Give and Take

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Fundraising Consulting
Viken Mikaelian

The Art & Science of Asking for Money

There’s a difference between being a beggar and a fundraiser. Don’t conflate asking for money with groveling. You’re not demeaning yourself by asking for money. It’s actually a privilege.

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Planned Giving
Viken Mikaelian

CEO Note

If my name were in your database, it would be flagged as an ideal planned giving prospect. Why? I’m over 60. I own a business and real estate (which can be planned gifts). I have no kids. I give annually to a number of charities.

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For Donors
Viken Mikaelian

Five Reasons Your Donors Need a Free Online Will Planner

You should already be promoting the importance of estate planning (and by extension, marketing your planned giving program) to your donors. We offer a simple toolkit to cover most needs. But to really help your donors—who in turn, will help you—you need a free online will planner incorporated in your planned giving website.

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Estate Planning
Viken Mikaelian

A Lesson from an Early Bird

I picked up my coffee this morning at our local WaWa (for those of you who aren’t on the East Coast, you’ll have to Google that) and drove to our office in Valley Forge, PA. After an uneventful, pleasant drive that gave me a little extra planning time, I pulled into my parking space ready to start the day. I opened the door to get out …

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25 Ways to Influence Others

Influencing others is a skill that can be learned and developed into an art form. Here are some easy techniques to help you to develop your influence.