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Gutsy Nominating Committees

April 17, 2018

By Mike Bussey April is National Volunteer Month. Over the next few weeks the Donor By Design Team will be reflecting on the impact volunteers have on our communities and our world. Today Mike explains the power of a gutsy nominating committee. One of the great privileges of leading a non-profit organization is to work […]

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Unintended Volunteers

April 13, 2018

By Peggy Vinson April is National Volunteer Month. Over the next few weeks the Donor By Design Team will be reflecting on the impact volunteers have on our communities and our world. Today Peggy tells a story of how one gentleman became an “unintended volunteer.” Have you ever had this happen? You recruit a volunteer […]

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Reluctant Leaders

April 11, 2018

By Thom Peters April is National Volunteer Month. Over the next few weeks the Donor By Design Team will be reflecting on the impact volunteers have on our communities and our world. The series begins with Thom reflecting on the qualities of “reluctant leaders.” Dagnabbit! It’s supposed to be spring but there is cold wet […]

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Thanking Family

November 1, 2017

By Peggy Vinson It’s November and our minds automatically go to being thankful. We often use this month to thank our donors, but my question is this: When we think of our donors, do we think of our board members and our staff?  Do we ever do anything extra to thank them? I worked with […]

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More Than a Vacation

June 5, 2017

By Jim Mellor This summer, the Donor By Design Team is considering new ways to look at stewardship… going beyond the thank you note to forming deeper relationships. Today’s topic: connecting with those who give generously of their time.  It seems like everyone is traveling this summer! If you have been an airport in the last few […]

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Resolution: Treasure People

January 11, 2016

By Journey Johnson My resolution for 2016 is to write, call or visit one friend every day. I have become more reflective and nostalgic in my older age. Each time I reflect on what is important to me in life, it always seems to come back to relationships and people. My hope is to connect […]

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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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Appreciation Inspiration

February 5, 2014

By Lora Dow This month, the Donor By Design blog will focus on donor and volunteer appreciation. How do you show heartfelt thanks to those who do so much for you? Read on for ideas and inspiration to make sure your donors feel the love. As nonprofit leaders, we know how important it is to […]

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Making it Meaningful

January 27, 2010

By Peggy Vinson All of us on the Donor By Design Team have spent a lot of time reflecting on the role of volunteers in our most recent posts. I remember in the beginning of my career, recruiting volunteers was an add-on to my job I really didn’t have time for or desire to do.  […]

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