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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Room for Hope: A Case Study

September 13, 2014

By the Donor By Design Team Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services Inc. (Oshkosh, WI) provides a variety of services to help the victims of domestic violence and to prevent violence before it starts. As the demand for their shelter services grew, they knew they needed to expand and remodel the 1908 Victorian mansion that is […]

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Robin Jordan-Repokis

September 5, 2014

Senior Consultant Robin joined Donor By Design Group after a career of more than 30 years with the YMCA.  Robin’s passion and expertise in fundraising and volunteer, board and staff development has formed the cornerstone of her career. With this broad base of experience, Robin supports her clients in: Annual Campaign Development Board and Volunteer […]

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It’s Not About the Building

September 2, 2014

By the Donor By Design Team Over the past seven years, it has been our privilege to work alongside an amazing team of volunteers and staff to bring the new Westport Weston Y Bedford Family Center out of the ground. On a perfect late summer evening, nearly 400 people came together to dedicate, celebrate and “cut […]

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One Sweet Case

August 12, 2014

By the Donor By Design Team While we spend most of our time working on major gifts, we were inspired by this story of a grassroots fundraising effort done right. Parents at a suburban-Chicago grade school were trying to raise $350,000 to renovate a local playground and create an improved outdoor learning environment for their […]

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Kim Hinrichs

August 3, 2014

Senior Consultant As a Senior Consultant with Donor By Design Group, Kim brings more than 20 years of nonprofit management and fund development experience to her clients. Kim is a skilled communicator and strategist, bringing clarity and focus in the campaigns she supports. Kim’s coaching style flexes to meet the unique needs of each client. […]

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Can I Show You Around? 13 Tips for a Great Donor Visit

March 21, 2014

By the Donor By Design Team One of the best ways to deepen the connection between a donor and your organization is to let them experience your program in action. Whether that’s a site visit or a chance to talk with program alumni, a great donor visit can do more than any brochure or talking […]

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Jason Fry

February 15, 2014

Senior Consultant Jason brings more than 15 years of working with not-for-profit organizations building impactful programs, establishing dynamic community partnerships, and creating capacity for the delivery of greater good. A passionate coach and leader, Jason brings an empowering approach that positions teams to maximize all they have to offer. He understands the power of genuine […]

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Lora Dow

January 27, 2014

Vice President – Marketing and Communications How do you tell your organization’s story? Effective communications are critical to your ability to inspire donors, advocates and volunteers. With nearly 25 years of marketing experience – and more than 15 years working with non-profits – Lora can help you create a compelling case for support, connect you […]

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Danielle Mann

January 24, 2014

Director of Operations In her role as Director of Operations, Dani supports both our valued clients as well as the Donor By Design Team. Earning a BA in Communication from the University of Missouri – St. Louis, and an MA in Theatre from Lindenwood University, Dani has an impressive and varied knowledge base.  A graduate of CORO’s […]

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Resolutions: Gratitude

January 23, 2014

By Charley Shirley I generally hate to make New Year’s resolutions. No sooner have I made one than I find myself falling short. But I decided I could make one resolution this year… and… I may make it each year for the rest of my life. I resolve to be more grateful. While I was […]

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Dan Maier

January 19, 2014

Senior Consultant Dan Maier offers a comprehensive portfolio in fundraising and strategic management for YMCAs, not-for-profits, medical and social service fund development. Dan provides counsel on: Donor Centered Fund Development – Identification and Cultivation of Top Donors / Prospects Media Training and Crisis Communication Annual Campaigning Endowment Development Establishing a Foundation/Endowment Fund Board Development Talent […]

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Jan Brogdon

January 18, 2014

Senior Consultant Jan Brogdon, CFRE, is an experienced fundraising professional, serving the YMCA movement for more than 20 years. Her deep understanding of annual and capital fundraising will help our clients prepare and run successful campaigns. Her experience in working with volunteer leaders will help our clients make the most of this invaluable resource.    Jan provides […]

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Robyn Furness-Fallin

January 13, 2014

Senior Consultant Robyn Furness-Fallin, CFRE, offers financial development and volunteer leadership consulting for nonprofits and higher ed. As a Senior Consultant with Donor By Design Group, Robyn brings more than 30 years of nonprofit management experience to her clients. Robyn is a shrewd strategist who helps bring clarity and focus to the campaigns she supports. […]

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