Posts Tagged ‘Donor development’

Fundraising Plans for 2020 By Nicole Nieves

Five Fundraising Plans to Implement in 2020 If you listed the top five ways your organization could start the year off strong, what would make the cut? Perhaps it’s staying ahead of the latest trends, having a solid strategic plan, or effectively utilizing data and analysis. But there’s one thing even more important than all…

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Gratitude for Monthly Donors By Dr. Paul Virts

6 Ways to Let Your Monthly Donors Know You Value Them Do you ever notice it’s usually aggressive, “don’t-make-me-play-by-your-rules” children who usually get most of the attention in many families. While the compliant, rule-following children often recede into the background and get less attention. Parents often make concerted efforts to make sure the compliant children…

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Easy Ways to Say Thank You By Jane Jeffries

Saying Thank You to Your Donors is a Top Priority I try to write an article once a year for the local arts magazine. Sometimes, they pay for the article, but my real motivation is to score an invite to the swanky Holiday Fling that they host every year for their volunteers and donors. At…

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Transactional versus Transformational Giving by Robert Yi

Do you encourage transactional  or transformation giving? Non-profit organizations and their donors have unwittingly created a culture of “transactional giving.” Today’s approach to fundraising is formulaic: offer a simple proposition describing what a specific donation will achieve. $30 provides three laying hens for a family. $38 per month sponsors a child living in poverty. $100…

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Gratitude Boosts Donor Retention By Jonathan Steck

Gratitude Boosts Donor Retention and Commitment With donor retention numbers dropping across our sector, I decided to reach out to a circle of my friends to learn their experiences about why they give. I asked each of them the same question, hoping their answers would help me understand why donors give financially and more importantly,…

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Capture the Hearts of Your Major Donors By Patrick McLaughlin

Discover how to effectively capture the hearts of your major donors. By Patrick McLaughlin~ After 36 years in the major donor arena, I feel a bit like the Farmers Insurance commercial, “We know a lot because we have seen a lot.” According to Martin Luther, our conversion experience has three stages: Our Head, Our Heart…

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The Power of Prayer in Kingdom Fundraising

By Jim Loscheider Years ago, one of my mentors shared a powerful concept that resonates with me to this day. He said, “the glory of God is our highest priority and prayer is our first work.”  Of course!  Everyone who’s been transformed by Christ will eventually discover that God owns it all, and we are simply…

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9 God-honoring Principles of a Fundraising Ministry

By Wesley K. Willmer, Ph.D.  How people use their possessions is a testimony to others—a kind of trademark that shows people who a person is and what they believe. There’s an eternal link between our possessions and our soul—and we need to help people realize that connection. Only as we understand the relationship between spiritual…

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5 Stories Every Fundraiser Must Learn to Tell

By Ron Frey Every fundraiser knows that a compelling story told extremely well is what makes your cause real to people. Stories help us influence donors to express their love for God and others through generosity. Yet how do you tell the same story over and over without evoking a yawn from your donors? A…

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