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Volunteer Churn

April 24, 2018

By Michele Goodrich 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 Michele warns us not to ignore “retired” volunteers. Last week I received a form letter from a not-for-profit organization asking me to […]

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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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What’s Your Why?

April 11, 2016

By Lora Dow Why do you do the work you do? Why do you volunteer? Why do you pitch in? Those are all simple questions that don’t often come with easy answers. But I think that at the heart of the answer for every successful person is “because I like doing it.” Consider this story: […]

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Change the Request

July 27, 2015

By Michele Goodrich A relatively common concern among nonprofit executives and development directors is that their board members are reluctant to ask for money. It isn’t due to a lack of effort by the staff members. They provide prospect lists, campaign materials and fundraising training. They set up fundraising competitions, send inspiring emails, make reminder […]

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Be Careful When Protecting

November 4, 2014

By Thom Peters Recently, while visiting a client with one of my colleagues, we found time to have lunch with a good friend of mine, Larry. We had many laughs as we caught up on each other’s lives, but suddenly, Larry got uncharacteristically serious. Out the window where we were seated, we could see a […]

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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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Going 4 for 4

July 8, 2013

By Mike Bussey As an avid follower of baseball, especially the Minnesota Twins, I have enjoyed following the career of Joe Mauer. Joe is from the Twin Cities, had a fabulous high school athletic career at Cretin-Derham Hall High School and was the first player selected in the 2001 Major League Baseball Draft. In his […]

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Volunteer Churn

March 19, 2012

By Michele Goodrich Last week I received a form letter from a not-for-profit organization asking me to make a contribution to their annual appeal.  This is certainly not an unusual occurrence; I receive fundraising letters often.  However, this one got my attention because I hadn’t heard from this particular organization since I retired from their […]

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Are you “nagging and dragging?”

April 22, 2010

By Peggy Vinson It’s that time in the annual campaign when we see “volunteer fatigue” begin to set in.  We’ve kicked off, we’ve trained, we’ve handed out packets, we’ve communicated weekly, but still we often feel like we have to “nag and drag” our volunteers to victory. I’d like to suggest that some of the […]

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Gaining by Giving Away

April 19, 2010

By Thom Peters This morning I attended a small church out in the country.  While I like the idea of small traditional country churches, I have been a big contemporary church guy for most of my adult church-going years (adult meaning “with child” – you know, attend as a child, big gap, make my kids […]

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Earnest Volunteers

April 14, 2010

By Peggy Vinson, Donor By Design Group I met many volunteers this year at the NAYDO conference and one thing struck me more than usual. The volunteers I met seemed to be seeking – yes seeking – help to be better at fundraising for their Y.  They also wanted validation that the YMCA board needs […]

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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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10 Tips for Managing Volunteers and Staff

January 15, 2010

By Peggy Vinson As you begin your next annual support campaign, consider these ten tips for effective goal-setting for staff and volunteers: Staff volunteer recruitment goals should reflect each staff person’s tenure with your organization – assigning all staff the same goal sets your newer staff up for frustration and failure. Set up year long […]

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