The Bible and the Ballgame

It's that time of the year again! Anyone who knows me knows my passion for the Kansas City Royals. I grew up in Kansas City. I’ve been a Royals fan my whole life. So Game 5 of the 2015 World Series, bottom of the 12th inning, was a touchstone for me. That’s when the Kansas City Royals won their first [...]

April 4th, 2017|

Don’t Use The “M-Word” In Fundraising

  You know the old adage: There are three topics to avoid in polite company: Money Politics Religion   The fact that the M-word appears right there at the top of the list doesn’t bode well for fundraising professionals, now does it?   But there are fundraising professionals all over the Christian world: in our ministries and charities, in our [...]

December 9th, 2016|

Connect with your Millennial Donors

As I continue my series, "Relating to Donor's of All Generations", we approach one of my favorite generations. I mean I have kids in this generation after all. The Millennial Generation is intriguing when it comes to fundraising because the way they give is a complete switch from the generations that preceded them. I'll explain... Wherever they were, children of [...]

November 30th, 2016|

Connect with your Gen X Donors

They were raised with an independent and entrepreneurial spirit. Known as the Latch-Key Generation, Generation X came home from school with a house key in their pocket to let themselves in and cared for and entertained themselves until a parent got home from work. Born between 1965 and 1976, Gen Xers’ parents were often divorced and remarried. Theirs was the [...]

October 14th, 2016|

Connect with your Baby Boomer Donors

Part 2 of 5 in the series “Relating to Donors of all Generations” Woodstock. Peace. Flower power. Free love. Post-World War II, there was a marked increase in the birthrate across America. Born between 1946 and 1964, the generation of free love-sharing hippies (early-Boomers) and corporate ladder-climbing yuppies (late-Boomers) arrived. Like their parents before them, Boomer women were primarily responsible [...]

September 23rd, 2016|

Connect with your Donors of the Greatest Generation

You and I have heard them called “the Greatest Generation.” Scholars in the social sciences refer to those born before 1945 as “Matures.” Either way, these Americans born in the wake of the Great Depression lived through the Great War and became the most productive generation, bringing about much of the America we now inhabit. If your organization has connected [...]

September 9th, 2016|

A Book For Everyone

This year has been an incredible ride as our work with Museum of the Bible has taken on a real global impact.  With our exhibits moving throughout the world now it’s amazing to be on this incredible journey to invite all people to engage with the Bible. This year already I have been to Israel, Singapore, Indonesia, South Korea, Hong [...]

July 25th, 2016|

How to Ask a Major Donor for Money

After you have acknowledged and affirmed your donor, built trust, and presented your case for support, it is time for the ask! Here is an example of language to use when it seems like the right time to transition from presentation to the ask: “Dave, based on the information I’ve shared with you here, do you have any concerns about [...]

July 18th, 2016|

Anticipate These Questions from Your Donors

As a fundraising professional, you have to be ready to anticipate and answer the questions your donors are asking. Every donor is unique. But as I’ve worked with many donors across the country on a variety of different projects, it has become clear: They’re all dealing with a similar set of internal questions. Sometimes they give voice to those questions, [...]

July 7th, 2016|

When They Know You Want Their Money

Donors need relationship and ministry far more than you need their money. If you don’t see ministry to the donor as your higher calling, your donors are destined to be mere objects in your life and organization — and the connection between you and them will be sadly unsatisfying. One of the questions I’m most frequently asked is about trust: [...]

June 18th, 2016|

Stepping “virtually” into the Bible’s Story

Just a few years ago, it was science fiction. Now, it’s reality … Augmented Reality. Picture yourself walking down a city street wearing what looks like a pair of glasses, equipped with informative graphics and audio to heighten your experience of what you’re seeing and hearing. Wouldn’t that be fascinating! Sound far-fetched? It’s not!  Technology known as Augmented Reality is [...]

June 6th, 2016|

What Does the Bible Mean to You?

As stated in my previous post, various stories about the Bible, and its part in American history, come from all kinds of people who have discovered it. it. So what about you? What’s your story where the Bible is concerned? Check out this 2-minute video featuring artist Micah Bournes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrPgVMoLQkk When the 430,000-square-foot Museum of the Bible opens in Washington, [...]

May 27th, 2016|
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