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3 Necessities to Consider When Soliciting a Gift

Posted by admin on Aug 10, 2018 11:46:47 AM

3 Necessities to Consider When

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Topics: Capital Campaigns, donor, fundraising, Fundraising Principles, fundraising success, gift, Professional Skill Building

Communicating the Ask

Posted by David G Phillips on Aug 10, 2018 10:12:28 AM

Communicating the Ask

"Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened unto you."  (Matthew 7:7, Luke 11:9)  This is excellent advice to everyone, and most especially fundraising professionals or people seeking support for charitable organizations.

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Topics: Campaign Feasibility and Planning Studies, capital campaigns, Capital Campaigns, Communications and Networking, Custom Development Solutions, donors, fundraising, Fundraising Principles, gift

Going for the Gold: Asking for What You Want

Posted by admin on Aug 10, 2018 7:59:30 AM

The old adage “going for the gold” is particularly appropriate now, as the world gears up for the next Summer Olympics. Athletes in most of the world’s countries are training for their opportunity to show that, for at least one day, they are the best. For many of them, it will be their only Olympiad; their only chance to prove their mettle. That fact creates a tremendous amount of pressure, as they must execute their best performance at just the right moment in order to stand on top of the dais and receive the gold medal.

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Topics: big ask, Capital Campaigns, Fundraising Principles, gift, large donor gift, large donor prospects, Major Gifts

Hands on Means Hands Down (Victory, That Is!)

Posted by David G Phillips on Aug 10, 2018 7:54:26 AM

It has become increasingly clear to me with each capital campaign I am involved with, that the single most important determining factor in the magnitude of success is the level and intensity of involvement by principals of the organization—both professional staff and volunteers. That is, I find a direct correlation between the level of success of a campaign and the level of personal involvement of the leaders.

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Topics: capital campaign, capital campaign fundraising, capital campaign leadership, Capital Campaigns, fundraising, fundraising campaign, Fundraising Principles, gift, Major Gifts

Major Gift Solicitation - Proper Preparation Leads to Gratification

Posted by David G Phillips on Aug 10, 2018 7:15:56 AM

All fundraising professionals, whether internal development officers or outside fundraising counsel, are concerned about getting the biggest gifts for our client organizations. We want a major gift from every potential donor. We want to hit a home run every time we come up to bat! The only way to accomplish this is by working daily to improve our listening and speaking skills and by practicing for each approached.

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Topics: capital campaigns, Capital Campaigns, fundraising, Fundraising Principles, gift, major gift fundraising, major gift planning, major gift solicitation, Major Gifts

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