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What Do You Say..?

A woman I know, a grandmother, recently began an experiment with her giving. A different experiment than you might expect. She began to keep track of whether or not her grandkids called to say “thanks,” or sent a thank you note, after receiving birthday and Christmas gifts from her. She lives some distance from her grandchildren, but in trying to show her interest and care, she gives some substantial gifts. She has a simple rule: If there is an effort made to say thanks, she continues to give that grandchild gifts. If they don’t make that effort, they are “cut off” and the giving stream ends. It’s over. That’s it. They don’t get a second chance until something changes her mind. She’s serious, and so are your donors. Mom Was Right If someone does something nice, we say “Thank you” in return. Do you remember as a kid when a relative would give you a present or a compliment and immediately your mother would chime in (as only she could) with, “What do you say?” That constant reminder to show gratitude should ...

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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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Running on Empty—When Summer Funds Run Low.

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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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.

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.

I appreciate your comments and I wish you the best in all you do!

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