Rethinking Debt Reduction


February 16, 2017

By The DBD Team Recently, Michele Goodrich and Peggy Vinson from our team interviewed Jen Kruel from the YMCA of Dodge County as part of the NAYDO 365 podcast series. With their permission, we’re posting it here as well because the conversation tells the story of a small organization climbing out of a paralyzing debt situation. How they […]

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Rethinking the Annual Campaign


December 7, 2016

By The DBD Team Recently, Bruce Berglund from our team interviewed Abby Farris Rogers from the YMCA of Greater Richmond as part of the NAYDO 365 podcast series. With their permission, we’re posting it here as well because the conversation challenges the way many organizations think about their annual campaign.   While Abby’s remarks come […]

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Beyond the Hashtag


October 19, 2015

By Lora Dow Around this time of year, nonprofit development staff are abuzz with year-end giving campaigns, plans for #GivingTuesday, budgeting for the coming year and so much more. While all of these efforts are important and timely, I recently led a training session with nonprofit leaders that encouraged them to think differently about how […]

Posted in: Blog, Stewardship


“You Can’t Raise Money to Eliminate Debt.” Wanna Bet?


October 5, 2015

The “Great Recession” hit everyone – especially those with too much debt. Debt is not necessarily evil, but when it’s a touch too much, it can be devastating. “I feel like I work for the bank, not my members,” lamented one CEO to me recently. “It’s like cancer on our mission,” opined another. “Never waste […]

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A New Chapter


July 9, 2015

By the Donor By Design Team Last week, the Linwood YMCA, part of the YMCA of Greater Kansas City, broke ground on a major 18-month expansion and renovation program. That day was just one day in nearly 100 years of providing stability and connection in a community that has undergone a great deal of change. […]

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It’s Not About the Building


September 2, 2014

By the Donor By Design Team Over the past seven years, it has been our privilege to work alongside an amazing team of volunteers and staff to bring the new Westport Weston Y Bedford Family Center out of the ground. On a perfect late summer evening, nearly 400 people came together to dedicate, celebrate and “cut […]

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Shaping the Future


January 16, 2014

By the Donor By Design Team Neither 5° weather nor the Snowmageddon could stop the Warsaw, Indiana community from celebrating the groundbreaking of the new Parkview Warsaw YMCA last week. The Kosciusko Community YMCA is in its final stages of their, “Shaping the Future,” capital campaign to build the new 70,000-square-foot facility, which is set […]

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