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Turning Memories into Legacy

July 25, 2017

By Mike Bussey One weekend nearly a decade ago, my wife and I drove 650 miles to a camp in Northern Minnesota to have dinner with our youngest son. John was a camp counselor retuning to camp after leading a group of five young men on a 40-day canoe trip to Arctic Ocean. Camp tradition […]

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Just Do It

January 9, 2017

By Mike Bussey This month, the Donor By Design Group is challenging you to take action, moving from resolutions to results. Today’s topic? Stop thinking about endowment and just do it!     In a recent conversation about both proposed capital and endowment programs, a longtime church member noted that many factors go into determining whether or […]

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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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Best of DBD 2016: Asking

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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The Fourth Quarter

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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The Long Haul

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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Three Lessons from the Death of an Icon

May 11, 2016

By Lora Dow I was as shocked as anyone at the death of Prince, and deeply saddened at the news that he may have died without a will. The fact that his estate will now become part of the public record – and that any potential fight over it will be national news – is […]

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Who Are Your Best Friends?

March 24, 2016

By Mike Bussey Thank you for asking, but we’ve already made an endowment commitment to your organization. If you’re visiting with your best endowment prospects, invitations to become members of your legacy society quite often produce this response. And it is gratifying to hear! The challenge is to identify your best endowment prospects – your […]

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Hidden Agendas

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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Searching for Support

February 9, 2016

By the Donor By Design Team Creating an endowment program – an ongoing conversation about ensuring your mission’s relevance and sustainability for generational impact – is a critical endeavor for all nonprofit organizations, schools and churches. Income from endowment funds can make the difference in challenging economic conditions and can also allow your organization to […]

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Resolution: Treasure People

January 11, 2016

By Journey Johnson My resolution for 2016 is to write, call or visit one friend every day. I have become more reflective and nostalgic in my older age. Each time I reflect on what is important to me in life, it always seems to come back to relationships and people. My hope is to connect […]

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Instant Gratification

November 5, 2015

While talking with non-profits about starting or renewing their endowment efforts, I often hear: “We would like to develop our endowment program, but it takes so long to provide any payback. We won’t get any money for years.” But is that really true? In my own experience this concern about a delayed payback is a […]

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Beyond the Hashtag

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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How to turn $15 into $90,000

September 9, 2015

By Charley Shirley “Who should we ask?” is often the first question I get as I begin to develop an endowment program with a non-profit organization. It’s a good question, and one we have to answer, but often the person you think is likely to leave your organization $1 million is not the person who […]

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Priceless Visits

August 31, 2015

By Mike Bussey The message read: Many thanks for the good wishes. My situation has deteriorated dramatically, and I’m currently in home hospice. For now all is stable. But the long-term prospects are clear and not good. And long-term for me is actually very short-term. The message was from Simon Benninga, the Jerusalem International YMCA’s […]

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Everybody Has a Story

August 24, 2015

By Journey Johnson One of my great joys in being a part of the world of nonprofits and philanthropy for over 35 years is the privilege I have to meet so many amazing people from all walks of life. One of the things I’ve learned is that everybody has a story. How well do you take the time to listen, […]

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