Hiring The Right Person

Is your organization or ministry at a standstill? Can’t seem to breakthrough to the next level?  

One of the anchors holding your ministry or organization back could be you don’t have the right people on your team. In his book, Good to Great, Jim Collins says, “Get the right people on the bus and the wrong people off the bus.” It’s essential that leaders be rigorous in their selection process for inviting new people to join their team.

Recently a ministry leader called to share with me his vision and goals for his ministry and seek my counsel on

Has the time come for direct mail to ride off into the sunset?

Social media experts and digital marketers would like you to believe that direct mail has gone the way of the dinosaurs. But don’t be deceived by these false claims about the relevance of direct mail in today’s modern world of communication.

Every year Target Marketing conducts a Media Usage Survey. In 2015, 54% of Target Marketing respondents were using direct mail in their customer acquisition efforts.  In 2016, this rose to 58%. The use of direct mail for customer retention has risen from 51% to 55%. Direct mail is alive and kicking!

Even though people love their Facebook,

A direct mail program should be an essential component of your ongoing fundraising communication  strategy to nurture the relationship with your donors and maintain regular engagement. One of the best fundraising direct mail tips is to segment your donor list. Why? Because segmenting helps you meet your donors where they are so you can tailor your message, ask amounts, and communication strategies to increase their giving and engagement with your organization. Let’s say you have a donor file of 30,000 names. Some of them have never given to your organization, others have given only one time, some have given multiple times,

Recently I was asked if a gift acknowledgement letter should be sent monthly, quarterly, or in an annual letter summarizing all of the gifts given. The answer is none of the above!

DO WHAT MOM TAUGHT YOU

While growing up, when someone gave you something, what did your mom always make you say before she would let you enjoy that piece of candy or gum – two important words - THANK YOU!

Unfortunately, there are some organizations who still make the unforgiving error of not saying thank you to their donors. Not only is it the courteous thing to do, but it

Fundraising is imperative for a non-profit’s survival – but effective fundraising is critical for growth and profitability! 

There are many ways to raise money, but the key is to utilize proven fundraising principles that minimizes your risk of losing money, engages your donor base, and converts them into “raving fans and supporters” for what your organization is doing. Successful fundraising is not about just getting that one gift from a donor, but converting the donor into an ongoing relationship with the organization.

Fundraising is similar to the fine art of dating.  Yes, that’s right — dating! 

A few years ago,