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New Year, New Opportunities: A Fresh Start for Growth and Impact in 2024

Happy New Year, friends!  Seeing so many of you at the Symposium this year was such a joy. As some of you know, this year’s theme was “Come Lord Jesus.” I left the Symposium filled with a sense of purpose and anticipation for all that this new year has to hold for each of us. I do not see 2024 …

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Rethinking Year-End Fundraising: Blending Innovation with Wisdom

In the world of fundraising, there’s much to be learned from both innovative leaders and timeless wisdom. Consider Steve Jobs, the visionary behind Apple, who once said, “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” His philosophy of breaking the mold aligns surprisingly well with the biblical wisdom of King Solomon, who reminds us in Ecclesiastes 3:1, “To everything there …

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Bill Hautt

On Friday of last week, the world lost a remarkable individual, my friend and mentor, Bill Hautt. As many of you know, Bill was the visionary founder of The FOCUS Group, a man whose profound legacy in philanthropy has had a Kingdom impact on countless lives and ministries. Bill began his career in the realm of education, where his passion …

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Using AI to Transform Your Major Donor Fundraising

My favorite ride at Disney World is the Carousel of Progress. If you’ve ever ridden this ride, which happens to be the #1 most-ridden ride in the world, you have witnessed the story of one family as they travel through the 20th century. It starts with the turn of the century, goes to the 1920s and the 1940s… and then …

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Checklists 

Brad flying his son to camp! This summer I am doing something new: learning how to fly. I have logged about 25 hours so far, and hopefully I will have earned my pilot’s license by December.  A huge part of flying is going through checklists so that you don’t forget to do the important things that keep you safe. The …

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A Rapid Decline in Our Nation

Each year Giving USA publishes a report on charitable giving in the United States. Except for a few years when there were significant downturns in the economy, giving in the United States has always increased or remained steady. However, the 2022 data was just released and shows that giving is down. This chart outlines giving over the last 40 years:As …

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Run The Race

“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.” 1 Corinthians 9:24 (ESV) I often write about running on my blog, but today I’m writing about running from a different perspective – how we “run” our nonprofits and ministries. My strong conviction is that …

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Because Sometimes You Need a Guide

When I was nineteen, I almost died surfing. I had always wanted to surf, so one day I decided to go surfing with one of my friends near a big concrete fishing pier, on a day with six-foot waves. We paddled out and I soon got stuck in a rip current. Fearing I would be thrown into the pier, I …

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Choose Life

“…I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live.” Deuteronomy 30:19 (ESV) Life is full of choices at every step of the way. The glass is either half full or half empty. You may be frustrated that a waiter at a restaurant gets your order wrong, or you …