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    HOW THIS YMCA SHOWED LEADERSHIP IN THE MIDST OF A CRISIS

    Posted by DBD Team

     

    One of our core axioms at DBD Group is "Leadership is Everything.” The success of an organization can be directly tied to the strength of its leadership.

    We recognize that leaders can be found throughout the organization and in non-profits big and small. More than a title on a business card, leadership is the ability to guide and influence others toward a bigger vision. We are pleased to highlight and recognize examples of leadership all month.

     


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    Topics: Success Stories, Donor Stewardship, Volunteer Appreciation, Donor Love, Donor Recognition, Nonprofit Leadership, Volunteers, Communication, Donor, CelebratingOurClients

    WORKING TOGETHER. FOR GOOD.

    Posted by Sara Luke

     

    This month, we're thinking about thanks... especially for those who support nonprofits in their important work. It's time to think outside the box about stewardship. 

     



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    Topics: Collaborations, Donor Stewardship, Stewardship, Nonprofit, partnership

    FINDING CERTAINTY

    Posted by Bruce Berglund

    One doesn’t have to be glued to the news to sense the uncertainty that is gripping the stock market, our nation and even the world. As a nonprofit professional or volunteer, how do you continue to seek support for your mission while acknowledging the volatility of our political, economic and health landscape?

     

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    Topics: Donor Stewardship, Stewardship

    THE THANK YOU TREE

    Posted by Thom Peters

    My friend Larry Webb, business owner and philanthropist, has been a big supporter of the Leelanau Conservancy in Northern Michigan. Larry is one of those donors who does not find naming opportunities important to his giving. In fact, when he was asked about a naming opportunity for this project, jokingly answered, “Just put my name on a tree.”

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    Topics: Donor Stewardship, Stewardship, thanks

    HOW IT IS GIVEN

    As you review your yearly gifts and remaining asks, consider the following questions…

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    Topics: Donor Stewardship, Stewardship, gifts of stock, Donor Advised Funds

    CHILL SUMMER

    Posted by Robin Jordan

    I recently had an enlightening conversation with two smart, ambitious high school graduates. They were ready to take on the world. Both had a positive attitude towards planning and fulfilling future goals.  One of the things we discussed was the transition from high school to college. When I asked the about their pre-college summer plans, the graduates’ response was they were going to have a “chill summer”. 

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    Topics: Donor Stewardship, Stewardship, Renewal, Fundraising Campaign, Church Stewardship

    LESSONS FROM 2008

    Posted by Bruce Berglund

    We are towards the end of an unprecedented 10-year growth run in the stock market. Many analysts agree we are overdue for some sort of correction. I have no idea if they’re correct … and if I did, I’d be on a beach sipping a fruity drink and not writing this blog!

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    Topics: Donor Stewardship

    VOLUNTEER CHURN

    Posted by Michele Goodrich

    April is National Volunteer Month. Over the next few weeks the Donor By Design Team will be reflecting on the impact volunteers have on our communities and our world. Today Michele warns us not to ignore “retired” volunteers.

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    Topics: Volunteer, Volunteer Development, Donor Stewardship, Volunteer Leadership

    THANKING FAMILY

    Posted by Peggy Vinson

    It’s November and our minds automatically go to being thankful.

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    Topics: Donor Stewardship, Volunteer Appreciation, Stewardship, Thank You

    COAT AND TIE

    Posted by Michele Goodrich

    A nonprofit executive director (ED) has a complex role with myriad demands on their time. As a result, one of the concerns we often hear from them is that they struggle with having adequate time to develop relationships and cultivate donors. It isn’t that they don’t know how important donor cultivation is; it’s just difficult to make it a priority over other equally important responsibilities.

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    Topics: Donor Stewardship, Donor Cultivation

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