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Brain Food – October 2013

October 29, 2013

By the Donor By Design Team This issue of Brain Food offers up two nutritious (read: good for you, but may be a little hard to swallow) reads followed by a bit of hilarity for dessert. Why Don’t People Give? It’s a question that confounds most non-profit types. We’re hardwired to give and assume that […]

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Brain Food – September 2013

September 30, 2013

By the Donor By Design Team Perhaps we should call this one The Infographics Issue. Before you roll your eyes and complain about the shortened attention span of people today, take a look at these surprising ways that nonprofits are using infographics to make their case. More than just clever and appealing, infographics are uniquely […]

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Joyful Giving

September 26, 2013

By The Donor By Design Team “Philanthropy is the mystical mingling of a joyous giver, an artful asker, and a grateful recipient.” – Douglas M. Lawson In our work with nonprofits, churches and schools over the past 12 months, we’ve certainly seen that “joyous giving” in action in communities across the country. Here are just […]

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Time with the Team

September 24, 2013

By Charley Shirley I’ve always appreciated it when the leaders of the organizations I have worked with took the chance to get away for a few hours, a day or even a couple of days to reflect on our mission and successes (or failures) in accomplishing that mission. Getting away hasn’t happened very often since […]

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Room for Hope: A Case Study

September 13, 2013

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, 2013

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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Brain Food – August 2013

August 29, 2013

By the Donor By Design Team August has been a month brimming with interesting and challenging ideas for our team. Here’s a little something to jump start your thinking as you head into the fall. What if you just gave them money? Several years ago, some graduate students studying the economics of developing countries decided […]

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Grow Your Impact

August 23, 2013

By the Donor By Design Team At the recent Willow Creek Association Global Leadership Summit, one speaker in particular caused a lot of conversation within our team. Oscar Muriu is the senior pastor at Nairobi Chapel, Kenya. Under his leadership, Nairobi Chapel has grown from a 40-person local church, to a network of 30 churches […]

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Kim Hinrichs

August 3, 2013

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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Generations Will Reap What We Sow

August 1, 2013

By Charley Shirley I met with a man today who talked of his father, born early in the last century and his grandfather, born shortly after the Civil War. This man has a heart of gold, is very generous and is seeking new ways to be even more generous. He was truly blessed! He is […]

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Brain Food – July 2013

July 30, 2013

By the Donor By Design Team There’s an old adage that the more things change the more they stay the same. This month’s Brain Food is full of stuff that you thought you had pegged… but may not be at all what you thought.  Read on for more things to get you thinking, but beware […]

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Get Closer

July 1, 2013

By Charley Shirley Back when I was a Development Director, on or about November 15th of each year, I would run a report of all the people who had given to our organization for the past three or four years. It was always encouraging to see new donors on the list and faithful donors who […]

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Brain Food – June 2013

June 13, 2013

By the Donor By Design Team In the course of our work, we are exposed to lots of great ideas, interesting stats and other noteworthy bits of information. We’ve shared some of them on the blog or on social media, but we decided to start gathering those interesting tidbits into periodic posts we’re calling “Brain […]

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Planting Season

June 3, 2013

By Charley Shirley An oft-quoted Chinese proverb states, “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” The truth of this proverb became evident to me this spring after an interminably long winter finally relinquished its grasp and gave in to spring. The efforts of my neighbor’s […]

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The Real Agenda

March 7, 2013

By the Donor By Design Team   This week, our whole team will be together for two days. Because we all live and work in different parts of the country, we especially enjoy these times being together in the same spot.   If you’ve ever worked with us, you might not be surprised to know […]

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Jason Fry

February 15, 2013

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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5 Memorable Year-End Appeals

December 20, 2012

By the Donor By Design Team It’s mid-December and development directors around the country are sweating. Not because of unusually warm weather, of course. This is the year-end, working-every-pledge-card, making-goal kind of sweating. While following up with LYBUNTS* and renewals is important, there are many other ways to make that last ask in a memorable […]

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David Schmidt

November 15, 2012

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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5 Ways to Say Thanks

October 31, 2012

By the Donor By Design Team As we move into November, our minds turn to giving thanks.* We celebrate with family and friends over the Thanksgiving holiday and, professionally, nonprofit leaders start to think about year-end giving and stewardship. So how are you doing on that stewardship plan? Feeling good about all the personal thanks […]

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Working on the Relationship: A Primer on Collaborations

August 28, 2012

“Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.” – Henry Ford With increasing frequency, nonprofit organizations are actively engaged in partnerships or collaborations that aid in both mission achievement and better service to the community. These collaborations occur with churches, schools, government agencies, healthcare providers and other businesses. Successful […]

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What we believe.

April 23, 2012

By the Donor By Design Team Over the winter, our team got together to explore the latest in thinking regarding health care/YMCA partnerships and to learn from an architectural firm as they explained their process to build facilities that are useful as well as beautiful. During that time, we had a fun conversation about who […]

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An Early Christmas Present

December 19, 2011

By the Donor By Design Team The following is a wonderful example of interest, capacity and the power of relationships all coming together to create positive change in the world. And it all started with a football game… Mark and Deb Scoular were watching a Bears game when Deb idly remarked, “You know, you don’t […]

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That Guy

September 23, 2011

By the Donor By Design Team We all know that guy (or gal). The one who is always ready with criticism, but not a solution. The one who shows up late, ill-prepared, and manages to derail the whole agenda. The one who has an excuse for everything, but not a minute to help. Are you […]

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When the Going Gets Rough

September 2, 2011

By the Donor By Design Team When Hurricane Irene struck the eastern U.S. earlier this week, the storm caused devastation over many states, affecting millions of people.  Like you, we have many friends and family members who are coming to terms with what they have lost. While it’s never easy to predict how one will […]

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