Several key principles shape how we work with our clients. When you work with DBD Group, you'll recognize these principles in action as we guide your organization forward.
  1. Leadership is everything.
  2. You’re only as strong as the team around you.
  3. Equip, inspire and empower others.
  4. Everyone means everyone*.
  5. Speak the kind truth.
  6. Challenge the status quo.
  7. A great plan is only step one.
  8. Why informs what.
  9. Vision fades. Recast, remind, repeat.
  10. Keep learning, stewarding, and sharing.
  11. Don’t settle.

*Our Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

At DBD Group, we believe everyone means everyone. We embrace the differences in all people, and we strive to infuse inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility into everything that we do. As a team and as individuals, we believe we have an opportunity to diminish the barriers of inequity, racism, and exclusion. We believe this work sparks courageous conversation and action, and we commit to starting with ourselves. As we become aware of our own conscious and unconscious biases, we will take action toward recognizable positive change.

The latest from DBD

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Fundraiser of the Year

Whether you are 8 or 58, the basics in asking for a gift are the same for everyone.

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The Bridge from Fear to Hope

From the pandemic to political upheaval, fear has been especially prevalent these past few years. But, there is a counter to fear that fosters hope.

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What To Do With A No

The early stage of every campaign – the stage when you are seeking lead gifts – is like making popcorn. Patience and taking your time bring success.

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Three Financial Aspects Of Your Capital Campaign To Know Before You Start

Brian Keel gives three tried and true tips to put you in the strongest position for your capital campaign.


Rethinking Office Space for Nonprofit Organizations

When thinking about ways to use real estate assets to further a nonprofit’s mission, we often focus on underutilized real estate and how we might turn . . .


Best DBD 2022 Blog Posts

It's been an impactful year of blogs, guides, and webinars from our team. This week we're sharing the posts that you all found most helpful. Scroll through this list and choose one new action to take with you into the coming year. 

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How Big Is Your Frying Pan?

Kellie Wardman shares telltale signs that it may be time for some strategic planning.


Redefining Success

How do we define success for ourselves, and how does that lead to our ability to approach the next challenge with enthusiasm and resolve?


Are False Starts Impeding Your Progress?

Anticipation is at its peak, the play is about to happen, and the whistle blows. The referee’s voice echoes across the stadium: False start. Five-yard

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Creating a Culture of Inquiry

Building a culture of inquiry takes time and effort, but it is essential for a board to effectively govern an organization.


How to Delight and Surprise Your Nonprofit Board

Boards generally don’t like to be surprised. Generally, boards like to know what is going on in a nonprofit organization, and they want to be well-prepared


How To Conduct an MRI on Your Board

We can tell when a board is experiencing pinch points or pain. Board members themselves often know when their performance is not where we want it to be.


A Tale of Two Letters

Michele Goodrich illustrates how personal attention and follow up are the keys to creating a great giving experience for donors.

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What We're Reading

One of our axioms is “Keep learning, stewarding, and sharing.” In that spirit, the DBD Team shares their book picks to inspire you in work and in life.


How To Thank and Retain Volunteers

We want our volunteers to have a good experience and feel valued for their time. Celebrating volunteers will motivate them and keep them coming back.

  • "Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but the seed you plant."

    Robert Louis Stevenson