Posts Tagged "Land Trust Alliance Rally"

Getting Your Money’s Worth from Rally

Posted by on Oct 31, 2017 in Board Development, Featured, Staff Development | 1 comment

Getting Your Money’s Worth from Rally

I returned yesterday from the Land Trust Alliance’s Annual “Rally” Conference in Denver. It was easily one of the two or three best Rally’s I’ve attended. The venue was terrific. The workshops were engaging and increasingly inclusive of difficult topics such as Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and Gender Bias. And Denver turned out its glorious best weather for us. Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation Vice President Anita O’Gara and I conducted a four-hour seminar on Annual Giving strategies that drew a sold-out audience, and I reprised my Development Committee Makeover workshop from last...

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Agents of Change

Posted by on Dec 13, 2016 in Board Development, Communication, Development Audit, Donor Cultivation, Featured, Plans and Budgets, Staff Development, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Agents of Change

Agents of Change

At Rally this year, I finally got to present the Development Committee Makeover workshop I’ve been wanting to do for some years. I had billed it as an advanced workshop and the room was filled with Development staff and experienced board members. The point of the workshop was to show, using before and after scripts, how Development Committees could address their work in a much more productive way by limiting their discussion to how board members were interacting with donors. In other words, talk about specific donors, and talk about what board members do instead of what staff does. Overall...

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Are you Ready for Some Turkey?

Posted by on Nov 1, 2016 in Communication, Development Audit, Donor Cultivation, Featured, Plans and Budgets, Staff Development, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Are you Ready for Some Turkey?

Are you Ready for Some Turkey?

Halloween, 2016. Returning from Rally to kids in costume, extended World Series, and fall color yielding to bare branches. The election will soon be (mercifully) over, then Thanksgiving, Christmas, and 2017. Everything is moving so fast. Are you ready for November? Are you getting the most out of the magic three months when 50-70% of all your gifts for the year will be committed? Here’s what I’m thinking about. What are YOU thinking about?   Fundraising Planning for 2017 For me, November is my planning month. My appeal is long gone, my grants are out, and the few personal visits I have...

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What will you do with 15 minutes today?

Posted by on Jul 12, 2016 in Board Development, Communication, Development Audit, Donor Cultivation, Featured, Foundations, Membership, Plans and Budgets, Staff Development, Uncategorized | 5 comments

What will you do with 15 minutes today?

Think about this scenario: You’re at the office, and it’s 11:30 in the morning. You have a lunch appointment for which you’ll need to leave in 15 minutes. Not enough time to start something new, but too much time to waste. What will you do? About a month ago I ran across an internet blog/ad that listed ten things you could do with ten minutes. Frankly I found it rather lame – three of the suggestions involved contacting donors and one other suggested going to the blog website to learn about products they’re selling. But the concept did get me thinking…. I increased the time to 15 minutes...

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Taking Stock – Q3

Posted by on Oct 13, 2015 in Board Development, Communication, Development Audit, Donor Cultivation, Featured, Foundations, Membership, Plans and Budgets, Staff Development, Uncategorized | 1 comment

Taking Stock – Q3

Back in May, I talked about periodically using some reflective time to “take stock” of where you are right now versus where you thought you’d be at this time (See Taking Stock). Presumably, if you acted on the advice, you: 1) redoubled your effort to close all of your board commitments; 2) evaluated your renewal rates; 3) set up summer activities designed to get your board members and your donors together;  and 4) started thinking about your fall events. In July, I suggested that it was time to do it again (See Taking Stock – Q2), and I introduced the idea that you add a “Forecast” column to...

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