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From managing boards to fundraising, we have been on those same journeys, so we aim to serve you from our years of experience with faith-driven initiatives. We are here to equip, encourage, and partner with you.

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“Drawing upon his experience, expertise, and excellent communication skills, Bill High, CEO of The Signatry, engagingly shared ‘generational generosity’ at several SAT-7 donors/friends weekends, helping our guests understand how to be better stewards of their assets, do more for the ministries, and provide an example to their families. We appreciate how Bill integrates Scripture and Christian values in his presentations.”
Dr. Rex Rogers
President, SAT-7 USA
“Thank you for inviting me to the Major Donors Workshop. Your presentation blew away my expectations. As I talked to my wife, she said, ‘It is cool that he uses his expertise to help multiple ministries even though he may not be ‘proclaiming the gospel’ each day, but helps others do so in powerful ways. You have a great conviction. Thank you for sharing it with me.”
Michael Loney
Executive Director, Freedom Hoops
“The thing I appreciate the most from Bill High and the Signatry is their commitment to helping people give more and pay less in taxes in a very comfortable and personal approach.”
Major Donor Training Client
“Bill's training on ‘Finding and Completing Major Gifts’ opened my eyes to the standard deduction and charitable giving benefits of the new 2017 tax law.”
Major Donor Training Client
“Invaluable information for proper Major Donor work.”
Major Donor Training Client
“I went in to the Major Gift's training not sure what to expect and came out greatly encouraged and inspired by the level and depth of the information that was passed on. Every NPO should have access to this knowledge!”
Ministry Services Partner
“The Signatry is amazing! That is an understatement. The entire presentation blew away my expectations. It gave me a pep in my step and I already had a list of people who could be served from the services that the Signatry offers.”
Major Donor Training Client
“The Signatry's focus on generosity, grasp of philanthropy and expertise on tax law combined with their heart to help ministry is a unique and valued resource for the Church and ministry!”
Ministry Services Partner

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We’re working every day to help you continue the work God has called you to do. Here’s what that looks like.

  • Equip donors

    Your donors are asking for tax strategy, how to give assets, and solutions to simplify giving. We are here to provide the tools you need to meet their requests. Contact us to develop solutions for your ministry.

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  • Training

    From free guides, to videos, to training sessions, we have built resources to assist in your journey. Browse resources on our site or request to join our exclusive ministry community Facebook group.

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    Serve your generous donors and hand off the administrative duties of tracking and receipting to us with a Charity Fund. Your donors contribute, it goes into your fund, and you can manage as needed. Download the sign up form here.

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Your Next Steps

With us, you gain practical training—gleaned from our industry experts and years of donor and ministry expertise. Find the solutions you, and your donors, need to thrive in this Kingdom work.

Development
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Donor development includes prospecting, major gifts, complex asset gifts, and planned giving. We equip you through consultations, how to have donor conversations, and we assist in facilitating major gifts.
We partner with development industry experts to bring you valuable, applicable training sessions. These topics are all focused on encouraging your donor development efforts.
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Sometimes you need a guide to show you the way. That is why we are here. You will find key guides and templates here to help as you work out your development strategy.

The Signatry Blog
Conversations from our thought leaders

Ministry

Purposeful Events—Move from Transaction to Transformation

3 weeks ago By Kristin Hammett

Events are powerful in building relationships, awareness, and loyalty with your donors. Whether it is a banquet, retreat, golf tournament, or an auction –– events can be a great tool to dramatically grow your support.   Plan. An effective event has a strategic purpose, measurable objectives, and a clear outline of the steps needed to achieve your goals. When determining your purpose, it is essential to define your objectives. Are you hosting a fundraising event? If so, how much money do you want to raise? Having a clear understanding of your goals positions your organization to select the best steps to effectively meet them.    Engage. The key to a successful event is personal engagement which leads to transformation. Real change happens when your audience begins to move beyond the transaction of giving and focus on the broader experience. Emphasizing the heart and mindset of possible change, and not just money will impact their hearts and partnership is likely to follow. By inviting guests to join in the mission and play an active role in problem-solving, they will see themselves as a part of the story – one where they can be the hero.  Review. It is no secret that events require a lot of work. After it is over, you will most likely want to stop thinking about it altogether! But, this is when the real developmental work begins. Measuring your ROI (return on investment) is imperative for planning future events. The data you gather will offer deeper insight into your event expenditure and better understand how it impacts your bottom line.   Follow Up. Saying thank you to your volunteers, donors, and sponsors goes a long way. Continuing to engage your donors into the problem they are helping solve rather than a merely transactional receipt, will benefit both your organization and those who support it. And don’t stop with a thank you letter. Call them, engage them, meet for coffee. Get to know your donors! An event is just the beginning of what can be a great donor/ministry relationship! 

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Ministry

Making Donors the Hero of Your Story

3 months ago By Kristin Hammett

We all see things from our own perspective. Donors do too. They see through their own lens of experience and perspective. To communicate effectively, strive to meet your donors where they are and provide answers to the questions, they may not realize they are asking. Donors often ask themselves “How does this impact me?” “What’s in this for me?” “What if this were me?” Providing answers to these questions will connect your donors to your mission. Below are a few important questions to begin thinking along these lines. How do donors help your organization succeed? What difference does their support make? What is the impact of their donation? Who are the donors helping? There are many heroes in your organization already: volunteers, board members, clients who make a brave choice, employees, etc. However, your donor-facing communication isn’t the time to sing their praises. Consider how your communication makes your donor feel. Do they feel empowered? Do they feel angry about the injustice that is happening? Do they feel they can help? Communication with your donors should be focused on them. Make the donor the hero of your story and the impact will be powerful. The key is to minimize your organization and center your communication on the donor and the client. You can accomplish this by making small changes in your language. For example, Will you help feed the hungry in our community this week? or Because of you, we were able to feed the hungry in our community. (St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is a great example of this with their “because of you” campaign) Invite donors to participate in your efforts, don’t guilt them. It is important to avoid the implication that your donor should do something, but rather focus on the idea that they can do something. Fundraising is about waking up an army of heroes to join you in your mission. It’s about inviting people in by letting them believe in their own power. By simplifying your message, you invite the donor to be the hero. You offer them an invitation to take action and join your cause.  

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Ministry

Creating a Culture of Development

3 months ago By Kristin Hammett

Develop: advance, establish, flourish, expand, grow, progress. When you think about the development role, those might be the idealistic synonyms that come to mind. However, more often than not, we think about development as bringing in money, knocking on doors, sales tactics, and not as a holistic concept with a heart for flourishing. By instilling a culture of development throughout your entire organization, rather than just an isolated role, it begins to shift perspective. Your customer service experience, the way your staff talks about their job to their friends, and inter-office communication are just a few pieces which shape your culture and its development potential. To challenge your mindset or to evaluate where your organization is at, consider these questions: How equipped is your staff to talk about the initiatives you are working on? By keeping all staff informed, you speak value to them, and you build a core base of advocates to promote your work. Suddenly, your reach is expanded beyond just a designated development officer. Even a casual conversation with an entry-level staff member has the opportunity to open doors with new donors.  On a larger scale, your organization develops a reputation based off how your employees speak of it. Evaluate how you are educating all your staff and including them in conversations about your mission and the heart of who you are. What about when mistakes happen? While we all want to plan for the best, the reality is at some point, we all drop the ball. Mistakes happen. Emails get stuck in the drafts folder. A check gets lost. Are you prepared to serve your donors well even in your less than glorious moments? Having a culture that works hard for the victories, but also serves just as passionately in the messy and the mundane moments will take intentional leadership to coach and model these attitudes. How do people describe your leaders? Creating culture is not an overnight change, and it can even require painful shifts on occasion. To start reviewing where your organization is, consider how outsiders view and describe your leadership. Accessible? Authority? Servant? Caring? Leader, but without connection to their people? What your leaders live out at the top sets the standard for the organization, and it is also the most visible piece to those outside. These questions are just the start of the journey towards inspiring a development culture, so keep in mind that this truly is a process. It will take time, continued evaluation and course corrections. However, each authentic change is another piece to establish how you flourish, progress, grow, advance, and establish. Looking for more practical details? Join our webinar on January 16 to learn how leadership can set a culture.  

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