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Nonprofit Radio for May 2, 2022: The Other Tony Martignetti


Tony Martignetti: The Other Tony Martignetti

Am I encroaching on him or is he encroaching on me? I think we can find peaceful coexistence. The other Tony Martignetti is the individual and team coach at Inspired Purpose Coaching and author of the book, “Climbing the Right Mountain.”


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[00:02:20.14] spk_0:
mm hmm Hello and welcome to tony-martignetti non profit radio Big nonprofit ideas for the other 95%. I’m your aptly named host of your favorite abdominal podcast. We’re welcoming a new second sponsor fourth dimension technologies. Thank you, thank you very much for joining us for d. So glad to have you and I’m glad you’re with, I’d be thrown into Blefary rhinitis if you swelled me up with the idea that you missed this week’s show. The other tony-martignetti am I encroaching on him or is he encroaching on me? I think we can find peaceful coexistence the other tony-martignetti is the individual and team coach at inspired purpose coaching and author of the book climbing the right mountain. We’re gonna have some fun today on tony state too, managing those who fear fundraising, we’re sponsored by turn to communications pr and content for nonprofits, your story is their mission turn hyphen two dot c O. And by welcoming fourth dimension technologies I. T. Infra in a box. The affordable tech solution for nonprofits. tony-dot-M.A.-slash-Pursuant Just like 3D but they go deeper. What a pleasure. What great fun what you know, it’s just amazing to welcome tony-martignetti this tony-martignetti is the trusted advisor coach experience, creator, author, podcast, host and speaker, he’s chief inspiration officer of inspired purpose coaching and author of the book climbing the right mountain Navigating the journey to an inspired life. His company is at inspired purpose coach.com and he’s at Tony-Martignetti one. tony-martignetti welcome to tony-martignetti non profit radio

[00:02:31.14] spk_1:
I am so thrilled to be here tony It’s a, it’s truly amazing that we’ve finally made this happen. Um and this conversation is long overdue

[00:03:01.54] spk_0:
indeed, I think I dropped the ball for a while, I had your book and then I didn’t get back to you and tell you that I got the book and I feel bad about that, but we’re here, you’re here. Um I, you know, I, I felt bad when I was introducing you, you you have to be at tony-martignetti one, I feel bad about that. I’m sorry, I’m sorry I grabbed tony-martignetti Where were you? Where were you? Six or eight? Yeah, I don’t know when I started on twitter, where you been? Where were you? Yeah,

[00:03:02.51] spk_1:
just a little bit slow to the uptake and you had to get there first. It’s all good

[00:03:07.14] spk_0:
if it wasn’t for

[00:03:08.16] spk_1:
you. You know, if you weren’t such a good guy, I wouldn’t, I would be more upset, but you know, we can coexist and I’m thrilled to uh, to share the name with you.

[00:04:13.14] spk_0:
We certainly can. Oh you’re sharing your name with me. Oh I see, I see how it is. Okay, okay, now you first came uh into my awareness my, on my radar because folks were confusing us like they would post on linkedin Thanks to at tony-martignetti for having me on, on the podcast. And the first time I ignored it and then it kept happening. So you have a lot of guests who are grateful and then I realized okay there, then I then somebody said the uh you know the fireside, I’m sorry, no, the virtual fireside uh uh podcast and that’s all right. There’s a, there’s another guy out there who, who has stolen my name. So I had to reach out of course, of course. So you’re, you’re in the, you’re in the boston area, you’re in boston proper or they’re just

[00:04:19.42] spk_1:
in the suburbs, so just south of the city. But I spent most of my time in boston and Cambridge area working in a number different companies there

[00:04:29.54] spk_0:
and neither one of us is related to the martignetti liquor empire in the boston area or the Anthony martignetti of Prince Spaghetti fame,

[00:04:38.74] spk_1:
yep, no royalties coming my way.

[00:04:57.64] spk_0:
No, no, I’m chronically unconnected. Um the now that the Prince Spaghetti is dating probably both of us a bit, you have to be, you probably have to be over 45 or 52. Remember Prince Spaghetti commercials? Of course Wednesday was Prince Spaghetti day and Prince Spaghetti, I don’t think they make it anymore, at least I don’t see it. I don’t see it on the shelves.

[00:05:06.84] spk_1:

[00:05:22.24] spk_0:
tony brought them down, but Tony was the spokesman, he was the mother would be yelling out her boston window, Anthony Anthony martignetti and he would come running down little tony in fourth or fifth or sixth grade become running down the streets of boston, that was, that’s what I’m referring to or we’re referring to it, We’re talking about Prince Spaghetti.

[00:05:30.44] spk_1:
Yeah. In the classic north end of boston.

[00:05:52.24] spk_0:
Yes, that’s right in the north end of boston and then he would run up the steps to his mom’s apartment and she’d be in her house dress. The pasta pot is boiling and I think he came in with a bouquet of flowers or something to make up for being late for supper or something. I don’t, I think so. It’s good to meet you tony-martignetti

[00:05:55.44] spk_1:
here. It’s

[00:06:02.74] spk_0:
a little surreal. It’s interesting. Um so tell us about your, tell us about your coaching before we were gonna talk to someone about your book, but tell us about inspired purpose coaching please.

[00:06:31.14] spk_1:
Yeah, I mean, so the first of all the coaching I do is something that it’s really my calling. It’s what I was called to do even though it took me a long time to get here. Um the the work I do is work with accomplished leaders and entrepreneurs um in all different types of industries who are feeling like there’s something missing. Um they’re feeling like they’re stuck and they want to find the connection to their inspired purpose, They want to lead with purpose and they want to find fulfillment in life and in work

[00:06:38.74] spk_0:
and these many industries include nonprofits. Do you have, have you coached or are you coaching focusing nonprofits?

[00:07:03.24] spk_1:
Yeah, nonprofits um you know, across many different tech organizations but from nonprofits for sure. I recently just got back from doing a training with a nonprofit organization in Ohio. Um, and it was really powerful to help them. Were there challenges.

[00:07:29.44] spk_0:
Alright, excellent. So, so the, The book, the book has universal appeal, but certainly, you know, the book is kind of, it’s personal and professional. I see it as more personal. Kind of see like 70, 30. I don’t know if that do you think I am? I am I being unfair to your book? Like I see it largely personal, but then it certainly has professional implications and, and ideas to, I don’t know, am I am I mischaracterizing? You can tell me, you can tell me if I’m messed up,

[00:07:33.27] spk_1:
I’ll be honest with you. I

[00:07:35.82] spk_0:
think, I think you’re absolutely

[00:08:21.34] spk_1:
Right. I think it’s more that 7030 because you know, the reality is you can’t separate the person from the leader in the organization. And I think there’s most of it has to do with how you’re showing up to life, not just how you’re showing up to work and definitely you want to make sure that we, you know, had that element of how are you showing up to work because it’s a big part of what we spend our time doing. We want to make sure that people think about what I want to do for the work that I’m doing, How am I leading my people if I’m leading people, um, there’s a lot of elements I tap into their, um, I think one of the big messages that I try to, to come across in the book is that it’s really about defining success on your own terms. Um and that it’s never too late to change the path you’re on.

[00:08:26.04] spk_0:
Yes. Success in your own terms,

[00:08:28.74] spk_1:
not the

[00:08:34.24] spk_0:
culture’s terms, not society’s terms, not your professions terms. Yeah,

[00:09:14.74] spk_1:
Yeah. And when I think it’s a great message, because when you think about, like, even as we think about non profit versus profit for profit organizations, oftentimes people think like, well I don’t want to work for a nonprofit, you know, that means that I’m not gonna make any money um or I’m not going to have an impact. Well, the reality is that it all depends on how you look at your role and it looks at how you craft your position. You know, you can do well and make enough money to live a good life. Um it doesn’t have to be an either or um you can do well and make a good living. Um it doesn’t have to be one or the other.

[00:09:30.54] spk_0:
Yes. Yes. And you make the point, we’ll, we’ll get a chance to flush it out, but you make the point that happiness doesn’t follow from success. Success flows from happiness.

[00:09:45.54] spk_1:
Yeah, Yeah. So choosing that path of like really wanting, you know, what is it that makes you happy to, you know, really understanding, you know, what’s going to bring life to your life um is important. I

[00:09:45.80] spk_0:
had plenty of time to read the book because I sat on it for a long time before before I remember to tell you that I got it. So I had plenty of time to go through it. Um All right, so you use this very interesting um I think clever metaphor of mountain

[00:10:00.99] spk_1:

[00:10:02.64] spk_0:
and it’s in the title of the book, explain, explain.

[00:10:11.54] spk_1:
Yeah well um I do enjoy climbing mountains in fact um when uh this summer I’m going to be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. So

[00:10:17.68] spk_0:
yes you should be preparing for that right now, shouldn’t you?

[00:10:21.08] spk_1:
I am I am I am doing the preparations uh you know getting out hiking a lot and doing a lot of um just aerobic exercise because it just want to get you know used to the oxygen um at those different levels.

[00:10:35.84] spk_0:
How do you how do you train for the oxygen deprivation at however many tens? I don’t know how how is Kilimanjaro

[00:10:41.64] spk_1:

[00:10:42.72] spk_0:
19,000 ft? How do you train for that part?

[00:11:10.64] spk_1:
Um so you just have to continue to get out and do more hikes. I mean if I could get in, I’m not going to get up to 19,000 ft anywhere here locally. So I’m just doing a lot of different mountain climbs locally and what I’m trying to do is just get used to getting up to to elevation. Um more and more instead of staying at the consistent elevation all the time. So just you know getting used to it. It’s all it takes. You

[00:11:12.06] spk_0:
have to travel to you have to travel to some mountains to prepare for higher elevations.

[00:11:57.54] spk_1:
So the last mountain I traveled to was I went to Peru during the pandemic actually while I was finishing up my book which I’ll get into in a moment. Um I went to Machu Picchu in um in peru and that was the whole area of Cusco is actually at a pretty high altitude. I can’t remember the exact altitude of where you’re at above sea level there but it’s um you constantly have to be ready to have oxygen on your on hand in case you need it. But it’s just really about slowing down and breathing more intentionally. And um that’s part of the process is just getting used to that breathing slowly. Um And slowing down every step you take is intentional. So

[00:12:03.23] spk_0:
my goodness. When are you going to Tanzania

[00:12:06.38] spk_1:
in august so

[00:12:08.34] spk_0:

[00:12:09.09] spk_1:
it’s right around the corner.

[00:12:10.44] spk_0:
Good wishes. Good. I’m not gonna say good luck. You don’t really need luck but you know good wishes and your training and everything. I hope you stay healthy.

[00:12:16.81] spk_1:

[00:12:18.07] spk_0:
a feat.

[00:12:19.04] spk_1:
Yeah it’s gonna be amazing. I’ll keep you posted as to you know how it all turns out but

[00:12:22.66] spk_0:
okay you have you have a guide of course and you go with the team.

[00:12:27.72] spk_1:
Yeah. Yeah. Don’t

[00:12:29.06] spk_0:
climb alone. You make the point in the book, that’s part of your metaphors. Never you’re never climbing alone.

[00:14:37.84] spk_1:
Yes, that’s exactly it. And I think, you know, so just to come back to this idea of climbing, you know, I’ve always enjoyed climbing and one of the things that’s interesting is that there’s been some climbs that I’ve taken that are not so successful when you just go in without preparation, without having the right people alongside you and without having a map. Um I’ve literally done that when I was a teenager, but then you have these other clients where it’s more successful when you have that preparation, your partner, the right people and you see this this idea of like really knowing what you’re getting yourself into without really having everything all mapped out in terms of like specifics. Um but the preparation is key. So the whole idea about the book is climbing the right mountain is about really being on this journey to, you know, see the mountain as your career and the path you’re on and when you get to the top, are you going to be satisfied with what you’ve created for yourself? And often times, you know, I’ve talked to a lot of different leaders and myself included um gotten to the top of their mountain based on what they thought that they wanted and they realized it wasn’t what they wanted. The view is not what they expected and they’ve had to sacrifice a lot of things to get their, you know, their health, their well being, their time with family, friends. Um, and it’s unfortunate because you know, when you have that, that singular focus of like this is what I need to do to get to the top and then you get there and you feel like let down, um, you want to have a sense of what can I do now? And so, um, the book is really there for us to be able to think a different way. And if you’re still on the path and thinking yourself like, oh gosh, am I on the right path at all? There’s some thoughts around how can you stop, pause and take another look and see what else is possible? Am I really climbing on the right path for me right now? And sometimes it’s not about leaving your, your career. It’s not about, hey, you know, I should be leaving my job and go somewhere else. Sometimes just looking at your job from a different lens, just changing perspective a little bit,

[00:16:25.54] spk_0:
it’s time for a break. Turn to communications, they do content creation and content management. Let’s focus on the management part. Your blog. Is it out of date? Have you got a resource page whether it’s your content or the content of others that you’re sharing? And is that thing that resource pages out of date? You’ve got resources from like 2018, even 20, years old, you’ve probably got more current content. Let’s get it up on the resource page, let’s get it up on the blog. Turn to can help you not only with the content creation, creating all these um communications, all these messages, but with the management also and keep that management current. You don’t want to blog, that’s even six months old, right, where the most recent stuff is six months old. No, you don’t want that turn to can help you turn to communications turn hyphen two dot c o Now, back to the other tony-martignetti Although for you, it was a major and sudden job career change. You know, what, what did that, what did that before? You know, you can welcome to tell the story of, you know, the incident, I’m not gonna I’m not gonna beg, you know, I’m not gonna spoil it. But what, what was that feeling like for you that you objectively, I guess to outsiders had succeeded, but you still have this feeling of, of, of longing and emptiness.

[00:17:40.14] spk_1:
Yeah, I mean, I think that’s exactly you know, I love the way you put it there because that’s exactly how it felt. You know, I had, I had had outward success, people saw me as someone who was really doing well, I was working as a finance and strategy professional in the biotech industry. Um I had done a lot of successful things on the outside, but there was a sense of something missing. There was an emptiness inside and I know I’m not alone in this feeling. There’s a lot of people who feel this way in their navigation through their own path. But I got to this place where I was sitting in a boardroom and feeling like I don’t want to do this anymore. I was looking around the room and seeing a lot of people checked out, you know, looking at their cell phones and just listening to these leaders who are toxic in nature, they were more concerned about their own image and how they were showing up. And as I was looking around, I had this feeling and that I didn’t want to do this anymore. I didn’t want to be here anymore and collect a paycheck and just show up um that there’s got to be a different way for leaders to inspire others and to change the way that they’re showing up in the room. And so I decided to to leave the room um to walk out.

[00:17:43.04] spk_0:
And I said to myself, yeah.

[00:18:44.24] spk_1:
And I just I said at that point that I’m going to leave the room to change the room in some way. I don’t know how I just know that it’s not this and that’s what really was the the the point that really flipped for me and created um the path that I’ve been on of the past 4.5 years. Um and you know, when I talk to people about this, sometimes they’re like, well, is that the path that I should be taking? Like, no, it’s it’s not, it was for me because that’s what I had to go through to get to where I wanted to go. But ultimately, if you can to do small experiments along the way or kind of maybe take small bets and not leave, you know, your day job, if you will, then that’s always better. But if this is what it takes for you to actually make that movement, then do that. This is a good it’s a good path. If if it’s the only thing that’s gonna get you in motion, I

[00:18:55.34] spk_0:
like that idea that you have to leave the room to change the room. I’ve never heard that before? Maybe that’s common. Uh but you do, it changes the room and it changes your, that changes the room you’re gonna be in next.

[00:20:25.24] spk_1:
Yeah. And I think it also was a was a big moment of being so fierce, so much, so much fear, so much uncertainty for me. I didn’t know what I was doing at that point because I knew hardly that there was something coming up for me, but I then had to kick off this process of understanding, well, who am I really to be doing this? Like, like the imposter syndrome that I had to go through to really experience this, like building a business around this, am I gonna do this on my own is just gonna be you know, coaching is what I ended up getting into, but I had to like figure out well how is anyone gonna want to buy coaching for me if I don’t have a track record of being a coach, So there’s a lot of that that comes into place um but slowly but surely I built the confidence one conversation at a time and also by getting to know who I was um by exploring myself as I say oftentimes my tagline inspiration through honest conversation and those conversations are not always with other people, they start with yourself, really understanding who am I, what makes me unique, you know, what is it that I am wired to do? Um and that starts by getting really quiet and listening to yourself answer those

[00:20:26.84] spk_0:
questions and what and

[00:20:28.09] spk_1:
to answer those questions, the important ones,

[00:20:31.94] spk_0:
essentially helping yourself before you can help others. Yeah

[00:20:34.78] spk_1:

[00:20:44.54] spk_0:
Uh coaching yourself before you can coach others, Finding yeah, finding yourself before you can help others find you know, their their right path. Um yeah, you talk, you talk something about this is related self leadership,

[00:20:50.84] spk_1:

[00:20:58.74] spk_0:
this, what’s this idea of self leadership? Oh by the way, wait, I wanted to ask you first, did anybody yell at you when you walked out of the boardroom? They yell martignetti martignetti get back here or don’t ever come back or anything dramatic like that or

[00:21:20.44] spk_1:
no, it’s ironic that it didn’t uh it was more like looks around the room a little bit like what is he doing? Uh it’s not like I made it some more massive thing and after when I um when I did leave, I came back and I basically said to them, I said, look, you know, I made the decision that I’m, I’m done and this is what I’m doing. Um and they said, okay, you know, it is what it is. You know, they just kind of accepted it, what else, what else are they gonna do? All right? Um but the, you know, jokingly I would say the person who was yelling at me most of all was probably my, my brothers and sisters and

[00:21:38.71] spk_0:

[00:21:40.04] spk_1:
like what are you doing?

[00:21:42.00] spk_0:
I think

[00:22:33.84] spk_1:
that brings up a good point, which is to say um the cost of your new life is your old life. You have to um to kind of shed the old beliefs that you have the old thinkings of who people think you are and you move into this new place and what that means. You have to sometimes, you know, realize that you’re the only one who’s going to truly know who you are becoming. There’s gonna be a lot of people who don’t understand what you’re going through. Um and that’s okay, they’ll eventually come along, they’ll figure it out, but you have to be okay with being in that raw state, the we often call liminal space that is between the known and the unknown. Um and you become the person who’s more expert at who you’re becoming because you’re going through it yourself,

[00:22:34.73] spk_0:
its its vulnerability to

[00:22:36.65] spk_1:
Yeah, yeah,

[00:24:22.64] spk_0:
willing to be vulnerable to family colleagues who you know who you’re departing, you know, whatever. Yeah. You know, you said I have a little bug a boo about it is what it is and I think in this case you’re being modest, but uh because it is what you made it, you know, as I don’t know if it was a conversation with the boss or you know, whatever, but it’s not just, it didn’t just happen, You know like the weather, it is what it is, we can’t control that. But 99% of the time I think people use it is what it is. Either they’re like in your case you’re being modest. I think you you caused that you caused that to happen. You made a conscious choice in the moment and left the room and and followed through on it. So you you you caused the change um and a lot of times I think uh aside from modesty at absolves people of responsibility, you know, it is what it is. Well, no, actually it is what you made it or what we together made it maybe there is a shared responsibility accountability, but I uh I’m I’ve I’ve I’ve said it a million times it is what it is, but just like in the past few months or so. I’ve been drilling down on that because it’s so common and very little is what is what it is. The vast majority of times. It’s what someone has made it, it might be some industry, it might be some political party, there might be some person, it might be some group of persons, it might be you, it might be me, it might be us together. Yeah. You know, it is what it is. Uh absolves accountability. So you’re, you know, you’re a thinker, you’re a thinker. So I want to share my, maybe you’ll think about what I think about. Maybe

[00:25:45.64] spk_1:
not. I love what you said and I think it’s what’s so cool about it is that it’s like, it is what it is, has to be um, you know, proceeded followed by, um by and what now and what now. So if you say that, okay, it is what it is. Well, okay, but there’s gonna be some action that follows it that makes it meaningful, makes it meaningful that you’re going to take some action that’s going to like say, okay, if that’s what the existing paradigm is and you’re willing to shift out of it, that’s what means that you did something about it to actually make a difference. Um, to shift out of what it what it is, what it is, which oftentimes we’re stuck in these environments that have become, you know, self perpetuating if you will. Um, and then what you do is you step out and say, nope, not me, I’m not going to stay in this environment any longer, so I’m gonna do something about it, I’m going to move out of that environment and I’m gonna create something different, but it’s about taking action and that action then has follow on action and before you know what you’re doing something different, even if that action is not perfect, gosh, like that, you know, the first step you take could be the wrong step, but the fact that you’re taking a step is um, it’s a sign that you’re, that you’re ready for something different, you’re ready to make a move into a direction, that is not the one that you’re in right now

[00:25:54.74] spk_0:
and then you are taking responsibility. You know, you’re, you’re, you are sort of flipping that and you’re, you’re saying without saying it, you’re conscious of, you know, it is what I’ve made

[00:26:04.76] spk_1:
it, my

[00:26:13.24] spk_0:
life is what I’ve made in my career, whatever, you know, whatever macro or micro um aspect, you know, you may be focusing on, if you’re within your existence, taking responsibility for it, it is what I have made it

[00:26:21.74] spk_1:

[00:26:46.44] spk_0:
as you’re saying now, I can take an action, take a tiny action, I can take a big action and walk out of the room I can take a small action, start investigating, start talking to other people in other careers. You know? Whatever whatever it is, you’re you’re you’re taking responsibility. So that’s my little that’s my tirade on it is what it is. You know, I want folks to take responsibility or or give responsibility or or or responsibility or blame or credit wherever it’s do whatever it is,

[00:26:52.05] spk_1:

[00:26:57.54] spk_0:
it’s yourself, it’s a team, if someone else, you know, very little is it is what it is like I said, the weather.

[00:28:09.24] spk_1:
Yeah, I mean, I’m going to take it a step further because, you know, as we often say, the words we use, you know, really, um creates our world and the word that comes to mind for me now, especially when it comes to self leadership, is that it’s taking ownership, um ownership of your path and if you continue to accept it is what it is, then what’s happened is you’re stuck in this, like this path of like, whatever, you know, comes to me, I’m just going to accept it and live within it, live it, live within the existing paradigm. But if I take ownership of my path, take ownership of my life, lead myself. Then what happens is I can own the decisions, good or bad, whatever happens next, I could fail, I could win. Um and either way I can be proud that I took ownership of whatever happens next. And that’s what leadership is about. Self leadership especially is about, is really saying that I choose to take ownership of the path forward as opposed to just accept what is. That’s

[00:28:26.04] spk_0:
one of your, one of your guide posts. You know there you have uh you have eight guide posts in the book and we’re not gonna have time to get to all of them. So you know, folks are just gonna have to buy the book. You got to buy the book. That’s the way that’s the way to get the full content. You know, we can we can we can tease you with with ideas here. But you know, one of your guide posts is connect with the leader within

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that’s the self leadership that we just talked about. Another one is check your surroundings.

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Mm hmm.

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Those around you. The influences around you. Talk about that. Check your, Check your surroundings.

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Yeah. I mean, I think it’s so important to think about that. Like Oftentimes, you know, you think that um you know, the environment that you’re in is um It is you know that you just show up and the people around you are going to support you or they’re gonna, you know, bring you to where you are. What the surroundings we have. They create this uh container for um Either supporting us or defeating us. And so we need to make sure we’re very careful about is surrounding us with the type of people who are going to help us to thrive. Not just survive. Um you know, i in the book, there’s a there’s a conversation about how, like, you know, in India in Delhi, um there’s this idea that like, you know, there’s a lot of pollution, there’s no doubt about it. There’s a ton of pollution. And the people of Delhi have really come to this place where they’ve just been able to adapt into living in the world of their bodies have adapted to the pollution, but the reason why they’ve done that is because they have no other choice but to adapt because that’s what their environment is. But when you make a conscious choice to say like, well, I don’t want to be in that environment. If I take myself out of the environment, I don’t want to adapt to a toxic environment. I want to adapt to an environment. In fact, maybe even shape the environment so that I’m in a place where I’m surrounded by people who helped me to become something better than who I am. So that’s surrounding is important. If you surround yourself with people who support you, who allow you to be free to speak your mind, then you’re gonna really take yourself to the next level as opposed to holding yourself back.

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You spend time with people who bring you up uplift you not, you know, toxic personalities, negative personalities. You know, that that really that really can hurt it impacts, even though you’re, you know, you you you may even recognize it as toxic, but it’s still you know, I don’t know, you know, to me, I would say like it tears you down. It brings you down it, it can hurt you

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absolutely. And sometimes you don’t even recognize it. Sometimes we don’t

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recognize that we’ve

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become so immune to it that like because we’ve built these um these immunities to seeing what it is that we’re living in. It’s like the fish and water, right? We don’t know where in water we’re just in it. Um so it takes someone else to tell you, hey, do you realize what you’re living in right now. Do you realize the environment that you’re in is not supporting who you really want to be and that’s why a coach or mentor somebody who can can look at your situation and help you to see you know how it’s not currently serving you and how it could be different.

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I should have asked you to explain the purpose behind the guide posts before I story we started talking about the guard post. You’re stuck with a lackluster host tone, you know, there’s no way there’s no way around it. So you know, I apologize for that.

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I mean

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you could take over it is tony-martignetti non profit radio you’re you’re you’re you’re you’re not the aptly named host, but you know, you could be you could be you have the potential to be host of All right. So the guide posts, what’s the whole what’s the whole point behind uh the eight guide posts that you spend a lot of time talking about in the book.

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Yeah, I mean the guy poster, there are two really kind of set your path to getting to where you want to go to create a journey to, you know, connect with what you want to accomplish in your life, to be on a journey that will connect you to the type of, you know, fulfillment that you’re looking for. Um I mean, you know what I think is most important is to just the pause, the initial, you know, let’s step back and look at what’s possible. And as you get to those different posts they build on each other. You know, as you said, there’s this, you know, connecting with self leadership and you know, seeing that, you know, whether or not the environment is right for you, but also thinking about legacy, what you think is so important. And when you start to think about like what do I want my legacy to be, who I want to be remembered for? Um and that’s important. I think it’s important to think about those things because sometimes we just get our heads so down and we just focus and we just need to step away from it and say what else is important here, what else do I want for my life and what do I want people to know about me um in the end

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and this is all to help folks climbed the right mountain.

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for them for them.

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Yes yes for them so key

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it’s time for a break. Fourth dimension technologies join me in welcoming four D. Their I. T. Solution is I. T. Infra in a box. It’s budget friendly and holistic. You pick what you need and leave the rest behind. I thi assessment multi factor authentication, other security cost analysis, help desk and more choose what’s right for your I. T. Situation and for your budget. Fourth dimension technologies tony-dot-M.A.-slash-Pursuant four D. Just like three D. But they go one dimension deeper. It’s time for Tony’s take two managing those who fear fundraising. We’re probably talking about board members or potentially other volunteers. You could have other volunteer leaders conceivably helping you with your fundraising. Well I’m not talking about professional fundraisers. You know if you hired a professional fundraiser who fears fundraising you made a big mistake. Cut bait. It’s time to let that person go or find another job for them. The professional fundraiser who hates fundraising, fears fundraising. But uh so that’s that we’re putting that aside. It’s probably not a professional. So the volunteers who fear fundraising. My first advice is help them in there fundraising endeavors in their soliciting, help them with training, certainly staff support role playing assuring them that they don’t have to solicit alone that there will always be either a staff member or another volunteer with them. So they’ll never be alone doing it. Help them see that they wouldn’t be in this, you know, all by themselves. But if they’re still resistant to soliciting, okay, then we’re gonna take them off solicitation and find something else fundraising related for them to do. Like thanking folks board. If its board members were talking about what donor would not love to get a handwritten note or a phone call from a board member, purely a thank you. No more. No, nothing more than that. Just to thank you. Why do you love our work? Those are such easy conversations. So thanking could be hosting, hosting an event, small event, perhaps in their home, maybe some other venue that that maybe their office club, whatever, hosting a small event for you, introducing you to folks, bringing their networks to your organization. So there’s three other ways that those who fear fundraising because they think it’s, it’s soliciting can be brought into the, into the fold more comfortably showing them that there are things that are not soliciting, but that are still valuable around fundraising. And then the third, if they’re not willing to do either one or two, then you gotta move past these folks. They cannot be obstacles to those who don’t fear fundraising, who are embracing it, who recognize how important a role it is for them as as key volunteers. So you gotta get past these folks, they, we can’t have them as obstacles to other people. So those are my uh, my ideas around helping those who fear fundraising, helping you manage those folks That is Tony’s take two, we’ve got boo koo but loads more time for the other tony-martignetti with tony-martignetti I love that name. The the other other guide posts I want to talk about be ready to adapt.

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Yes, Yeah. I mean I kind of, I think I already kind of talked a little about this, but there’s this idea that like, you know, we have to be able to think differently about how, you know, each thing that comes at us, like every time we are moving to a new job or a new place, we’re constantly being faced by change. So we need to be ready to adapt. Twitter’s on the horizon so that the idea that, you know, we need to have that skill set built into us around, you know, what else is possible for me? What else do I need to build into my path that allows me to be able to adapt to that change. And I talked about that, being able to adapt to a toxic environment or being able to adapt to a positive environment that still applies here when you can adapt in a more positive way to make a big difference as to how you navigate

[00:38:50.52] spk_0:
and how does that impact leadership then if you are, if you are leading others.

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Yeah, I mean when you’re leading others and you’re able to show them your modeling the way you’re helping them to see that how they can adapt is is really how you’re showing them, Hey, things didn’t go according to plan. Let’s pivot in a different way, Let’s move a different direction. Let’s, you know, figure out what we need to be able to change. You know, this particular initiative to something else like during the pandemic, there’s been so much adaptation that businesses have had to take and leaders have had to take because well we weren’t already for, you know, leading in a virtual space from the get go. So we had to get ready for a lot different changes. How are we going to communicate how we’re going to connect with each other? How are we going to just get the business to continue to operate? So there’s been a lot of that, you know, how do we become more adaptable as humans?

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I think a lot of that goes to vulnerability to, you know, being willing to, you know, as you said, you know, pivot, try something different. Um, you know, whether it’s the pandemic or just, you know, I don’t know, some event or some fundraising campaign keeping for our listeners in the nonprofit space, um being willing to be vulnerable. I think vulnerability is, is so valuable for for a leader.

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Yeah, I mean, it’s, it really is, it’s something that nowadays, um we’ve come a long way from from what was um the way leaders were, that’s still

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sort of the Jack welch general motors or general Electric, pardon me, G yeah I’m the leader, follow me, you know the omniscient, I’m the present, you know, grab, grab, grab my belt loop and hang on.

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Yeah, I mean I think with when it comes to the you know vulnerable and I know it’s a very often nowadays it’s very popular word to be using the vulnerable leader but it’s not just about being vulnerable, it’s about being true to the people around you being you know, transparent and reel. Um when you’re showing up to the people around you and saying like I don’t always know the path forward, I don’t always have to have the answers and I’m okay with being wrong, you know, there’s this element that they will respect you more. It’s actually like a paradox in a sense because we’re so used to having the leaders having all the answers. But when leaders are courageous enough that they can put themselves out there and say I’m going to lead us forward with your help to move us in the right direction, even if I don’t have the answers, that’s scary, it’s scary to think that like you’re gonna just put yourself out there and it’s like the person who goes on stage to present and there’s petrified

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doing it but they do it anyways because you know what they believe and the fact that they that what they’re doing is important and what they, what, you know what their company’s mission and what they’re wanting to contribute is important. So they do it and they do it with all the fears included, everything included, the impostor syndrome. They do it anyways. Um and when people see that they resonate with that because they say, wow, now that’s a leader, that’s someone who’s despite of all his shortcomings, despite of the things that his or hers um shortcomings or things that are holding them back. He goes forth anyways, That’s pretty

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cool. Yeah, yeah. Um get your bearings and you know, you’re talking about the game versus gap thinking,

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Yeah, I love this particular one because this is one that I think I tap into a lot for myself myself personally, which is that we we constantly thinking about like, oh, you know, why am I not where I want to be in my life, where why am I not where you know, where I want to be in my professional career. Um and even when we do set a goal, there’s this expectation that we should be like, you know, maniacally focused on getting to that goal. But the reality is that’s all about gap thinking it’s like the gap between where I am to where I want to be, but when we focus on the game thinking you can really look back and say, well where have I come from? You know, what are the gains that I’ve, that I’ve created on this path and how can I really use that as the fuel to move forward. It’s like you appreciate the journey that has gotten you here and then it also gets you thinking all I need to do is continue to take those small steps and look at the small gains that will, that will take to move from here to the next place, to the next place to the next place before you know that gap that you would have been looking at is gone. So at change in perspective, gain versus gap will get you thinking out of that little, you know, the place of, of lack of scarcity and into the place of abundance. Mhm

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How far how far I’ve come?

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Yeah, how far I’ve come

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versus how far I need to go. Yeah.

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Yeah, I mean it’s funny when you’re connecting this back to the whole mountain analogy, which is so true. Oftentimes, you know, that’s the, makes all the difference when you look and you’re saying like, oh my gosh, like we’ve got a long ways to go, then that can be really defeating. Um but when you look back and you say, oh my gosh, how far we’ve come, that that’s game and it really makes you feel like appreciative and like almost proud of, you know, wow, all we have to do is just now we’re we’re three quarters away there another quarter to go.

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Mhm You mentioned the journey

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you make the point that happiness is the journey. It’s not a destination.

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talk about that.

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Yeah, I think it’s so important that people are in this place of trying to enjoy even the struggles that they’re on in their path of creating who they want to be, who they’re, who they’re destined to be. You know, there’s this element of like, you know, seeing the growth as just something that is, you know, enjoyable. It’s something that they can be happy about um if you’re constantly feeling like you’re missing something, then your life is going to be full of a lot more struggle. The struggle itself becomes even harder because you’re constantly feeling like your urine lack mode. Um So when you come from a place of, I’m happy now and this is who I am. I’m already the person who I want to be, All they have to do now is continue to, to do the steps to fulfill some of the pieces that will lead me to the next thing that I’m, I’m after. It’s almost like you the, you know, to connect to this might lose some people, but the idea that like everything you ever wanted is already within you, you just have to do the process of physically creating it in the world

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Alright let’s make sure we didn’t lose anybody. That sounds like, I think you have a quote in the book, You quote someone to, to that effect, isn’t it that everything you have is already within you for everything you want is already everything you want is already within you. I think that’s one of the quotes you

[00:46:30.81] spk_1:
have to have a lot of quotes

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at the start of a chapter. Alright, so so say more about it. What what what what are we, you know, what are we, what are we missing if we’re not realizing happiness in our journey?

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Yeah. We may be thinking to ourselves that like I could, I’m not being the person I want to be. So I’m gonna use an example. So the example I often think about is the person since today’s marathon monday um in uh in boston we have um the boston.

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yeah. Um so which is kind of a momentous considering the fact that the past two years um there hasn’t been one. Um but the the whole idea is that if someone says that I want to be, I want to run a marathon but um I, you know, I don’t, I’ve never run a marathon before. So they had the sense of like, well and how do I do that and how do I become a marathoner? Well, the first thing you can do is start thinking about yourself as being a marathon runner. I am a marathon runner. So internally you start to create your programming to say I am the person that I want to be. And when you do that, you start to think, well what are the things that a person who’s a marathon runner do? How do they act, who do they, who are they being and how can I be that person now? So when you connect with this idea of like, of being that person now, even though you haven’t still haven’t run, I haven’t taken a step yet, since I’ve said that um what you’re starting to think about

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it, you should be out there, you’re supposed to be aerobic training, Why are you not in this marathon? Seriously? Come on.

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But but the reality is, it’s like, you know, when someone makes it makes a commitment like that or says that they want to do that, the first thing they can do is start to think and act like it’s already who they are.

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Like if you say to yourself, I want to be this person who’s contributed this in this way, or a person who is kind and um and thoughtful and such and such, so what would a kind and thoughtful person be doing? What would they do? What would a marathon or I mean, just come back to the other analogy, what would a marathon only be doing while they train every day? They don’t eat snacks, like they don’t eat junk food on a regular basis, you know, they do certain things, they act in a certain way, if that’s who I wanna be, that’s who I am,

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I got to be that way. Um it’s, it becomes like a programming, it’s a place to come from, not a place to go

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and that same thing is about, you know, if you’re saying that I want to be happy, then don’t say that I’ll be happy when it’s a place to go to, it’s not a destination, it’s a place to come from, so I’m happy now. All I need to do is to do the things that keep me happy, make me happy,

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awesome. Alright. Mhm. What would you like to talk about tone? I

[00:49:39.07] spk_1:
uh it

[00:49:43.97] spk_0:
is tony-martignetti non profit radio you could be the aptly named host, so no, uh I mean I have some other stuff to ask, but what do you want to talk about your your book or your practice?

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we can talk about the practice

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a bit because I think um one of the things that I found interesting about um coaching with people over the past few years especially is this element of like really wanting to get unstuck, especially when they’re, you know, they’re challenging their business and they’re feeling like uh how do I get to that next place, How do I get that next? You know, past this hump that I’m in um so maybe we can talk a little bit about that,

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Um so one of the things that usually comes to mind and I like sharing this model called, I call it, expand your vision narrows your focus. And the reason why I call it that is because oftentimes the stuck nous that we feel is because we don’t, we’re not seeing beyond what’s right in front of us, We’re just seeing the wall. And so oftentimes, um, when I’m talking with people, I’m getting them to think about new possibilities. Um, what else is possible for me. And so I’ll have them do is I’ll have them say I expand your vision means like just really stepping away from that wall and create some more options. Um, and don’t feel as though you can leave anything out just like completely brainstorm, think differently, you know, what’s on the periphery of who you are, what you’re doing, what your business is up to. Um, and even when you think about it from the nonprofit, like where are the things that like if we’ve only been doing traditional things, how can we get nontraditional? What are the non traditional ideas? So just put them all out there and when you start to explore those different options and you say, okay, well this is the one that I really think is interesting. It hasn’t, it’s intriguing us. Then you narrow your focus and that’s the next part of this, which is to say this is what we’re gonna really spend our time and effort in and all those other things, they just kind of go away and they become not important right now. It’s like you say no to everything else. And this becomes the primary focus of the next move forward until you’ve investigated it. And you find whether or not it’s not the path, if it is the path and fantastic, but it’s like an iterative process, you can kind of say, expand narrow, expand, narrow until you figure out the path that’s really gonna mean a lot for you as a business.

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It sounds like the inspired workplace, or at least it reminds me of inspired workplace that you talked about in the book.

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Yeah. In a sense, Yes, but it’s a there’s a lot more to the inspired workplace because it’s more than just getting them to think like, okay, you know, you show up in your, you know, going to create an inspired workplace, it definitely gets new possibilities going and gets them thinking differently. But with the inspired workplace, what if I usually tap into there is I want to make sure that people understand that, that you can make failures and you can allow people to really feel safe in the process of doing that, because, you know, constantly there’s gonna be people who are feeling like, can I really share that idea, can I really get out there and do this so like this, we have to make sure that in the process of expanding our vision and narrowing of focus, we also create that safety and trust that allows people to feel as though I can do all this because if you don’t have that foundation, it makes it really hard for people to do that.

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That goes back to vulnerability to

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willingness to

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alright. Um is your is your official name on your birth certificate? Is it Anthony or

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is it is it

[00:53:35.53] spk_0:
is so you use Anthony like when you open a bank account or something like that?

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do? Yeah, I do too.

[00:53:44.95] spk_1:
Yeah. All

[00:54:05.54] spk_0:
right. Um you want to leave us with Some, I mean you’re pretty, you’re you’re pretty inspiring. Overall we’ll be talking almost almost 50 minutes. You’re it’s hard for me to say leave us with inspiration. You’ve been inspiring. Um but uh I know you want to give it a shot, give it see if you can bundle all your inspiration into uh into a couple of sentences of closing please.

[00:54:12.30] spk_1:
Yeah, I’ll get I’ll get a good closing for you.

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the one thing that I often tell people is if you’re feeling like you have lost the spark in your life in your work, the best thing you can do is look for the signs of the things that are that do spark you up and do more of that. You know when I when you look at the week ahead, if there’s nothing on your calendar that you look forward to look for, put something on your calendar at least one thing that will get you going that will make you look forward to the week ahead and that is a starting point. You want to make sure they have something to look forward to.

[00:55:00.04] spk_0:
tony-martignetti chief inspiration officer at inspired purpose coaching inspired purpose

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dot com and he’s at tony-martignetti one. Sorry about that, don’t

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[00:55:28.94] spk_0:
a pleasure. Great. Find your over. That’s good. Yeah, we don’t dwell on these things. Right. Of course you’d be the, you’ll be the last person to be still piste off Eight years later that you didn’t get at tony-martignetti that would defeat everything. We just talked about antithetical to your entire being anyway, so what a pleasure to have you Tony. Thank you very much. Really enjoyed the same

[00:55:32.13] spk_1:
here. Thank you so much.

[00:55:35.74] spk_0:
Next week We’ll get back to our 2022 NTCC

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Hey, it’s tony. I hope you’re doing well in the Mid Stones, our Corona virus pandemic. I hope you’re you’re well, I hope you’re safe, I hope. Same thing for your family doing well on DSS. Staying safe. Please keep taking care of each other. That’s that’s the key. If you don’t have family, take care of friends. Know as best we can reach out like this. Seems like very, very good timeto be in touch with folks I’m using. It is a good time to reach out, and I hope you do the same. Whether it’s phone call Zoom uh, you know, even the messenger being touched. It’s It’s a great, great time to be in touch. And and that’s actually what I want to talk about. Planned giving. Being in touch with your donors, you know? What do you do now with those donors who have ah who have committed that you’re in their state plan? No, They’re your plan giving donors. They’re probably older in the vast majority of cases they are. So maybe you’re a little reluctant to reach out. Um, because they’re more susceptible to the virus, so they’re more shut in. Um, they’ve got Children and grandchildren. They even if they live across the street from each other, which this is the case in one woman I spoke to, they can’t see each other. It doesn’t matter how far or how close they can’t be, can’t be together. And ah, that hurts. That hurts as parents and grandparents. So how do you reach

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out? You reach out with your heart.

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You know, just ah, express your concern. Express that we’ll get through this, ask how they’re doing. Lots of open questions, you know. How are you? How are you? How are you getting meals? How do you keep in touch with your family? How is your family? Um how are you? How are you keeping safe? Do you have you have any helpers who come in? What are you

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doing for meals? Is there a service that’s delivering for you or you find yourself cooking more like a lot of us. What are you doing to keep busy watching more TV, listening to more music movies? You know, lots of open questions, you know?

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How are you? Just how are you doing? How are you coping? It’s time to keep in touch

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and e that I don’t know. I was going to say all the more for your plan giving donors because there they’re they’re older, But you need to be in touch with all your

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donors. So I’m not saying planned giving is any higher priority. But don’t ignore those folks. Certainly don’t be ignoring your plan. Giving donors don’t

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use this as a time of silence. And then what? In three or 45 months, whenever you know we’re past the worst part of this, then you’ll reach out. How did you do that comes across as insincere is it is. You know, you want to know now how people are doing so we’ll be in touch with your plan giving donors. So how to be in touch? I’ve been using the default

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as fun.

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If we have a phone number for someone, I’ve been picking up the phone and calling them, including folks that I don’t know very well and maybe never did talk to now. They did always hear from me. I’m thinking of ah, one client where I have donor

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relationships for them. I can’t

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use the client’s name without their permission, and I’m not sure that would be so he said to get now. So But I have a client where I have a lot of donor relationship, donor and prospect relationships for most clients. A more strategic. We’re helping them with their marketing, their planning, um, long term thinking, strategy, maybe events, things like that. But for this client, I do have donor relationships. And as I said, the default is if we have a phone number for them in

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our in our

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C. R. M database, I’m picking up the phone and I’m I’m having conversations. And some of those conversations go on for 1/2 hour, even 40 maybe 45 minutes. Thes folks have a lot to tell. You know, they lived through World War Two. The people I’m talking about, so they’ve got a great perspective, which, which actually gives them gives them hope, You know, they’re They’re not despondent. Most of the people I’m

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talking to you

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very very few are. They’re hopeful, you know, they’ve been through something. Uh, I can’t compare. What’s worse, so are the same. But World War, two minutes to World War two, and that was years. So that gives these folks a lot of hope. Um but they’ve got a lot to say, you know? So don’t be surprised if the conversations go 1/2 hour. And my advice is don’t be looking to cut it off after five or 10 minutes. I have just checking in guide. You Well, you know, take care of yourself. You know, so long that also comes across as insincere as it is. Be in touch with these folks from the heart. You know, You really want to know how they’re doing. I hope you do. I hope you really you know, I mean, this is a people business. Fundraising. Um, I presume you’re in it because you like people. You like relationships. This is a great time to either keep them going or get a little closer with one. Then, uh, then you have been. So the default is the phone. I pick it up, if I can. If we got a phone number. If not email, I haven’t been getting a lot of email responses. Ah, a couple. Not many. But again, the act of reaching out that’s sincerity comes across your genuineness comes across, do it from the heart. These aren’t for me. Emails. You can reach out by email on be very sincere. And then if we have neither of those, you know, we always have an address, handwritten notes, Um, and even in some cases, now I’m thinking about it. I’ve done some hand written notes to some folks who are no better instead of email. So, you know, you use your judgment up to the runner exercising. Very good. Outstanding. Outstanding. Keep loves a thumbs up. If you didn’t see, keep exercising. Um, I’m at the beach. It’s a beautiful place to run. Obviously. Look at this sentence setting. Um, but yes. So in some cases, I’ve actually done a handwritten note instead of, ah, an email. Even though way had we have an email address, I just You know, it felt right for that. That handful of folks, So you know, you do it. Do what you can do what feels right for you. But handwritten notes, you know, they could be short. You don’t have to, Philip. You know, you know, this is not a word letter, even in 8.5 by 11 piece of paper that your handwriting on

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and I happen like

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hand written notes over Ah, over something, you know, from word, um, again genuine, sincere. Ask how they’re doing. Uh, make sure they have your number. So, you know, maybe drop your car name if you’re not sure that they already have your contact info. Um, give folks a way to get back to you. Yeah, um, so reach out. Reach out to your plan. Giving donors. It’s important. And, ah, if it’s a phone call again, don’t look to cut it off. This calls have been genuine. I’ve shared my matter, not a sauce recipe, and I got a tip. Um, well, I shared a tip with our mint. My grandmother’s secret recipe was fresh mint. She grew mint in her backyard. So that was what I shared. Um, and well, the woman was just sharing with me. The idea of making a big pot of sauce and freezing a bunch of the future. I guess that’s obvious about I’ve never done that. I just always used it up. Uh, we’re giving it away, but yeah, you know, freeze. So, uh, so I gave a tip. I got a tip about modern outta. Um she has a beautiful Italian name. I wish I could share her name with you? Uh, beautiful Italian name. Um, so, yeah, reach out. Be close. You know, um, it’s a very, very good time to be in touch with your plan giving donors, and they will appreciate it. Everyone has, uh, has thanked me very graciously for reaching out. So, um, and in a couple of cases, they specifically mentioned that I was the only person from a non profit to do that, and they give to a lot of organizations. So maybe you can set yourself apart by doing it, but that’s that’s not the reason to do it. But if you can, you know, set your organization apart and all the better, right? But the main reason is humanity be in touch, be in touch with fellow humans. Um, donors, donors. I start with donors, and then, uh, then folks who are not donors, but prospects. I’m still working on the donor list plan giving donor list for this client, but yeah, you know, let’s not use our lose our humanity, be in touch. It’s a great time. It’s a great time to be in touch with with lots of people, including your plan giving donors if you have any advice? You have any good stories? Please share. Uh, tony at tony-martignetti dot com. Um, Twitter is a good way to reach me at tony-martignetti. Going to share some stories about being in touch. I’d love to hear them. Love too. Beings out. You take care of yourself to care of your family. You loved ones. Take care of your friends so long.

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Oh, hi. Hello and welcome to Tony martignetti non-profit Radio. Big non-profit ideas for the other 95% of your aptly named host. Oh, I’m glad you’re with me. I’d go into super virgins if I saw that you missed today’s show. Five minute planned e-giving marketing The best person to reveal my wildly simple, planned giving promotion tips is me that originally aired on August 18th 2017. And what’s fair game info you find on linked in about a potential donor belongs in your report on the person. What about Facebook and Instagram? What if the tidbit is embarrassing or compromising but valuable to your orange? Should you friend prospects to learn more about them? Maria Semple walks us through the ethical conundrums. She’s our Prospect research contributor and the Prospect Finder. That’s also from the 88 17 show. I’m Tony. Take two. Watch your plan. Giving Relationships responsive by Wagner C. P A. Is guiding you beyond the numbers. Regular cps dot com By koegler mathos Software Denali fundez They’re complete accounting solution made for non-profits tony dot m a slash Cougar Mountain for a free 60 day trial and by turn to communications PR and content for non-profits, your story is their mission. Turn hyphen to dot CEO. Here’s five minute planned giving marketing. All right, well, there is not a guest to welcome because, uh, I’m it on, and it’s a little awkward because although I do a ton of speaking training, this, you know that I It’s very different. That’s on a stage. People expect to hear me because I’m in the program. Not like I just walked in. What? I’ve crashed a few conferences, but they never gave up on stage. It hasn’t been successful yet, but those aside, you know, I’m in the program. I mean, I’m all right. I’m in today’s program. It’s bits booked. I’m I’m booked for the spot, but, uh, the show is never been, uh, me sharing for a full segment. What? What I purport to know about planned e-giving or charity registration. Uh, you know, I filled in from time to time. Ah, guest is lead or a segment ran short. Maybe a pre recorded thing ran short, and so I would fill in for, like, five minutes or seven minutes or so I think is probably the most. But this is, uh, this is a different one. This is different experience. Geez, just get on with it already. This guy’s rambling. Andi, I’m, uh I’m a little nervous about it, but my voice just cracked, like I’m a 14 year old. Um All right, well, I certainly capable, but it feels weird. That’s what I’m saying. It just feels different. This is not my typical venue for me to be speaking without having somebody to talk to. Let me just do a little technical detail first. Sam, is the Facebook shared on Facebook live shared on the non-profit radio page? Can we, uh, because I don’t want it just on my personal pager doing Facebook live today. I don’t know if Maria Semple is gonna do Facebook live on her end, but you’ll you’ll certainly be hearing her. When? When it’s her turn. Look at me. I’m already rushing to the second segment already. Know this is this is okay. Not yet, Not yet. Maria, hang on. Okay, so you want to share the Facebook live to the non-profit radio page so that it’s called Tony martignetti non-profit radio. Okay. There is no Facebook live today. Let me just don’t go to Facebook don’t look for us. They’re not there today. That was 2017 for God’s sake. To do it on mine. Okay, so, uh, I apologize Thio podcast listeners for Ah, for this, You know, just give me a little technological moment, okay? I’m in my Facebook. I see. Live what? Ah, school Sam’s gonna say, I’m gonna take my phone and take care of that. And of course, you know, we’re gonna get to the five minute marketing tips. Just hold the horses. You’ve got a nerve. You got nervous, guest. Okay, Sam’s gonna take care of that. So, five minute marketing, I haven’t expanded version of this that I have done at conferences runs on for 90 minutes or so. You’re not getting that version. Don’t. We’re gonna keep to the keep to the hour, Okay? But you know, I mean, if you want me t o training conference. I love Thio. I love to speak. Just this is today’s a little weird. So So here’s what I, uh, anticipate. We’re gonna cover very briefly. What planned e-giving is We’ll make sure everybody’s on the same page with that. What kinds of non-profits benefit? Like what? What do you need to have in place before you can start your plan Giving five minute marketing. Okay. And what the radical, revocable planned gift are that we’re gonna be talking about marketing for and there’s a lot more planned giving beyond revocable. But that’s what’s gonna talk. You know, we’re just scratching the surface, you know, bite off too much. I want you to get going with planned e-giving. And it doesn’t have to be in depth. So we’re starting with irrevocable, and then we’ll get into the marketing tips, which is the bulk of book of our time. Um, okay, I’m feeling a lot more comfortable, but it’s still also a little weird. Now it’s like 50 50 instead of 90 10 on the Weighted to the weird sight. Now it’s like 50. 50 um, planned giving. This is a method of giving. That is, long term involves the donors consideration of their long term plans. Their state plans a retirement plans very different than asking a donor to right $50 check or even 1/2 a $1,000,000 check or a $5 million check. These thieves gif ts involved more personal considerations of family on DDE have your charity fits into their much longer term plan. Um, and then typically these are cash to your organization when the donor dies. So again, long term, if you get a 60 or 65 year old to include you in there, will they have got a 25 30 35 year longevity. So long term, you need to have this long term view of fund-raising. Your board needs to have that. We’re gonna get to that board support. But this is not the type of giving that is going to pay the five year capital plan or or, you know, any kind of immediate, immediate budget needs that you have. This is long term, fund-raising. I want to stress that the outset that this is not only for your wealthy donors the five minute mark in tips I’m gonna be giving you these quick ideas, These air. We’re gonna be doing these for all your donors. We’re not getting into discriminating by age. Um, because these are easy tips. So I want you to know that these are ideas that are appropriate for any donor-centric to get to. This is not on Lee for your wealthy donors and all of plane that applies to all of planned. Giving people a very modest means can be terrific. Planned gift prospects. I literally mean, if they have been giving you $15 a year and they have been doing it for many years, like 12 of the past 15 years or 18 or 19 or 20 years of the past 20 they are great plan giving prospects. This is not planned. Giving is not only for your wealthy donors, please take that away. And that does not applied only to what we’re talking to about today. All of planned giving people have very modest means. Very modest can include you in their state plan. The smallest planned gift I’ve ever seen. $1000 in someone’s will. And that’s very rare that I’ve seen that only a handful of times in 20 years. Thank you. 17 20 years I’ve been doing plan giving, only seen a couple seen that a couple of times. The average charitable bequests, which you’re gonna be talking about a lot about Will’s requesting a will. The average is around 36 to $37,000 is the average request, so please take away planned giving is not only for your wealthy donors. Um, we’re going to Ah, I just got you know, we’re gonna take our break now, and when we come back, then we’re gonna get into what you need to have in place. What kind of non-profits benefit? What these revocable gifts are that we were talking about. And the marketing tips Stay with me. Finally, the guy got into it, For God’s sake, it’s time for a break indeed. Wagner, CPS. They had a wagon. Or on September 25th Exempt or non exempt. You missed it. But you still need to classify your employees correctly. Ninja worry As a CZ, my grandpa martignetti used to say, Don’t you worry. You goto wagner cps dot com Click resource is and recorded events And there it is. All right, now, back to five minute plan giving marketing with your lackluster middling mediocre host guest for this segment. Go ahead. Let’s go. All right, let’s get into, um, which organizations benefit right now, By the way, I feel much more comfortable now. Now it’s like 95 5 in my comfort in this format. Speaking alone. All right. So what do you need to have in place. You need to have individual donors. If you are strictly grant funded, government funded fee for service funded, then you don’t have any potential for planned giving. You need to have individual people giving from their pockets, and that’s distinguished from people who get you corporate gifts from their employers. That’s different. You need to have people giving from their pockets. Maybe it’s just your board. I hope all your board is giving from their individual pockets. They certainly should be. Lots of guests have made that case over the years, but you know, it’s limited to the extent that you have individual donors. If you have lots of people who give individual gifts, then great that that that is a prerequisite. Also, some longevity. I’d like to see at least five years in an organization, because what are we asking the donors to do, put you in their will or their other long term planned retirement? Said retirement or state plans? Inherent in that is the belief that your organization is gonna outlive them. And even though there’s great passion and even fury, sometimes around new organizations, they’re gonna live forever. Your donors don’t may not have the same confidence. Probably don’t that you do when you’re a brand new organization. So I’d like to see at least five years. That gives some confidence that your organization will survive the the people who make these plan gifts for you some depth to I like to see more than just, ah, founder and one or two people. Same reason. Longevity. You know, you might have small potential again, maybe just your board. If you’re just a founder and one or two people but outsiders, it’s gonna be much harder to persuade outsiders that you will survived them. If it’s a tiny organization, just a few people, that long term view of fund-raising. I explained why before this could be 30 years waiting for cash to come to your organization. So you need to have a long term view of fund-raising. Um, and your board needs needs to understand that building endowment. I hope every knows what endowment isn’t. Just in case. Endowment is that fund that you never spend the principle of you only spend a You may not You only spend income and you may not even spend all the income. You have a very good year in your returns, you know, in eight or 10 or 12% year. Because non-profits air typically conservatively invested, you’re probably not spending that eight or 10%. You’re spending a lot less like half of that because they’re gonna be years when we turned your lower. But that’s the purpose of an endowment is to live perpetually live forever. Hopefully, you’re never spending more than income, and planned giving is perfect for building endowment because so many plan gifts are unrestricted and they could get put into that endowment fund. And even a lot of the restricted ones can go to endowment the creating endowed funds for AA program of yours. Scholarships are popular Ifit’s If it’s some kind of school, college, anything, you know, really a donor cutting dow just about anything programmatically as long as you are willing, your organization is willing to continue that program. So plan giving very good for building endowment. That board support. I mentioned any new initiative. If you’re gonna start planned giving, you need to have the board on board and aware of the long term nature of these kinds of gifts. Six months into this, you don’t want a boardmember complaining we haven’t recognized any cash. You’re spending time, even if you say it’s only five minute marketing. And but where’s the cash? You don’t want that. So set the expectations correctly at the outset. Make sure your board members know again, long term could be 2030 years for some donors until the cash is received by your organization and any type of mission. I really don’t care what you do if you are saving animals, the sky trees, educating, feeding, sheltering. What else can we be doing? You know any of the channel missions? Anything religious, anything. Social service, cultural museums. I work to the norvig freedom. You name it. Anything charitable, It doesn’t matter. Everything I’m gonna cexp explain applies for you. Fund-raising across all charitable missions guaranteed. Um, CJ Frost didn’t answer. Didn’t answer whether he’s running for Congress. All right, maybe he’s not. Oh, not yet. He says not yet. Okay, well, get in there. It’s easy for me to say. Why did you do it, Tony? Martignetti, um, planned giving. So when we are Ah, yes. This is This has come up for me a lot. Um, sexism. I want you to avoid not giving women the attention that they deserve in planned giving. This goes back to January 2011. You go to tony martignetti dot com could see the block post. Just just, um, search sexism. A tony martignetti dot com You’ll see the Post I did and one of the comments. So what? I’m what I’m quoting now from is from a comment, not me. Uh, surprise. According myself, There were women who said that they had dropped hints, left messages, sent emails or boldly said something about a state planning and planned e-giving to non-profits that they had been supporting. This was more than one woman. It was a one comment or talking about friends of hers, and they have been ignored. I don’t know how that could possibly happen. That is gross negligence and oversight. Just don’t don’t ignore women. I mean, they have money and they live longer than men. So a lot of men are giving the money to the women. But even if they didn’t even if they had a shorter lifespan there still, half the population women have wealth and they want to support non-profits. So I don’t know how these hints messages and bold statements could possibly be ignored. Don’t let that happen in your office. It’s gross. All right. We’re moving now to the what types of gifts I’m talking about. The revocable plan. Gift. The three. I want to focus on our charitable bequests. That’s a gift in your will. I got more detail on that living trusts to type of trust that people set up is not charitable purpose. It’s not set up for charitable purposes, but you could be a part of it and being named a beneficiary. Okay, those are the three revocable gifts that we’re focusing on today. There’s a ton more. You could do a cracking again. Take a little sip. Pardon me? A ton more You can do with planned e-giving. But, um, I’m only focusing on three things today, though. These three revocable gifts terror, hickey, Facebook live says Yes, we do, Tony. Yes. Women have money, and they want to give it. Don’t ignore them. All right. So these are the three revocable gifts that I’m focusing on because, you know, it’s only 1/2 an hour now. Now I feel like I don’t give myself enough time, should run the whole show. Maria Semple, you’re out. Cut her out. I’m going out for 60. Um, all right. No, no, Uh, let’s see. And I want you to know that you can have a very, very respectable planned giving program. Just by focusing on these three revocable gifts, your organization may not be big enough to go any further, and that is fine. And you can have a really respectable, successful plan giving program If you just focus on these three types of gifts. Well, you’re already feeling like I’m gonna run out of time. All right? All right. So please take that away. Along with its not only for your wealthy donors. Please take away that you can be a very successful, planned giving shop. Just focusing on these three revocable gif ts. Absolutely. You’re bigger. You want to go further? Absolutely. I worked a lot of organizations. I do but also work with a lot that don’t. All right, this charitable bequests again. It’s a gift in somebody’s will. It’s the most popular kind of planned gift by far. You can expect, like, 75 to 80% of the gifts that you get to be gifts by Will Why is that? Lots of reasons people don’t have to tell you that they’ve done it. It’s private, We always asking. We always want people to tell you because you wanna be able to say thank you, but they don’t have to. They can change their minds. This national statistic is like 4% of people changed their minds after they put a charity in a will, so it’s highly, highly unlikely. But you don’t want to be in that 4%. You gotta treat your donors well, and it’s comforting to donors to know that they can change their minds, because that’s why a lot of donors don’t tell you because they feel, if they do tell you but then have an obligation not to change their minds. We all know that that’s not true. You can change your will any time you want. I cut my wife out routinely every couple days. There’s nothing left for her but U. S. So it’s comforting to your donors to know that they can cut you out, even though it’s highly unlikely. But it’s a reason that’s another reason that gift by will are so popular because it’s comforting to donors to know that no lifetime cost. This is money that comes out of your state. Lots of people have charity. They’re supporting. They wish they could doom or than they can while they’re living. I’m in that situation, but they can do for you. Crack a voice they can do for you, Mme. Or they could do more for you in their state. So that maybe their ultimate gift. It has to be for a lot of people again, remember, Modest, modest means donors of modest means that which they could do more, but they can’t. But that’s an advantage in that there’s no lifetime cost of these. Um okay, that’s really pretty much all I wanna say about requests. Uh oh. Except for do they get a charitable deduction? Doesn’t matter, because these are people who love your love, your non-profit they’re already donating to you. These are the kinds of people were gonna include you in their will. So the charitable deduction, the estate tax deduction, Who knows what the state of it is gonna be in the future? We have no idea. Even within the next couple weeks and months, let alone 2030 years from now But that’s not the primary motivation for most planned gif ts. It’s not that it’s not the state tax deduction, so don’t worry about it. OK, the other one. We won’t talk about his living trusts. As I said, it’s set up. Um, Thio. Not for charitable purposes. They set it up. People set it up for, ah, expedience to get get things out of their estate faster. It works because there’s not a court supervised process like if if, like it is it with a will call that you might have heard this probate process jog in jail. But the probate process is the court supervising the distribution of your assets after your death and by the way, I was death. Let some people like to kind of you from eyes passing demise. The fact is, you know we’re gonna die, and that’s Ah, that’s just a part of plan e-giving. And I’m not saying when you talk to a donor, you’re saying When you die, we want you in our will. We want to be in your will. I’m not saying that, but between professionals, you know we can We can say death. So that’s what probate is that court supervised process, and the assets will get to, ah to, ah, ball beneficiaries quicker through a living trust. And that’s typically white set up. What’s your part in it? The trust has to say what happens at the donors at the death of the person who creates the trust. That’s your donor has to say what happens. Ah, lot goes to my husband, children, husband, wife, children, grandchildren. Your charity can be also one of those beneficiaries at the person’s death. You could be named. That’s what that’s what the value of the living trust is. And the Third World recovering is the name the beneficiary. That’s just, um, I’m gonna stop calling out my voice cracks. That’s the last one. I’m calling out the name beneficiary. Anything that has a death benefit. Think of life insurance. That’s the most common example. You gotta decide where this death buy-in fundez years ago, when when your donors there’s a policy on their life, where’s the money going to go? Most of it goes to husbands, wives, children, grandchildren. But maybe there’s a percentage for your charity. 5%. 10% somebody can carve out. We always say Family comes first. But after that, how about a small percentage for for our charity, but going beyond life insurance? Some retirement plans. IRAs 401 K’s for three B’s cept the small, small employer pensions. Um, some commercial annuities have death benefits. Some checking and savings accounts have on brokerage accounts have have death benefits to them. So anything that has a death benefit, your charity can be named. All right now we’re getting into the actual five minute marketing tips that I have. Let’s start with events drop. A few speaking points into remarks were already hosting. The event is not a plan giving event, but any kind of gala. Any event where you’re speaking, that’s probably everyone. Get them to say something about planned giving. You just need a couple of sentences. This is not even a well, I was gonna say not even a full paragraph. Two sentences could be a paragraph. This is not even a full minute. Literally. I’m excited. We’ve kicked off a campaign to encourage you to remember us. You know the organization in your will. It’s very simple to do and secures our work long into the future. For instance, you know then you can name a program or something that could be that could be endowed. I was talking about earlier, perpetually or you could just, you know, rattle off program that you have. You know, you can support any of our great programs. You want more information? Um, talk to There’s a director development in the corner, you know? You know her, talk to me, talk to whoever it is. That’s it. It’s like 34 sentences. Quick. It’s not the main part of the event by any means. Just we’ve kicked off a campaign. That’s a little news. Hook. Something interesting kicked off this campaign. I would love for you to be a part of it. It’s so simple. You could endow any of our great programs, support any of our great programs in the long term. Please talkto whoever it is. A t end of the program. That’s it. I didn’t even spend a minute. It’s a good thing that I’m gonna run out of time. I should have were simple. You’re out. Um, okay. Five minute marketing was duo more on events. Put your program. You already printing a program. For Pete’s sake, put something about plan giving in the program. Put a little mentioned. You know, I’m the evangelist for playing giving without the religious overtones of evangelism. But, you know, you’re doing the program. Same thing we’ve kicked off a campaign. I’m like, dictating it to you. Just start writing. We kicked off a campaign to encourage you to remember us in your will. It’s so simple to do secures our work long into the future. Your attorney is gonna need our legal name address and Tex, i d. Here they are. Boom. That’s it. Could you put that in your program? I’ll bet you can. Or, you know, if you don’t even wanna go that much, just say we kicked off a program. Talk to whoever it is, whoever the contact person is. Please, I would love to talk to you today. Get something in the program again, Not spending any more money. You’re already producing programs anyway. Kayman sample Ward is on social media contributor and the CEO of INTEND. The non-profit Technology Network Out, huh? In the Prophet Oregon? Yes. Wonderful welcome. Amy Wells. So many. I can’t name them. Uh, not that many more. A couple more. We gotta live. Listen love to. That’s coming later with second segment. Okay. Um okay, that’s it for events again. You’re not spending any more money already producing the program. Say something. You put something in your already speaking, put in a couple of dropping a couple sentences. Oh, my gosh. Um, print channels you doing newsletter or whether it’s print or email putting a sidebar with the same thing we kicked off a campaign. I love to have you participate. It’s so easy. All you need is our to include to include us in your will or you need your legal name. Tex I d and address. Here they are. Boom. Drop that into a sidebar on any whether it’s print or digital your annual report. Whether you do a printer digital, say something about planned giving in it also. Now I know some organizations I know we’re getting away from naming donors. I’ve learned that that’s in their annual report. It was always so cumbersome. You get the misspellings and I got so embarrassing the wrong levels. But if you’re naming them, if you’re naming donors in the annual report, include your plan giving donors any direct mail you might be doing drama buckslip in. You know, that’s a book of your buckslip 2/3 of a page you print three and page drop it in the same thing that I’ve been talking about kicked off a campaign. Love to have you participate. All your attorney needs is our legal name, Tex I d an address. Here they are. Boom. Drop that in. It’s 1/3 of a page. Doesn’t cost any more. Doesn’t increase your postage. Um, while you’re doing that while you’re printing on direct mail printing envelopes on the envelope flap the flap that you got a print the envelopes anyway. Ah, check off box. Send me information on including your organ. The name, of course. In my will, little checkoff. Everybody reads that. Everybody sees the envelope flap so easy. Um, I think I’m gonna wrap it up. Dahna Sam nods. All right, so, uh well, time flies. Holy cow. It’s amazing. Things show is out of control. What a show. Um, okay, that’s five minute marketing for planned giving. And what’s fair game with Maria? Simple is coming up. I’m raving like a lunatic. I gotta take a nap after listening to all this, but in my defense. I plan too much. The host is much better. I am much the host with the president, are much better at, um, planning segments with guests, then planning my own 25 or so 26 minute segment. So that’s the reason for the raving lunacy. So everybody probably just wanted to take a nap or a tranquilizer or something, all right, and we’ll I’ll talk slower from now on. Holy go. But there’s a lot of good info. I mean, what you gonna do? There’s there’s tons of information had to squeeze it in. All right, it happens to be time for another break. 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I just want you to be cautious with ease because as you embark on Oren, build your planned e-giving program, we’re gonna be talking a lot of people in their sixties, seventies, eighties, nineties, maybe even hundreds. And, um, they can, uh, can be a little some. Some can be a little needy, even vulnerable, perhaps. So you just wanna keep your relationships with these folks professional, All right? And I say more about that in my video, I might do a follow up on tips for actually howto latto navigate this. Not just that you should. Not just what, but, uh, maybe this time you know the how of avoiding ah avoiding problems for your non-profit on the video is what to avoid in your plan giving relationships. It’s at tony martignetti dot com, and that is to take two. Let’s do the live love. It’s gotta go out. It’s going out. Thio Braila, California Huntington Park, California Troy New York, Newark, New Jersey Doral, Florida A man were all over Cool. 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And the podcast pleasantries got to go out to our podcast listeners whenever they squeeze the show in. Maybe it’s into there. They’re, um, their podcast listening day. They’re binge day wherever you squeeze us in car washing, car driving, dishwashing painting. I’ve erred. Thank you. Pleasantries out to our podcast audience the vast majority of our audience there. Pleasantries to you. Now let’s Ah, let’s join up with Maria Simple and, uh, find out what’s fair game. Maria Semple has been patiently waiting. You know her. Aside from a patient waiter, she’s the prospect. Find her. She’s a trainer and speaker on Prospect Research. Her latest book is Magnify Your Business Tips, Tools and Strategies for Growing Your Business or Your non-profit. She’s Our Doi End of dirt. Cheap and free ideas. She’s at the prospect finder dot com and at Maria Simple. And she’s on the phone. Hello, Maria. Hello, Tony. How are you today? I’m doing great. My voice. I said I was gonna do that. Linda. Lifestyle Kowski joined us. Hello, Linda. Um Jackie Like and says hello from Nova. Hel Hello, Jackie. I wish you were coming to the beach. She bagged out on me. Um Okay. Maria. Yeah. It’s good to talk to you. Last time was very brief on the 3 50 That’s right. That’s right. And now we’re plugging ahead to your 4 400 shell, right? That’s correct. It’ll be July 2018. Absolutely. In the meantime, we, uh we want to talk about ethics. And what’s What’s fair game? What? You deal with this every single time. You’re doing an assignment for a client, right? Yeah. Yeah, that’s right, Tony. I mean, you know, when we’re talking about prospect research and we’re thinking about all the various tools that we have available to us as prospect researchers, you know, we have to think about, um, what’s available in the public domain, because that’s the thing that’s going to be really important to keep in mind that a donor has the right to come in at any time and asked to see what information you may have compiled on them. So you want to make sure that that you’re always using sources that are available in the public domain. So where we kind of get into some gray areas are in the area of social media sites? Yes, OK, and I think that’s a very, very good test. Never put anything in your C. R M database that you wouldn’t want a donor to read. I think that’s a good test What do you think? Yeah. Yeah, And I think even even in the way that you’re writing up your reports, try and think about it as an investigative reporter trying not to put subjective statements in there even if they may have been, uh, sort of subjective statements that you might have heard, Uh, you know, through the grapevine from volunteers or board members or whatever about somebody’s the lifestyle or their marital status or whatever it may be, you know, try and just put a statement in there. You know, like whatever the couple divorced and x y Z Day 10. You know, leave it at that. I don’t think anybody would take offense to that very objective. A bunch of people just joined us on Facebook. So I got to tell you that we’re talking about the ethics of plan of of prospect research and what’s appropriate to be documenting and finding about potential donors. And I want to welcome Michael Zeller, attorney, North Carolina. Charlotte just hosted an outstanding 50th birthday party. Oh, my God, Michael, That was outstanding, you know, I know that. You know, I feel that rob maker good to see a rab welcome and dahna Gillespie, dahna Gillespie Rivera. But I know I know yours. Dahna Gillespie. Welcome. Um, Okay, so but there can be great value in the end. What you find in social media, of course. I mean, people put a lot of stuff on social, and their privacy settings are typically, I think, generally not set the way they want them. And but so there can be a lot of prospect research gold in in the networks, right? Yeah, that’s right. So, you know, what I thought we might do is just sort of talk about sort of the top three networks for a couple of minutes, like the linked in Facebook and Twitter, and maybe try and figure out what type of information can we glean? Um, and should we be gleaning it, Should we be using it? You know, even if we were to stumble upon it, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you put it into the c. R. M or we’re into a written report. Yeah, okay. It’s anarchist, but that’s way could do it that way. I, you know, I was thinking of some of the things that that you could find out. I mean, you can find out about divorce, right? You know, I’ve had friends. I’ve had two friends who were posting about suicidal, suicidal thoughts, you know, I don’t know. Probably a lot of people see that. But, I mean, that’s very disturbing, but doesn’t belong in a prospect. Research report, maybe. I don’t know. Um, maybe if you’re looking for that plan Gift. Uh, let’s not go there. Okay? I’m gonna let you off the hook, but let’s go. Let’s go over that skip over that. Um okay. You know, in the words very sensitive stuff. Okay, So you want. All right? You want to start with? It works. All right, let’s start with now to me. Linked in to me. Anything on LinkedIn is fair game in a prospect research report, that is, that is that am I overstating? Am I oversimplifying? Yeah. I think that anything you find on Lincoln, especially since Lincoln has what they call a public profile that is out there. It is searchable on Google. It will come up on page one of Google’s search results. If you if you Google your prospects name, they’re linked in profile is going to be there, So yes, indeed. anything that you find there is going to be a public domain. And this is sometimes very valuable information you’ll be able to find out, You know, their longevity at various companies, maybe some of the companies that they’ve been associated with, um may have been for a long period of time. Maybe they’ve got some stock that they’ve accumulated from within that company. So you might want to think about steering the conversation in the direction of appreciated securities. Okay, Okay, but wait, We want to focus, too, on the ethics. So So basically, LinkedIn is do you consider linked in to be wide open? Yes. Okay. Absolutely. Okay. You’ll see any ethical questions around anything that people might find in linked in. No, not not what they might find. But the ethical question might come in as to how you as the prospect researcher or the executive director or the development staff using linked in how you might have your own privacy setting set up in such a way that, um, you know what other people can see once you’ve looked at their profile? Right. So you have three choices on linked in you either have people know that you’re looking at their profile, your face, your title and where you work right are going to follow you everywhere on linked in that headline and a picture. So that’s full transparency. When you have your privacy settings set up that way, that means they get to see you’ve been looking at them, and you get to see who’s been looking at your profile. But Lincoln has two other privacy settings. One is sort of a semi private where you could be a management consultant in X y Z industry in New York City area. Or you could be anonymous. When you’re in one of those two modes, then people will not know that you’ve been looking at their profile. Okay? And we have covered this before. You know, this is what I consider fully dressed topless and naked. Uh, look, I got a chuckle out of Maria. Simple. She’s probably the only one That’s okay. I amused myself. People should know, you know, if you don’t think I’m funny, I’m amusing myself. That’s the most important. Um, and I forgot to shut out Joan Pell xero. I’m sorry, Joan. I skipped over you. I scrolled up and then I lost you. John Pelzer on Facebook. Thanks for so much for being with us. And also Ralf, Asante and, uh and, uh, Aunt Mary Mary Michalowski joined. Hello, mary-jo. Thanks for joining us on Facebook. I might do this more often. This is cool. Um all right. So ethically linked in safe. Now, let’s go to ethical conundrum where you want to go? Next on Lee Anarchist, I’ll give it to you where it’s like you want to go to the O. What network? Facebook. Okay, Wide open. Okay. Yeah. That’s the network where people are really sharing about their family, their pictures way. No, this So what? What do we do with what do we do if we find something that we believe is compromising like, let’s say, a divorce that that maybe they don’t want the organization to know. But maybe that’s just what that’s just one example, but compromising but valuable to the organization. How do we deal with that again? I think go back to original statement. If it’s going to, um, if it’s going to jeopardize your relationship with that donor or that donor prospect, I think you leave it out of the conversations you leave it out of the C r M u leave it off of written reports. So if you could just sort of have that is your bellweather. I think it will serve you well, okay. And also, you’re your organization might have social media guidelines in place, So check that out first, as as your you you may have certain guidelines that you with an organization have decided upon. So, um, if that is the case, anybody knew that you’re bringing into the organization should be aware of the social media guidelines, both in terms of how they’re going to use social media for are on behalf of the organization. But there may also be, you know, standards of conduct, but they’re expecting of you is an employee’s. So again default back to that statement and default back to your own bellwether your instincts. If it feels like it’s going to jeopardize that relationship, don’t put the info in there. Also, APRA the the Professional Association for Prospect Researchers has a statement on ethics, and we’re gonna talk about that after the break. So if your organization doesn’t have, you know, you might be a small organization without a social media policy as it relates to prospect research. APRA can help you out. We’ll get to that. Okay, I like you’re like you’re like your guidelines. All right. We have just a couple minutes before a break, like a minute and 1/2 a minute. What’s the next network you want to talk about? Was it twitter waken? Talk about Twitter. That one probably won’t take long. You know, Twitter is one of those social media platforms that people might be using, especially these days with regard thio their politics. So whether you and that might be important for you to know about, depending on what type of organization that you are so again, if it’s knowing someone’s politics is important, you know, maybe checking out to see if they’ve got a Twitter feed might be something you want to check out. It seems like you Twitter, you’re less likely to find something compromising. It’s possible, but less likely to find something compromising on it. Okay, let’s take a break when we come back, I got of course, I got live listen, love podcast pleasantries and affiliate affections naturally, but also will get into the APRA ethics ethics statement little about that and we’ll see what else we had. Stay with us. Okay, let’s take our last break. Turn to communications, PR and content for your non-profit. They help you tell your compelling stories and get media attention on those stories and building support for your work, media relations, content, marketing, communications and marketing strategy and branding strategy. You’ll find them at turn hyphen to DOT CEO. We’ve got butt loads more time for what’s fair game? Welcome back. And I feel like starting with the with the shout outs Thio our listeners. I’m gonna start with Facebook, but I don’t because it’s a fairly new formats. Only second time have done a Facebook live. So thank you, everybody on Facebook. I believe I have shattered out everybody who joined us. Thank you for being there. Can I ask you to do Ah, one or two things like it and share it like it and share it? I think we know how to do that. I’d be grateful on Facebook. Thank you very much. Live listener love got to in Germany. Guten tog Multiple. So multiple Germany and, um Seoul, Seoul, South Korea. Always checking in so soul you’ve been on our minds. Obviously a lot on your haserot cancer ham Nida coming back into the U. S. Tampa, Florida, Woodbridge, New Jersey. Matthews, North Carolina and Staten Island and New York, New York. Multiple New York City. Thank you Multiple Manhattan, New York Appreciate that. Staten Island. Thank you for being with us. Love it only to Burrows. I don’t know. Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx. All right, Next time we have had a show way had a couple shows. Where was all five boroughs? And then, of course, the podcast pleasantries over 12,000 listeners. Listen, that’s why you know, I don’t know if you put two and two together. It takes me over seven years to do that. But that’s why we have such loyal sponsors, because there are over 12,000 people listening to the podcast. So you know how grateful I am because it makes the show so much more fulfilling when there are sponsors, you know, helping me out. Basically, I mean, how else can I say it? So thank you for listening. You are attracting the sponsors to the show, and and I do mean attracting the ones I announced it on the 3/50. Coming up wet nurse e p. A’s Um, that’s the only definite one that I said There may be another one and there may, uh, still talking them, but they’re coming to me, so thank you. That’s over 12,000 podcast listeners each week pleasantries to you and the affiliate affections to our AM and FM station listeners through out the country. I’m not sure where you are, but what am I think I know exactly where you are. And I even know when each station puts me in their schedule us. I prefer the US puts us in their schedule someone our block during the week. And I’m glad that on on your station it could be Saturday morning. Might be Tuesday night. Whatever. Affiliated affections to our AM and FM listeners Thank you for being with us, thanks to your stations for carrying non-profit Radio multi-channel Amy’s have award will love that were multi-channel We’ve been for years and now we got a new channel. I’ve discovered Facebook only took me seven years cutting edge cutting edge. Uh what Pioneer? Yeah, right. Um okay, so, Maria simple. Thank you for being patient again. So patient Prospect Researcher Thank you. Um, a lot of gabbing today. I’m off on tangents. All right. I feel like a Facebook buy-in here. I don’t know. Um, no, you’re not giving yourself enough credit. You’ve been on Facebook for a long time. It’s just that you’ve not been using that brand spanking new life live. Yeah, I’m not sure. It’s quite brand spanking new, but thank you. Thank you for you. That’s the point. Thank you for driving home that point and character. Chicken Master just joined Karen. Welcome on Facebook. Good to see you. Thanks for being here. Okay, so we’re talking about the ethics of prospect research. Oh, my God. There’s tons more. How come they don’t show up on my phone? Because why? They’re in a group. That shit. Oh, my God. There’s hundreds. Well, dozens more scores, more than dozens scores more. Okay, I don’t think I should do all those, but thank you if you’re on Facebook. And I did not shout you out from from Beth Granger toe Harriet Steinberg to Melinda Roth Epstein to Eric Mendelssohn. Thank you for being with us. Thank you so much. Thank you. Okay. So I’m Maria. Um All right, So where do we go from here? Let’s talk about the APRA s o appa Appa a pr A. It started out as the American Prospect Research Association. Then it became the Association of Professional Researchers for advancement. Now it’s just apra So they’ve done to me. That’s an abandonment of roots. They’re just apurate apurate where Apple doesn’t mean anything to me. Ready after all along they’ve been after all along I know it’s nufer different things that I object to this rewrite of history like next it’s gonna be we’re gonna be taking down statues of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. I was around, I was around when they made that shift and this is the reason for it. They used to be just the American Prospect Research Association, But now association really envelopes people from all parts of the world, so they wanted to be able to, you know, have that reflective of their their membership base. So now it’s the association’s professional researchers. It’s like AARP. They don’t want to be the Association of retired American Association of Retired Persons anymore. They haven’t been for years. It’s a history rewrite. I don’t mind change, but when it benefits me, but it never does. That’s why the world is to change without my consent. I don’t grasp. All right, let’s talk about their code of ethics anyway. So they have this ethical code, and it does relate to social media specifically. So Right. So one thing I see is a balance for trying to balance Thean vivid Jewel’s right to privacy with the needs of the institution. Did I like doing that? Yes, you did. Actually, it is very, very important that that that balance is kept for sure. Okay, Yes. So drilling down on that, What about friends they talk about? Should you be a friend to potential donors, people you’re researching? That’s a no No, right? Uh, yes. In terms of the ethics statement that Apple put forth that that is correct. They would really recommend that you do not friend were really enter into a personal relationship with prospects or donors. Now, Lincoln could be, you know, a completely different platform. Right? Because now we’re talking about a business social platform. Okay. All right. Um um all right, so but, friend, what about this? Seems like middle ground. What about following somebody on Twitter? if you’re a prospect researcher. Yeah. I mean, I think that that would be okay to be a follower on on on Twitter because, you know, they’re again Twitter feeds are very public. And so, you know, I don’t think there’d be any issue there. Okay, But you need to disclose who you are. That’s also in the statement. In these guidelines, you need to disclose that you’re a prospect researcher for the organization. Do you need to say that? Well, you know, sometimes people will individually have ah, personal Twitter account. So that’s the only the only twitter account that you’re following people from them. Then you know that is it? Yeah. So I think you have to start looking at your staff and determining which staff members are on Twitter. Our Is it the organization that’s going to be a follower of that individual on Twitter and again, two very different to two very different things. Okay, Okay. What about corroboration? If you find something on a social network, is there an obligation as a prospect researcher to corroborate it from from another source, or like, almost like a journalist or or no. Yeah, if you can Absolutely again is personal versus business information that’s going to probably make a difference in terms of what you’re going to try and source in terms of corroboration. But if you are thinking about having somebody make a major gift to your organization and you stumble across something on social media, that gives you an indication that this might not be the right time to make that. Because you might have seen something going on on somebody’s personal Facebook feed, you might just double check with you, Noah boardmember that knows them well or something like that. And just ask, you know, if they know anything about the timing is still a good time to talk to that individual. Okay, Marie Simple. We gotta leave it there. You’ll find the apparatus. Social Media Ethics statement at APRA home dot or GE after home dot org’s Maria Semple. Thank you so much for having me My pleasure. Absolutely. You’ll find her at the Prospect Finder, and she’s at Maria Simple. You should be following her on Twitter if you’re not, uh, it’s your life. Next week we have Amy Sample Ward returning to talk about in real life community building. If you missed any part of today’s show, I’d be seat you find it on tony martignetti dot com Responsive by Wagner c. P A is guiding you beyond the numbers. Wagner cps dot com By koegler Mountain Software Denali fundez. They’re complete accounting solution made for non-profits tony dot m a slash Cougar Mountain for a free 60 day trial and by turned to communications, PR and content for non-profits, your story is their mission. 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Hello and welcome to tony martignetti non-profit radio big non-profit ideas for the other ninety five percent. I’m your aptly named host. Oh, i’m glad you’re with me. I’ve endured the pane of glass a tricky if i had to speak with harry words you missed today’s show you’re online giving plan change is a constant in the online space what does that mean for your fund-raising plan? This year fund-raising consultant joe garrick shares his wisdom on tony’s take two lose track of time. We’re sponsored by pursuant full service fund-raising data driven and technology enabled tony dahna i’m a slash pursuant radio and by wagner cpas guiding you beyond the numbers regular cps dot com tell us turning credit card processing into your passive revenue stream tony dahna may slash tony tell us i’m very glad to welcome joe garrick to the show. He is president of garrick fund-raising associates. He has nearly twenty years of experience helping non-profits build donorsearch sta mes to increase their fund-raising he was founder of the fund-raising authority, providing online fund-raising training before consulting, he was an executive director and the development director. You’ll find him at garrick tw dot com and he’s at joe garrick and he’s on non-profit radio welcome, joe garrett. Thanks, tony. I’m really, really glad to be here with you today. Thanks for having me. I’m glad you’re doubly glad. That’s cool. Thank you. Thank you. Um, okay, let’s, talk about online. We got a good amount of time together. This space, as i said in the intro, is always changing. But how do we, uh, how do we adapt? Yeah, it’s a great question and it’s one that, you know particularly bedevils small and mid sized non-profits because there’s a ton of information coming at fundraisers about online fund-raising it comes from what they see, large organizations doing it comes from what vendors are trying to sell them, and a lot of times it comes internally. I can’t tell you how many non-profits i’ve worked with where the fundraisers say to me, hey, i was talking to a boardmember and they said, we’ve got to be on blank and blank is usually a social media platform or ah, blogging platform or a crowdfunding platform. Okay, and so they’re kind of getting it from all sides. And so one of the one of the biggest things like right up front here that i want to say to non-profits is, um, kind of relax about online fund-raising it’s important, but just like every other kind of fund-raising it’s important to develop a plan and a strategy for your online fund-raising and to implement it and give it time toe work, you know, a lot of non-profits i’ve found feel like they’ve got to keep up, you know, every new thing that comes out, they’ve got to keep up with, you know, they’ve got ad, they gotta take bitcoin donations, they’ve got it beyond another social media platform, and the truth is just like every other kind of fund-raising this is fund-raising it’s a process, you need to develop a plan, and you need to stick with it. And then after you give it some time to run, you contest and iterated, you need teo, but it’s, it’s, knowable and it’s doable for every non-profit stick with it long enough to toe do, in fact test and and see if there’s if there’s traction among your constituents, i mean, you’re not going to know that in just like, four to six months that’s, right? That’s, right? I always say you know, develop a plan and give it, you know, at the very least a year so that you have enough data, enough contacts with your donors, with your prospects, with the network as a whole, to really see where it’s going for your non-profit again, it’s, just like, you know, just because we say it’s online fund-raising doesn’t mean it not still fund-raising, you know, non-profits wouldn’t, you know, launch a they wouldn’t launch a capital campaign and give it a month, and if they don’t have, you know, a certain percentage of gifts dropped the campaign right away, they’d carefully consider whether or not they were ready to run a crowd i mean, a capital campaign, they develop a plan for it, and then they’d implement that plan and on lee after they’ve implemented, would they be able to really just make decisions about changing that plan and it’s the same with online fund-raising need to really think it through before you dive into a new strategy or a new tactic, and then you’ve got to give it time. And and also you really need to make sure that your online fund-raising strategy works with your overall fund-raising strategy so many non-profits have limited bandwidth in terms of time and money. I mean, rare right is the non-profit that has too much band with all it never happens. So you have to make sure that you’re making wise decisions because everything that you’re doing online, it’s time that you take away from offline and everything you’re doing offline is time that you’re taking away from online. So you have to kind of see where those where those tactics strategies fit together in your overall fund-raising plan. Yeah, and we’re going to talk a little about the offline, too, because they do need to align. What do you do with that? Boardmember or ceo that says, we need to be somewhere can can the existence of a plan help you and be sort of a defense and say, look, we’ve got a plan, we’re executing, you know? What can we say to that person who was above us that says, we gotta be on this new this new ah shiny platform? Sure, yeah, i think your biggest the biggest tool you have is a fundraiser foran executive director when those ideas come at you is a plan. Now, if you’re developing the plan because you’re getting those ideas, then you may have a problem because now that’s all for today? Yeah, why isn’t idea and that playing but if you if you take the time to develop a plan ahead of time about how your non-profit is going to pursue engagement online, and if that plan has phases and deadlines and metric and, you know, testing and looking at maternal investment and it really just is a good plan and it makes sense, then you’re able to, you know, take that to your boardmember why usually like to say to boardmember xero first of all, that’s a really interesting idea. Thank you so much for being think, you know, for thinking about this for our non-profits top of mind that you’re generating these ideas, i want to let you know i’m definitely going, we’re definitely going to consider it right now, we’re in the middle of our online and he’s been playing online fund-raising plan for the year and were, you know, at band with capacity, and we’re going to implement this, and at the end of the year, we’re goingto look at how we did and if there’s you know, if there are some things that are underperforming, and we think that this strategy will, you know, outperform those we’d love to take a look at it. So, you know, stay tuned, i promise i’ll report back to you at the end of the year, and then you know it, you know, an animal, so i hope that non-profit that you’re working at, you know, whoever, whoever you are, dear listener, that you are not in this situation, but if you’re in a situation where boardmember they’re saying no, no, no, you definitely need to do this this year, right now, then my suggestion always is saying to them, that’s, fine, we can do that, but what should we cut? You know, that’s the big question, what should we cut? We’re running at capacity in terms of band with so let’s, take a look at the fund-raising plan and you tell me what to cut out of that fund-raising plan to be able to fit this and normally that gets boardmember thinking more about the fact that while fund-raising capacity is not a zero sum game and it’s a world of abundance, you were fund-raising resource is and staff resources are your something certainly xero some game? Yeah, that’s i like that. Like that method of handling certainly give the affirmation that your your idea is meritorious, but where? You know, you said we’re in the middle of executing a current plan. Hopefully you don’t have that kind of micromanagement if we had many guests on, you know, saying that your board members or others senior volunteers, if you like, should not be micromanaging your you know, the day to day tactics that you’re that you’re executing, i’ll tell you what you were going, we’re going to take our first break, so hang with me, please. Great. Pursuing the field guide for data driven fund-raising it’s, the latest resource on their listener landing page now at tony dahna slash pursuing to radio there’s so much data available to all of us. It’s overload. So what you gonna do with it? The field guide is comes in to make your data less daunting. What’s in it. They’ve got five high level steps that you can take quickly to translate your business objectives into actionable data. That’s, that’s manageable real world case studies showing you how some other non-profits are using data, in other words, do some benchmarking and learning worksheet with some conversation and thought starters to help you your team. Maybe even some of those key volunteers board members find the right focus to begin a data driven culture. It’s the field guide for data driven fund-raising tony dahna slash pursuant radio let’s go back to joe and your online giving plan, and my voice just cracked, too. How are you still there? And i know you are, joe, all right? Yeah, well, i was just mentioning the micromanagement. Anything you want, you want to be among the countless guests who have said that you should not be allowing your board members to micromanage tactic like that. Yeah, well, obviously, i concur. And i would i would say again that a planning process and developing a plan is your best defense against that. And i were talking about online giving today, but just, you know, i’ve found that developing an overall development plan fund-raising plan for your organization and if you’re a smaller midsize organization actually, going through the step of having your board approved that plant vote to approve it, hopefully lead by the board chair is sometimes a way that you really can, you know, provided defense against that because then you can go back and say what we were all on board with this plan is we’re going to execute the plan as as we, you know, as we all agreed, as we got the buy-in yeah, we get that board. Buy-in okay, right? So as we’re looking at our our our plan, how do we figure out what’s the best mix for our organisation? Of course, there’s no, no universal formula, how we figure out what, what fits us best. What mix? Sure, and you’re right, there’s no universal formula for online fund-raising but the closest we can get to a universal principle for online fund-raising right now is that email is the most effective method for online fund-raising now, that’s not to discount the impact of social media were crowdfunding or, you know, or your website, they’re all important, but email is the only knowable and really active medium that your organization controls. You know, we’re in a situation where when you’re posting on social media, first of all, you don’t own the social media profile the social media site does and that’s been proven by the fact that, you know, when you, when facebook first started out, if you were a non-profit on facebook or a company on facebook and you were, you know, you had followers, the vast majority, then we’re going to see the posts that you put up right now, you know, that used to be remember that remember that time? Yeah, and that mystery companies and non-profits fuel hoodwink you probably remember facebook was getting people to buy advertising to get likes on their page, as opposed lynx clicks to their links with the idea that if you got people to like your page, they would then see all the other content you put up essentially for free, you know, once you’ve got that buy-in and now now, you know, before the latest algorithm change, they you know, facebook was only showing you were posted less than ten percent of the people who liked your page unless you’re paying for advertising and that’s going down again because of the latest algorithm change. So so clearly you don’t control you can’t control the volume and pacing of your messages to donors on social media. That’s true of every social media site, unless you’re paying for it, your website’s, kind of similar, like i love when donors come to our organization’s website that i’m working with, and click that donate now button, but most donors aren’t going to do that, and if they don’t do that, then unless some using, you know, expensive retargeting advertising tools of paying for a car for advertising on other sites? I’m i don’t know who’s coming to our website, i don’t know who’s stopping by if they don’t taken action. Yeah, andi so that’s kind of passive as well. Email right is the only active mediums that a non-profit controls. If you have someone give you permission to use their email address for your email newsletter or for other communications, they’re going to see your messages. Almost everybody in the united states certainly checks their email address their primary email address almost every day. Oh, it’s, hundreds of the stats are like we checked, like like one hundred twenty five times a day or something, you know, right it’s just beyond me. Yeah, and particularly because a mobile right everyone’s looking on their email on there, you know, and so and and how do they check it, they skim basically, if he doesn’t land in the junk folder, they’re going to see your name and the subject line, which gives you a fighting chance of having your email open and so sabat i always advised, but i’m building a new online fund-raising system for a non-profit my advice to them is funnel everybody as many people as you can do everything you can to collect that email address, because then you are in control, you’re in the driver’s seat. So, you know, your original question was, what is the mix? The right mix for? Non-profits and i would say that for most, almost every non-profit the right mix is ah, hub and spoke system where your website is the hub, but the purpose of that hub is to collect email addresses from all the spokes, which is all of the places that you will have a presence online, whether it’s paid or earned or social. Okay, you said, you know, once you have that email address, you’re in the driver’s seat, but that’s with the with the qualification that you’re you’re adhering to the permission that the person gave you in terms of what? Subjects they want to hear from you about if you’re sophisticated enough to be asking when and how often but you want to keep to those to the parameters that the that the potential donor has given you absolutely, absolutely and so for, you know, for more sophisticated non-profit not only is it, you know, you know, the ethical thing to do to try and segment somewhat and determined the volume and the messaging, but also is really effective. Fund-raising right, if i, if i can determine by asking donors and tying their responses to the email address what they want to hear about how they want to hear from me, how often they want to hear from me that’s going to make our fund-raising program more effective, but for every non-profit you know the goal of collecting the email address, you know, what i kind of said was you want to collect email address, but you really want to collect permission to use it, right? You can go find email addresses, you come by list, you can do all this other stuff that’s, unethical, you know, in some cases, particularly for-profit businesses, it may be illegal or, you know but but what you really want to do is focus on getting permission and easiest way for smaller non-profits to get that permission is by signing people up for an email newsletter by signing people up to get your your non-profits email newsletter and other updates is usually the way we on brother and other communications is usually the way we try and freeze it and that’s broad and if that’s a starting place, if you’re more sophisticated than you contrive segment further, right, right? Based on topic and as i said, maybe even frequency they’ve even time of year. I’ve seen questions. Yeah, on that can come later to when you khun survey later on, once you’ve i mean, if you’ve got there, if you’ve got their permission, and if you have the wherewithal to to execute on the segmentation, you might survey your donors, you’re not even just your donors, but survey your your the people that are accepting your communications and ask what their preferences are. Absolutely, andi, assuming you have the capability to adhere to them, you know you alluded a couple times, teo spending let’s talk a little about that how do we decide whether we should be spending on, uh, what i’m thinking primarily facebook, twitter? Sure, sure. Well, i mean, obviously there’s a there’s, a lot of benefits, two advertising on those platforms facebook in particular has a ton of targeting tools where you can really i mean, it’s a segue mentors dream right? You, khun really dahna drill down and really heavily segment you were you’re you’re advertising audience, you can say you wantto segment people who are thirty five to forty years old who live in indiana and who follow a certain, you know, a certain would have liked a certain page that’s really, really powerful the key, as you know and as any you know for-profit market or nose, the key is figuring out the return on investment and really trying to get your per click advertising spent down as low as possible, first of all, and i’m not, i wouldn’t say there’s a universal agreement with this, but my strong recommendation and on properties there’s really only one crew action you want to be paying for on facebook, and that action is getting people to click over to your website, right? I i don’t i don’t think it makes sense anymore to pay for like, i don’t think it makes sense to pay for other actions. I want to get people to click on links to my website to come over to my website where they can do what, where they can sign up for my email news longfield email drive him to that home. Yeah, but i own that connection. So your goal if you’re if you’re deciding to spend money on social media, is to get the cost per email acquisition is really what you’re trying to do as low as possible, and you know they’re through testing you really can get that down. You can certainly get the cost per click to your website down into the ten fifteen, twenty cents per click range, maybe lower, depending on what you’re targeting and then figuring out how many of those people sign up for your email newsletter. So i think that’s the, you know, the really the only consideration with online from a fund-raising perspective is really, you know, with all nine hundred advertising his return on investment now bigger organizations can afford things like i talked, you know, i mentioned earlier, which was like a retargeting. On bacon, you know, that’s, those ads that follow you across the web, you know, you could you look up, you know, non-profit radio and then you’re on another website and all of a sudden there’s a non-profit radio ads on that website and it’s, because you’re being targeted, you’re being followed buy a cookie that’s, you know that that impact your return on investment, but it’s really something that’s reserved two muchmore advanced organizations who have more money to spend on the testing because with all nine fund-raising really the fortunes in the follow-up it’s your spending money? If you’re paying for online engagement, you’re spending a certain amount now with the goal of making money on the back and and the way you’re going to make money on the back end is not by getting people to constantly, you know, come to your web site and clicked one ofthe donate now buttons it’s by using email to stay in touch with them, to solicit them and to try and build a path for them to become a regular giver to your organization. I admire that you kept yourself out of jargon jail by defining retargeting thank you, i was i was i was chomping at the bit to get you, but it was short lived because you immediately explain what we targeting is those those those ads that yes, you did you’re you’re free of drug in jail. Those ads that i consider annoying, i guess there are people who like them or if even if they don’t like them, they’re obviously successful because their companies making aa lot of money filtering adds segment in ads. Teo individual people i know, i know it’s a lucrative business i find i find that stuff annoying, um, creepy, but can be lucrative. Yeah, it is on dh it’s both i think i think it’s both on and then the other one that i didn’t mention our one hundred facebook. Of course, there is the possibility of google adwords and we’ve we’ve covered this on the show a couple times you could search that phrase tony martignetti dot com and we’ve had detailed conversations about how to take advantage of the ten thousand dollars per month that’s hard to spend that much money but it’s up to that maximum that google provides in an ad free adwords if you want to. And you could do much, much smaller campaigns. You don’t have to spend ten thousand dollars, but we’ve had guests talking about that and that’s another that’s, another possibility in the spending category, but it’s free because it’s tze a grant from google um okay, let’s. Um let’s bring in some some coordination between online and offline, as we’re thinking about what belongs in our plan three offline i’m thinking of is face-to-face meetings and u s mail. How do we how do we coordinate thes this with our with our online? Right? Well, good, great question and it’s two great questions you’re living me with thank you if you don’t have to keep it out, that is not necessary, you know you’re you’re a guest, i’m not going to cut your mic off so it’s not necessary to keep saying i got you the the you know again, i don’t want to make a i don’t want to make a sweeping generalizations because every non-profit is different, but if in general right the the most there is a hierarchy of fund-raising ass strategy’s where and it and it tends towards the more personal right so a in person ask. Is more effective than a phone ask a phone ask is more effective then a ah direct mail snail mail asked a snail mail ask is more effective than an email asking email ask is more effective than like social media ask now that you know, some donors don’t want to get a phone call or don’t want to get in person, you know, meeting and they want to be selected by the mail and that’s great, and we need respect what our donors you know what our donor preferences are, but in general that’s the hierarchy and if that’s the hierarchy, we need to respect that and realize that, as with all things there’s, ah, there’s a curve in terms of our time, and we should be spending more time on the more effective strategies. Now. The good news is that one of the reasons direct mail’s effective because it doesn’t take much time to talk to lots of donors. Your your average gifts size is going to be lower, but it’s relatively easy emails, even easier right it’s emails and even easier method your average gifts eyes is likely going to be lower than your direct male average. Gifts, eyes and so, you know, the things that go into your decision on your strategy for the year are go where the money is, what, you know, what kind of time do we have to invest in those things? And where our donors i mean that’s, really? Another question is, you know where, where our donors, if you’re a small organization that happens to have lots of donors scattered throughout the country for the world, then in person meetings aren’t going to be, as, you know, big a possibility for you, and you may have to rely on you no more on the mail in the morning. I don’t know. Not only where are they physically, but where are they? Virtually what platforms are they on? As we talked about, you know what preferences do they have for communications? And where do you find the bulk of them? You know, you may have more fun on facebook, but you’ve got you’ve got a lot more activity and engagement, riel engagement on twitter so you need to be spending more time there. I and the other just one other thing i wanted to put a little spin a little little point to is, of course, another factor with direct mail is the cost postage printing, the collating however you do when you do it in house, you pay somebody to do it, you know, there’s there’s a much bigger cost to direct mail. I’m not denying that it’s it’s ah it’s up there, you know, it’s it’s right below face-to-face ass, i’m not. I’m not quick challenging that, but just the cost factor of that the u s mail. Oh, yeah, and that’s, why return on investment is the biggest consideration when you want to direct mail testing intestine, right? If you don’t have the capacity to test and then the money to invest in testing, you shouldn’t particularly direct mail. You should not be doing prospecting mailing because you know it doesn’t. It doesn’t make any sense. I think you know, in developing your overall, you know, strategy email, you know, for most organizations, the email newsletter is the backbone of the donor cultivation and stewardship sabelo more about that. You alluded to that before, when you were talking about the hub, trying to get people to your site. You want that email address newsletter is the is the center of your communications plan. It sounds like for you, right? Yeah, that that that is true. You know, email emails are super popular for a couple of reasons. One is because they work. I mean, they’re away for for non-profits that would never get a monthly snail mail newsletter out the door or have any other way to connect with their donors monthly or even quarterly in a method that’s just cultivation and stewardship. That’s not on aska truitt for them to stay in touch with their donors on a regular basis, it gets to the donor the donors who are interested, we’d those newsletters, those who don’t can just delete them. It’s, it’s, you know, it’s effective, but but it’s also the backbone of most donorsearch altercation zsystems because of those other things we mentioned it’s cheap it’s, easy, it’s, easy to do. You know, it’s. Not like the old days where it was real hard to create a good looking email newsletter. You got services that constant contact in a weber and male chimp and you know you’re donordigital based all of them send out beautiful, you know, emails at a really, really cheap costs far less. Obviously, than the cost of direct mail, so for most non-profits it makes sense that that the backbone of your entire donorsearch altum ation system not just your online donor cultivation system, but your entire donorsearch conservation zsystems his email communication, it’s, it’s email newsletters again, you’re still gonna want with your certain segments of donors have much more personal contact that they didn’t want to invite them to cultivation event you’re going to want to talk to them in person, you’re going to want to go out and see them. You’re gonna want to send a personalized notes, but but email the email newsletter the email cultivation is something that ties almost all of your donors together. Okay, um, let’s, let’s, take a break there. Okay? George arika okay, sounds good. 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And ah, well, the people i meet for lunches and dinners for the most part. So, you know, get to know them. See if wagner cps can help you beyond the numbers. Okay, i’m gushing, but ah, i like them. I like eat. I like i like wagner, wagner, cpas, dot com now time for tony’s take two. I was on a cruise last month, totally disconnected. Totally offgrid or just, you know, don’t you want to modify it? Just offgrid i was offgrid and it felt luxurious. I lost track of time. There were there were blocks of ours, ours strolling by with my ties on drum punches. And i did not know what time it was the only reason i had to ask people. And i’d asked me because i kept my phone in my room the whole time. Ah, it zoho i wouldn’t show up for late, late for lunch and dinner breakfast. I was on track, but that, you know so my advice can you get a vacation where you’re not only napping? You’ve heard me talk about the beneficial impact of naps, but when you actually when you lose track of time one of those, what time is it? Vacations or a piece of vacation where you just you’re unconnected and you don’t even know what time it is. Okay, that’s, my video is from st thomas and it’s at tony martignetti dot com. Now, let’s, go back to joe garrett and you’re online e-giving plan. Thank you, joe garrett, um, i need to be here before you were really, really glad now, you just now now, it’s, not so much anymore. Just clouds the middle of the show. We’ll get her energy back-up oh, jeez, you’re in a slump. Cutting mike off. I’ll tap dance myself. I got i got playing giving god again gush with plan giving for all right. You’re not in a slump. I know you’re not, um by way you got a nice radio voice like you got a basic kind of voice. Thank you. Yeah. Um, how about should we that’s? Just something that i’ve talked to guess about? And i’ve heard different philosophies. What about converting online donors too? Latto offline donors, first of all, should we mean with all the things that you and you’ve just said should we be? And then if you think we should, i’m not. I’m not suggesting that’s what? One answer or another. But if you do think we should how do we do that? Let’s, start with that threshold question. Should we even be thinking about doing that, right? Yeah, i do think that you should try and convert all flight vote. Well, let me let me go online online to all i would like to offer you. Yeah. You you should be trying to move those online donors who won tohave offline contact with your non-profit to offline status. Now, there’s. A reason for that is because you have muchmore there’s much more ability to cultivate and steward those donors in a more personal fashion. If they’re offline, donors, very rarely will will a one hundred percent online donor moved from small gift to major gift to plan gift all online without ever talking to people face to face her on the phone or at an event with your non-profit and so i find that it’s, beneficial for the move donors over took to be offline donors, but again, ok, only if they want to move over because not everything. There are plenty of donors today who like a little bit of anonymity, who like a little bit who liked who liked to make those donations online, who like to read your email newsletter, look atyou on social media, but not have that personal that more personal touch, so my suggestion would be yes, now the trick really is to moving your online donors offline. Is tio seat as a system? You know you need to build a lot of non-profits crying kind of haphazardly one off, like they’ll do the price. A certain tactic to move those donors offline, maybe it’s doing some well screening and doing some calls or sending out some snail mail letters and and then it will work or it won’t work. And then, though, so it’ll be discontented and they’ll move on to something else. If you want to move your offline, don’t order. Online donors offline you need to put a strategy behind it, and you need to treat it like you do kind of direct mail prospecting or other other real measurable types of fund-raising you need to measure what you’re doing and see if it’s working and if it’s not working, then you know, try something else, but you need to you need to put a system behind what what suggestions have you got for for it, including our system? Sure. Well, there’s really? Two the two primary ways that non-profits trying move online donors offline our events and mail. So, you know there’s there’s non-profits that have success, particularly if most of their donors are local, you know, in a certain region or certain metropolitan area with having donorsearch collectibe ation events were donorsearch dank u events or larger types of types of events, or a regular system of cultivation tours of the facility, things like that, and they invite their online donors. Teo, come and connect through those types of events. Obviously the vast majority of the donors are not going to do that, but the ones who do are weeding themselves out for you there segmenting themselves for you they’re kind of raising their hand and saying, i’m super committed because i’m willing to come teo to a tour of the facility, even if it’s building is a donor thank you. Event that’s an actual investment time and energy on the other the other way that non-profits try and move online donors offline is male. You know, they try and do a do a mailing fund-raising mailing that converts some of those donors to essentially male donors, and then they try and move the donors up with line that way through a traditional capacity screening and, you know, male donor engagement strategy to move, though toe move up, move the donor’s through the funnel who have the capacity to give mohr. I’ve seen non-profit set up six have had success with both strategies. Teo do the event strategy. Obviously, most of your donors have to be local. My suggestion is to test both of them to test both of those strategies, and certainly, if you have wealth screening tools there you can. You can bring those into play and the other, frankly, the other riel indicator of an online donor. Is the number of the amount of engagement they have with your non-profit how many times do they donate online? How many times today, you know, respond open your e mails, how many times today engage with you on social media? Those are the type of metrics that show that there really engaged with your non-profit online and maybe ripe for moving off line or even moving to another level of online giving, like monthly giving entering that recurring credit card doing occurring right, an example of that, it could be an example of a hybrid between online offline depending how you structure your campaign is giving tuesday you are do i have it right? Are you e-giving tuesday denier? I am ok, i want to give. Okay, i want to give one to give voice to that we’ve had folks on from ninety second street y and in fact, this year i’m going to try to have ah to like one in may and one later, closer to the event, but i want to give voice to the to the denier, deny your camp what’s your opinion of giving tuesday. Sure. Well, i’m a big fan of giving days. For non-profits i’ve i’ve seen a lot of success with e-giving days that air run specifically for a non-profit for a particular non-profit i’m a big fan of crowdfunding in peer-to-peer campaigns online, what i’m not a fan of is particularly and and the non-profits i work with are particularly small and on the small size of side of mid sized non-profits i’m not a fan of them using what are very limited resource is for those organizations on giving tuesday because of the sheer volume of communications and fund-raising campaigns that are going on around that day, i would rather them take all the tools that they would normally use to run a successful giving tuesday campaign, which, as we all know as i’m sure, the folks who have had on who have been successful with that, i’ve told you, it’s more than just a day, right? A lot of prep work that goes into a successful giving tuesday for sure, and i’d rather than take that and move it over to e-giving day, just for their non-profit where there, what? They don’t have to compete with all of the many messages that their donors are getting, i don’t know if you’re like me, you probably are because you’re in the industry, i, you know, on giving tuesday and the days before leading up to it, i get i mean, dozens of e mails from non-profits about giving tuesday social media is packed with messages about giving tuesday and, you know, there’s two sides to argument, of course, that that buzz is going to boost it is going to raise all the ships that, well, that’s a mixed metaphor. Yeah, but you get, you know, you know what i mean? Yeah, right. That’s the argument and for me, for the organization’s i’ve worked with who have done giving tuesday, i’ve found that the amount of time number your number of staff hours that go into rising above the noise, or getting to a certain level with your donors, with awareness for your non-profit for a small non-profit that that number of hours would be better put into other fund-raising methods and moving the e-giving the e-giving daito, another day away from giving tuesday so that’s kind of my take on it. Okay, good on jeez, that was that was that was quite a mixed metaphor, but buzz raising ships. But what did you come up with this nonsense? If i had an intern that we we do? I mean, it’s not like anybody writing this it’s just all for mei apologize. Um, okay, you mentioned crowdfunding menu. We were sort of following the same sequence you like you like crowd? Well, wait, before we get to the generic crowdfunding. So what would you like to see people do on? Give me some client examples, perhaps if you like, of their own individual giving day? Sure way. You know, we have organizations that i’ve worked with where, instead of, you know, instead of doing on giving tuesday, we need we pick a day that makes sense with the organizations with their editorial counter with their market encounter with their fund-raising calendar where we name that day for that organization. You know, we call, you know, maybe it’s april third is, you know, killing off your children’s alliance day or that’s very presumption we stop that’s that’s very presumptuous of your client’s, isn’t it? You got it. You got to get out there and shake it up. You don’t have you don’t have a mayoral proclamation or anything like that, you’re just doing it on your own. It’s a great idea. We haven’t done that yet. But that’s a great idea. Yeah. Get the mouth that the mayor of philadelphia behind you. Yeah, yeah. So we we name that as our day, and we build a campaign message behind that day. And we just as with e-giving tuesday or with a with an online crowdfunding campaign, we set a goal for that day with a riel hans will outcome for that goal. You know, we say something like we want to raise twenty five thousand dollars on speak up day because we want to do x y and z we want to provide this number of scholarships or we want toe, you know, provide this number of warm meals, you know, hot meals to the homeless, and then we do all the normal things to build up to that day we put i like to put a committee behind it of people who, just as i will with a crowdfunding campaign. People who are commit to not only give that day right in the morning to show some to show some traction, but also who commit throughout the day send out an e mail to their network to be active on social media to really try and help us push it. Then we do a sequence of emails to our tow, our newsletter listeningto our donor base to prepare them for this day so that by the time the day comes around and we hit, send on the on the email that isa announcing that the day is now open, people are expecting it. People know that it’s coming, they’ve at least heard of it. And then, well, then we’re very active throughout the day. It’s, a one day crowdfunding campaign just like e-giving just like you’re giving tuesday. Sure effort is essentially a one day crowdfunding campaign except here, hopefully and that, you know, it’s not always caves, but hopefully really the only massive fund-raising messages that your donors are getting in the email and their email on social media and things that day are primarily from your non-profit yeah, it’s, your it’s your day. All right, i got it. It’s presumptions, but bold. You’ve gotta be bold, but you gotta you gotta be out there. Okay. Um, what about what about the blog’s we’re talking about online? Ah, let’s. See? You know what? I’m going to let you ruminate on that topic for a minute while i take our last break. Okay, okay. Tell us. Credit card, payment processing. Check out the video it’s at tony dot m a slash tony tell us goes through the process of businesses switching to tell us and remember how you are going to get fifty percent of telesis revenue. That’s passive revenue for you each month. You thought i was just i had lunch friendly. We’re talking about passive revenue, you know, into into retirement way. Get passive revenue some he he rents hubei’s properties and rinse them. I pay rent so i don’t have passed a revenue. But no, i don’t pay rent. Um, but you pass a revenue it’s a it’s. A good thing. You know what it means, right? It means you’re not working for every dollar. It’s just coming that’s it just comes and it comes routinely. 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Do you remember what let’s talk about block? There we go. Yes. Much better than i am. I know, i know. Okay, uh, should we have a block to it? Is it is it essential anymore to have a blogger? Well, so in my mind, having a quote unquote blogged is not essential. It can be. It can be an important part of what you do but it’s not essential to have a separate page our link on your site necessary that says block what is important, whether it’s through your block, which is probably the easiest way to do this or through your sight as a whole. It’s important to have your your sight be updated regularly and to be something that makes donors want to come visit fresh, fresh content, right fresh content. Yet most non-profits have essentially a static brochure up with a donate now button and you know if they’re advanced, maybe they have a video at a newsletter sign up box, but it doesn’t change, and i always come non-profits your website can be in a really, really crucial part of your cultivation and stewardship stress, but it’s only important it’s the hub, right? If the hub is where the heart is weak, then the spokes are going to loose. Exactly exactly people don’t think that your website is that metaphor that was that was a that was a good metaphor. I’m sorry, but that was an example of a good metaphor. If they don’t think it’s informative or entertaining or, you know, compelling, they’re not going to visit it, and then it doesn’t work. So one of the mean, the easiest way to keep fresh content up on your website is a blogger there’s nothing. I hate more hearing more from non-profits then when a fundraiser says something like while we can update our own website, right, we’ve gotta get our web design team where we got that that’s crazy. You mean that there was a time when if you’re one of your website, to look nice, you had to do that, you had a have you had to make it such that you couldn’t update it yourself, but with all the modern back ends like wordpress that are available, there’s no reason that someone at your non-profit can’t go onto that website once a week or every other week or once a month and post something new and there’s a ton of things you can post there’s donorsearch stories and staff stories and clients, stories and things about your mission and things about your outcomes, things about events coming up and, you know, there’s, you know, thought leadership pieces. There is no end to the amount of things you can put up there. And what stops non-profits from doing that is they think that they have to write essentially a white paper or, you know, a master species every time they post something, they’re worried that they have to be fifteen hundred words and footnoted and it three hundred, four hundred, five hundred words up on your website that’s compelling that’s decently written that you mean, frankly, we talked about george, and earlier in the show that three of jargon that’s, you know, not technical that’s written at that sixth or seventh grade level that’s just up there that’s information, you know, informative or entertaining that gives donors a reason to at least check your website occasionally and that’s what you want. You want to give him a reason to keep coming back, so i’m a big proponent of like you said tony, fresh content up on that web site on a regular basis? What if we are hearing joe garrett say, oh, my god, three hundred, four hundred, five hundred words, i don’t i don’t i don’t think i have the time to come up, even with the low end of that three hundred. Well, i’m thinking about hiring, uh, what about what about outsourcing? Some of this what’s your opinion of getting an outsider tio provide that fresh content for you? And maybe maybe that’s not even on ly blogged, but could be facebook, twitter, your corporate page on linkedin, instagram, etcetera? Yeah, and you and you certainly can do that they’re you know, they’re certainly plenty of vendors out there we’re going to do that free it’s still going to require your time because what you don’t want to do is have a vendor who’s putting up kottler who’s, sending your content that that essentially could apply to any non-profit that sometimes what happens, right? We we get content from the outside from an outside vendor, and really, if you change this non-profit name out, it could applied any non-profit or it’s basically just rewording your case for support over and over again, or something like that in orderto and and i don’t want to suggest that that the way all vendors operate, but if you’re going to really get great content from an outside writer there going to be great at writing, they’re going to try and immerse themselves in your non-profits mission and what you do, but no. Matter what you do, they’re still going to need you to tell them about your latest outcomes your new programs you were you were, you know, help you collect your help them collect omer stories, clients, stories, things like that. So i would say, you know, if you’re if you’re thinking about, for instance, starting a block and you’re really, really concerned about the amount of time it’s going to take, i would say start from the real real low and meaning try and make a commitment that once per month just once per month, you’re going to come up with three hundred words right? On three hundred words less, which is less than a, you know, eight and a half by eleven piece of paper of one sheet that you’re going to come up with three hundred words to put up on your on your website and then then see how it goes if that works that maybe you could expand it a little bit if that’s not working. If you find that you don’t have the time in the band with, then investigate, you know, outsourcing it, but i would i would suggest, given it a shot first. And realizing again, it does not have to be we’re not talking about something that has to be perfect, it doesn’t have to be the greatest story in the world. In many cases, it just has to be something that goes up there that at least somewhat compelling to your donors and supporters. Another possibility for content is curating the content of others that’s that’s related to your mission or related to your community, you know? Ah, you know what interests your constituents, you know, you confined content from other people and, you know, call it a round up, i say we found on the found on the web and list the board, you know, bullet with links to, like, two to two or three things and there’s a lot of great content out there from others that you can use to supplement your own right. That’s exactly, i mean, and you’re right, there’s a lot of great content from from other people there’s also a lot of internal resource is that might be willing to provide content. Now, obviously, as a fundraiser, you don’t want to be in a position where you’re loading work onto the program’s staff, but you may have program folks who are excellent at writing about their experiences in the trenches that’s a green, compelling piece of content you may have boardmember who loved to write and who would love nothing more than to write a write an article where to interview a donor or two, you know, given explanation, you know, provide a provide a story about a kn event that you held that they attended. So there are a lot of ways where, you know, you’re looking for essentially, at a minimum twelve pieces of content a year, and if you can farm some of that out, then maybe you as a fundraiser are only writing a piece every other month or every third month because you have other re sources that are helping you create that content and ah, perfect example, tony, is what you said, which is to around up, post or a top ten, you know, top ten tips post, you know, if your if your organization that’s working in, you know, in healthcare non-profit maybe you’ve got a tip post you can post about how people can stay healthy in a certain respect so there’s a lot of different ways to go about it. You have ideas around personalized video for cultivation. Now we just have about two minutes left, joe garrick so you know you, teo constrain yourself, but what advice do you have around personalized video, right? So one of the new ideas one of the more innovative ideas that i’ve that we’ve used and that i love, is using personalized videos to stewart and cultivate, particularly stuart, you were mid level donorsearch if their donors out there who were giving it a level where he would like to offer them more cultivation, but you don’t have the time or and it doesn’t make sense, go out, meet with them. One thing, some non-profits air doing is a development director or a board number will sit in front of the computer and record thirty second videos using the donor’s name, personalizing it to their gift, thanking them for their gift and then emailing it out to them and it’s a way that you could do personalize stewardship. You can do, you know, fifteen or twenty of these videos in an hour and send them all out in the same amount of time it would take to meet. With one donor. Awesome. You did that in just one minute. Okay. Okay. Andi, you have clients doing that successfully? Yes. Yeah, very successfully. And and donors tender. I mean right now, it’s kind of new nobody, not many organizations. They’re doing it. So right now, i would say get double. In fact, in fact, we’ve had clients where significant a not insignificant number of donors actually call. Call the person who sends them the video to say how much they liked. The video, you know, leads to a whole different level of interaction. Not surprised. Awesome. That’s a great tip. Toe end on he’s. Joe garrett, president of garrett fund-raising associates, garrick dot com. And at joe garret joe garrett. Thank you. So, so much. Thanks for sharing. You bet. Thanks, tony. My pleasure. Next week, build your grantmaker relationships. If you missed any part of today’s show, i’d be seat. 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