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Resolution: Permission to Say No

January 25, 2018

By Sara Luke This January, the DBD Team is making resolutions to help us be better. Today Sara gives herself permission to say “no.” A sign-up sheet is my nemesis. I shudder when I see the well-intentioned church member coming toward me, arm outstretched. And I should know better than to open the email begging […]

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Resolution: Become Richer, Smarter and More Emotionally Intelligent

January 22, 2018

By Mike Bussey This January, the DBD Team is making resolutions to help us be better. Today Mike offers a bold resolution… and a straightforward way to make it happen.   How’s this for a bold resolution? Let’s all become richer, smarter and more emotionally intelligent.  The good news regarding this resolution is that there […]

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Resolution: Trust Your Volunteers

January 18, 2018

By Thom Peters This January, the DBD Team is making resolutions to help us be better. Today Thom tells us why we need to resolve to trust our volunteers.   I love working with volunteers and, in the right circumstances, I love volunteering. For the past five years I have been a part of a […]

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Resolution: Fix it Before it Breaks

January 15, 2018

By Lora Dow This January, the DBD Team is making resolutions to help us be better. Today Lora suggests that maybe we should resolve to fix things before they break.   So much of fundraising work is cyclical. Annual campaigns, events, United Way campaigns, etc. all combine to give our yearly calendar a rhythm and sense […]

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Resolution: 1 – 2 – 3!

January 10, 2018

By Jon Simons This January, the DBD Team is making resolutions to help us be better. Today Jon gives us a short and sweet reminder to stay focused and have greater impact in the new year.   In the spirit of my overarching goal to simplify in 2018, I have set an intention that I […]

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Resolution: Be Grateful

January 8, 2018

By Danny Maier   This January, the DBD Team is making resolutions to help us be better. Today Danny encourages all of us to try a new way to keep our resolutions – by being grateful.  In this New Year, if you want to be successful in achieving your resolutions, don’t rely upon will power. […]

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Resolution: Be A Mentor

January 3, 2018

By Jan Brogdon This January, the DBD Team is making resolutions to help us be better. Today Jan encourages all of us to remember our mentors… and to be one for someone else.  Who was it for you? That one person (or several people) who have been critical in shaping the success you have achieved […]

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Resolution: Define Success

January 27, 2016

By Mike Bussey A lifetime of personal and professional goal setting has taught me that it is critically important to properly define success before setting goals or making resolutions. By not first properly defining success, I find that I end up with goals that are either unachievable or with goals that don’t guide me towards […]

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Resolution: Think Like a Donor

January 26, 2016

By Lora Dow A lot of the nonprofits we work with are well-established organizations. They have a good grip on best practices and they execute the basic principles of fundraising well. But just as a start up can shake up a whole industry, so can a new nonprofit teach all of us old hands a few […]

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Resolution: Unplug and Get Connected

January 14, 2016

A few summers back while on vacation with friends I learned a great lesson. Well…two actually. The first was that cell phones and salt water don’t mix (and that phone insurance is a good thing). The second lesson came a few days later, about 48 hours after the phone-meets-ocean thing. I learned that once I […]

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Resolution: Fear Not!

January 7, 2016

By Danny Maier This January, the Donor By Design Team is offering a series of resolutions: Strategies and commitments to enhance your ability to connect with donors and generate support for your important work.  Fifty years ago, Charles Schultz gave us kids something special, “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” And some five decades later, three or more […]

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Resolution: Make It Matter

January 4, 2016

By Bruce Berglund This January, the Donor By Design Team is offering a series of resolutions: Strategies and commitments to enhance your ability to connect with donors and generate support for your important work.  As we partner with our nonprofit clients, one of our first tasks is to review their case for support. Bill Hybels, Sr. […]

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