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Build a Better Banquet


Raise more cash with your next fundraising banquet by learning these three simple but important keys.

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The Impotence Of Being Earnest


Boredom is the number one killer of great fundraising campaigns. Our job as development professionals is to excite, interest and inspire prospective donors with our message, but far too often we obfuscate the essence of our message with data and drivel, leaving glazed eyes and blank expressions in our wake.  When it comes to sharing about your ministry, you should know everything you tell but you don't have to tell everything you know. To you, it may be essential for every prospect and donor you meet to hear "our whole story."   You may be a linear thinker who feels most comfortable presenting ideas in an A to Z format.  But your audience is driven by visual stimuli.  They find your sequential line up of the facts boring and tedious to listen to.  You want to give them A to Z so they'll really "get " who you are.  But they probably would be better motivated by hearing just about L, M, N, O and P.  The essence, the good part...The real passion about who you are. Good case p ...

  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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