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The Anti-Decider

March 6, 2018

I’ll preface this blog by saying it’s a bit of a tough-love message. Learning about the “Anti-Decider” has been a hard lesson for me over the years. And I confess, I still occasionally give my most earnest advice on this subject…followed in some regrettable cases with the kind truth of, “I warned you.” My counsel […]

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The Artful Asker

October 11, 2016

By Journey Johnson “Philanthropy is the mystical mingling of a joyful giver with an artful asker and a grateful recipient in which all three-the joyful giver, artful asker and grateful recipient-benefit from the experience.” Doug Lawson My favorite definition of philanthropy comes from Doug Lawson’s book Give To Live. When philanthropy is hitting on all […]

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Perks of the Job

July 16, 2015

By Danny Maier “I hate asking for money!” That’s the refrain we often hear from volunteers and staff alike, especially at the beginning of a campaign. I even heard it from Dr. Ed Miller of John Hopkins Medical School… someone who raised $2.2 billion during his tenure. If you’ve followed our team over the years, […]

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The Gift of Giving

October 9, 2014

By Bruce Berglund This is the second of a two-part conversation with my friend, Lee Heyward, as part of our What Matters podcast series. (Did you miss the first part? Listen to it now.) In this half of the conversation, Lee reflected on ways to help volunteers grow in their ability to ask for money. (Hint: It starts with challenging […]

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Lessons from a Reluctant Asker

October 3, 2014

By Bruce Berglund Recently, I had a chance to sit down with my former pastor and dear friend, Lee Heyward, as part of our on-going What Matters podcast conversations. Over the course of my career, I’ve been honored to work with many churches. Our conversation ranged over our history together and what we’ve both learned about […]

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Giving USA

July 23, 2014

Recently, the Giving Institute released their annual Giving USA report.* It’s full of useful information about who gives to whom and how much. There is good news in the 2014 report. Total charitable giving increased by 4.4%. Not quite back to pre-recession levels, but getting close. Gifts by individuals increased (4.2%) as did giving by […]

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WIIFT

November 12, 2013

By Michele Goodrich While “minding my own business” in a local coffee shop, I couldn’t help listening in on an intriguing conversation between a mother and her preteen son at the table next to me. Son:  (excitedly runs in to the coffee shop through the door connecting it to a shopping mall, slumps into the […]

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Brain Food – September 2013

September 30, 2013

By the Donor By Design Team Perhaps we should call this one The Infographics Issue. Before you roll your eyes and complain about the shortened attention span of people today, take a look at these surprising ways that nonprofits are using infographics to make their case. More than just clever and appealing, infographics are uniquely […]

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Joyful Giving

September 26, 2013

By The Donor By Design Team “Philanthropy is the mystical mingling of a joyous giver, an artful asker, and a grateful recipient.” – Douglas M. Lawson In our work with nonprofits, churches and schools over the past 12 months, we’ve certainly seen that “joyous giving” in action in communities across the country. Here are just […]

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