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How to Really Communicate with Major Donors

Posted by admin on Aug 10, 2018 7:33:48 AM

Learning to communicate at a deeper level with our major donors and prospects is important for growing our base of support. Do you know why our donors and prospects would care about what we do?

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Topics: Capital Campaigns, Communications and Networking, donor communication, donor relationships, donor stewardship, Fundraising Principles, Major Gifts, Professional Skill Building

Making a Good Solicitation Better

Posted by David G Phillips on Aug 10, 2018 7:07:47 AM

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Topics: asking for money, capital campaign, capital campaign fundraising, capital campaigns, Capital Campaigns, CDS, Custom Development Solutions, donor, donor prospects, donor relationships, donor stewardship, fundraising, Fundraising Principles, fundraising success, fundraising tips, gift, leadership gifts, major gift fundraising, major gift solicitation, Major Gifts

Never Underestimate the Power of Complimenting Someone

Posted by David G Phillips on Aug 10, 2018 6:54:16 AM

I have come to the conclusion that the power of a compliment is not related to it size. Giving a positive accolade can do wonders for someone and these powerful expressions can come in the smallest of packages.

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Topics: Capital Campaigns, Communications and Networking, donor stewardship, General Articles, leadership skills, nonprofit management, Professional Skill Building, volunteer relationships

Thanking Donors - Once Is Never Enough

Posted by admin on Aug 9, 2018 4:26:46 PM

I came across an old Chinese custom once that said you should thank someone seven times when they give you a gift. As a fundraiser, I thought this was a great standard to which we should hold our efforts. In our business, there are few things more important than recognizing our donors.

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Topics: Capital Campaigns, Communications and Networking, development, donor, donor acknowledgement, donor recognition, donor stewardship, donors, Fundraising Principles, General Articles, gift, Major Gifts

The Power of Thank You in Fundraising and in Life

Posted by David G Phillips on Aug 9, 2018 9:14:20 AM

"I was in line at the grocery store the other day. The cashier was really rude to people. When it was my turn, I handed her my money, she grabbed it, gave me my change, and that was it. I couldn't help myself. I asked, 'Would it kill you to at least say thank you?' She looked up and snapped, 'It's printed on your receipt.'" 
Jay Leno

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Topics: building relationships, Capital Campaigns, Communications and Networking, donation thank you, donor stewardship, Professional Skill Building

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