Uncertain Times Mean Making New Plans

You’re likely asking: Should we ask for a gift now? How do we meet goal when we cancel our event? Should we send out a mailing?
Get answers to your questions March 18 at 10 AM Central.

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8 Questions for Building Your Culture of Philanthropy

Culture of philanthropy. We hear about it. Read about it. Talk about it. But what is it? I define a culture of philanthropy as: values and actions that support and nurture fund development at a nonprofit organization. If your organization requires outside financial support to survive and thrive – building a culture of philanthropy is […]

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What You See is What You Get

If you begin your day with the statement “I’ve got way too much to do” and you state that over and over again is there any opportunity for your thoughts of overwhelm to dissipate?

If you start your day with the statement “We have the best donors, volunteers or staff,” it’s surprising what you notice all day long.

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Put A Face on Your Impact: Share a Mission Moment Story

THE most powerful way to connect people to your mission…share a story, a mission moment, that causes your listener or reader to feel something about the work of your organization.
It’s simple and powerful to share a short example of how your work affects one man, woman, or child.

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True Story: I Took Out A City With My Words One Day

Do you ever worry about how to best say what you’re thinking? Especially to your donors?
A number of years ago, Sarah, my friend and coworker pulled me aside after a meeting to ask, “Did you mean to take out the entire city in that meeting?”
I gave her a blank look until she repeated back a few of my comments—what I meant to be honest and helpful sounded, well, pushy and like I was criticizing.
In raising money, engaging board members, building relationships, and frankly in just about any area of your life, communication is the key to success.

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How to Give an Exceptional Curtain Message

I love live theater. Supporting arts organizations is a joyful passion. Communication is also a passion of mine. Clear, bold communication is what I teach.

Whether you realize it or not, your organization gives “live performances” every day: Board meetings, annual meetings, committee meetings, volunteer gatherings, donor gatherings, attendees at special events, OR you are an arts organization with patrons.

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