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Empirical evidence  that a fundraising job title impacts donations

How A Fundraising Job Title Impacts Giving

Even Christian colleges must transform in some ways or risk extinction.  A new study shows this is especially true in transforming your school’s fundraising job title. The beliefs, attitudes, and values that supported traditional titles, such as Director of Development or Advancement have become outmoded and counterproductive in obtaining a slice of the ever-increasing pie […]

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Would we gain students but lose donors?

Would We Lose Donors If We Become a Liberal Arts College?

Having to bring drug-sniffing dogs onto a Christian campus is a good learning opportunity. This school was not careful enough in vetting their new students for Christian commitment.  Although they only accept Christian students, anyone can write a testimony and get a reference.  The administrators learned this lesson quite quickly. But how did a Christian […]

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To identify the right development officer, preparation is key.

How to Find the Right Development Officer

College leadership often struggles with how to select the right development officer. Here are some tips: Distinguish between a development officer and an administrative support person. Make sure you have adequate administrative support so that your professional development officer does not spend time inputting and manipulating data, scheduling meetings, or handling routine administrative tasks. This […]

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Former board members do not need to stop having an impact.

Support of the University by Former Board Members: A Personal Experience

University board members come and go. In fact, it’s common for a board member to serve a term or two and then disassociate from the school with little involvement and support thereafter.  While serving, some board members only attend board meetings and offer little involvement outside the boardroom. Others are highly involved and engage themselves […]

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As the voice of the cause, consider:
-If this is our organization, what is our actual cause?
-Given our cause, what is our purpose?
-Given our purpose, what is our mission?

You are the Voice of the Cause

A colleague asked: “Is it more important for people to believe in the cause or the individual?” My response: “Every cause needs a voice; every organization needs a face.”   We all know dynamic, inspirational figures that lead organizations we support or serve in. We follow pastors, executive directors, presidents, and other leaders who speak […]

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