Tuesday, June 13, 2017

How to get viewers to your website to donate or come back again.

For a non profit, that is the bottom line. You are not just telling about what you do...you want them to donate to your cause. 

If you are a Christian non profit, you believe or should believe that God supplies the funds...but He does that through people.

If a potential donor has a substantial amount of funds to invest in your organizations... whether it's $1,000, $10,000, $100,000 or 1 Millions or more...

What are they looking for? How do you think or believe they evaluate your organization?

 

You do need a good website that grabs their attention and instantly conveys 


 1.  Your Vision Statement

2.  Your Mission Statement

3.  Your Strategy for reaching your Mission


 
The Basic info you need on your site! 

But what are donors really looking for?

Relationships...It's all about relationships!
Connectedness
Friendship

 We must have clarity about the mission. I look for people I respect who are practical-minded. I want to be sure it's the sort of project that I can bring something of value to, and in which I'm being involved in a meaningful way. So I always ask myself: Is it a mission I believe in? Do I believe in the people who are in it? and Does it use my talents and gifts in a way that engage me?"


There's a lot of noise going on in the world. We need to listen to God speaking to us and that it is God that is speaking.


When I stand before Jesus one day, I want to hear, "Well done, good and faithful servant". Isn't that what you want to hear?



So what are donors asking themselves as they view your website and consider if they should invest in your cause?


So what is God calling me to do?
We all know there is no I in TEAM.
What is God doing in the world through this organization?

Can I be a part of their TEAM by donating to Our cause? Yes, it's our cause!

IF you are already donating or volunteering with this charity...do you feel a  part of the TEAM?


With the organization you donate to or volunteer with...do you feel a part of the TEAM?
How?
How do they communicate with you?
Newsletter?
Phone call for funds?
Phone call to see how you are doing and if you would like prayer?

Have I prayed about how I might be a good steward and use God's funds to further His cause through this organization?

Do I need more help in evaluating this organization?

See this site:  Checking out a non profit before investing in it.

 

 If you have questions about the non profits mission and if they are TRUE to the founders original mission, Check my blog post on this very important concept!

 

  Would love your feedback!

Blessings on your journey!

 

 





Saturday, April 15, 2017

Bloom Where You are Planted!

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Bloom Where You Are Planted!




 Bloom where you are planted! We have all heard this phrase so many times that maybe we don't understand what it really means. Google the phrase...you will see what I mean. Some very good secular or worldly advice.

Be "rooted", "grounded" and "grow" and so rise to the top of your "field"...and "bloom" where you are "planted" ...using the "Abilities", "gifts" and "Strengths" God has endowed you with.

By doing the above...we potentially can rise to the top of our "field". 
But WHY should we Bloom Where We Are Planted?

As a believer in Jesus Christ and desiring to be a good steward and a faithful "follower" of Jesus on our way to glory...we can be a light for others to see the Truth. 

 ●"The Lord created each of us individually with different Spiritual Gifts, Passions, Abilities, strengths and a unique personality with different experiences.  Helping each other put the pieces of the seeming puzzle together so we each can be most effective in our families, church, community and the world and finish our lives well and leave a legacy that gives glory to the LORD so when we stand before Him one day, we will hear, "Well done, my good and faithful servant."

Isn't that what we would like to hear one day?

"God has created each of us with a unique contribution to make in our world and our times. No other person has our same abilities, motivations, network of friends and relationships, perspectives, ideas, or experiences. When we, like misplaced puzzle pieces, fail to show up, the overall picture is diminished."   Richard Stearns: President of World Vision U.S.
Quote from his book: The Hole in our Gospel 

 

We are Jesus's hands and feet in the world. 

 

"For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." Ephesians 2:10

A few pictures of field grown pansies...from our farm many years ago.

 

Bloom Where You are Planted 

 

The individual beautiful pansy plants grew well in the field where they were planted for the allotted time they were there. They were seeded in the field for a purpose...The  next year they were individually dug up, put in containers and sold to people who then transplanted them to their gardens to be viewed.


 Isn't this what life is all about? 

God, the master gardener created each of us unique...plants us here for a short time...for a specific purpose...and cares for us. "Lord, open our eyes and heart".  "Come Holy Spirit, Come, you are welcome here" 

More later: Come back soon!


The picture above was taken in early to late October.
 Our family grew 2 plus acres of pansies.
 Seeded in the field beginning  of July.

Pansies are bi annuals.
Around Thanksgiving time when the ground was frozen, they were covered with marsh hay.
But before this...all the flowers were hand picked off and discarded. A lot of work!


In spring as soon as the snow melted and it was dry enough..late March.., we uncovered them.
They started to bloom again in early May and we dug each plant and put 12 in a wooden flat or 6 plants in a 2 quart basket and 5 in a wooden crate and sold to Kohls and Sentry food stores. This was in the mid 60s to late 70's. They purchased all we had.

We also sold to Winkies in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, a local 5 and 10 cent store. They had several stores at the time. They are still in business with the store in Whitefish Bay.  


 These pictures were taken in early spring...Mid May.



T




















Pansy culture booklets from Steele's Pansy gardens, Inc. Portland, Oregon.
   (no longer in business).                             Copyright 1958






View more pansy pictures here


If you are viewing this on a mobile device...go to bottom of  post and click on "View Web Version"

View my latest TWEETS


How to get the most wisdom from this blog!



Thursday, June 2, 2016

What Does God Expect Of Us?



"God has created each of us with a unique contribution to make in our world and our times. No other person has our same abilities, motivations, network of friends and relationships, perspectives, ideas, or experiences. When we, like misplaced puzzle pieces, fail to show up, the overall picture is diminished."   Richard Stearns: President of World Vision U.S.
Quote from his book: The Hole in our Gospel 


Chapter 24: How Many Loaves Do You Have?
"If you think you are too small to make a difference, try spending the night in a closed room with a mosquito." - African Saying

Study Guide

Reviews from "Good Reads"

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

A few pictures from my earlier days on the farm.


Who says you can't grow peaches in Wisconsin!
Never crossed my mind to grow them commercially.


















Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Why we are here: The question of Why?



A good plan for beginning each day:  Pray, Plan and Prioritize. Then Delegate...if you have someone to delegate to!

Finished a good book recently: WHO  by Geoff Smart and Randy Street.

"The most important decisions that business people make are not "what" decisions but "Who" decisions." -Jim Collins, Author of Good To Great.

That also goes for non profit organizations!
 Good book: Good to Great in the Social Sector. by Jim Collins

WHO
WHAT
HOW

It's relatively easy to figure out "What" to do and also "How" to do something.

Maybe a more important decision is "WHY" we do what we do.
Then the rest becomes easy.

A good book for figuring that out is " Start With Why by Simon Sinek.

If you don't know WHY, You can't know HOW.

"All great leaders have clarity of WHY; an undying belief in a purpose or cause bigger than themselves. It's not Bill Gates's passion for computers that inspires us, it's his undying optimism that even the most complicated problems can be solved. He believes we can find ways to remove obstacles to ensure that everyone can live and work to their greatest potential. It is his optimism to which we are drawn." P. 134


“If the leader of the organization can’t clearly articulate WHY the organization exists in terms beyond its products or services, then how does he expect the employees to know WHY to come to work?”
Simon Sinek, Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone To Take Action

For the church pastor or leader who feels led to plant a new church, the congregation needs to understand the Biblical basis of missions. WHY we are here. Why we exist. For what purpose. 
A good video that explains this. 

 

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Exponential 2016 Church Planting: Tweets & Retweets

  Conference Overview

Join thousands of church planting leaders for four days of inspiration, encouragement and equipping at Exponential East church planting conference in Orlando. The conference will feature 175+ speakers, 125+ workshops, 9+ tracks, 5,000 church planting leaders and sunny Orlando, Florida. Don’t miss the largest gathering of church planting leaders in the world.

  https://exponential.org/events/2016east-2/

I'm not at the conference. Watching some of the sessions online and monitoring #exponential on Twitter. See Tweets below.

 

 My Tweets and Retweets from Exponential 2016