Nonprofits

3 Quick Tips for Better Donor Listening Skills

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Listening to a book about listening is a challenge. Now I question my listening skills, and as the narrator speaks my mind drifts between memories of failed listening with family, co-workers, friends and even donors. For example… Donor Offers – No One’s Listening Yesterday, a donor shared a frustrating conversation with a nonprofit organization. She offered a significant donation amount. The ...[Read More]

Church-School Partnerships for the Good of Children

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Think back to a time when someone asked you what you wanted to be when you grew up. Now think about a time when you asked your child or grandchild what they wanted to be when they grew up. Doctor, teacher, nurse, astronaut, cowboy, rock star. OK, you and I would not have said rock star and your grandchild probably didn’t say cowboy. Times change.  The desire to be something when we grow up is inna ...[Read More]

Entrepreneur or Artist, Be True to Your Giving Spirit

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News flash: Nonprofit organizations seldom have concrete goals, measurable outcomes or a precise strategic plan which can be relied upon by the donor to make safe, highly impactful and targeted gifts. Only the tiniest percentage of donors can be sure their charitable gift hits the bulls-eye of philanthropic intent. If the donor cannot be exacting, what’s left? Without realizing it, most donors giv ...[Read More]

The Exploring Donor…to Learn More and Give Better!

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When does a question matter? Of course, that leads to what questions matter and to whom do they matter? Recently, I had the opportunity to help a donor think through the critical questions that needed to be answered by a nonprofit organization in hopes of a significant gift. We worked for some time crafting the questions on paper, re-wording, adding and taking away to get each one just right. Once ...[Read More]

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