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Prepare for Takeoff

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I have flown on a lot of airplanes—commercial and private. I have even piloted a few of the private ones when the controls were handed over by a friend. One thing always remains the same, no matter the size, power, occupancy, or destination of the flight – there is always a pre-flight checklist and a flight plan. These two things prove imperative for a good, successful flight. I don’t like to think of what could happen in their absence. As we approached New Year’s, I emailed a colleague to encourage her and say I couldn’t wait to see what her plans for her organization’s fundraising goals in 2015. She responded by saying that she couldn’t wait to see what she had planned either! Her delivery amused me, but the results we can expect when we don’t set goals or have a plan are less comical. We simply might not get to our destination. It is easy to get busy or sidetracked. There are competing priorities. It can be difficult to carve out time to plan and then stay focused—but it’s necessary in order to succes ...

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“Planning Their Work and Working Their Plan”

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You’ve probably heard this simple phrase before. The first time I did it was not out of the many words of wisdom from my Grandmother. Instead it came from my college roommate as we waded through an intense period of finals (almost 25 years ago). Since then, I have remembered it often and I can easily recognize the difference between those who have a plan and those who don’t. Family Guidance & Brian Johansson I want to highlight an organization I am blessed to work with, Family Guidance, Inc. I am proud of them. I have seen them do so much in a short time. They are at the head of the class in planning – hands down. A year ago, new leadership inherited a ministry that had great history of service, but had faced challenges over the last several years in personnel, planning and execution. The Board was engaged and helpful, but no board can execute, adapt or react to daily objectives and activity. Wisely, the Board hired a very capable CEO, Brian Johansson. Brian was used to having a plan, and he quickly m ...

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Running on Empty—When Summer Funds Run Low.

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Sure, it’s the title of an iconic song by Jackson Browne. It’s also the feeling you have when the pressure is on and there is still a lot of ground to cover - the need to get to the destination but there isn’t enough fuel in the tank. I’m not afraid to cite great songs of the 70’s to get my point across. For many Christian non-profits, summer is the peak of their activity and the busy season in providing services. Painfully, it is also usually the low-point of the year when it comes to fundraising income. We call it a “Summer Slump” and it happens to almost every non-profit. Donors are on vacation, school is out, thoughts and activities are elsewhere - not so for our non-profits. The Challenge In discussing this challenge with one of my clients, the importance of summer funding became even clearer. You see, the kids they serve through mentoring programs are now out of school and faced with more opportunities to be exposed to negative, even destructive influences. Some of the other services and structures t ...

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Secret Weapon of Relayed Information

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After years of service and good work, he said goodbye to the team, closed the door, and left the office for the last time. Institutional Memory Lately I have witnessed several organizations experiencing a planned change in leadership, or in some cases, unplanned turnover. Some have struggled, some have not.  A secret weapon for combatting slowed momentum in these transitions lies in the continuity of information, the consistency of planning and activity, and in short, institutional memory.   One only understands the magnitude of this phrase when faced with a substantial situation. Imagine a significant setback in institutional memory when it comes to your key fundraising activities - your major donor program, your annual fund program, your fundraising and friend raising events, or your planned giving program. These prove the most important and productive funding relationships for your organization.  Serious examples of this dilemma include leadership transitions involving positi ...

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Christian Radio’s Precious Cargo

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“If that gets the tiniest scratch, I’ll never hear the end of it!” Standing atop a long, narrow staircase, holding one end of a heavy, awkward China cabinet, I received this warning… Helping move my friend’s precious possessions just got a little more serious. It is serious. Whether it is heirloom furniture or the delicate balance and performance of an organization, the same holds true. Anytime we move an important, valued thing from one point to another, we want to accomplish the goal and avoid damage – at all costs. Over the last several months, the Listener-Supported Radio Station Outlook study was conducted by Advocace, in conjunction with Christian Music Broadcasters. This research identified and highlighted some themes that resonate with this analogy. Leaders of Christian radio stations work hard to move their organizations from one level to the next, but the fears of a “scratch” in terms of personnel, donor-perception, CUME, format changes or measureable outcomes can hinder their attempts to be inn ...

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  1. Re: Running on Empty—When Summer Funds Run Low.

    I have learned so much from you Dave, and once again am reminded that if God's people aren't aware of...

    -- Susan LeCornu

  2. Re: Running on Empty—When Summer Funds Run Low.

    I have learned so much from you Dave, and once again am reminded that if God's people aren't aware of...

    -- Susan LeCornu

  3. Re: Secret Weapon of Relayed Information

    Great reminder, David.

    -- Ben

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For more than twenty years, I’ve enjoyed building value and increasing results for the organizations I’ve worked with. I am grateful for the leaders and mentors who have invested in me professionally and personally and in the same way, I am honored to encourage others. I admire the ministries we serve and I love helping to fuel their mission to build and care for God’s Kingdom.

I see life as an adventure—family life with my wife and three kids, enjoying God’s creation in the great outdoors, learning something new, or just about anything. I believe that sharing that enthusiasm adds to the success—and fun—in whatever you do.

My hope is that you will find these Adventures in Giving both practical and supportive and that they will help you recognize your own journey as an adventure.

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