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Four Ways to Target Last Minute, Year-End Donors


It’s not too late to plan a year-end giving strategy. About one-third of donors typically wait until the week between Christmas and New Years to make their largest charitable gifts. Last minute, year-end donors give for the same reasons as anybody else— because they: · personally connect with your mission · trust your organization’s identity · want to be part of a group supporting a cause · feel good about supporting you · have empathy for those you are helping But year-end donors are also motivated by the Midnight, December 31st deadline. They’ve put off giving for any number of reasons and now are highly motivated to quickly find a cause they trust, and can support, in order to offset 2014 income. Maybe they received a call from their accountant, or a brokerage statement arrived in the mail, or they took a quick look at their finances. But for whatever reason, giving to your Bible College, Christian School, Camp or Mission will solve a problem for them: A tax deduction. There is still time to get a ...

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There’s Only One Problem with Your Strategic Plan


You spent weeks, maybe even months, developing your latest strategic plan. It required meetings, retreats, discussions, research and endless analysis. You argued tooth and nail over just the right phrasing as you carefully wordsmithed the document. And now copies of your plan are freshly filed in everyone’s top right desk drawer. The Problem It probably won’t get implemented. You see, most strategic plans, even the ones that cost big dollars to generate, never impact the world outside the meeting room. They live for one bright, shiny moment and everyone breathes a sigh of relief before going back to their harried existence in the real world. Follow Through Why do so many strategic plans die an instant death? They are never backed up by a detailed action plan. Teams are often exhausted from the creative energy required to birth a new strategic vision. They are generally under-counseled on the importance of following through with the task. Follow through only occurs after they have tied the n ...

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Year End Fundraising Success Tips


More than 75% of all donations made in 2014 will be made between November 1st and December 31st. Are you and your ministry ministry prepared to do the right things to grow your income this fourth quarter? Your success or failure really depends on four critical factors: 1. Treat it like a campaign, not a “Christmas letter.” Direct mail is only one channel available to you. It’s arguably still the most productive channel. But when you send multiple carefully targeted emails, you increase your chances of a response to a direct mail letter. Advocace has seen strong evidence that emails and letters work synergistically, with one channel triggering gifts the other. It will also help to make calls to selected donors and post on social media about impact, but do not ask in this outlet. (Asking on Facebook will cost you relationships!) There are other possible channels, unique to your organization, type of ministry or location that you can use to creatively pull people into your vision. 2. Set a goal and have a d ...

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Is Strategic Planning Dead?


What do you do when you need a new vision, and you need it—NOW? That’s the dilemma faced by Children at Heart Ministries, a 64 year-old child and family care organization made up of Texas Baptist Children’s Home, STARRY, Gracewood and Miracle Farm. The four ministries are part of a larger family that includes the Children at Heart Foundation, Children at Heart Ministries and Children At Heart Family Services. It’s a complicated structure that made strategic planning difficult, but all the more needed. In a climate where many business know-it-alls scrap mission statements, vision casting and other elements of basic strategic planning, Children at Heart proved some of the old basics of the process still apply. And, many of these principles are elastic. They can be adjusted to meet various situations, even a shorter time frame. "This process has completely reinvigorated our boards, staff and leadership," said Dawson Clark, COO of the Children at Heart Foundation. The approach and lessons learned ...

  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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