This one thing for year-end fundraising success: trust

  TRUST. All the hoop-la and hand-wringing that comes with the “gold rush” at year-end can knock the trust out of even the most faithful of fundraisers. In fact, what with the carrying on that characterizes the season, you may find yourself worrying that you should be worried if you’re not weighed down by worry. […]

Three keys to donor retention: interest, respect, and trust

For several years now, fundraising consultants and researchers have sounded the alarm about sorry donor retention rates and it seems all the noise has had some effect. Donor attrition has evened out at around 105 donors departing for every 100 new and returning donors added to charitable giving rolls. Hardly the best of news, but […]

Generosity in quotes: Michael Chan

“When we trust in a benevolent God, we see the wilderness not as a threat, but as an opportunity for God to demonstrate faithfulness and love.” Michael Chan, assistant professor of Old Testament at Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN, as quoted in the seminary’s Center for Stewardship Leaders blog