The Quintessential Fundraising Movie

December 24, 2018

By Danny Maier It is Christmas season and while many know “It’s a Wonderful Life,” or “A Christmas Carol,” few have heard of the “The Bishop’s Wife,” a yuletide tale about a capital campaign to build a new cathedral. Star power of Cary Grant, David Niven and Lorretta Young aside, the plot is one that many […]

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May 3, 2016

By Bruce Berglund Over the last few years, the term “grit” has been popping up in books, podcasts and lectures. It seems that grit, as it relates to leadership in popular business culture, is associated with themes of courage, follow-through and resilience. I would also suggest that the best fundraisers I’ve had the privilege of […]

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Powering Through the Dip

March 2, 2016

By Peggy Vinson Every non-profit leader is familiar with the feeling: somewhere, about half-way through the campaign, you hit a dip. It happens every year, but I’m always amused at how unexpected this seems to everyone. An annual campaign may not last as long as a capital campaign, but it’s not a sprint. So let’s […]

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Attitude Adjustments

September 8, 2014

By Michele Goodrich A few weeks ago, I attended a meeting of non-profit leaders struggling through a slump in their capital campaign. They were tired and frustrated. After months and months of hard work, which had resulted in a steady flow of generous support for their project, they had hit a dip. Momentum had slowed, […]

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Resolutions Part III: Keep Calm

January 9, 2014

By Bruce Berglund Happy New Year from all of us at Donor By Design! We hope your first full week of 2014 is off to a great start. This is the final blog in a three part series. In the first blog, I reviewed John Norcross’s suggestions for keeping resolutions from his book Changeology, and […]

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