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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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A New Focus

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A few days ago I pulled off the expressway to find a man holding a sign “Need food, will you help?” I responded in a way that I fear most of us do, I judged him. Without considering him, my first thoughts were, “This is a scam. He will use the money to buy drugs, cigarettes, or alcohol.” My second thoughts were even more shameful, “If I give him my $10 what will I do for lunch today”? Yuck. And then I was reminded, Christ did not come to judge the world, but to save the world. Christ came to meet the need! So now I have to ask myself, why did I judge him? Why didn’t I consider his need? And when did my needs become more important than those around me? Not fun things to ponder, but how gracious that I have the opportunity! How gracious to be reminded of what life can be about! So, I stare at the hard truth, somewhere in the midst of all of this I started living for myself and not for others. And, I think we have all fallen into this to some degree, we have been basi ...

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Share Your Achievements

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What a great thing it would be to find a way to communicate to our donors the achievements that their monies are directly supporting. Each year my wife and I give faithfully to our local church, we also give to a few other Christian non-profit organizations that are important to us. I am amazed that we typically receive no information about how those organizations are using our money to further the kingdom of Christ, and I would love to hear how my gift is being used!  I have seen some non-profits produce some sort of annual report that talks about the organization’s overall happenings, achievements and challenges. And while this is an important document, there must be less expensive, more effective ways to communicate to our donor community.  Let’s take a minute and brainstorm some things that we could include in this type of report:  Gifts that helped accomplish a particular goal  Names of donors who gave at a higher level  ...

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“No” Might Just Be What You Need to Grow

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How do you feel about hearing the word “no”? Most of us hate it. But what I have found through the years is that even though we hate it, “no” can be one of the best words for growth in our ministries. Think about this, hearing “no” from someone only means that nothing has changed. And, when we are not afraid to hear the word “no”, we are willing to ask. And, when we ask, although we still hear “no”, sometimes, we hear also hear “yes”. And, one unexpected “yes”, can change everything. Let me challenge you to add something to your routine, begin asking for referrals whenever you meet with people, particularly existing donors. Remember, everyone is connected in some way. Either through friends, family, work, or social ties, everyone is connected. But, while YOU are not connected to everybody, somebody is! We need to establish asking as a habit; letting go of our fear of “no” and anticipating the excitement of &ldquo ...

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Coach Wooden’s Strategy to Find Happiness

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I came across this the other day and was so impressed with Coach Wooden’s strategy for happiness that I just had to share it with you. My prayer is that making and keeping these nine promises will help you on your journey to success. Nine Promises to Make and Keep 1. Promise yourself that you will talk health, happiness, and prosperity as often as possible.  2. Promise yourself to make all your friends know there is something in them that is special and that you value. 3. Promise to think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best in yourself and others. 4. Promise to be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own. 5. Promise yourself to be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. 6. Promise to forget the mistakes of the past and press on to greater achievements in the future. 7. Promise to wear a cheerful appearance at all times and give every person you meet a smile. 8. Promise to give so much time improving y ...

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Changing Your Existing Culture

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1980: A manager is needed to keep things consistent or the same. 1990: Individual Leaders are needed because everything is changing. 2000: Team leaders are needed because leadership is multi-faceted The saying goes, “the only thing that stays the same is that everything changes.” And it is so true! Our role as leaders and managers has consistently morphed to meet the changing culture that we live in. It is an undeniable that for you to succeed, you must be willing to change. And, as you change, you will find that you have the power to impact the culture that you are in. Try these six things this week, and you will start changing your culture today.  1. Let people know you need them  This is such a lost art! "Good leaders make people feel that they're at the very heart of things, not at the periphery." Warren Bennis 2. Create a memory and visit it often Success will breed success! 3. Give others a reputation to uphold Build people up! It has been shown that 80% of ...

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More Ways to Reach Out

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There is more to major donor stewardship than sending thank you notes and gift receipts after donors make a gift. Thinking in new ways will lead us to reach out and make contact with donors in as many ways, and as many times, as we can. Here are a few ways to cultivate major gift prospects beyond the basics. Establish a Thank You Program Get your Chairperson of the Board, and your Executive Director involved! Here is one example of a thank you program: A gift of $5,000+: your Chairperson of the Board makes a thank you call A gift of $1,000+: your Executive Director makes a thank you call  All gifts from $100 to $1,000: divide up for staff to call and thank personally Personally Invite Donors Have board members personally invite prospective major donors to programs, events and concerts. By using your major donors and board members to network, you will find the most effective way to increase donors and your bottom line. Use the Talent o ...

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Be Prepared on the Right Side of the Campaign

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With a little thought and preparedness on this side of a campaign, organizations can be ready for success. With only partial preparedness, things will be harder than they need to be and results can be crippling. I do not believe I am overstating the importance that feasibility studies need to be used for both their external revelations and their internal insight.  External data will give your organization important information about the readiness of the community toward your campaign and it should be used to determine next steps. However, if the study only looks at your nonprofit's external capacity to support a campaign, you are starting with problems. It is equally important to look internally to measure campaign preparedness. Every campaign, in its drawing phase, needs to be able to answer these questions: Is the board ready for the campaign? Are the executive and/or fundraising departments prepared? Your organization is in for a hammering if you only go only on the word of the community. An inter ...

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Prepare Your Board to Be Fundraisers

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If I told you that you may be missing out on an opportunity to raise funds, you would listen right? The truth is, if you have not prepared and equipped your board to be a part of the fund raising process, you are missing a significant opportunity to raise funds! Think about your current board. Is it filled with people that believe in your ministry, people vested in your organization and men and women that have committed to the purpose and the vision of what you are trying to accomplish? If you said yes, then your board is full of fundraisers waiting to be trained to go.  The duties of your board should include five primary tasks: 1. Protect the mission of the organization 2. Hire and evaluate the Executive Director 3. Establish policy guidelines 4. Help accomplish the vision of the organization 5. Be a powerful part of the fundraising efforts The first four tasks are somewhat easy and expected; but fundraising, that’s another story. A lot of people are initially intimidated by the thought of ...

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Believe and Plan for Bigger Gifts!

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If you have a project or campaign that you need to have funded, push yourself to be purposeful about your approach. Donors are just like you and I, they get stuck in the same rut of giving and need to be challenged and energized from time to time to consider giving more. Let me encourage you to use these five key factors - whether you are planning a new campaign or in the midst of one. Focusing on these things will energize everyone, including yourself, to believe for bigger things!  Initiate Donor Involvement: Donor participation is critical so be willing to start the conversations, and then LISTEN! Hear what your donors are saying about how they could further your organization’s mission. Then invite the most passionate to join you in a partnership to bring those ideas to life! Inspire: When planning a campaign or a project, consider a request that is bold and idealistic. Goals grounded in realism may seem less exciting to donors and they won’t stand out among c ...

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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