Monthly Archives: November 2011

Be Transparent

It’s crucial for the ministry leaders to be transparent. The donor values feedback like “This one fell on its nose.” Or “We hit 80% of what we estimated we would achieve.” Or “This one went out of the park; we … Continue reading

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A Clear Mission Strategy

Organizations can fall victim to mission drift through an unclear strategy and by not explicitly defining priorities. Robert M. Sheehan, academic director of Executive MBA Programs at the Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, offered some organizational … Continue reading

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Programs for Long-Term Gifts

With baby boomers finally reaching an age where writing a will does not seem crazy, nonprofits need to increase their capacity for attracting planned gifts. Different from major gifts, planned gifts are contributed once a donor passes away. During the … Continue reading

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A Servant’s Heart

This week, I will strive to develop a servant’s heart. Sometimes the ugliest part of the mission is the part that God is calling you to! In Christ’s day, people didn’t drive Chryslers or ride Harleys. Most couldn’t even afford … Continue reading

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Donors Are People Too

Technology helps Before the computer, there was no such thing as “demographics.” Now we tend to see people in statistical groups; an individual is simply a reflection of a larger “segment” of the population. Those of us in ministry tend … Continue reading

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Be the Best Major Gifts Officer

9 attributes of an effective major gift officer With hospitals receiving some of the largest gifts in recent memory, it is an important to have an effective major gift officer. These employees will have some of the most direct contact … Continue reading

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Strengthen Your Development Strategies by Going Beyond Fundraising

As development strategies have intensified in recent years, it is important for nonprofits to properly know how to steward these donors and their gifts. They are leaving a part of their legacy with you, and it’s only fair to engage … Continue reading

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