    If you’re visiting with your best endowment prospects, invitations to become members of your legacy society quite often produce this response. And it is gratifying to hear! The challenge is to identify your best endowment prospects – your organization’s “best friends.”

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    Topics: Endowment, Donor Prospect, Planned Giving

    STOP TALKING

    Posted by Bruce Berglund

    Recently I was enjoying lunch with a client team. At one point in the animated conversation, one of the development staff handed a card to her colleague. It was a simple white business card with only two words:

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    Topics: Donor Cultivation, Major Gifts, Donor Prospect

    PAUSE, STOP, RELAUNCH: PART II

    Posted by Bruce Berglund

    Last week, we started a discussion about what to do when you find your campaign at the bottom of the dip and stalled. There are four key elements to every campaign – case, leadership, prospects and a plan. Today we’ll consider the importance of prospects and a plan.

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    Topics: Leadership, Capital Campaign, Donor Prospect

    CAN I SHOW YOU AROUND? 13 TIPS FOR A GREAT DONOR VISIT

    Posted by DBD Team

    One of the best ways to deepen the connection between a donor and your organization is to let them experience your program in action. Whether that’s a site visit or a chance to talk with program alumni, a great donor visit can do more than any brochure or talking point ever will.

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    Topics: Capital Campaign, Fundraising, Donor Prospect

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