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End of Summer Shout Outs

September 5, 2018

By the Donor By Design Team In our work, we are lucky enough to come along side amazing organizations at exciting times in their history. Today we want to recognize several clients who have reached important milestones in their campaigns. Whether they are at the end of a long campaign, or just getting started, these […]

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Burning Questions: What’s the latest gimmick?

July 31, 2018

This July, we’re answering burning questions we hear from many clients and non-profit colleagues across the country. Chances are, the question might be burning in our readers’ minds, as well. Today’s question: “What’s the latest fundraising gimmick?” First let’s talk about a quick weight loss fix. Or how to get rich in six months. Or […]

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Burning Questions: I’m Afraid to Ask

July 26, 2018

This July, we’re answering burning questions we hear from many clients and non-profit colleagues across the country. Chances are, the question might be burning in our readers’ minds, as well. We hear this question all the time: “How do I get over my fear of asking for a donation?” We hear it from new volunteers, […]

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Burning Questions: Feasibility Study Readiness

July 10, 2018

This July, we’re answering burning questions we hear from many clients and non-profit colleagues across the country. Chances are, the question might be burning in our readers’ minds, as well. As non-profit leaders plan for a potential capital project and campaign, they look to us for a feasibility study. We are often asked: What do […]

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Fundraising Foolishness

April 4, 2018

In the spirit of the recent April Fool’s Day, the DBD team compiled a list of foolish fundraising myths. Let’s debunk them together. Many hands make light work. Maybe true if you’re building a trans-continental railroad, the fact is that nearly 80% of dollars raised comes from less than 20% of individuals. (Actually, we’re seeing […]

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Recruiting the Right Leaders

March 23, 2018

By Jon Simons and Sara Luke This month, the Donor By Design Team is discussing campaign readiness: the things that (should) happen before you begin a major fundraising campaign.  Today, Jon and Sara share the early steps in recruiting your Leadership Cabinet. Recently, we touched on what you should look for as you build your […]

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Who Should Lead?

March 20, 2018

By Jon Simons and Sara Luke This month, the Donor By Design Team is discussing campaign readiness: the things that (should) happen before you begin a major fundraising campaign.  Today, Jon and Sara share what you should look for as you build your Leadership Cabinet. We say it all the time on this blog and […]

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February Shout Outs

February 26, 2018

By the Donor By Design Team As we come to the end of February, we want to recognize several clients who have reached important milestones in their campaigns. We always tell our clients that campaigns take a long time – it’s important to celebrate as you go! Read on for some celebrating with several great […]

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How to Ask

February 22, 2018

By the Donor By Design Team When people think of fundraising, they usually are thinking about The Ask – and that can be very intimidating. Today, we’re digging into the archives for some of our best advice on How to Ask.   Earning the Right to Ask The one factor that most often explains the […]

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January Shout Outs

January 29, 2018

By the Donor By Design Team January is nearly to a close, but we wanted to take a moment to recognize clients who’ve reached important milestones in their campaigns. Whether they are at the beginning of their campaign or celebrating the final ribbon cutting, each of these organizations has shown vision and perseverance as they […]

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What Tax Laws Change… and What They Don’t

January 17, 2018

By the Donor By Design Team We’re taking a break in our Resolution Series to consider the implications of the recent U.S. tax law changes on non-profit fundraising. Both clients and donors alike have been asking us what the changes mean for them. Jim Mellor just published a DBD Field Notes focused on an unexpected […]

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December Shout Outs

December 19, 2017

By the Donor By Design Team As we reach the end of the year, we wanted to recognize several clients who are working with their communities to “think outside the box.” Whether it’s creating new partnerships, or taking programs out into the community, there are always new opportunities to make a difference.   Miami County […]

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October Shout Outs

October 24, 2017

By the Donor By Design Team   We don’t say it enough: we’re so proud of our clients. They do great work and, once they get the chance to share their stories with their communities, the communities respond in a big way. Here are a few stories that made us smile this month:   Christ […]

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Emergency vs Urgency

September 27, 2017

By the Donor By Design Team   In our work with non-profits, faith-based and youth-serving organizations and other charities, we often have conversations about urgency, be it in a case for support or a project timeline. For a lot of nonprofit volunteers, the difference between “urgency” and “emergency” is a bit unclear. When it comes […]

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September Shout Outs

September 13, 2017

By the Donor By Design Team We don’t say it enough: we’re so proud of our clients. They do amazing work day in and day out. When extraordinary times come – whether that’s an ambitious campaign or an act of nature – they meet the challenge. Here are just a few of the teams we […]

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Rethinking Debt Reduction

February 16, 2017

By The DBD Team 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 […]

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Teaching Giving

January 19, 2017

By DBD Team This month, the Donor By Design Group is challenging you to take action, moving from resolutions to results. Today’s topic? Teaching youth to embody the spirit of giving. We are inspired every day by the work of our clients and the generosity of the donors who choose to support them. For the […]

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Best of DBD 2016: Stewardship

December 28, 2016

It’s time for the last post of 2016. It’s very appropriate that this post is all about saying thank you…   The Importance of Stewardship While so much of the work of a development officers is securing a gift, the most important part of the process comes after the gift is made. A good stewardship program […]

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Best of DBD 2016: Case

December 27, 2016

Here in the final week 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? The case for support Making Your Case The case for support is more than a document, it’s your whole approach to talking about your mission, your impact […]

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Best of DBD 2016: Asking

December 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. Asking for a Gift When people say they don’t like raising money, what they’re usually really saying is that they don’t […]

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Best of DBD 2016: Leadership

December 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. Leadership We have a saying at DBD (and we got it from a nonprofit leader) that “Leadership is Everything.” In more than ten years […]

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Hidden Agendas

March 8, 2016

By the Donor By Design Team Our board just isn’t a fundraising board. We hear that feedback from nonprofit leaders – both staff and volunteer – nearly every day. Whether it’s said with regret or with frustration, nonprofits, schools and churches are clearly puzzled as to why their board seems disengaged or focused on less-important […]

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David Schmidt

November 15, 2014

Senior Consultant J. David Schmidt brings a wealth of experience on strategic thinking, large scale innovation and organization leadership development for nonprofit organizations, foundations and more. Partnering with Donor By Design Group, David brings nearly 40 years of nonprofit management experience to the DBD Team. He has developed skills and methodologies that help nonprofits plan […]

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Jim Mellor

November 8, 2014

Senior Consultant As a Senior Consultant with Donor By Design Group, Jim brings more than 25 years of non-profit leadership experience to his clients. Jim’s broad background in finance and non-profit management allows him to offer targeted, strategic advice to non-profits, faith-based organizations, schools and colleges, and more. Through his deep understanding of the challenges […]

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