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The Makings of a Great Leader

October 9, 2018

By Robin Jordan-Repokis When we think of leaders who inspire us, people like Steve Jobs, Oprah Winfrey or Nelson Mandela come to mind. These individuals demonstrated their great leadership by being innovators who are driven by their values and a desire to make the world a better place. To change lives. They never lost sight […]

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Step Up Your Game

October 2, 2018

By Bruce Berglund and Lora Dow It was day two of the Global Leadership Summit and the first speaker of the day was Rasmus Ankersen, a young soccer team owner from the Netherlands. Our expectations weren’t high. What could he have to teach us about leadership or how to help our clients succeed? Turns out, […]

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Back-Bucket List

September 25, 2018

By Thom Peters Have you ever had the “bucket list” conversation? You know the one. People share their list of extraordinary things to do before they die. It’s a conversation I have resisted. It isn’t the list part; it’s the die part. While I really haven’t spent time thinking about and planning for fabulous goals, […]

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Be a Leader, Not a Lid

September 20, 2018

By Jon Simons Speaking at the Global Leadership Summit this summer, Craig Groeschel, co-founder and senior pastor of Life Church summarized the need for (and power of) delegation with one challenging statement: “Don’t become the lid to your organization.” Craig went on to encourage all leaders to empower others, at all levels, to dream, create […]

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What a Fool Believes

September 11, 2018

By Jason Fry Author’s Note: The Doobie Brothers were one of my first concerts. They played with Joe Walsh in Saratoga, New York. If you don’t know them…sorry. Google “yacht rock” then come talk to me. Last week I was driving home from a great donor visit and the Doobies’, “What a Fool Believes” came […]

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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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A Culture of Hospitality

August 28, 2018

By Bruce Berglund Every August the Donor By Design team sets aside two days to tune-up our leadership skills at the Global Leadership Summit (GLS). Once again, the GLS didn’t disappoint. One of the many speakers was restaurateur Danny Meyer. Meyer has built one of the most successful restaurant group brands in America. (You can […]

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Talking in 3D

August 21, 2018

By Lora Dow At the recent Global Leadership Summit, Juliet Funt, CEO of Whitespace at Work shared the concept of 2D vs 3D communications. It’s a simple idea that encapsulates why our communications – within our organizations and especially with our volunteers – are sometimes more painful than they need to be. 2D communications are […]

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A Leader People Want to Follow

August 16, 2018

By Sara Luke Each year, the Donor By Design team attends the Global Leadership Summit to be inspired and challenged. Last week’s two-day summit kicked-off with one of my favorite speakers, Craig Groeschel, Co-Founder & Senior Pastor of Life. Church. His enthusiastic presentation encouraged the audience to “be a leader people want to follow.” And […]

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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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Summer Book Club: Generation Impact

June 27, 2018

By Jan Brogdon Central to our team values is the concept that we can never stop learning, reading, connecting and sharing.  This month, we will share books that have impacted us personally and/or professionally. Perhaps one of our “book reports” will inspire you to join us in our quest for continuous learning. (Although we suspect […]

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Summer Book Club: Man’s Search for Meaning

June 20, 2018

By Danny Maier Central to our team values is the concept that we can never stop learning, reading, connecting and sharing.  This month, we will share books that have impacted us personally and/or professionally. Perhaps one of our “book reports” will inspire you to join us in our quest for continuous learning. (Although we suspect […]

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Summer Book Club: Toxic Charity

June 14, 2018

By Jon Simons Considering you are reading this it’s likely we agree that charitable giving is a good and powerful tool to make the world a better place. And like me, you may also have dedicated much of your professional career to fundraising, witnessing the life-changing impacts of charity on both the donor and recipient. […]

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Summer Book Club: Grit – The Power of Passion and Perseverance

June 8, 2018

By Mike Bussey Central to our team values is the concept that we can never stop learning, reading, connecting and sharing.  This month, we will share books that have impacted us personally and/or professionally. Perhaps one of our “book reports” will inspire you to join us in our quest for continuous learning. (Although we suspect […]

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The Once-A-Year Myth

May 23, 2018

By Danny Maier There are several myths in fundraising. One of the most frustrating to me is the belief that we will somehow overwhelm and upset Ms. Donor and Mr. Donor by asking them to support our mission multiple times a year. Well, my University seems to disagree. I saved every mailing from my alma […]

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Volunteer Churn

April 24, 2018

By Michele Goodrich April is National Volunteer Month. Over the next few weeks the Donor By Design Team will be reflecting on the impact volunteers have on our communities and our world. Today Michele warns us not to ignore “retired” volunteers. Last week I received a form letter from a not-for-profit organization asking me to […]

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Gutsy Nominating Committees

April 17, 2018

By Mike Bussey April is National Volunteer Month. Over the next few weeks the Donor By Design Team will be reflecting on the impact volunteers have on our communities and our world. Today Mike explains the power of a gutsy nominating committee. One of the great privileges of leading a non-profit organization is to work […]

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Unintended Volunteers

April 13, 2018

By Peggy Vinson April is National Volunteer Month. Over the next few weeks the Donor By Design Team will be reflecting on the impact volunteers have on our communities and our world. Today Peggy tells a story of how one gentleman became an “unintended volunteer.” Have you ever had this happen? You recruit a volunteer […]

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Reluctant Leaders

April 11, 2018

By Thom Peters April is National Volunteer Month. Over the next few weeks the Donor By Design Team will be reflecting on the impact volunteers have on our communities and our world. The series begins with Thom reflecting on the qualities of “reluctant leaders.” Dagnabbit! It’s supposed to be spring but there is cold wet […]

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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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Don’t Go It Alone

March 29, 2018

By Michele Goodrich This month, the Donor By Design Team is discussing campaign readiness: the things that (should) happen before you begin a major fundraising campaign.  Today, Michele Goodrich illustrates the benefits of getting a wide team of people involved in the capital planning process. For many nonprofit professionals, a capital campaign is a rare […]

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Facts Tell, But Stories Sell

March 27, 2018

By Dan Maier This month, the Donor By Design Team is discussing campaign readiness: the things that (should) happen before you begin a major fundraising campaign.  Today, Dan Maier illustrates the importance of being able to share your vision in a compelling way to prospective donors. A wise volunteer’s story recently reminded me of what […]

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