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A New Year, a Great Time to Dream!

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Happy New Year everyone! With the start of this brand new year each of us should ask ourselves a very important question: Why did your donors choose to give their money to support your cause? As leaders and fundraisers for our organizations, we need to not only ask this question but we also need to learn how to answer it. We know that the Holy Spirit leads his people to give based on three factors: Need, Relationship, and Vision. So, let’s start there. XYZ Ministry Needs It Did you know that the lowest percentage of giving is based upon need? Only 8% of the Evangelical Christians who give, give in order to be the answer to a particular need. However, in my work with fundraising people, I see that most of our organizations function in a “high needs world”. Our needs are real and tangible, so we talk more about them than we do anything else. This approach worked 20 years ago with the World War II generation, but that generation, and that mindset, has passed. I Know Peter Sometimes people, about 20%, ...

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Relationship Means Everything!

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Here are some amazing statistics about our donors by Growing Philanthropy in the United States (Adrian Sargeant): (Out of 100 donors) · 4% move away or die · 15% decide to make gifts to other organizations · 15% are unhappy with our organizations · 66% think we don't care about them or believe that their gift wasn't meaningful to our organizations These are not very uplifting statistics. Let’s examine why donors feel this way. Then we can determine to be the generation that changes the numbers! These numbers demonstrate that we are not building relationships with those we call on for help. I cannot stress enough the impact that building relationships will have on our donors and our organizations. When we engage in relationships with our donors we will hear that they give because they believe in our mission and they desire to be a part of something real; something that makes a difference. The reach of our organizations are bigger than we realize and we need to make the decision to put the donor’s ne ...

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Unlock Success with Donor Research

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Many Christian non-profits find it challenging to convert names in their database into major donors for their ministry. So, how do we find and cultivate larger donors from our existing donor database? The answer is prospect research. Please understand that in order to meet the needs of the organization, research is the key. However, many ministries cannot afford a full time database researcher. They respond to this issue by ignoring database research completely. This is not the answer. There are things you can do in your current database to start the process today! STEP 1: UNITE AROUND A VISION Research proves that over 78% of people give to a compelling vision. Vision unites an organization. Once board and staff unite around a vision, you begin researching possible donors that can help you reach that vision. STEP 2: COLLECT INFORMATION Information about your donors plays a major role in success with your donor database. It needs to be part of the expected climate in your office to collect informati ...

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Building Results without a Capital Campaign

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Do you have projects to accomplish, but are not quite ready to launch a capital campaign? Capital campaigns can be both overwhelming and sometimes unnecessary. Thinking outside of the box can give you a boost and bring some real fun and excitement back to your team and your donors. “Advocace is helping us move forward with a major gift program, along with keeping our annual fund growing,” says Bill Sammons General Manager at WKNZ-88.7 The Bridge. Where do you start? Make a project list, or better yet, a “wish list.” Don’t be shy—put everything on it, items that are $10 or $10 million dollars. Think little and big. What things would be beneficial to your project? Maybe you need maintenance items, new transmitters, or capital improvement. This list becomes your tool to begin exploring funding interest. So, don’t leave anything off the list, no matter how unrealistic you it seems to you. Still need help? Try asking yourself and your team what projects or items are in your strategic plan. Consider things like ...

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5 Summer Rules for Finding Major Gifts

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Summer is a great time to remind each other that what you are doing matters. You are a part of a vision that was established to change the world that we live in. You are impacting lives and making a difference. You have been given the responsibility of continuing the good work of your mission. Don’t let summer slow you down, continue to educate yourself with tools that will make you better at what you do. Continue to deliver the message of positive hope and direction to your team. Use this summer to continue reaching out to donors, building relationships and dreaming! These 5 summer rules for finding more major gifts will help you continue on a successful path: Expand the base of generous, annual fund donors. Focus on generating more annual fund donors that are able to give $1,000 or more. As you spend time cultivating a relationship with these donors you will find they are capable and willing to give in addition to their annual donation for special purposes. Involve more volunteers. Identify meanin ...

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Build Your Donor Pond into a Lake

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I recently heard this comment, “We just have a small pond of donors.” And, I have to be honest, it really bothered me. What that person, a development officer even, was saying was “The reason we can only do so much is we have limited resources.” I would like to offer, “The reason we do so little is we have limited vision, not limited resources.” Proverbs 23:7 says, “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” It is dangerous to think limiting thoughts and not just because it limits our potential, but more to the core, it limits our God, who wants to move in your world and demonstrate His glory; a glory that will call people to Him. Believe that our God is a God of unlimited resources and unfathomable generosity. We must change this attitude of complacency if we are going to fulfill the mission He has given to us. Do we want to be a people full of fear or a people full of faith? I believe our passivity exposes our fear; fear to believe for more, fear to ask for more, and fear to do the hard work of dreamin ...

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Inspiring a Culture of Giving

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How do we create a culture of giving back? How do we do it? How do we not only keep our doors open but actually reach the community like we were designed to? The effort of ministry requires money, lots of money, so How do we raise those funds? How do we get prospects to take the next step and become our donors and partners? I have a fear growing inside of me as the recession clings to our economy and more uncertainties creep into our every day. My fear is that humanity is the strongest voice we hear and the loudest voice we listen to, even when we are at the helm of ministries purposed and created for the glory of our very real God. More and more I am seeing Christian nonprofit organizations turn to manipulation to gather the funds necessary to live another day. This reliance on the contrivances of man is resulting in tired employees and passionless donors. Christian Nonprofits: Great Leadership Required A great leader is able to inspire people to act. A great organization is marked by leaders who believe ...

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  1. Re: What is Your Purpose?

    Putting the passion back into in our ministries! Great message, Randy! Paul summed up our participation...

    -- Will Stevens

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I've spent most of my life helping non-profit organizations pursue their vision. My passion is to help non-profits reach their communities and grow discipleship through development.

My work with Christian universities, Christian academies, missions groups, radio stations and local churches really gets me going. Underneath all the work is a real desire to see leaders grab hold of the opportunity God has given them.

Whether major gift development, annual fund plans or donor strategy, I rely on many of the business disciplines from the corporate workplace at JC Penney and Amway Corporation.

I enjoy working with young men to become strong leaders in their families, workplaces and churches. I started The Timothy Project a few years ago to work with men in my local community.

You can find out more about how I help non-profit organizations and how to contact me here.

Thanks for commenting on my blog,

Randy