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Board Members and Donor Stewardship

Posted by on Jan 9, 2018 in Board Development, Featured | 1 comment

Board Members and Donor Stewardship

When I ask land trust Board members to name the individual donor or family who has contributed the most over the last five years or so, about four of five can answer correctly. (I typically exclude land donors.) If I restrict the request to non-Board members, the rate drops a little. And if I ask for the top three or five, the rate drops a lot. But then I show them a list of the land trust’s top 20 donors (over the most recent five-year period and ask, “How many of these people have you met or talked with over the past five years?” The answers are astonishingly low, and for many Board...

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Fundraising Net Versus Fundraising Gross

Posted by on Aug 1, 2017 in Featured, Plans and Budgets | Comments Off on Fundraising Net Versus Fundraising Gross

Fundraising Net Versus Fundraising Gross

What would it be like for you if your fundraising work was measured by the net instead of the gross? Actually, let’s start with a different question: In times of financial stress, would you cut the fundraising budget? I read an interesting article just before the recession of 2008 and 2009 in which the writer was pointing out that the majority of money managers in the U.S had never seen a bear market. (That’s not true any longer.) I reflected at the time that the same was true of fundraisers. When we’ve never had to deal with fundraising in a time of recession, we don’t know what to do. In...

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Make Plans to Give AND Get This Year

Posted by on Jul 18, 2017 in Board Development, Featured | 2 comments

Make Plans to Give AND Get This Year

It’s July 18. This is a challenge to Give AND Get at least $2,000 between now and the end of the year. This post is for all the board members who might be reading this blog. It’s also for the other volunteers and staff who might be looking for something to pass along to board members who don’t read this blog. So OK. I get it. Some of you are giving and getting a LOT more than $2,000. Thank YOU!! I’m not really talking to you. I’m talking to all the other board members who are not even close to this number. You’ve heard of Give OR Get? This is Give AND Get. Give $1,000 and Raise $1,000 –...

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More Counterpoint on Donor-Centrism

Posted by on May 31, 2017 in Donor Cultivation, Featured | 4 comments

More Counterpoint on Donor-Centrism

Yes – I know. I should have posted this yesterday, but I failed to work on Memorial Day. My bad. This week, it’s First Thing Wednesday! Two weeks ago, Vu Le (formerly Non-Profit with Balls, and now Non-Profit AF) wrote a critique of donor-centric fundraising. In his post, he complained about the whole idea that donors should be in the center of what non-profits do, “I just don’t believe that donors should be in the center of non-profit work, or even in the center of fundraising work.” When I started my fundraising career, I started by directing a door-to-door “canvass” for a Naderite group...

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Qualities that Make a Good Board Member

Posted by on May 16, 2017 in Board Development, Featured | Comments Off on Qualities that Make a Good Board Member

Qualities that Make a Good Board Member

I just returned from a stellar week at River Rally – the national conference for river advocacy groups. I was there to teach, obviously, but I got a chance to learn a lot too. Green Infrastructure, the on-going plight of the people from Flint, a behind-the-scenes look at what happened at Standing Rock, and plenty of opportunities to see the world through other people’s eyes. Great stuff. My session was about major gift fundraising (of course), and I came to the part where board members need to give themselves first. How can we ask people to give when we are not willing or able to give...

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