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Major Gifts Fundraiser Clark Vandeventer

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    • 3.8 • 12 Ratings

Practical fundraising advise in bite size segments.
We are committed to helping you get the most money from your list without ruining relationships with your current donors.

    #177: SMART Goals

    #177: SMART Goals

    Host Clark Vandeventer talks about SMART Goals:




    SMART goals are a goal-setting technique that uses five benchmarks to help create concise goals and action steps:


     S is for Specific: Clearly define what you want to accomplish


    M is for Measurable: Quantify your goals and build in milestones to make them easier to track


    A is for Achievable: Consider if you have the resources to achieve your goal


    R is for Relevant: Consider why you're setting the goal and how it will improve your life or career


     T is for Time-bound: Set a firm schedule and stick to it



    Episode inspired by the Masterclass on Creating Change, which also featured author Lewis Iwu. Malala and Iwu also discussed a great track to put your goals on that can be summed up in four words or phrases:




    Four words


    Awareness


    Different Perspective


    Quick Win


    Big Policy Goal



    Check out Clark's "other" podcast Around the World with Mr. Clark, available wherever you get your podcasts!


    Clark also shared in this episode that


    We are giving away FREE ACCESS to ⁠MasterClass⁠! Sign up for ⁠Peak Performance Fundraising⁠ (basically THE MasterClass of Fundraising) and get a one year subscription to MasterClass for free! Peak Performance Fundraising is normally $1495, but we are offering it now for only $500, but you have to email Clark at clark@majorgiftsfundraiser.com to get a promo code.
    We are hiring a Podcast Producer and Social Media Manager! We are seeking a creative and detail-oriented Podcast Producer and Social Media Manager to oversee the production of our podcast series and manage our social media presence. The ideal candidate will be responsible for all aspects of podcast production and will develop and implement social media strategies to promote our content and engage with our audience. This will be the lead person working to transform the Major Gifts Fundraiser Podcast and the Around the World with Mr. Clark Podcast from basic “click record and talk” podcasts and  into beautifully produced podcasts and to create dynamic and engaging social media content to promote these podcasts and grow our influence and impact. If you are interested, or know someone who could be a fit, reach out to Clark directly at clark@majorgiftsfundraiser.com

    Major Gifts Fundraiser on Instagram:

    ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.instagram.com/majorgiftsfundraiser/⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠



    Major Gifts Fundraiser on Facebook:

    ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.facebook.com/majorgiftsfundraiser⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠



    Major Gifts Fundraiser on LinkedIn:

    ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.linkedin.com/company/major-gifts-fundraiser/⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠



    Email Clark:

    ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠clark@majorgiftsfundraiser.com⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠



    Zoom with Clark:

    Find an available time on Clark’s calendar and schedule a Zoom call him: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://calendly.com/clarkvand⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠



    Learn more at:

    ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://majorgiftsfundraiser.com/⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

    • 23 min
    #176: Slow is smooth and smooth is fast

    #176: Slow is smooth and smooth is fast

    In the past, you may have heard Clark Vandeventer talk about adding steps to the process. The more you elongate the major gift process and slowly bring your donors along, the safer you'll be. Clark recently heard Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos share the same idea with the phrase, "Slow is smooth and smooth is fast."



    The phrase "slow is smooth and smooth is fast" is a military saying that emphasizes the importance of taking time to do things carefully and methodically, rather than rushing and risking mistakes. It can also be thought of as the power of strategic thinking and deliberate action.


    Clark also shared in this episode that


    We are giving away FREE ACCESS to ⁠MasterClass⁠! Sign up for ⁠Peak Performance Fundraising⁠ (basically THE MasterClass of Fundraising) and get a one year subscription to MasterClass for free! Peak Performance Fundraising is normally $1495, but we are offering it now for only $500, but you have to email Clark at clark@majorgiftsfundraiser.com to get a promo code.
    We are hiring a Podcast Producer and Social Media Manager! We are seeking a creative and detail-oriented Podcast Producer and Social Media Manager to oversee the production of our podcast series and manage our social media presence. The ideal candidate will be responsible for all aspects of podcast production and will develop and implement social media strategies to promote our content and engage with our audience. This will be the lead person working to transform the Major Gifts Fundraiser Podcast and the Around the World with Mr. Clark Podcast from basic “click record and talk” podcasts and  into beautifully produced podcasts and to create dynamic and engaging social media content to promote these podcasts and grow our influence and impact. If you are interested, or know someone who could be a fit, reach out to Clark directly at clark@majorgiftsfundraiser.com

    Major Gifts Fundraiser on Instagram:

    ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.instagram.com/majorgiftsfundraiser/⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠



    Major Gifts Fundraiser on Facebook:

    ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.facebook.com/majorgiftsfundraiser⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠



    Major Gifts Fundraiser on LinkedIn:

    ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.linkedin.com/company/major-gifts-fundraiser/⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠



    Email Clark:

    ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠clark@majorgiftsfundraiser.com⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠



    Zoom with Clark:

    Find an available time on Clark’s calendar and schedule a Zoom call him: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://calendly.com/clarkvand⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠



    Learn more at:

    ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://majorgiftsfundraiser.com/⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

    • 20 min
    #175: Robin Arzón on Mental Strength

    #175: Robin Arzón on Mental Strength

    It's another Masterclass inspired episode. In this episode, Clark Vandeventer shares some of his notes from Robin Arzón's MasterClass on Mental Strength. Robin
    Arzón is an exercise instructor and author, best known as an instructor at Peloton, for which she is also the Vice President of Fitness Programming.

    Clark shares an incredible mental test he picked up from Robin for you to use whenever you hear yourself saying, "I don't have time."

    Her JOY METRIC also inspired a twist on a mental exercise Clark has been doing for 20+ years.

    Great quotes from Robin:

    "The pursuit of movement unlocks endorphins but the pursuit of movement also enables us to have a relationship with discomfort and discomfort becomes less scary. so when things get real like when a capital r in our lives we have these smaller less intense, hopefully less stress inducing moments where we rose above.  I believe that willpower and resiliency are also muscles worth exercising and they really go hand in hand so when you are willing to get uncomfortable physically you become tenacious mentally and I talk about ritualizing discomfort because we create a ritual around I'm going to go this distance today or I'm going to push this intensity today."

    "Pain will become power."



    Robin's MasterClass: https://www.masterclass.com/classes/robin-arzon-teaches-mental-strength?utm_campaign=Share&utm_medium=Copy&utm_source=class_guest_next


    Robin on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/robinnyc



    Clark also shared in this episode that


    We are giving away FREE ACCESS to MasterClass! Sign up for Peak Performance Fundraising (basically THE MasterClass of Fundraising) and get a one year subscription to MasterClass for free! Peak Performance Fundraising is normally $1495, but we are offering it now for only $500, but you have to email Clark at clark@majorgiftsfundraiser.com to get a promo code.
    We are hiring a Podcast Producer and Social Media Manager! We are seeking a creative and detail-oriented Podcast Producer and Social Media Manager to oversee the production of our podcast series and manage our social media presence. The ideal candidate will be responsible for all aspects of podcast production and will develop and implement social media strategies to promote our content and engage with our audience. This will be the lead person working to transform the Major Gifts Fundraiser Podcast and the Around the World with Mr. Clark Podcast from basic “click record and talk” podcasts and  into beautifully produced podcasts and to create dynamic and engaging social media content to promote these podcasts and grow our influence and impact. If you are interested, or know someone who could be a fit, reach out to Clark directly at clark@majorgiftsfundraiser.com

    Major Gifts Fundraiser on Instagram:

    ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.instagram.com/majorgiftsfundraiser/⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠



    Major Gifts Fundraiser on Facebook:

    ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.facebook.com/majorgiftsfundraiser⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠



    Major Gifts Fundraiser on LinkedIn:

    ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.linkedin.com/company/major-gifts-fundraiser/⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠



    Email Clark:

    ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠clark@majorgiftsfundraiser.com⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠



    Zoom with Clark:

    Find an available time on Clark’s calendar and schedule a Zoom call him: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://calendly.com/clarkvand⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠



    Learn more at:

    ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://majorgiftsfundraiser.com/⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

    • 29 min
    #174: Basic script for every donor meeting you'll ever have

    #174: Basic script for every donor meeting you'll ever have

    In this episode, Chief Fundraising Coach Clark Vandeventer goes through the basic script for the four types of donor meetings


    Discovery
    Cultivation
    Solicitation
    Stewardship

    What are the go-to questions for each of these different type of meetings? How are the goals for each type of meeting different?



    email Clark at clark@majorgiftsfundraiser.com

    Major Gifts Fundraiser on Instagram:

    ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.instagram.com/majorgiftsfundraiser/⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠



    Major Gifts Fundraiser on Facebook:

    ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.facebook.com/majorgiftsfundraiser⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠



    Major Gifts Fundraiser on LinkedIn:

    ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.linkedin.com/company/major-gifts-fundraiser/⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠



    Email Clark:

    ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠clark@majorgiftsfundraiser.com⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠



    Zoom with Clark:

    Find an available time on Clark’s calendar and schedule a Zoom call him: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://calendly.com/clarkvand⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠



    Learn more at:

    ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://majorgiftsfundraiser.com/⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

    • 29 min
    #173: Michael Lewis on How to Tell a Great Story

    #173: Michael Lewis on How to Tell a Great Story

    Michael Lewis is the author of more than 20 books, including 3 that have become major motion pictures (Moneyball, The Blind Side, The Big Short).






    Host Clark Vandeventer shares highlights for fundraisers from his Masterclass on How to Tell a Great Story.

    Link: https://www.masterclass.com/series/tell-a-great-story


    From of this podcast:


    You're probably pretty good at telling your story, but becoming a GREAT story teller is HARD work
    People are not interested in you or your story. They are interested in themselves. Make your story about them.



    email Clark at clark@majorgiftsfundraiser.com

    Major Gifts Fundraiser on Instagram:

    ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.instagram.com/majorgiftsfundraiser/⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠



    Major Gifts Fundraiser on Facebook:

    ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.facebook.com/majorgiftsfundraiser⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠



    Major Gifts Fundraiser on LinkedIn:

    ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.linkedin.com/company/major-gifts-fundraiser/⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠



    Email Clark:

    ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠clark@majorgiftsfundraiser.com⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠



    Zoom with Clark:

    Find an available time on Clark’s calendar and schedule a Zoom call him: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://calendly.com/clarkvand⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠



    Learn more at:

    ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://majorgiftsfundraiser.com/⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

    • 29 min
    #172: What's the right amount to ask for?

    #172: What's the right amount to ask for?

    Host Clark Vandeventer answers a listener email and addresses the question, "What's the right amount to ask for?"


    email Clark at clark@majorgiftsfundraiser.com

    Major Gifts Fundraiser on Instagram:

    ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.instagram.com/majorgiftsfundraiser/⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠



    Major Gifts Fundraiser on Facebook:

    ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.facebook.com/majorgiftsfundraiser⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠



    Major Gifts Fundraiser on LinkedIn:

    ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.linkedin.com/company/major-gifts-fundraiser/⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠



    Email Clark:

    ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠clark@majorgiftsfundraiser.com⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠



    Zoom with Clark:

    Find an available time on Clark’s calendar and schedule a Zoom call him: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://calendly.com/clarkvand⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠



    Learn more at:

    ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://majorgiftsfundraiser.com/⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

DbabyWallace ,

Instantly applicable, valuable insights.

Clark offers brilliant fundraising insights in easy-to-digest segments. Each episode is packed FULL of amazing ways to make fundraising more meaningful and successful.

JoCaMoore ,

Great Energy and Content

This podcast is a must listen for nonprofit leadership and fundraisers. Clark’s energy and passion for engaging donors is contagious, and his insight and expertise are priceless. He keeps the content simple and straightforward. It’s great in the office and even better on the road while visiting with partners!

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