Posts Tagged ‘donor’



If You Were Given $10 Million, What Would You Do?

I’ve started asking that question to my friends – particularly those in the ministry and nonprofit world. “If a donor suddenly stepped up and offered you a $10 million donation, what would you do with it?” I’ve been shocked at the number of people – even older, more experienced pastors and leaders – who have no idea. They’ve spent decades in ministry and yet can’t really express what Read the full article »

Should Donors Be Upset About The New Crystal Cathedral Owners Removing Their Names?

Now that Pastor Robert Schuller’s Crystal Cathedral has been sold to the Catholic Church, big changes are happening. For instance, it’s being reported that a walkway constructed of bricks with engraved names of Crystal Cathedral donors is being pulled up to make way for new landscaping. Although the new owners are making the bricks available to donors who would like to claim them, it’s still causing an Read the full article »

How to Succeed on Kickstarter

To date there have been more than 100,000 projects launched on Kickstarter, but less than 43% actually meet their goals and are funded. What’s the problem? You may be sincere, hard working, and even had a great cause to fund, but without covering these important bases, the odds of striking out are huge. Here’s a good list from our social media expert Bailey Current of what you need to succeed on Kickstarter: Read the full article »

What Are Your Nonprofit Donors Looking For?

Today – on Valentine’s Day, I asked donor development expert Mary Hutchinson about advice on “courting” donors for nonprofit organizations.  Here’s what she had to say:

For the most part, they are silent and faceless, but the people who give to your non-profit—dare I say it—do indeed have feelings.  Yes, that pesky little thing that most men hate to talk about, and most women need stroked to move them to any decision. And face it, men may have most of the money, but it is women that make the lion share of decisions about giving. Not only that, but Read the full article »

Ten Ways to Cultivate Donors For Your Nonprofit Organization

I haven’t been posting regularly this week, since I’ve been speaking at the African Christian Broadcasting Conference in South Africa.  So I asked Mary Hutchinson from donor development firm Inspired Direct to submit a guest post on a topic that would make a difference for our readers.  After reading my recent post on How to be a Better Communications or Media Director, she began to consider how ministry staff on the “other side” of communications could be more effective. It’s great to have a brilliant and effective program, podcast, and website, but what can you do to keep those people engaged?  Here’s Mary’s top ten suggestions: Read the full article »

What I Love and Hate About Financial Donors

Kathleen and I were teaching recently at a media conference in Madrid, Spain. During the trip we visited the legendary Prado Museum in downtown Madrid. Walking through the galleries we stumbled upon a remarkable painting from 1640 called “The Crucified Christ with a Donor,” by Francisco de Zurbarán. It was such a glaring and humorous example of how financial donors have been so great and also so terrible for artistic, nonprofit, and humanitarian work over the centuries.

While some donors simply want to help make Read the full article »

Nonprofit Organizations; Stop Asking for Money and Start Sharing a Vision

Over and over I get calls from frustrated nonprofits because they’re struggling financially or not getting on the radar of potential supporters. Sometimes they’re uncomfortable asking for financial support, but in most cases, they’re not really afraid to ask. The problem is, they’re asking for money, not sharing a vision. Look at your media presentations, videos, live events, print materials, and in-person contacts. What do they say? What story are they telling?  It’s not  Read the full article »

How Should Churches, Ministries, and Non-Profits Respond to the Current Financial Dilemma?

Reading the newspaper or listening to the TV news makes it hard not to wonder about the economy. Some say it’s getting stronger, while others protest it’s in a serious crisis. It takes up the majority of the presidential candidates speech time, and it’s pretty much 24/7 on the cable news channels. Whatever is going on, it’s important that non-profits understand the connections between the economy and giving. There’s little empirical data out there on the issue, but experience is a good teacher, and you need some tools to work with as your consider your strategy for the coming months. Here are my thoughts on the current economic situation and how it could impact your organization. I would encourage you to meet with your team and make sure they understand these important principles:
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