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Updating My Will with the Perspective of a Fundraising Professional

by Brian Saber

When I wrote my last will 18 years ago, my son was an infant and I was still “young!” Today he’s an adult and, at 57, I’m not feeling so young. Anyway, as a fundraiser I’ve always seen my planned gifts as part passion and part best practice. How could I talk to others about planned gifts if I didn’t make them myself, right?

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Give ‘Em Some Post-Gift Love

by Brian Saber

Just at the moment our donors are most engaged, we often engage less – or disengage – and start work on the next donor. Think of your own giving. When you give a gift, your attention is focused on that charity. Let’s give our donors some post-gift love by paying more attention in the months after they give than you did beforehand.

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Thanking your Donors with a Story

by Sue Kindred

If all your stories are rosy and show how wonderful your nonprofit is at meeting its mission, it sparks the question, “Why do you need me if you’re so successful in what you do?”

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Asking Matters February Newsletter

by Brian Saber

Free Fundraising Masters with Carol Weisman, plus a new blog post, an Asking Styles tip, and On the Road with Brian

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Asking Matters January Newsletter

by Brian Saber

Happy New Year from Asking Matters! Free Fundraising Masters with Lynne Wester, an Asking Styles tip, and On the Road with Brian

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Grammar doesn’t write a compelling story

by Sue Kindred

If all your stories are rosy and show how wonderful your nonprofit is at meeting its mission, it sparks the question, “Why do you need me if you’re so successful in what you do?”

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Asking Matters December Newsletter

by Brian Saber

Revisiting Conversations with Jerry Panas. Plus a new blog post from Sue Kindred, an Asking Styles tip, and On the Road with Brian

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Asking Matters November Newsletter

by Brian Saber

Welcome New Members! Plus a new blog post, advice from AM expert Joe Tumolo, an Asking Styles tip, and On the Road

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Top Nine Questions to Ask a Donor

by Brian Saber

Are these the absolute top nine? Who knows! But I love these questions. They’re so revealing. And they’re not rhetorical. They signal your desire to know what your donors feel and think.

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Why you should tell a story about failing.

by Sue Kindred

If all your stories are rosy and show how wonderful your nonprofit is at meeting its mission, it sparks the question, “Why do you need me if you’re so successful in what you do?”

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