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VIDEO: Planned Giving for Your Small Ministry

Is it possible to start a planned giving program even in a small ministry?

Yes! Whether you're a leader in a small, medium, or large Christian ministry or nonprofit, you can start a Planned Giving Program. Here are a few tips that can help you along the way.

After watching this video, send me an email here or give me a call at (724) 475-6121. I look forward to talking with you about how to begin those critical conversations with your donors about Planned Giving.

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On-Board

They are on the Board, of course they should be “on-board” with the organization. But that’s not always the case, is it? In fact, just this past week I heard an executive director utter these very words, “They’re finally on-board.” Board Engagement Thoughts When you first hear the phrase “Board Engagement” what goes through your mind? An active, optimistic and synergistic team giving their best? A leadership group investing their time, talent and treasure? A scrutinizing panel of judges to whom you must defend yourself with volumes of reports and explanations? Worse yet, an absentee committee that provides little or no direction other than a constant guessing game as new selections are made and old terms expire? No matter what your answer and experience, board engagement is of paramount importance to your organization. Whether you lead at the administrative or staff level, or you hold a seat on the board, you have an important part to play in a healthy and ...

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What Makes a Hero?

Most of us have had a hero at some point in our lives. Maybe it was a relative, a friend, or someone right out of the comic books and movies—someone we always tried to emulate. Maybe your hero has changed over the years, but hopefully you still have at least one. Heroes are the people who inspire us, help us rise to the occasion, and do more with what we have. How Big is the Box? Recently, I was discussing a particular challenge with my 11 year old son. This challenge was nothing monumental, but provided me with a really opportune teachable moment. I said to him, “Well, maybe it’s time to think outside of the box.” His first response was, “Dad, how big is the box?” My son is pretty imaginative and was already trying to figure out how to use superpowers to make the box bigger. His follow up response was even better and I’ll share that in a moment. Heroes of Many First, I want to talk about a few heroes. These heroes would be labeled as such by the numerous peopl ...

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“Planning Their Work and Working Their Plan”

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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Secret Weapon of Relayed Information

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

“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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You Can Do Anything If…

The 18 mile marker came into view at the same time my right leg locked up.  Then the same with my left.  Still 8 miles to go in the Pittsburgh Marathon and this setback wasn’t in my race plan.  Time to make a decision?  No, I had already made it months ago during training.  I would finish—I just had to keep going. You can do anything if you can just take one more step. Recently, I talked with a Major Gift Officer that I coached for several years.  He is now in a new role, and our topic was motivation.  Enthusiastically, he shared his new mission with me.  In development, motivation is critical—for ourselves and for our donors.  It may be simple, but it cannot be overstated.  Two of the biggest reasons why development professionals fail are:  Inactivity and mission misalignment—or lack of motivation and lack of belief in the mission.  A focus on attitude and activity can make all the difference. Attitude and Activity Determination and persevera ...

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Comments
  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.

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