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Community is a Verb

January 9, 2019

By Lora Dow In our work with nonprofits, faith-based organizations and other causes, we often find ourselves talking about “community.” We are looking to strengthen community. We are seeking support from the community. We are reaching out into the community with our programs or ministries. While we all have a sense of what we’re talking […]

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Lessons from 2008

January 7, 2019

By Bruce Berglund We are towards the end of an unprecedented 10-year growth run in the stock market. Many analysts agree we are overdue for some sort of correction. I have no idea if they’re correct … and if I did, I’d be on a beach sipping a fruity drink and not writing this blog! […]

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Drop the Mask

October 24, 2016

By Jon Simons 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!   Long before the recent rash of scary clown sightings, I have found masks of any kind to be unsettling. Be it a circus, holiday parade or […]

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How to Treat a Friend

September 19, 2016

By Peggy Vinson As we travel the country doing feasibility studies, one thing we encounter almost every time, is a donor who cannot be interviewed because they are upset with the organization for not appropriately recognizing their contribution during the last capital campaign. Donors who give major gifts are showing they really trust you and are willing […]

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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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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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