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Don’t Scare Them

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October 6, 2016

By Sara Luke This October, the Donor By Design team is tackling spooky situations in development. Join us this month for hair-raising stories and cautionary tales of frightful fundraising! A key to fundraising success is an urgent and compelling case for support. Nonprofits should not only be able to answer the question “why?” but also “why […]

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Entering the Unknown

October 3, 2016

By Lora Dow This October, the Donor By Design team is tackling spooky situations in development. Join us this month for hair-raising stories and cautionary tales of frightful fundraising! Recently, I’ve had the honor to be asked to chair a fundraising committee of a community group. The committee is mostly made up of long-time volunteers, one […]

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Harvest Time

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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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Where There’s a Will…

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September 22, 2016

By Mike Bussey It’s now been five months since Prince passed away at his home in the Twin Cities. The local, national and international response to his passing has transitioned from expressions of loss and grief to controversies and court ruling about the disposition of his estate. Prince’s estate is thought to be valued at […]

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How to Treat a Friend

September 19, 2016

By Peggy Vinson As we travel the country doing feasibility studies, one thing we encounter almost every time, is a donor who cannot be interviewed because they are upset with the organization for not appropriately recognizing their contribution during the last capital campaign. Donors who give major gifts are showing they really trust you and are willing […]

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A Blessing in Disguise

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September 15, 2016

By Danny Maier I awoke on May 10th and could not hear anything from my right ear. I thought it was just a head cold, so I waited a day. In actuality, I had a rare affliction called “sudden complete deafness” – a viral infection that attacks the auditory nerve. The short story is through […]

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The Fourth Quarter

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September 12, 2016

By Jan Brogdon If you know me, you know this is my favorite time of the year: FOOTBALL SEASON! Football is a game with four quarters. The fourth quarter can be a critical time in not only the game being played, but also sets the tone for future games yet to be played. As you […]

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Bet on the Jockey

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September 5, 2016

By Bruce Berglund   Part of our work and counsel with our clients is to conduct feasibility studies. We have the opportunity to visit with 25-30 top community leaders and philanthropists, asking them about the image of the non-profit, the proposed plans and who might help raise money and/or be donors of the vision. Recently I was conducting […]

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Living a Life that Matters

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September 1, 2016

By Journey Johnson Last month I had the privilege of attending the Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit with my Donor By Design teammates. I always look forward to the Summit as it offers a great opportunity to reflect and focus on what is important in life. Among the many wonderful speakers, two of my favorites […]

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Blue Flame Case

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August 24, 2016

By Lora Dow In this series, the DBD Team is taking a deeper look at some of the axioms we use when working with clients. In today’s blog, Lora explores our idea of “The Blue Flame Case.” To read other axiom blogs, click here.  In our work with nonprofits and churches, we focus on four […]

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Execution’s Best Friends

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August 16, 2016

When you speak to folks who have been successful in their work, you will hear a theme. Surprisingly, it is not the brilliance of their strategic plan (although they are certain to have one). And while they may mention the talent and passion of their team, it is not that either. (Again, a key component […]

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The Kind Truth

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August 8, 2016

By Jon Simons In this series, the DBD Team is taking a deeper look at some of the axioms we use when working with clients. In today’s blog, Jon Simons explores our axiom “Always tell the kind truth.” To read other axiom blogs, click here.  Today it is easier than ever to “give feedback.” Social […]

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The Long Haul

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August 2, 2016

By Thom Peters “Animation is like telling a joke and waiting three years to see if anyone laughs.” – Ed Catmull, Pixar Studios I heard Ed Catmull share this in an interview about the making of Toy Story. His point was that working on the film required a great vision, patience, and the confidence to […]

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The Best Predictor of Future Giving

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July 26, 2016

By Peggy Vinson 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, Peggy reflects on our axiom: “The Best Predictor of Future Giving Is Current Giving.” To read other axiom blogs, click here.   In the course of raising funds for […]

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Earning the Right to Ask

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July 20, 2016

By Mike Bussey 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, Mike expands on our axiom: “Earning the Right to Ask.” To read other axiom blogs, click here. I suspect this has happened to all of us involved in fundraising […]

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Valuing the Millennial Professional

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July 19, 2016

By Jan Brogdon I recently read an incredible article by Tauna Shoemaker, a young, non-profit professional from Tacoma Washington. Her article, entitled “When I Grow Up I Want to be a Philanthropist,” warmed my heart and encouraged me for the future of our sector. Tauna’s understanding of what a philanthropist truly is, and her even […]

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