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    FINDING CERTAINTY

    Posted by Bruce Berglund on Mar. 5, 2020

    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 on Feb. 13, 2020

    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

    Posted by Robyn Furness-Fallin on Dec. 16, 2019

    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 on Jul. 8, 2019

    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

    EXERCISING GRATITUDE

    Posted by Jason Fry on May. 16, 2019

     

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    Topics: Stewardship

    THE ANTI-DECIDER

    Posted by Danny Maier on Mar. 6, 2018

    I’ll preface this blog by saying it’s a bit of a tough-love message. Learning about the “Anti-Decider” has been a hard lesson for me over the years. And I confess, I still occasionally give my most earnest advice on this subject…followed in some regrettable cases with the kind truth of, “I warned you.”

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    Topics: Donor Cultivation, Philanthropy, Stewardship

    RESOLUTION: GET PERSONAL

    Posted by Bruce Berglund on Jan. 1, 2018

    This January, the DBD Team is making resolutions to help us be better. Today Bruce vows to get personal. 

    Happy New Year! If you are like me, the first few days back in early January consists of cleaning up your office, creating new files, and maybe even cleaning out the dreaded emails that grow like weeds in your inbox!

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    Topics: Stewardship, Resolutions

    THANKING FAMILY

    Posted by Peggy Vinson on Nov. 1, 2017

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

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

    SEEING YOURSELF IN THE STORY

    Posted by Jon Simons on Jun. 15, 2017

    This summer, the Donor By Design Team is considering new ways grow the relationship with our donors… moving beyond the thank you note to a deeper connection. Today’s topic: how do you help a donor see themselves in the story? 

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    Topics: Donor Cultivation, Stewardship, Donor Love

    ENDURING DONOR LOVE

    Posted by Michele Goodrich on Jun. 13, 2017

    This summer, the Donor By Design Team is considering new ways grow the relationship with our donors… moving beyond the thank you note to a deeper connection. Today’s topic: how do you cultivate enduring donor love? 

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    Topics: Stewardship, Capital Donor Wall, Donor Recognition

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