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Flip the Script: Year-End Planning

4 weeks ago By Kristin Hammett

Year-end giving is upon us. Okay, at least the planning part is. If you do not have a year-end giving plan yet, my advice is to get one. If you do, my advice is to adjust it. In the normal cycle of social media, mail, email, meetings, phone calls, and website strategy, the dynamics of 2020 give a reason for pause. This year will not be so much about the combination of communication channels you choose, but how you position yourself and what message you share. A lot has happened in 2020. Adjust what and how you communicate with your…

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4 Keys to Foster Major Donor Relationships

2 months ago By Kristin Hammett

I am a farm girl. Well, that may not be completely accurate. I grew up on a family farm in rural Missouri, where my dad and grandpa raised livestock and grew row crops – corn, soybeans, and wheat. My family jokes that I really am a city girl who was raised in the country. Nevertheless, I learned a few things about farming in my 18 years watching my dad work. I remember the day he bought a new field cultivator. He would pull it behind the tractor to prepare the soil for planting and sometimes use it after planting to kill the weeds. When I called my…

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Potential in the Middle

3 months ago By Kristin Hammett

Whether it is middle school, middle age, or the middle of the year, the middle of anything indicates something critical: potential. The middle suggests something is not finished. It is continuing along the path. Unfortunately, in donor development, the “middle” donors are often forgotten. While mid-level donors may not represent a big segment of a ministry’s database, although sometimes they do, they do present an opportunity for relationship, engagement, and growth. Who are they? The definition of a mid-level donor may vary, but it is safe to say that these donors do not make the major donor list but give…

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Pocket Tools and Purpose

4 months ago By Kristin Hammett

Dr. Bruce Wilkinson and his wife Darlene were looking for a way to give more freely to those in need. 1 Timothy 6:18, “ready to give, willing to share” was the catalyst for them as they developed the “God pocket” concept. They committed an amount of money, put it in their pocket, and waited for a “nudge” from God to give to someone in need. This commitment in advance gave them the freedom to act. “When God signals, we can respond…” he says. In his book, The God Pocket, Dr. Wilkinson explains the concept is simple: [God] owns it. You carry it.”  That is really what…

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COVID-19: Next Steps for Christian Higher Education

4 months ago By The Signatry

This article was written by David Dockery, President of the IACE, and published on The Signatry’s site with permission. David S. Dockery serves as President of the International Alliance for Christian Education as well as Theologian-in-Residence at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He previously served as president at Union University and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. ————- From this point forward, institutional histories will be written in terms of pre-COVID-19 and post-COVID-19. We now clearly find ourselves in one of those defining historical moments, representing a genuine paradigmatic shift in the world of Christian higher education as we have known it. The…

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Engaging Major Donors Amid Crisis

5 months ago By Kristin Hammett

If your inbox is like mine, it is full of subject lines like “Surviving COVID-19”, “Leadership in Crisis” and “Connecting in the Age of Social Distancing”. It is true; we are all looking for answers to our current circumstances. There is no guide or playbook with the answers.   Or is there?  Clearly, we are facing obstacles and uncertainty. However, our goal is what matters. Is it just to get through it, or is the goal to be stronger on the other side?   In Joshua 3, the Israelites faced the Jordan River standing between them and the Promised Land. I think we can…

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How Do You Measure Your Ministry’s Impact?

6 months ago By Kristin Hammett

Donors and stakeholders of any organization want to know their investment is reaping a harvest. In order to demonstrate success, your ministry must use a variety of metrics to show its impact. With so many different key performance indications (KPIs) available to you, what is the best way to communicate the impact of your ministry to stakeholders? Here is my recommendation: begin at the end. One year from now, what story do you want to tell? If you are writing your annual report, or you are on the phone with a major donor, what numbers indicate results? Be sure you…

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