The Plan

April 15, 2014

When it’s time to launch a fundraising campaign, nonprofits take time to recruit leaders, identify prospects and craft their case, but often they don’t take the time to craft an actual campaign plan. Perhaps determining leaders, prospects and case feels like a campaign plan, but if you take a moment to think about how you […]

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Resolutions Part I: The 20 Mile March

January 2, 2014

By Bruce Berglund Happy New Year! This is the time of year so many of us make resolutions for the upcoming year — some of them we even keep!  Last year at this time, I decided to stop drinking any kind of soda. I had become convinced I didn’t need the diet or the sugary […]

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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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The Three P’s

August 27, 2013

By Bruce Berglund It’s been just over two weeks since the DBD team attended our annual gathering at the Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit.  The two-day event always fills my bucket and renews my spirit. Dr. Henry Cloud, psychologist and author, offered a challenging talk called “Reversing the Death Spiral of a Leader.” He discussed […]

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Grow Your Impact

August 23, 2013

By the Donor By Design Team At the recent Willow Creek Association Global Leadership Summit, one speaker in particular caused a lot of conversation within our team. Oscar Muriu is the senior pastor at Nairobi Chapel, Kenya. Under his leadership, Nairobi Chapel has grown from a 40-person local church, to a network of 30 churches […]

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Taking Care of Your Superhero

July 25, 2013

By Bruce Berglund Frequently in my work with non-profit leaders, I see a board or campaign committee come to a strange impasse. They stop actively seeking solutions and start waiting for a superhero: a donor whose 7- or 8-figure gift will put their campaign over the top. Certainly many donors seem like superheroes to the […]

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The Switch

June 20, 2013

By Bruce Berglund Much has been made about the upcoming (or perhaps even ongoing) intergenerational transfer of wealth. As the largest generation moves into their final decades, their assets will be passed down to younger generations at an unprecedented rate. For years, charities have been pondering how to take advantage of that enormous shift in […]

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