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A Live and Vibrant Board

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My business revolves around helping Christian nonprofits become the best they can be. Over the years I have learned that reaching that goal can become difficult when many moving parts have to work as one—including the board of directors. I repeatedly find two types of boards: “Great Asset” Boards and “Great Drain” Boards. The Great Drain Boards sadly empty the organization of the energy it needs through their own micromanaging. Unfortunately, I have personally witnessed more of the latter. Nobody joins a board thinking, “How can I slow down the growth and energy of this mission?” But, somewhere along the line, so many boards fall into this pattern. However, I have also seen boards that are a great asset—those that give life and courage to the ministry and its leaders. These boards include people that still believe in servant leadership and choose to lead by example. And let me tell you, this is an amazing thing to witness! Identifying what makes one boar ...

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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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Are You A Leader With Courage?

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We live in an economy of fear and uncertainty. An economy that tempts us to be afraid as well; an economy that taunts us when we think about generating excitement and slows us from starting a capital campaign. I want to remind you to be strong and courageous. Remember that we serve a God that is not bound by our economy and a Savior who is never unsure about our future. Take heart, and do not give up! I know that it is challenging right now, but often where there is fear, there is also great opportunity. Courage Like David Consider how David’s leadership was established through his courage, during a time of great uncertainty and fear. Again the Philistine said, “I defy the ranks of Israel this day; give me a man that we may fight together.” When Saul and all Israel heard these words of the Philistine, they were dismayed and greatly afraid. I Samuel 17:10-11 And notice the effect his courage had on others to act courageously: When the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they fled. And the ...

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Begin This Summer With a New Habit – Listen!

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"The ear of the leader must ring with the voices of the people.” --Woodrow Wilson Major gift fundraising is more about listening than talking. You’ve seen it and know that it is true—the fundraiser who talks too much tends to fail. At times it is hard to draw a line between expressing our passion and including people into our vision. We lean toward talking where we are in control and more comfortable. Soon we find that we’ve left everyone, including the major donor, who we need to realize the vision of the ministry, out of the conversation. We believe in our cause so much it is possible to actually talk people out of giving. We become so excited about what we are doing that we forget fundraising is about relationships and relationships are about listening. Listen to a Monologue or Join a Dialogue? How do you feel when your friend talks too much and doesn’t listen to you? We have to imagine our donors feel the same way. Remember the art of fundraising is about building relationships not about asking ...

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Fundraising is Spiritual Business

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I wish we didn’t have to do “fundraising!” I hear this statement almost every day from the managers and directors of the nonprofit organizations that I work alongside. These people have a passion for what they do, but need to “fundraise” in order to do the work they believe in; work that is changing the world. Can you relate? You are sitting in a meeting, looking for new and fresh ways to present this year’s share-a-thon and prepare your direct mail. Year after year, you begin your planning season by asking, “What types of fundraising should we organize?” Planning fundraising events proves crucial for success, but it is equally important that you stop and consider why you fundraise. Maybe the question we should be asking is, “As a Christian, what does fundraising mean to me, my team and my ministry?” You must decide if fundraising simply falls in the category of a “necessary evil” or if it something much more important. As the leader of a non-profit organization, the first thing you must realize is this– ...

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Make the Impossible Possible!

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Ask yourself this question: Why did the people that chose to give their money, donate it to your cause? As leaders and fundraisers for our organizations, we need to not only be asking this question but we also need to learn how to answer it. We know that the Holy Spirit leads his people to be givers based on three factors: Need, Relationship, and Vision; so let’s start there. 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, and 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. Sometimes people, about 20%, will be compelled to give because they know an individual or respect the person that is in char ...

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Giving and Getting in the Kingdom

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I have the great honor of a having a Godly mentor. His name is Dr. Mark Dillon and he is the Vice President for Advancement at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. Recently Mark published a book called, Giving and Getting in the Kingdom, an amazing book on the fundamentals of fund raising in the Kingdom of God. I hope you will read Mark’s book as I believe the principles outlined there will help your ministry look at development through brand new eyes. I want to give you just a small taste of what the powerful concepts in this book can do to breathe life and focus into your fundraising efforts. How do you motivate those who are uninspired to give? You teach them. You remind them. 1. When we commit to generosity we demonstrate that God, not money, comes first in our lives. 2. Giving can be offered from gratefulness for God’s abundant grace given to us. 3. Giving allows us to be obedient to God’s Word. 4. We can trust God alone for His provision and use of our resources for His ...

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Is Your Organization Ready for a Capital Campaign?

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Answering this question honestly is the first step to pre-campaign preparation. I have worked with many organizations that have identified the need and then have jumped straight into the campaign. While I am encouraged by their eagerness and hard work, I would much rather see them get a strong rate of return on their efforts, even if it takes them a bit longer to get started. So, before we start any campaign, I always make sure we are able to answer seven questions. If we are not able to, we are simply not ready to run the campaign. Use this list of questions to make sure that you are equipped and prepared for your next capital campaign: 1. Is there enthusiastic agreement among the board of directors and the staff concerning the worthiness of the cause? 2. Are the board and staff willing to make personal sacrifices for the campaign, including both time and money? 3. Is your ministry well regarded and highly respected in the community and your “mission” seen as important and relevant? 4. Do you have ...

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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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What is Your Purpose?

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Every day we wake up and every day we manage. We manage our schedules, our families, our jobs, our budgets, our obligations. It becomes routine and then we become routine, defined by our jobs and our not our hearts. Satan has us so caught up in the worries of the day; it’s hard to imagine doing anything else. So what is the answer? Can anything really be different? You better believe it can! The answer is found in the first question I ask anyone I am consulting or coaching: “What is your purpose”? This is such an eye opening question to start with, though I am sometimes shocked by the responses I get. Sometimes it is a theological statement or a long drawn out theology hidden inside of a website. Some organizations do not even have one. Some organizations know that they have one written somewhere, but they are not sure what it is, and more to the point, they are not sure why it matters. Whether it is a mission statement for our lives or for our organizations, we have to know our pu ...

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

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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