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Helping Organizations Thrive 
July 2014 Edition
Welcome to my July 2014 email newsletter. 

The mission of Jonathan Poisner Strategic Consulting is to make the world a better place by helping mission-driven organizations thrive.  I do that by assisting my clients with strategic planning, campaign planning, coalition building, fundraising, communications, and other organizational development challenges.

To keep people informed about my work, I set up this monthly (mostly) e-newsletter.  If you want to unsubscribe, just look for the link at the bottom.   My most recent edition can be read in my archive.

For a complete lists of the consulting services I offer, check out my website.
What Works

Most editions of this newsletter contain a section I call "What Works." 

This month I'm including one of my Tip Sheets, a new feature on my website.

This month's tip sheet is on sustaining (monthly) donor programs.

Monthly donors are invaluable to any nonprofit organization.  They provide a steady stream of income and they do not require the organization to spend time and money renewing them annually.

Pretty much every group I talk to today has the capacity to accept sustaining donors.  But many struggle to put all the pieces together to truly grow their sustaining donor list.

Here' are a baker's dozen (13) tips for how to grow a sustaining donor program.

1.         Make monthly/sustaining giving a prominent option on all donation materials

Both your printed donation forms and online donation forms should prominently feature monthly donations as an option.

Don't make this an afterthought when designing these forms.  Whoever does the design should know that your top preference is a sustaining donor.

2.         Give them multiple options

Don't rely solely on either credit card donations or automatic withdrawal from checking accounts. 
Allow donors to use either option.

And don't get hung up on "monthly" as the only sustaining option.   Some donors will opt for quarterly on a sustaining basis and that should be an option if feasible.

Read the rest of Tips.
Recent Success Stories and New Clients

On June 17th, I was in Eugene (OR) leading a Nonprofit Association of Oregon workshop entitled: "Strategic Planning for the Real World."

In early July, I was in Seattle leading a fundraising workshop for the Bus Federation and its affiliates (Oregon Bus Project, Washington Bus Project, Forward Montana, New Era Colorado, Moves San Antonia, Chicago Votes, and Ohio Students Association).

I recently wrapped up a strategic planning and development planning process for the Montana Budget and Policy Center.  

Over the next month, I'll be working with Sightline Institute to organize and facilitate a meeting of Oregon and Washington advocates working for a more sustainable and equitable transportation system.

Starting later this month, I'll be starting a six month process assisting Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon develop a new strategic plan. 

I'm continuing to provide ongoing assistance to the Blue Mountains Conservancy aimed at generating new leadership and funding for the organization.  

Lastly, starting in August, I will be joining the "Parts Department" at Hatch, a Portland-based Community Innovation Lab that consists of purpose-driven for-profit and nonprofit organizations.  Portland area folks should be on the lookout for monthly workshops I'll be leading at Hatch. 

Check out my website for a complete list of all my clients.
Recent Blog Entries

Note: I am actively looking for Guest Blog submissions.  If you have some thoughts to share on any aspect of organizational development, shoot me an email and we can discuss length, timing, etc.

A Blog about a Frog on a Log - Updated

Should your Nonprofit Get a Drone?

Why Don't Groups Do Strategic Planning

Guest Blog: Grant Writing as a Team-Building Exercise

Connecting Fiscal Management to Strategy

Learning to Let Things Go Wrong

Ideas for Donor Involvement

Guest Blog:  Five Questions to Ask when Marketing to Grow your Nonprofit

Have you Sharpened your Axe Lately?

Evaluating on Two Levels

One big Idea and Three Takeaways

Invest in Professional Development

Looking for one of my past blog entries on a particular topic?   I have now categorized my past blog entries.  Just go to my website and hover over the "blog" link on the navigation bar and you can see the topics and choose from among them. 
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