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An Urgent Matter

April 25, 2014

By Charley Shirley If you have ever talked to a financial advisor about making an investment, one of the first things that you will be given is a Prospectus. The requirement to provide one was a result of the Stock Market Crash of 1929 and since then, no legitimate investment has been sold without one. […]

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Brain Food – March 2014

March 28, 2014

As many of our clients have spent the past month in the throes of their annual campaigns, we have been combing the internet for interesting and enlightening tidbits that you might have missed. Champagne and Pyramids For years, Bruce has been talking about the fact that donor pyramid is dead. Campaigns these days tend to […]

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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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Insert Your Name Here

March 14, 2014

By Charley Shirley This week, an email showed up in my inbox: Dear Charles, On {PLEDGE_DATE}, you made a generous commitment of {PLEDGE_AMOUNT} to our organization. We are grateful you support us and we hope we can count on your participation as we celebrate our anniversary of remaining relevant and vital. Sincerely, {Your closing statement goes […]

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Brain Food – February 2014

February 28, 2014

By the Donor By Design Team The month of February has been all about #donorlove on social media. Here on the DBD Blog, we’ve posted several articles on heartfelt thanks for all of those who serve our organizations. Now, as March roars in like a lion (or perhaps a polar bear), we offer some of […]

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A Legacy of Love and Gratitude

February 27, 2014

By Charley Shirley Usually when I speak of legacy I’m thinking about a nice sum of money left to a worthy non-profit by a wealthy donor. Bequests, charitable remainder trusts, annuities, lead trusts and all sort of other strategies come to mind. It is so great to hear stories about some of these generous gifts […]

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What Matters Podcast #2

February 13, 2014

By the Donor By Design Team In our work with nonprofit leaders, we get to meet extraordinary people. In this edition of the What Matters Podcast, we’ll introduce you to one of them: Paul Kieltyka, CEO of the Summit Area YMCA. This story about a change of heart will inspire you and perhaps help you […]

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Brain Food – January 2014

January 31, 2014

By the Donor By Design Team We’re already at the end of the first month of 2014! We’ve spent the month reflecting on resolutions for nonprofit leaders. Now it’s time to see what great tidbits the web had to offer in the first month of the new year. A Call to Arms for Donor Retention […]

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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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Shaping the Future

January 16, 2014

By the Donor By Design Team Neither 5° weather nor the Snowmageddon could stop the Warsaw, Indiana community from celebrating the groundbreaking of the new Parkview Warsaw YMCA last week. The Kosciusko Community YMCA is in its final stages of their, “Shaping the Future,” capital campaign to build the new 70,000-square-foot facility, which is set […]

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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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Brain Food – December 2013

December 27, 2013

By the Donor By Design Team It’s the last full week of 2013 and we hope you are spending some well-deserved time off with family and friends. But if you’re in the office, or if you’re taking a break from all that time off with family and friends, we’ve got some ideas and articles to […]

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Celebration and Thanksgiving

December 19, 2013

By the Donor By Design Team   As 2013 comes to a close, we are so thankful that we’ve had a chance to work with great people like you. We’re thankful for the generosity and leadership displayed by non-profit leaders and supporters. You are an inspiration to all of us, and to the communities you […]

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An Idea for Year-End Giving

December 9, 2013

By Charley Shirley As the stock market hits new highs every day, it is important that development directors are prepared for donors who might have the capacity and desire to give a year-end gift of appreciated stock. In fact, you might actually be doing donors a favor to remind them! If a donor (I’ll call […]

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A Time to Celebrate

December 5, 2013

By the Donor By Design Team Yesterday, the YMCA of Florida’s First Coast celebrated the groundbreaking of a new facility in the Riverside area. This is an exciting time, and not just for the organization, but for the whole community, which is seeing a host of economic revitalization.     ………. The project is generating […]

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Brain Food – November 2013

November 29, 2013

By the Donor By Design Team As November comes to a close, we offer you several interesting reads to get you thinking about your communications, your case for support and the next generation of givers. Building Trust Seth Godin’s recent blog on “Building Online Trust” considers how your reputation and the first impression you make […]

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Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart

November 27, 2013

By Charley Shirley I have noticed that I’m not too terribly thankful for the things that I have a lot of. We had a very rainy start to this past summer and I quickly got to the point where I was not too thankful for more rain. The summer before, we hardly had any rain […]

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Practicing Gratitude

November 22, 2013

By Stephanie Dudek Recently the pastor at my church chose a surprising topic for her sermon on a day that held many other possibilities. It was time of world crises, our national government shutdown and a lot of worry and dissension that were fostering a sense of unease and hopelessness. After briefly talking about these […]

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A Limited-Time Opportunity

November 15, 2013

By Charley Shirley Unless Congress changes legislation before the end of the year, a great opportunity to make a charitable gift from your IRA will pass away like the old year on December 31, 2013. The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 offers individuals 70½ years or older a way to make tax-free gifts of […]

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Jim Mellor

November 8, 2013

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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