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Enduring Donor Love

June 13, 2017

By Michele Goodrich   This summer, the Donor By Design Team is considering new ways grow the relationship with our donors… moving beyond the thank you note to a deeper connection. Today’s topic: how do you cultivate enduring donor love?    After a recent Capital Campaign Leadership Cabinet meeting, one of the volunteers asked everyone to stop on […]

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Filling the Bus

April 27, 2017

In his book, Good to Great, Jim Collins created a memorable image of a business being a bus with its CEO as the driver. Nothing is more important, according to Collins, than “getting the right people on the bus” if you want to take a company from good to great. Applying Collins’ thinking to the […]

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Seven Secrets of Successful Stewards

February 14, 2017

By Michele Goodrich This month, the Donor By Design Team has love and appreciation on our minds… specifically how we “love up” our donors. Today’s topic: seven secrets to successful stewardship! A few years ago I visited a friend who happened to be serving as the Chief Development Officer for a large arts organization. Before going […]

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The Times Are A-Changin’

December 12, 2016

By Michele Goodrich Bob Dylan’s song, “The Times They Are A-Changin’ ” came out in the mid-1960s when the largest population cohort in history, known as the Baby Boomers, emerged and began to shake up the status-quo. Their attitudes and beliefs were very different from previous generations and their collective influence changed almost every aspect […]

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Harvest Time

September 26, 2016

By Michele Goodrich It’s harvest time in many parts of the country. Farmers and backyard gardeners are reaping the fruits of their labor. Planning for harvest time starts months in advance, followed by long days of preparing the soil, planting the seeds, and tending the plants. If the weather has cooperated, all that time and […]

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A Bug’s Eye View

July 5, 2016

By Michele Goodrich Last week I had the opportunity to work with the leaders of a resident camp in the midst of their summer camping season. After navigating the curvy, narrow roads leading to the camp, I arrived just in time to watch groups of campers and counselors leaving breakfast and heading out to their morning activities. […]

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A Tale of Two Letters

June 6, 2016

By Michele Goodrich In this series, the DBD Team will take a deeper look at some of the axioms we use when working with our clients. In today’s blog, Michele Goodrich reflects on our axiom: “The best cultivation is a great gift-giving experience.” Recently I was talking with a seatmate on a delayed flight. When […]

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Change the Request

July 27, 2015

By Michele Goodrich A relatively common concern among nonprofit executives and development directors is that their board members are reluctant to ask for money. It isn’t due to a lack of effort by the staff members. They provide prospect lists, campaign materials and fundraising training. They set up fundraising competitions, send inspiring emails, make reminder […]

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Spring Cleaning

April 7, 2015

By Michele Goodrich Recently, a charity lost two generous annual donors because of a mistake that could have been avoided. It seems that these donors lost faith in the charity’s ability to manage their finances when they received their annual contribution request in the mail. First of all, they thought the full-color campaign brochure and […]

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Donate Now – How?

February 6, 2015

By Michele Goodrich At the end of 2014, I was determined to make all my year-end charitable contributions online. In most cases, it was a fairly easy thing to do. However, in other cases, it was a difficult, confusing and time-consuming task. Here are some of the differences between the nonprofit websites that made it […]

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Nine Year-End Strategies

December 8, 2014

By Michele Goodrich It is estimated that 30% of charitable contributions are made between Thanksgiving and Christmas and 10% of those are made in the last 48 hours of the year. With that being the case, it is not too late to capture a share of this year’s holiday generosity by launching a year-end fundraising effort! […]

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Attitude Adjustments

September 8, 2014

By Michele Goodrich A few weeks ago, I attended a meeting of non-profit leaders struggling through a slump in their capital campaign. They were tired and frustrated. After months and months of hard work, which had resulted in a steady flow of generous support for their project, they had hit a dip. Momentum had slowed, […]

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Trashy Leadership

June 24, 2014

By Michele Goodrich A 2013 documentary directed by Andrew Garrison is hands-down one of the best leadership films I have seen recently.  I doubt that was the director’s intent, but from my perspective he has done just that. “Trash Dance” follows Allison Orr from start to finish as she takes on the unlikely and difficult […]

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Does My Gift Matter?

May 15, 2014

By Michele Goodrich For the longest time I avoided giving gift cards as presents. It seemed like such an impersonal gesture. I had visions of the recipients stuffing all their newly acquired gift cards into their wallets and heading off to the mall without a single thought as to who gave them what card or […]

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Unsung Heroes

February 25, 2014

By Michele Goodrich I looked out the window of my warm home last week to see my mail carrier dressed in a full snowsuit, heavy gloves and a hat with furry ear flaps struggling to climb over a pile of drifted snow to deliver a package. It was after 7 pm and certainly not the […]

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Resolutions: What to Stop

January 28, 2014

By Michele Goodrich An article from the December 30, 2013 issue of the Chronicle of Philanthropy suggests an unconventional approach to New Year’s resolutions for nonprofit leaders. Instead of providing a list of things to add; it recommends things to stop doing. The list was compiled with input from experts in the nonprofit field and […]

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