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Donor Stories Motivate Others to Give
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Viken Mikaelian

Donor Stories Motivate Others to Give

Donor stories are among the most effective ways to reach and engage with your audience. That’s why it’s important to have a system in place to pursue, record and share donor stories.

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Gifts for Donors or Legacy Society Members
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Viken Mikaelian

Gifts for Donors or Legacy Society Members

Personally, I don’t want another paperweight, it just makes my trashcan heavier. But if someone brought me the best baklava money can buy, that would go in my belly quickly — and be greatly appreciated.

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Well-managed Oil, Gas Interests Can Fuel Endowments
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Viken Mikaelian

Well-managed Oil, Gas Interests Can Fuel Endowments

Your donor gave you an in-kind gift that you thought had nominal value, but when it was appraised, it was worth a lot more? This kind of pleasant surprise is not uncommon for charities that accept in-kind gifts of oil and gas interests.

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Postcards From the Edge of Agita
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Viken Mikaelian

Postcards From the Edge of Agita

How do you thank your donors? We give them gifts. Every year. These can range from the mundane (a printed calendar) to the ridiculous (a bobble-head doll), to the more expensive-and-mundane (an engraved glass mug or paperweight.)

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Finding Your Best Planned Giving Prospects
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Viken Mikaelian

Finding Your Best Planned Giving Prospects

Whether you’re kicking off a fledgling planned giving program or you’re comfortably positioned with a legacy society, it doesn’t take a data scientist to help you find your best prospects. It DOES, however, start with your donor data. This blog explains why data is essential.

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Donors Don’t Just Give; They Invest
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Viken Mikaelian

Donors Don’t Just Give; They Invest

“I’m dying,” she said. “I have 4 to 5 weeks to live.” She is a friend in the planned giving industry. I was devastated and the conversation gave me a paradigm shift: I realized I don’t like to give. I like to invest in my legacy instead.

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How Collaboration builds a better team
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Viken Mikaelian

Collaboration

Collaboration draws upon the unique skillsets of individuals to achieve a common goal among a group. But for specialization to work, teaming up (aka, collaboration) with others who have complementary skills is critical. And I am happy to see that’s becoming the norm in philanthropy.

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That’s No Way to Treat a Donor
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Viken Mikaelian

That’s No Way to Treat a Donor

Like dating, you have an ongoing relationship with your donors, and there is a right way and a wrong way to treat them — to keep them happy; to show you truly appreciate them; to “keep the romance alive.”

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