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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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February Shout Outs

February 26, 2018

By the Donor By Design Team As we come to the end of February, we want to recognize several clients who have reached important milestones in their campaigns. We always tell our clients that campaigns take a long time – it’s important to celebrate as you go! Read on for some celebrating with several great […]

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Momentum

January 6, 2017

By Bruce Berglund This month, the Donor By Design Group is challenging you to take action, moving from resolutions to results. Today’s topic? Creating and keeping momentum in your campaign.     As I work with clients, I often write the word momentum across the white board or flip chart. This single word helps define campaign success […]

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Don’t Settle

June 13, 2016

By Thom Peters 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, Thom Peters reflects on our axiom: “Don’t settle.” Living in a small town, I tend to chose my home repair, insurance and mechanics from recommendations. That’s why […]

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What Does It Take?

May 10, 2016

By the Donor By Design Team Every capital campaign is unique. The community, the leadership, the economy and more combine to make each situation challenging and rewarding. Recently, the Citrus Memorial Health Foundation YMCA (a branch of YMCA of the Suncoast) opened the doors of a new $8.3 million facility in Lecanto, FL. According to […]

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Leadership Is Everything

March 16, 2016

By Journey Johnson One of our core beliefs at Donor By Design is “Leadership is Everything”. I have found this to be true in many aspects of both personal and organizational life. Whether it’s finding the right executive director, or appointing the right volunteer to head up an important task force, recruiting the right coach or […]

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Beyond the Bricks

March 10, 2016

By the Donor By Design Team   February 29, 2016 was truly a day of community-wide celebration in the heart of downtown Kokomo, Indiana. YMCA volunteers and staff, city and county officials, business leaders and Y members gathered to celebrate the grand opening of their new YMCA facility. The event marked the culmination of years of […]

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Courage to Ask

December 15, 2015

By Journey Johnson Webster’s dictionary defines courage as “the ability to do something that you know is difficult.” One of the more difficult things in nonprofit management for many people can be asking for a donation. Many volunteers or staff are willing to do almost anything for their organization except ask people to support it. […]

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Annual Always Wins

November 10, 2015

By Bruce Berglund There is a dangerous fallacy in the world of financial development: The idea that running a capital campaign will mean a decrease (or worse a stoppage) in your annual campaign. There is no competition between capital and annual fundraising. You know why? Because annual always wins. When sitting with a donor, should […]

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Connecting Past and Future

August 18, 2015

By Bruce Berglund   Many of the nonprofits we work with find themselves in a unique and delicate situation: they are changing or replacing a beloved historic building to make way for a new facility. While their reasons are sound – greater accessibility, lower maintenance costs, more efficient operating costs – it can be difficult […]

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Earning the Right

January 14, 2015

By Peggy Vinson As I work with nonprofit staff and volunteer leaders, I often get this question: “How do you ask someone for a $1,000+ gift?” My response is always: “It depends on if you’ve earned the right to ask.” I get a puzzled look and then I share a story from early in my […]

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Building a Shared Vision

November 17, 2014

By Mike Bussey and Sara Luke Currently at more than $5 million on their original $4.3 million capital goal, Betsy and Kristi aren’t done yet. The Executive Directors at the Itasca County Family YMCA and ElderCircle respectively are building the shared vision that started more than four years ago. In 2010, the Itasca County Family […]

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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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It’s Not About the Building

September 2, 2014

By the Donor By Design Team Over the past seven years, it has been our privilege to work alongside an amazing team of volunteers and staff to bring the new Westport Weston Y Bedford Family Center out of the ground. On a perfect late summer evening, nearly 400 people came together to dedicate, celebrate and “cut […]

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Nourishing Hope

July 21, 2014

By the Donor By Design Team   Last week, the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis celebrated the groundbreaking of a new facility in downtown Indy. This new CityWay YMCA is coming to a part of the city in desperate need for the community-building only the Y can do. The $22 million facility will be the second […]

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Pause, Stop, Relaunch: Part II

May 6, 2014

By Bruce Berglund Last week, we started a discussion about what to do when you find your campaign at the bottom of the dip and stalled. There are four key elements to every campaign – case, leadership, prospects and a plan. Today we’ll consider the importance of prospects and a plan. Consider these questions about […]

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Pause, Stop, Relaunch: Part I

May 2, 2014

By Bruce Berglund Rarely does a week go by without a phone call from someone who is tired, frustrated and defeated. They’re worried their campaign is “stalled.” Before you can adequately diagnose the issue with your campaign, you must first have the courage to hit the pause button. Take the time to determine if you […]

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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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Skeptics and Evangelists

October 3, 2013

By Bruce Berglund If you are anything like me, you probably try to avoid spending too much time with skeptics. They bring me down, they often derail meetings, and in fundraising efforts they can be momentum killers. Evangelists, on the other hand, are those folks who lift my spirits, inspire others during meetings, and fuel […]

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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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Grassroots 2.0

March 21, 2012

By Bruce Berglund Community campaigns have come a long way. You can blame it on technology or the changing lifestyles of American families, or simply the speed at which information travels these days, but one thing is for sure: “face to face” doesn’t look the same anymore. Some organizations are intimidated by this new reality […]

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The Smell of Fresh Paint

November 9, 2009

  There is nothing quite like the opening of a new YMCA. After years of planning, fundraising, and hundreds of meetings, the day finally comes to open a new YMCA. Just this week I had the privilege of walking through the brand new Waukee Family YMCA in Waukee, IA – a branch of the YMCA […]

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