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Timothy Montague

The Golden Goose of Brand Strength – grow sales with customer trust

by Tim Montague                         July 16, 2016 Smile. Under promise, over deliver. Get hard things done with cheerful promptness. Getting people to like you and trust you is 80% of the battle. You have to have great products and services, that’s a given. Trust has become a […]

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Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Central Illinois

Part II of Making a Difference in Central Illinois and Beyond. In October, I attended the 8th Annual North American Passive House Conference in Pittsburgh PA. I have been working with Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) on a variety of marketing and fundraising projects for the past year. They were founded in Urbana, IL by the […]

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Making a Difference in East Central Illinois and Beyond

[contact-form][contact-field label=’Name’ type=’name’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Email’ type=’email’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Website’ type=’url’/][contact-field label=’Comment’ type=’textarea’ required=’1’/][/contact-form] I’ve been busy in a good way. For the past nine months I’ve served as the Communications Chair for the Association of Fundraising Professionals East Central Illinois Chapter. The AFP is the premier professional association for the fundraising profession. Our Chapter is made up […]

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Growing Your Donor Pool – Part 2

by Tim Montague, M.S., CFRE | @tgmontague | www.montaguebrands.com NOTE: This post was originally published October 4, 2012 as a guest blog on the Taylor Studios website: http://www.taylorstudios.com/blog/index.php/2012/10/04/donor-pool-2/ Improve Your Fundraising Success Rate with Outcomes-based Appeals By far and away the most vital part of fundraising is the ask. The simple act of asking for what you want is […]

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Growing Your Donor and Prospects Pool – Part 1

by Tim Montague, M.S., CFRE | @tgmontague | www.montaguebrands.com NOTE: This was originally published September 19, 2012 as guest post on the Taylor Studios blog (http://www.taylorstudios.com/blog/index.php/2012/09/19/growing-your-donor-and-prospects-pool/) Reaching a larger pool of prospects and donors is always a great way to expand your fundraising program. I caution all my clients that securing new donors is not […]

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Online Fundraising – getting the most out of your web and email fundraising

Online Fundraising – getting the most out of your web and email fundraising September 24, 2012 by Tim Montague, M.S., CFRE Raising money online is something that everyone wants to do better. If you want to get better at online fundraising (or get in the game), here are seven ways to improve your online fundraising […]

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Fracking moratorium moving forward in Illinois…

The controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing (aka fracking) is being met with skepticism in Illinois. Elected officials like Michael Frerichs (D-Champaign) Naomi Jakobsson (D-Urbana) are pushing for a two-year moratorium on the practice which uses lots of fresh water and toxic chemicals (not a good combination, common sense would tell us). Many communities are concerned […]

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Why Nonprofits Run Annual Fund Campaigns

The annual fund is probably the most common way that nonprofits, schools, clubs and other charitable organizations raise philanthropic dollars. But the annual fund can do much more for an organization than meets the eye. While money (unrestricted gift dollars!) is an important resource and certainly one of the goals of the annual fund, here […]

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Fundraising Fundamentals – the beginnings of a fundraising plan

Most nonprofit organizations want to raise charitable dollars from individuals, corporations and foundations. Here are some of the basics for raising money from individuals and corporations. For further reading see  Tom Broce’s Fund Raising: The Guide to Raising Money from Private Sources. First, goals and objectives for your organization must be established — you must […]

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Nuclear Energy Information Service (NEIS) Annual Meeting in Chicago

Yesterday I attended the NEIS annual mtg in Chicago (June 10, 2012). It was a pleasure to be among a group of such dedicated, intelligent, and diligent activists who have been working for 31 years to end the nuclear power ‘experiment’ in the United States. With the ongoing disaster of Fukushima Japan still fresh on […]

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