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Top Dogs Raise More Money with Less Barking


You’ve worked hard to get where you are as a ministry leader. People just like you sit behind the desks of businesses, foundations and corporations around your community. They’ve worked hard to ascend the ladder of success, too. That’s why so many of them are less than impressed with your organization when they never see your face, shake your hand or even talk to you on the phone. Leaders who avoid fundraising–especially those who place the responsibility of major donor cultivation on someone else are missing the boat. You are “top dog” at your ministry. Most of your donors are “top dogs” too and they want to know you care about them and appreciate their support. Executive Directors, Presidents and General Managers need to find a way to rearrange their schedules to make major gift cultivation a priority. There is a direct correlation between time spent with major donors and meeting or exceeding fundraising goals. In one study of 140 organizations, all of those who met their goals had leaders who spent at ...

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Painful Truth: You Aren't Serious About Major Gifts


Get real about your major gifts fundraising effort by developing a plan, tracking it and reporting results.  Get tips on doing those three things as you learn about major gifts fundraising best practices that set successful Christian organizations apart. 

  1. Re: 7 Ways to Retain More Donors

    Great stuff! So good to see you link donors with the work. Remember how Paul linked the supporting folks...

    -- Jamie

  2. Re: Fundraising's Duh Factor: Keep more donors, raise more money

    Great read, I can appreciate the small things that keep the donor engaged.

    -- LaTanya

  3. Re: The Lapsed, Declined & The Disengaged

    Thanks Jerry. Organizations can also engage a credit card processing provider who enables donors to make...

    -- MKordic

  4. Re: Asking Naturally: Replacing Fear With Faith

    Thanks for the great post, Jerry--full of biblical truth! We join the Lord in His work through ministry...

    -- Will Stevens

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About Jerry

I’ve been involved in the media for over 30 years with experience that spans television, radio and print. But my growing passion over the past decade has become development for non-profit organizations.

I love being a special friend and advisor to dozens of ministry leaders and radio station managers across the country. (I believe Christian radio has only just begun to reach its full potential.)Many non-profit organizations are functioning at a level far below what they could achieve if development were given its proper place in the management process.

My skill set includes development, marketing, strategic planning and leadership development as a certified Ministry Coach..

Before joining Advocace, I served as a development consultant for another firm, and as General Manager for one of the top Christian music stations in the country, and as Donor Marketing Director for WAY-FM Media Group. I also enjoyed raising funds as Director of Development for the University Of South Carolina School Of Law, as well as an active speaker, writer and facilitator.

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

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