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    BUSTING ENDOWMENT MYTHS

    In the world of fund development, endowment programs usually get the least amount of attention. This is a shame, because these gifts often represent a donor’s sense of legacy. Why do we put off the cultivation of endowment prospects? I propose that many of us are laboring under false beliefs about developing endowment program. It’s time to bust some myths!

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    Topics: Fundraising, Endowment, Endowment Development, Nonprofit Staff, Fund Development, Planned Giving

    Thankless?

    Posted by Bruce Berglund

    I took advantage of the beautiful fall weather in Chicagoland over the Thanksgiving break to clean up my backyard. My neighbor had the same idea and we struck up a conversation. He asked me (as my mother used to ask me too) "what exactly do I do for work"?

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    Topics: Leadership, Fundraising, Nonprofit Management, Church Fundraising, Fund Development, Nonprofit

    HOW TO GET THE MOST FROM A CONSULTANT

    Posted by DBD Team

    Hiring a consultant is a big investment for a non-profit organization. If this is your first time working with a consultant, or if previous consultant engagements weren’t successful, here is some advice from our consultants to you.

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    Topics: Fund Development

    FUNDRAISING MUSCLE MEMORY

    Posted by Robin Jordan

    In November, I achieved a personal goal of running my seventh half marathon.  I had not run a long distance in a few years; and, I am admittedly a few years older. Training and preparation are very important for any long-distance challenge. With a very busy schedule, I was concerned about having enough time to train. 

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    Topics: Fund Development

    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

    A CHILLING TALE

    Posted by Bruce Berglund

    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, Art Of The Ask, Fund Development

    THANKS BUT NO THANKS

    Posted by Jon Simons

    If you have been in fund development long enough, you may have found yourself in this situation:

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    Topics: Fundraising, Patience, Fund Development, Cultivation

    THE BACK BURNER

    Posted by Danny Maier

    Endowment, stewardship, and relationship development are fundraising tasks all too often placed on the dreaded back burner. We all have one: the place where the really critical tasks go to simmer and eventually dry up and die.

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    Topics: Leadership, Fund Development, Time Management

    SIMPLE BUT NOT EASY

    Posted by Bruce Berglund

    I often tell clients that I wish I could make this work sound more complicated. After all, they’ve brought me in to talk to their team about a campaign that will be vital to the organization’s future. Surely I must have complicated graphs and algorithms to make it all work? When it comes right down to it though, fundraising tactics are really quite simple.

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    Topics: Fundraising, Financial Development, Fund Development

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