Blog Profile / A Small Change

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Archived Since:May 16, 2011

Blog Post Archive

One simple way to simplify

A simple and helpful perspective shift from Josh Collier: I felt like I couldn’t get anything done. The Tyranny of the Urgent wasn’t just a struggle, it was my daily reality. Not able to do what I love most, I found myself totally discouraged. So I asked my friend David Achata for help. He said he’d […]

Sticky Notes Part II – The Practicum

A great follow up post from our friend Josh: 2 weeks ago we talked about my friend and his sticky notes – the big point: your technology doesn’t make your organized, YOU make you organized. All the tech in the world doesn’t change how you approach, prioritize, and organize your life. So, here’s 10 simple […]

This is my week, and I’m sticking to it.

Ok.  Last week we talked about the massive fail of inadvertently communicating to supporters and prospects that we are not really listening to them because we’ve got too many other things on our minds.  Today, I want to offer a general guide to structuring our weeks in such a way that this is less likely […]

‘I’m not really listening to you.’

What?!?!  This is probably the worst thing that we could ever communicate to a prospect or supporter for our agencies.  It is a privilege and huge opportunity to personally secure time with those that we are seeking to draw into closer relationship with us, and so, to tell them we’re not  listening would be just […]

Sticky Notes – Really?

Our friend Josh Collier kicks off our first segment on time management: I had this friend who organized his life with sticky notes. I thought he was so disorganized – he literally carried his laptop and a manilla folder filled with printer paper. Each page of paper was covered in sticky notes. What drove me […]

Time is assuredly not on our side.

Oh that song and those Rolling Stones singing ‘tiiiiiiiime, is our our side, yes it is….’ Well, Mick, for the fundraiser in today’s obscenely fragmented and fast moving culture time isn’t on our side, at all.  In fact, lacking time to get everything done, setting priorities, and addressing time management issues with the latest strategies […]

One from the Vault – Elusive Prospects

Grateful for these helpful words from Jason Dick in our first installment of ‘One from the Vault,’ featuring older posts that warrant revisiting: We all have those prospects which we can never get on the phone. I had a great question in my post, This Thing Called Follow-up, and I wanted to provide a bit […]

A Facebook Champ

So, I think this social media thing is sticking around.  Actually, it’s almost difficult to remember a time when a regular barrage of thoughts, videos, meals, reflections, events, parenting snafus, rants, groups, and other posts ranging from the really important to painfully unimportant were not frequently shared with us.  Let’s face it, social media (Facebook […]

Business Sponsors Are Awesome

It’s just that simple.  When we have come along side our Champions and coach them into creating pathways for partnership at the businesses they own or work for, inviting these same businesses to sponsor our big events follows naturally and is a win win. Last November, the agency I work for hosted it’s second annual […]

Let’s Talk Business.

We’ve had some great responses and feedback on our recent post about finding and cultivating Champions for our agencies, and how their throwing a party can be an effective and fun way to acquire new donors.  Folks have asked about other ways to empower and leverage our champions to diversity our support network, so we’ll offer another here. […]

Party On.

Alright, you’re in good shape.  You’ve identified some champions for your organization and you’re excited, encouraged, and relieved that you’ve got some folks to help broaden and diversify your support network. There are a number of ways that your champions can actively participate in the acquisition of new donors.  One of the most traditional and familiar […]

Where are the Champions?

We development pros work hard to strengthen the relationships we have with folks who have given to our agencies and we call the process ‘retention.’  We also work really hard to build new relationships with folks who have not given to our agencies before, and when they do give for the first time we call […]

How to create a monthly giving program.

Terrific follow up post on the ‘how to’ of monthly giving from our friend Josh Collier at Tacoma YFC: Okay, you’re sold, monthly giving should be more than an option on a response card. But then, what should it be? Here are three keys to a successful monthly giving program: Invite people to join something […]

Do we really understand monthly giving?

Delighted to offer a guest posts this week from Josh Collier, Development Officer at Tacoma’s Youth for Christ.  He is a friend, colleague, and terrific fundraiser.  Enjoy: Most of us offer monthly giving as an option at fundraisers and in appeal letters – but do we really understand the potential of effective monthly giving? It’s […]

10% Battery Life

I recently saw Big Hero 6 with my daughter at her school’s movie night.  It was awesome.  The main character’s older brother was an incredibly gifted designer and built a relentless, multi-functional, adaptive, and engaging robot whose only barrier preventing his unceasing efforts to complete his mission was – limited battery life.  Without his batteries fully […]

Value Offers

What a privilege and help it is when our supporters and prospects provide candid feedback to us.  I mean, really candid feedback.  The kind that can sting a little bit, but, will without a doubt help us to strengthen our relationship with those that are giving said feedback as well as help us improve our […]

Good question!

I’m always impressed and grateful when a current supporter or prospect asks good questions.  First and foremost, it indicates that they are really considering our agency and mission carefully which means if I answer these questions well, a positive giving decision may follow.  Secondly, the questions the ask create opportunity for our relationship to deepen. […]

But you said you were going to give!?

Ok.  This is a real time situation.  Happening now.  I’ve got 4 or 5 folks that I’ve been building relationships with and over email and in person they have committed to giving a gift to the agency I have the privilege of representing.  We’ve had some great interactions, they are supportive of the mission and […]

That first impression.

Last week my colleague here at A Small Change, Jason Dick, wrote up a great piece on how wearing something that’s got a little color can impact donor interactions.  I couldn’t agree more.  In fact, I think there are a number of other small things, when considered, we should also commit to as we are […]

Colored Shirts

There’s no doubt about it, color makes everything more fun. Would you rather sit in a dark and colorless room or a well lit one with a vibrant painting?  We are all drawn to color. Color also makes you more noticeable. I am so glad that we are moving away from a culture where men […]

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