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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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Anatomy of a Thank You, Part 3

October 9, 2014

By Lora Dow Read the first part or second part of this series. Donor stewardship takes many forms. There are countless ways to show your organization’s appreciation for a gift that honors the donor and encourages further participation. But earlier this year, I was brought to a standstill by a donor wall that had a […]

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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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What Does Love Look Like?

February 7, 2014

By Bruce Berglund I often find myself encouraging our nonprofit clients to spend the month of February “loving up” donors and volunteers. I’ve realized that some don’t know what I mean by that. “Bruce,” they say, “We just sent them a thank you letter. Isn’t that enough? I don’t want to bother them.” Don’t get […]

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Appreciation Inspiration

February 5, 2014

By Lora Dow This month, the Donor By Design blog will focus on donor and volunteer appreciation. How do you show heartfelt thanks to those who do so much for you? Read on for ideas and inspiration to make sure your donors feel the love. As nonprofit leaders, we know how important it is to […]

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Resolutions: Gratitude

January 23, 2014

By Charley Shirley I generally hate to make New Year’s resolutions. No sooner have I made one than I find myself falling short. But I decided I could make one resolution this year… and… I may make it each year for the rest of my life. I resolve to be more grateful. While I was […]

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What’s in a name?

September 10, 2013

By Michele Goodrich Recently, I read a newspaper article that caught my attention. It was about a donor’s outrage over a decision made by a local nonprofit organization. Two years ago, this donor (and former board member), contributed $800,000 to help the organization acquire and renovate a building to house one of their core services. […]

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