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    BEFORE YOU ASK FOR HELP

    Posted by Danny Maier on Nov. 21, 2019

    As empty nesters, my wife and I have more time to volunteer in our community. We really enjoy our volunteer time together - almost as much as vacation.

    Recently, we responded to two requests for help.  One community organization responded to my wife’s email the very same day.  She got an email addressed directly to her that included three quick questions along with several resources and a short video on volunteering. Later that afternoon, the volunteer coordinator followed up with a phone call to my wife and engaged her in a nice comfortable conversation.  Impressive!

    I responded to the other request with an email offering our services and asking for next steps.  That was weeks ago.  Still waiting.  What does this have to do with development and fundraising?  

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    Topics: Volunteer Appreciation, Volunteer Management, Volunteer Communication, Volunteer Recruitment, Volunteers

    WELL DONE FAITHFUL SERVANT

    Posted by Mike Bussey on Jul. 10, 2019

    "Well Done, Good and Faithful Servant"

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    Topics: Volunteer Development, Volunteer Appreciation, Volunteers

    GUTSY NOMINATING COMMITTEES

    Posted by Mike Bussey on Apr. 17, 2018

    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 Mike explains the power of a gutsy nominating committee.

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    Topics: Leadership, Volunteer, Board Development, Volunteer Appreciation

    UNINTENDED VOLUNTEERS

    Posted by Peggy Vinson on Apr. 13, 2018

    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 Peggy tells a story of how one gentleman became an “unintended volunteer.”

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    Topics: Leadership, Volunteer, Volunteer Appreciation

    RELUCTANT LEADERS

    Posted by Thom Peters on Apr. 11, 2018

    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. The series begins with Thom reflecting on the qualities of “reluctant leaders.”

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    Topics: Leadership, Volunteer, Volunteer Appreciation

    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

    MORE THAN A VACATION

    Posted by Jim Mellor on Jun. 5, 2017

    This summer, the Donor By Design Team is considering new ways to look at stewardship… going beyond the thank you note to forming deeper relationships. Today’s topic: connecting with those who give generously of their time. 

    It seems like everyone is traveling this summer! If you have been an airport in the last few weeks, you will see young people, couples, and families all on their way to somewhere. Besides the normal army of business travelers, the summer always adds that extra layer of travelers that just make traveling a slightly more crowded experience.

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    Topics: Volunteer Appreciation, Stewardship

    WHAT DOES LOVE LOOK LIKE?

    Posted by Bruce Berglund on Feb. 7, 2014

    I often find myself encouraging our nonprofit clients to spend the month of February “loving up” donors and volunteers. I’ve realized that some don’t know what I mean by that. “Bruce,” they say, “We just sent them a thank you letter. Isn’t that enough? I don’t want to bother them.”

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    Topics: Volunteer Appreciation, Donor Recognition, Relationship Building

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