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Going Deep on New Markets Tax Credits

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March 20, 2017

By the Donor By Design Team New Markets Tax Credits can be a wonderful way to finish a campaign strong and bring a new capital project into a struggling community. They aren’t without their quirks though, and are by no means a “sure thing.” Is your project a candidate for a NMTC? Are you in […]

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Brass Tacks vs 30,000 Feet

March 13, 2017

By Jason Fry The origin of the phrase “getting down to brass tacks” is most often attributed to the haberdashery trade where “…in order to be more accurate than the rough-and-ready measuring of a yard of material by holding it out along an arm’s length, cloth was measured between brass tacks which were set into […]

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Best of DBD 2016: Asking

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December 20, 2016

As we come to the end of 2016, we’re taking a look back at the posts that inspired the most conversations on the blog and with our clients. Today’s topic? Asking for a Gift. Asking for a Gift When people say they don’t like raising money, what they’re usually really saying is that they don’t […]

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Individuals vs Teams

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October 31, 2016

By Danny Maier College football fans will remember a legendary coach by the name of Bo Schembechler. He was known for constantly exhorting his players with “The Team, The Team, The Team.” No man is more important than The Team. No coach is more important than The Team. The Team, The Team, The Team, and […]

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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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What Does It Take?

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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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Beyond the Bricks

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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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Hidden Agendas

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March 8, 2016

By the Donor By Design Team Our board just isn’t a fundraising board. We hear that feedback from nonprofit leaders – both staff and volunteer – nearly every day. Whether it’s said with regret or with frustration, nonprofits, schools and churches are clearly puzzled as to why their board seems disengaged or focused on less-important […]

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Beyond the Hashtag

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October 19, 2015

By Lora Dow Around this time of year, nonprofit development staff are abuzz with year-end giving campaigns, plans for #GivingTuesday, budgeting for the coming year and so much more. While all of these efforts are important and timely, I recently led a training session with nonprofit leaders that encouraged them to think differently about how […]

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Four Ingredients for Powerful Boards

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September 30, 2015

By Mike Bussey Years ago, I attended one of my first YMCA training events, held at the Calhoun Beach Hotel in Minneapolis. The day’s featured presentation on board development was of very little interest to me. The presenter was John Kessler, the President of the Minneapolis YMCA (later the President of George Williams College), and […]

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Getting to the Starting Line

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April 21, 2015

By Mike Bussey ‘Thank you for getting us to the starting line and for the confidence that we are going to have a successful campaign.” A volunteer was reflecting on the long, complex and (at times) frustrating process his organization had undertaken to determine how best to respond to community issues and opportunities. After an […]

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A Story of Perseverance

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January 21, 2015

By Journey Johnson Near the end of last year, my friend, Thom Peters, and I had the privilege of visiting with Kingsport Y CEO, Charlie Glass, and touring their beautiful new YMCA. What a fabulous facility! But even more inspiring is the perseverance of Charlie and his Y team to finally fulfill their community’s dream […]

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DBD Axioms: Donor Champagne Glass

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December 4, 2014

By Bruce Berglund At Donor By Design, we are guided by a series of axioms: core concepts that shape our work and have proven their worth over and over again. In this series, we’re digging into these axioms and clarify how they can help you achieve your development goals. Read Part 1 or Part 2.  For years, the big […]

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Your Timeline is Not Our Crisis

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March 4, 2014

By Bruce Berglund I must admit that I am a bit impatient. My patience (or lack there of) has been tested in 2014 as travel delays due to weather (think polar vortex) have been maddening. I can’t wait for spring! I think that a healthy dose of impatience lurks in the veins of most leaders. […]

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What’s in a name?

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April 16, 2012

By Peggy Vinson For many organizations embarking on a capital campaign, naming opportunities are used as a tool for donor recognition.  Often we find that this process of determining values for naming rights brings up questions for the nonprofit leaders. Here are some things to think about when you’re thinking naming opportunities: Naming recognition levels […]

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