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Major Gift Magic

Think of something you like and enjoy—cars, food, music, sports, gardening—you pick. Whatever you’ve chosen, it is probably a combination of art and science. Just peel it back a few layers. Cars include design and engineering, food combines presentation and chemistry, music involves performance and composition, and the list goes on. This is not the first time that someone has applied the phrase, “It’s art and science,” to make their point. However, how often do we stop and explore those components as we strive toward our daily goals? It is easy to operate at such a rapid pace and become so familiar with routine that we fail to recognize the importance of the two working together. Historically, what has been termed “magic” is instead, at its root, art and science combined. I am thinking of those magic acts that inspire wonder and awe, not the ridiculous science that “proves the woman is a witch” from Monty Python’s Holy Grail. When I present “Major Gift Training,” or as I coach and develop strategies with ...

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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.

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