October: CHANGE Continued

October: CHANGE Continued

Someone once told me, “Be careful what you wish for; you may get it.”  Some schools throughout the nation are realizing this when it comes to state-funded voucher programs.  While initially celebrated as a victory for parental choice in education, and a help to faith-based and private schools in carrying out their mission of service to […]

September: CHANGE

September: CHANGE

Fall begins this month, and Fall is the season of CHANGE. That’s a very special word when it comes to Development. The letters of the word form an acronym describing the activities of people involved with Development and Advancement. And, not only is change difficult, it’s feared. For five years, I worked with an organization that slowly modified […]

June: A Good Time To Ask For Gifts

June: A Good Time To Ask For Gifts

As the summer approaches, Development Development articles will shift toward activities of an overall development program. I like to use acronyms because it makes the things which need to be done easier to remember.  That’s why the DREAM Framework was created, and has now transitioned to the ARMED Framework.  Same elements, but definitely more powerful, […]

May: Increasing Potential Donor Engagement

May: Increasing Potential Donor Engagement

This month, I promised to focus on increasing potential donor engagement. One way is to invite. People LOVE to be invited to participate. They may say “no,” but they’re appreciative of the fact that they’ve been “invited” to become involved rather than “asked” to participate.  Even though in Development, the action involving the request for […]

March: Everybody Fundraises – If You Want to Be Distinctive, You Must Advance Toward Development

March: Everybody Fundraises – If You Want to Be Distinctive, You Must Advance Toward Development

Last month’s article described the differences between fundraising and development. While fundraising (candy sales, car washes, sales of products, etc.) is still important in the short-term, the long-term way to ensure the viability of an organization is through development (which includes annual and alumni appeals, grantwriting, major gifts, planned giving and business/corporate sponsorship). The article […]