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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

    RESOLUTION: TRUST YOUR VOLUNTEERS

    Posted by Thom Peters on Jan. 18, 2018

    This January, the DBD Team is making resolutions to help us be better. Today Thom tells us why we need to resolve to trust our volunteers.  

    I love working with volunteers and, in the right circumstances, I love volunteering.

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    Topics: Resolution, Volunteer Management

    GET CLOSE

    Posted by Lora Dow on Sep. 6, 2017

    At the 2017 Willow Creek Association Global Leadership Summit, the DBD team was once again inspired and challenged by incredible stories of leadership and vision. Each year it seems a story will dig into our hearts and not let go.

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    Topics: Volunteer Leadership, Board Development, Volunteer Management, Bryan Stevenson

    BUZZ VS HONEY

    Posted by Danny Maier on May. 9, 2017

    When you are conducting an annual campaign, capital effort, or even an endowment program, publicity can be helpful. Positive “buzz” helps improve community understanding and support. But too often, we rely on buzz to do all the work. We assume that some good publicity will raise money for us.

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    Topics: Communications, Volunteer Management

    RETHINKING DEBT REDUCTION

    Posted by DBD Team on Feb. 16, 2017

    Recently, Michele Goodrich and Peggy Vinson from our team interviewed Jen Kruel from the YMCA of Dodge County as part of the NAYDO 365 podcast series. With their permission, we’re posting it here as well because the conversation tells the story of a small organization climbing out of a paralyzing debt situation. How they did it, and how their community rallied around this Y, has lessons for any organization considering taking on debt… or working to get out of it.

     

    While Jen’s remarks come from her recent experiences in a YMCA, any non-profit can be served by reframing how they think – and talk – about debt with donors, with the community and even to themselves. 

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    Topics: Major Gifts, Volunteer Management, Annual Campaign, Annual Fundraising, Podcast, Ymca

    TAKING ACTION

    Posted by Peggy Vinson on Jan. 25, 2017

    This month, the Donor By Design Group is challenging you to take action, moving from resolutions to results. Today’s post is the final one of the series, reminding us that the only thing we need to do is the next step. 

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    Topics: Leadership, Volunteer Management

    GIFT-WRAPPED

    Posted by Jon Simons on Jan. 3, 2017

    This month, the Donor By Design Group is challenging you to take action, moving from resolutions to results. Today’s topic? Unwrapping the gifts your volunteers bring. 

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    Topics: Volunteer Development, Stewardship, Volunteer Management

    BEST OF DBD 2016: ASKING

    Posted by DBD Team on Dec. 20, 2016

    As we come to the end of 2016, we’re taking a look back at the posts that inspired the most conversations on the blog and with our clients. Today’s topic? Asking for a Gift.

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    Topics: Art Of The Ask, Volunteer Management, Endowment, Annual, Capital, Board Management, Best Of

    BEST OF DBD 2016: LEADERSHIP

    Posted by DBD Team on Dec. 15, 2016

    As we come to the end of 2016, we’re taking a look back at the posts that inspired the most conversations on the blog and with our clients. Today’s topic? Leadership.

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    Topics: Leadership, Volunteer Leadership, Board Development, Volunteer Management, Board Management, Best Of

    THE TIMES ARE A-CHANGIN’

    Posted by Michele Goodrich on Dec. 12, 2016

    Bob Dylan’s song, “The Times They Are A-Changin’ ” came out in the mid-1960s when the largest population cohort in history, known as the Baby Boomers, emerged and began to shake up the status-quo. Their attitudes and beliefs were very different from previous generations and their collective influence changed almost every aspect of our culture.

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    Topics: Volunteer Leadership, Volunteer Management, Millennials

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