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How to Face Down a Monster

October 17, 2016

By Robin Jordan 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!   The thought of asking for money can be intimidating and overwhelming. The planning and work that it takes to prepare for a successful campaign can often […]

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A Chilling Tale

October 12, 2016

By Bruce Berglund 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! I have the opportunity to meet some of the most amazing people as part of my work helping not-for-profits fund their causes. A few years back I had […]

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Thanks but No Thanks

December 10, 2015

By Jon Simons and Lora Dow If you have been in fund development long enough, you may have found yourself in this situation: Early in the cultivation process for a capital gift, we joined a volunteer and prospective donor for a vision tour of a soon-to-be-renovated facility. While touring, the volunteer did a wonderful job of […]

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The Back Burner

January 12, 2015

By Dan Maier Endowment, stewardship, and relationship development are fundraising tasks all too often placed on the dreaded back burner. We all have one: the place where the really critical tasks go to simmer and eventually dry up and die. There’s an antidote to the back burner syndrome – a tried and true model to make […]

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Simple But Not Easy

May 20, 2014

By Bruce Berglund I often tell clients that I wish I could make this work sound more complicated. After all, they’ve brought me in to talk to their team about a campaign that will be vital to the organization’s future. Surely I must have complicated graphs and algorithms to make it all work? When it […]

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An Urgent Matter

April 25, 2014

By Charley Shirley If you have ever talked to a financial advisor about making an investment, one of the first things that you will be given is a Prospectus. The requirement to provide one was a result of the Stock Market Crash of 1929 and since then, no legitimate investment has been sold without one. […]

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Brain Food – December 2013

December 27, 2013

By the Donor By Design Team It’s the last full week of 2013 and we hope you are spending some well-deserved time off with family and friends. But if you’re in the office, or if you’re taking a break from all that time off with family and friends, we’ve got some ideas and articles to […]

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Brain Food – November 2013

November 29, 2013

By the Donor By Design Team As November comes to a close, we offer you several interesting reads to get you thinking about your communications, your case for support and the next generation of givers. Building Trust Seth Godin’s recent blog on “Building Online Trust” considers how your reputation and the first impression you make […]

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Going 4 for 4

July 8, 2013

By Mike Bussey As an avid follower of baseball, especially the Minnesota Twins, I have enjoyed following the career of Joe Mauer. Joe is from the Twin Cities, had a fabulous high school athletic career at Cretin-Derham Hall High School and was the first player selected in the 2001 Major League Baseball Draft. In his […]

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Social Fundraising engages a younger generation!

September 22, 2010

by Michele Goodrich Many not-for-profit leaders are wondering how to find and engage younger individuals as volunteers and donors.  They wonder who will replace the tried and true supporters who have been loyal to their cause for so many years – even decades. One way to learn how to attract and involve younger volunteers and […]

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