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Bang for the Buck

January 2011
By: Ron Haas
In tough economic times, nonprofit organizations scour their budgets looking for any possible place to trim a few dollars. Even though the old adage reminds us that, "It takes money to make money," executive directors and board members often debate the return on investment of the ministry's developm...
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The Parable of Two Fundraisers

July 2010
By: Ron Haas
"What do you think? A man had two sons. And he went to the first and said, 'Son, go and work in the vineyard today.' And he answered, 'I will not,' but afterward he changed his mind and went. And he went to the other son and said the same. And he answered, 'I go, sir,' but did not go. Which of the t...
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Too Many Chickens?

April 2010
By: Ron Haas
Every chicken farmer knows that you can put only so many chickens in a coop before you start losing productivity. The same principle applies to non-profit organizations. Cram too much ministry into too small of space and you'll struggle to be effective. Are you running out of ministry space, meeting...
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Should A Nonprofit Organization Tithe?

January 2010
By: Ron Haas
Larry Burkett, the late co-founder of Crown Financial Ministries, was a pioneer in applying Christian principles to personal and business financial management. His impact on how Christians view debt, work, saving, investing, giving, and retirement planning is still felt today through his 70-plus boo...
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The Fat Boy in the Canoe

October 2009
By: Ron Haas
Most major donors will consider a leadership gift in the range of 10 percent to15 percent of the total campaign goal. This is a good rule of thumb to follow when rating a donor to determine the gift amount you should request. Some executive directors and development officers new to major donor world...
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I Like Your Boldness

July 2009
By: Ron Haas
Should you ask a major donor for a specific gift amount? John D. Rockefeller once instructed some fundraising volunteers on the finer points of asking for a gift, "I do not like to have anyone tell me what it is my duty to give. But I do like a person to say to me, 'We are trying to raise $4,000,000...
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My Board Won't Raise Money

April 2009
By: Ron Haas
Maybe you don't verbalize your feelings in a board meeting, but your frustrations are real. Your board members expect you to raise all the money, but they don't lift a finger to help. Even worse—some of them don't give at all. If you feel this way, you are not alone. Countless nonprofit execut...
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Guerilla Fund-Raising

January 2009
By: Ron Haas
What guerilla forces lack in resources, they make up for in tactics. The same concept can be applied to your fund-raising efforts. Your local secular university is probably a fund-raising juggernaut led by a vice president for advancement and a full team of professionals, including an annual fund di...
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