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5 Ways To Irritate Donors


Are you irritating your donors? Find out the five things most organizations are doing every day that could be driving donors away.  Learn what donors really think about you and how you communicate with them.  Pick up some great, easy tips for keeping more donors longer and growing income.

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Ready, Set, Get Ready! Success With Capital Campaigns


Are capital campaign feasibility studies always necessary? Are they worth the dollars invested, and should you consider one before undertaking your big building project or expansion?  Find out why when it comes to capital campaigns, a "read, aim, aim" approach can really pay off. 

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4 Things Your Board Must Do


We fully expect board members to be engaged in the process of planning, budgeting and setting the future direction of the non-profit. Why wouldn’t it also make sense for the board to be actively engaged in fundraising, the life blood of any philanthropic endeavor?  To relegate this crucial aspect to staff is to deny the organization of a very powerful force that can make all the difference in its ability to achieve financial stability.   Board engagement is a signal to others who want to significantly give to the organization financially (and also with their time) that the organization is indeed worthy and responsible in a fiduciary sense.  Board participation in giving is the seal of approval many people are looking for when they ask that oft repeated question: “Do all of your board members also give?”   The internationally regarded Indiana University Center for Philanthropy, as well as the Foundation Center and the American Fundraising Professionals organization have ...

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5 Things Leaders Must Know About Development


There is a lot more to this fundraising thing than just asking for money.  Development is a continual process of intentionally deepening relationships with an ever-expanding pool of people who move from potential supporters to champions for your organization.   To say the least, the development process demands leadership.  And when it's done right, it will test your mettle as a leader like nothing else. That's a good thing!  Though much maligned, fundraising is actually FUN for leaders because it engages your team, volunteers, the community and donors all at the same time. There are five things you must know about development in order to succeed as a leader:  1. It's up to you to set the pace for your organization's development.  The commitment and passion of your entire team rests on you.  Perhaps like no other aspect of your job, you can only achieve success in development if you are willing to lead by example. The team needs to feel your passion for engaging prospect ...

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Raising Money Is A Team Sport


You just can't wait until the day when you can hire a development director.  Boy, oh, boy...It'll be so much better then. All of these phone calls, emails, letters, lunches and meeting people will be somebody else's job. They'll report to you and keep you informed, and maybe trot you out to meet the really big donors, but as the Executive in your outfit, you'll be able to kick back and, well, supervise. Sorry to burst your bubble there, Mr. Fancy Pants. You may have the corner office and the big desk with the tufted leather chair, but the job duty of fundraising should always be a part of your job description.  Even if you have a "hired gun," you simply can't escape it, and here's why: 1. Development works best when there is a face on it and that face is the top person in the organization. - Any really good Development Director knows this and will always put him or herself in the background, making things happen so you can play a starring role.  Donors expect yours to be the signature at the ...

  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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