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What will you do with 15 minutes today?

Posted by on Jul 12, 2016 in Board Development, Communication, Development Audit, Donor Cultivation, Featured, Foundations, Membership, Plans and Budgets, Staff Development, Uncategorized | 5 comments

What will you do with 15 minutes today?

Think about this scenario: You’re at the office, and it’s 11:30 in the morning. You have a lunch appointment for which you’ll need to leave in 15 minutes. Not enough time to start something new, but too much time to waste. What will you do? About a month ago I ran across an internet blog/ad that listed ten things you could do with ten minutes. Frankly I found it rather lame – three of the suggestions involved contacting donors and one other suggested going to the blog website to learn about products they’re selling. But the concept did get me thinking…. I increased the time to 15 minutes...

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Make Fall Fundraising Easier – Use July to Prepare!

Posted by on Jun 28, 2016 in Board Development, Communication, Development Audit, Donor Cultivation, Featured, Foundations, Membership, Plans and Budgets, Staff Development, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Make Fall Fundraising Easier – Use July to Prepare!

Make Fall Fundraising Easier – Use July to Prepare!

July officially starts on Friday – Yikes! – Are you ready? What’s on your list for July? Annual Meetings? Summer field trips? Donor visits? Here’s what I’m thinking about…   Planning My Fall Appeal – If you followed my advice back in February, you will have a draft of your Fall Appeal letter already written. The draft will use what you learned from last year’s appeal as well as your current year’s communications theme. There is no reason not to pull that letter out now, create several versions to meet the needs of your segmented donor file, and PRINT THEM ALL NOW. Print the...

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Capital Campaigns – Part 2

Posted by on Mar 15, 2016 in Board Development, Communication, Development Audit, Donor Cultivation, Featured, Foundations, Membership, Plans and Budgets, Staff Development, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Capital Campaigns – Part 2

Capital Campaigns – Part 2

In recent weeks, I’ve received several requests for capital campaign presentations. Can I just come down and help the Board understand what a campaign is and how it works? Sure. Just in case there are others interested, here is what I tell people who ask: First, capital campaigns have a specific purpose, or in some cases, a suite of specific purposes. They have a beginning, an end, and a specific goal amount. Many land trust campaigns include the full conservation costs in the campaign (purchase price, closing costs, first day stewardship, first year stewardship, and stewardship endowment)....

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Strategic Planning and Haircuts

Posted by on Jan 12, 2016 in Board Development, Communication, Development Audit, Donor Cultivation, Featured, Foundations, Membership, Plans and Budgets, Staff Development, Uncategorized | 1 comment

Strategic Planning and Haircuts

Depending on your experience, Strategic Planning is either your organization’s most important activity every three to five years, a necessary evil that must be endured even though it totally gets in the way of everything important, or the bane of your existence to be avoided at all costs – and expensive consultants just make it all the worse. As a veteran of good, bad, and ugly strategic planning processes, here’s the most important thing I’ve learned about Strategic Planning: Assuming the process has integrity (and that is not a trivial consideration), Strategic Planning takes...

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Everything starts with Strategic Planning

Posted by on Jan 5, 2016 in Communication, Development Audit, Donor Cultivation, Featured, Foundations, Membership, Plans and Budgets, Staff Development, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Everything starts with Strategic Planning

Everything starts with Strategic Planning

Here’s Our Strategic Plan Goal #1: Save the World Goal #2: Raise as Much Money as Possible Goal #3: Be Good to Our People   Happy New Year! This means that 2015 is now history. What happened happened. It’s over. No amount of celebrating will ruin it, and no amount of wailing will change the outcome. The Year is dead! Long live the Year! Or something like that. On the other hand, 2016 yawns in front of us – essentially a blank canvas. If you’re like some non-profit fundraising leaders, you are busy building 2016 goals from 2015 results. We raised this much from our special event, so...

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Fundraising Planning for 2016 – Annual Giving (Membership)

Posted by on Nov 17, 2015 in Donor Cultivation, Featured, Foundations, Membership, Plans and Budgets, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Fundraising Planning for 2016 – Annual Giving (Membership)

Fundraising Planning for 2016 – Annual Giving (Membership)

How much money will you raise for operations in 2016? Can you predict with any kind of accuracy? You can if you’ve been paying attention and if you follow the Steps. Here’s how: Step 1: Segregate your board members for separate consideration. (See Board Evaluations, Board Campaigns.)   Fundraiser’s Almanac – November Fundraising Planning for 2016 – I Dream of Board Fundraising Fundraising Planning for 2016 – Use a Planning Calendar Fundraising Planning for 2016 – Annual Giving (Membership) Giving Thanks Fundraiser’s Almanac – December Fall Appeal 2nd Drop Good News Planning for Year-End...

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